What to do in Hanoi
Hanoi is simply oozing with charm, and no trip to this colonial Indochinese city would be complete without checking out the following places:
Old Quarter: The tapering streets of the Old Quarter will take you back in time, as far as 1,000 years ago, where each street was specialised by one specific trade. These days, the old quarter is an excellent place to base your stay, as it is within walking distance from many attractions such as the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Dong Xuan Market, and the ancient Bach Ma Temple.
Hoan Kiem Lake: Enjoy a peaceful respite from the bustling city in this beautiful park where you'll see locals jogging and practising Tai Chi. Walk across the ornate red footbridge to Ngoc Son temple, a pagoda that dates back to the 18th century.
French Quarter: The French Quarter houses most of the city’s government buildings and affluent residential neighbourhoods. It’s where you can find gourmet French restaurants alongside galleries, bookshops, and boutique stores. Get your museum fix in this district at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the historic Hoa Lo Prison, and the National Museum of Vietnamese History. Don’t miss the Trang Tien Plaza, an upmarket French colonial shopping complex or the elegant Hanoi Opera House that dates back to 1911.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long: This was the ancient capital of Hanoi for eight centuries. Now this landmark is a UNESCO world heritage site of historical and cultural importance.