The Magical Vietnamese Capital of Hanoi

Vietnam is a magical destination steeped in history and culture and a place brimming with a whole host of adventures to be had. To get the most out of your experience in Vietnam it is a good idea to organise a tour with one of the many travel companies who have some excellent itineraries to suit all budgets and interests. By joining an organised tour you will have everything pre-arranged and be able to relax in the knowledge that you have the benefit of the experience of the tour guides and leaders.20 best things to do in Hanoi, from the Old Quarter to Ha Long Bay | Photos  |

A perfect place to begin your 하노이 밤문화 Vietnam experience is the vibrant and colourful city of Hanoi in the north of the country. This city is a distinct fusion of traditional Vietnamese culture and a more modern French influence. The quintessential conical hats and coloured lanterns are sold alongside baguettes filled with continental cheeses and excellent French coffee. Tours in Hanoi are fascinating, diverse and give a real insight into the Asian lifestyle here.

The city is chaotic with the hundreds of mopeds that dominate the streets, the plethora of cyclists, and the street sellers that take over the pavements; yet it is hard not to be taken in by the charm and harmony with which the city exists. Tours in Hanoi can be taken by bicycle, which is an exhilarating experience not to be missed. With the help of a guide you soon get into the swing of the unwritten code of conduct on the roads and feel empowered as you confidently join the locals in the busy streets.

There are so many tours in Hanoi to choose from and whether you are interested in history, culture, art or geology there is something for every traveller. One of the most popular tours in Hanoi is the magical and mystical boat ride in the beautiful and tranquil Halong Bay. This inspirational natural wonder is dominated by the hundreds of limestone islands that rise from the crystal waters of the bay. The islands are made up of hidden beaches and tiny grottoes, all wonderful places to explore.

The city is rich in history and there is so much to see on the different tours in Hanoi. The Temple of Literature is one of the oldest temples in the city; originally built as a temple to Confucius it later became Vietnam’s first university in 1070. The temple is reflective of the importance education has always had in Vietnamese society. Another famous temple in the city is the Ngoc Son Temple, which sits on a little island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. This temple dates back to the thirteenth century and can be visited by crossing the Huc Bridge.

The lake itself is a very important part of the city. It is revered by the city’s inhabitants and every morning before sunrise you can join the many locals performing tai chi and meditation all around the shores. The lights, the tranquillity and the atmosphere make it a very special experience not to be missed. Many of the city’s legends were born at this magical lake and it is easy to see why.

To get a true local experience of the city street life, spend some time in the Old Quarter where all the 36 streets are famous for selling a certain product – from tin to bamboo, from hats to fruit! The hustle and bustle is captivating and the best way to explore is by rickshaw. You can relax while you are cycled through the streets soaking up this incredible feast for the senses. There is an abundance of photo opportunities and no shortage of local flavour to absorb and experience.