The political capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is located on the banks of the Red river and is one of the most ancient capitals in the world. Noted for its well preserved French colonial buildings, ancient pagodas and unique museums it is a great place to explore on foot.
The old quarter in the centre is a maze of narrow streets which are roughly arranged by trades. One of the most serene spots in Hanoi is Hoan Kiem lake which is a magnet for local people and is tastefully illuminated at night.
There are many museums dedicated to “Uncle Ho” and the city has an eclectic cuisine and vibrant nightlife.