Hanoi, traditionally known as City of the Soaring Dragon, is the capital of Vietnam, also the second largest city and the important political center of the country. It is the place where the fascinating Asian culture and the dynamic Western face meets, blends, and coexists in an almost genius way.
Lying along the right banks of Red River, the most exotic part of Hanoi extends out from the edges of Hoan Kiem Lake, particularly the Old Quarter – which is situated to the north of the lake – with narrow and crowded small streets, and various food choices.
Other must-see destinations could be Hanoi Citadel, originally constructed by Emperor Gia Long; Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, located in the heart of the city, where there are still a lot of classical French style architectural masterpieces; the Temple of Literature, just about 2km to the west of Hoan Kiem Lake; and other famous museums within walking distance.
One of the most exciting activities to put in to-do list might be catching live Vietnam traditional music or a water puppet show in central Hanoi. Otherwise, to discover Hanoi nightlife at its best, visiting the clubs in the Old Quarter would be a perfect option.
To get around the city, you can enjoy a cyclo ride, or simply explore yourselves by renting a motorbike.
The best time to visit Hanoi, in term of weather, is from September to November, when it is cool with the average temperature of 28ºC - a little foggy, a little shinny bringing romantic landscape and beautiful short walk around the city’s center.