WHAT MAKES HANOI BUZZ?
Hanoi is Asia’s most charming capital city. There’s nothing quite like this blend of colonial mansions, Vietnamese temples, leafy streets, lakes of all shapes and sizes, and an Old Quarter that you can get lost in for days. Then there’s the food culture. Tuck into steaming bowls of noodle soup before a pick-me-up rocket fuel coffee. Then finish off with a beer that will set you back less than a dollar.
Hanoi is also a strange kind of capital. It’s Vietnam’s cultural, political, gastronomic, educational, and diplomatic hub. But it’s not the country’s economic hub – that accolade is reserved for Ho Chi Minh City. This means that Hanoi’s priorities are different from other Southeast Asian capitals such as Bangkok and Manilla.
Here you’ll find that economic progress lives alongside a rich cultural heritage, rather than bulldozing it. Here are just some of the must-experience highlights of Vietnam’s capital.