The capital of the vast country which is Vietnam, Hanoi is a stunning blend of French, Chinese and Southeast Asian influenced cultures. With such an interesting history, beautiful landmarks and extremely friendly people, where do you start in one of the most ancient capitals in the world? Read our top 10 destinations that you cannot miss in the beautiful city of Hanoi.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Ha Long (or Halong) Bay is a beautiful vast 'cove' of thousands of towering limestone islands and an unmissable destination when visiting Hanoi. A simple google search for Ha Long Bay tours reveals HUNDREDs of 'junk boat' trips and cruises, which can be overwhelming and confusing at best. But have no fear, we've compiled a review and a guide from our trip on the Indochina Junk's Dragon Pearl, among one of the highest rated tours on TripAdvisor as well as recommending other companies for this immense adventure.
If I could only recommend you do one thing in Hanoi, it would 100% be a street food tour of the city. Prior to my visit to Hanoi, I had never tried Vietnamese food, and honestly I didn't know what to expect of the food, so a street tour with a Vietnamese guide was a perfect opportunity for me to try some real authentic cuisine from places recommended by locals. We've compiled a review of the street food tour we booked with Hanoi Street Food Tour, we've also compared some other tours available online.
The capital of the vast country which is Vietnam, Hanoi is a vibrant city packed with history, fragrant cuisine, ridiculous traffic and amazing coffee. A city buzzing with consistent motorbike horns, Hanoi is not for the faint-hearted, but it is teeming with hallmarks of Vietnam's turbulent past. Whether you're really into your Vietnamese history, love asian food or want to try some really wild nightlife Hanoi is the ideal destination for you.