The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is situated on the delta of the Red River in the North of the country. Although less populous than Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi is nevertheless the true cultural heart of Vietnam, with its many temples, pagodas and parks which lend the city its traditional charm.
Founded in 1010, Hanoi celebrated its 1,000th birthday in 2010. All year round, numerous festivals ensure an animated cultural life and have made Hanoi a tourist destination of the first order.
Visiting Hanoi will immerse you in traditional Vietnamese culture which remains ever-present in places such as the
Stay a while longer in Hanoi and enjoy some of the more unusual sides of the city, such as at the
Among the great traditional Vietnamese festivals, the
Although Hanoi has kept its traditional charm which is delicately distilled throughout the city, this capital has equally developed a cultural life which is resolutely contemporary.
Whether your stay in Hanoi is oriented towards traditional or contemporary culture (or both!), an essential ingredient remains Vietnamese food. Among the local culinary specialities, phô, a noodle soup with beef, and banh cuon, a kind of rolled rice crêpe, should definitely be on your menu. The vivid flavours of Hanoi almost jump off your plate…