The Vietnamese capital is full of ancient legends, lasting European influences, incredible food and culture, and even scars from decades of war. Hanoi has been a major Asian city since the early eleventh...more
The Vietnamese capital is full of ancient legends, lasting European influences, incredible food and culture, and even scars from decades of war. Hanoi has been a major Asian city since the early eleventh century, but a number of foreign countries have fought over these ancient lands throughout much of the city’s history. Accordingly, Hanoi is full of foreign influences, including beautiful French architecture, Japanese and Chinese temples and pagodas, and many relics from the lengthy war with the United States. Hanoi has emerged from these wars a proud and resilient city and the Vietnamese capital has become a bustling and prosperous city in recent decades.
A trip to Hanoi will give visitors an incredible opportunity to experience the unique, beautiful and energetic Vietnamese culture. A stroll around Lake Hoan Kiem, the heart of Hanoi and full of endless activity, is one of the best experiences in all of Southeast Asia. Anyone interested in history will find endless enjoyment in Hanoi as there are a number of museums and historic buildings that tell the story, albeit a bit one-sided, of Vietnam’s lengthy fight for independence. Lastly, the cheap prices in Hanoi help make it a shopping and culinary paradise and one of the must-see cities in Southeast Asia.
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