Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is an ancient city that surges with energy.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts, 6.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802–1945), but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam, and it became the capital of a reunified Vietnam in 1976, after the North’s victory in the Vietnam War.
The city lies on the right bank of the Red river.
October 2010 officially marked 1000 years since the establishment of the city. The Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mủal is a 4 km ceramic mosaic mural created to mark the occasion.
Hanoi is located in northern region of Vietnam, situated in the Vietnam’s Red River delta, nearly 90 km (56 mi) away from the coastal area. Hanoi contains three basic kind of terrain, which are the delta area, the midland area and mountainous zone. In general, the terrain is gradually lower from the north to the south and from the west to the east, with the average height ranging from 5 to 20 meters above the sea level. The hills and mountainous zones are located in the northern and western part of the city. The highest peak is at Ba Vi with 1281 m, located in the western part of the region.
Hanoi experienced a rapid construction boom recently. Skyscrapers, popping up in new urban areas, dramatically change the cityscape and form a modern skyline outside the old city. In 2015, Hanoi is ranked # 39 by Emporis in the list of world cities with most skyscrapers over 100 m; its two tallest buildings are Hanoi Landmark 72 Tower (336m, tallest in Vietnam and second tallest in Southeast Asia after Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers) and Hanoi Lotte Center (272m, also second tallest in Vietnam)
Local tradition is a big part of culture, yet the rise of modernization and the boom of industrialization has transformed Hanoi into a city that never seems to slow down or take a break.
The historical attractions, the continuous markets, and the stunning array of cuisine makes Hanoi a perfect place to let yourself loose and explore.
Morning coffee stop
Mornings, or even afternoons and evenings, should always begin with a few cups of Vietnamese coffee.
Introduced by the French during the years of colonization, Vietnam became addicted to dark roasts and strong brews.
While I normally enjoy hot buy soft viagra plain black unsweetened coffee, Vietnamese iced “ca phe sua da,” which includes a ton of sweetened condensed milk, really hits the spot on a warm day.
Always busy streets of Hanoi
The Old Quarter of Hanoi is one of the original and most congested sections of town. Motorbikes zoom through the narrow roads and lanes while stores and restaurants line the streets and even sprawl onto the road.
Each building is unique in the Old Quarter and I was just amazed at the architecture and construction. Delicious restaurants, stores selling everything imaginable, hotels, and bars are now all very common throughout the Old Quarter.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Located adjacent to the Old Quarter is Hoan Kiem Lake, a landmark and popular gathering place in Hanoi for tourists and locals alike. The water, far from clear, is famous for its deep green color.
The Ngoc Son Temple, located on a small island within the lake, is reached by crossing the red-painted Huc Bridge. The distinguishable bridge is a favorite place to stop and take photos.
Hoan Kiem Lake is the type of place that invites one to eat an ice cream cone while taking a meandering stroll that strictly focuses on relaxation.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh was a revolutionary leader and one of the most important founding fathers of Vietnam. Often referred to as Uncle Ho, he now remains embalmed and displayed at his mausoleum in Hanoi.
Everyday the mausoleum is open to visitors from 9 am – 12 pm and thousands come to show their honor and respect. If you go, be sure to adhere to the strict dress code and visiting guidelines.