Hanoi is one of Asia’s most atmospheric, energetic and exciting capital cities, with a history stretching back over one thousand years. Vietnam’s capital is characterised by broad tree-lined boulevards, lakes, parks, colonial buildings, elegant squares and some of the newest office blocks and hotels in Southeast Asia.
Hanoi has a wealth of historical sights lying as it does at the heart of a region rich in history and landscapes. The scenery around the city is some of the most attractive in the land. Excursions to the Perfume Pagoda and the temples and caves at Tam Coc are particularly worthwhile. Historical Hanoi offers a myriad of experiences from the past millennium. You can immerse yourself in the bustling Old Town, stroll along the boulevards of the French Quarter and relax by Hoam Kiem Lake. Then you can learn about the modern history of Ho Chi Minh before contemplating it all at the Temple of Literature.
Hanoi also has stylish shops and plentiful market stalls and increasingly diverse restaurants from French haute cuisine to Vietnamese street food. Much of its charm, though, lies not so much in the official 'sights' but in the unofficial and informal: the traffic zooming around the broad streets or the cyclos taking a mellow pedal through the Old Quarter, small shops packed with traders' goods or stacks of silk for visitors, skewered poultry on pavement stalls, mobile flower stalls piled on the backs of bikes, the bustle of pedestrians, the ubiquitous tinkle of the ice cream man's bicycle, and the political posters, now raised to an art form, dotted around the city
Its location, nearly 100 km from the sea, makes Hanoi the perfect gateway to other highlights in the north of Vietnam, providing an easy escape from the city hustle and bustle! From here it’s easy to travel to the idyllic escape of Halong Bay where you can take a junk boat cruise on its emerald waters.
Like China when it was ‘opening-up’ to Western tourists in the late 1970s, the primary interest lies in the novelty of exploring a city which, until recently, has opted for a firmly socialist road to development and has been insulated from the West
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One of our most popular tours which takes you on a voyage of discovery – from the breathtaking majesty of the temples of Angkor, through to the spectacular natural grandeur of Halong Bay – experiencing all manner of delights en route.
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Appreciate the best of Vietnam’s wealth of sights with a leisurely itinerary that takes you from the verdant Mekong Delta and Saigon in the south to graceful Hanoi and magnificent Halong Bay in the north with captivating landscapes and rich heritage in between.
19 Days from
Travel overland through the verdant south of Vietnam – from the riverside life of the Mekong to lush and fresh Dalat, up the beautiful coastline to ancient Hue. Finish off by exploring colonial Hanoi and cruising on tranquil Halong Bay.
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