The capital of Vietnam, the city of Hanoi is a charming blend of East and the West. While on one hand you would see the busy metropolitan population pacing up and down the streets in cars, you would also spot hawkers wearing their traditional conical caps plying across the markets. The city has an energetic atmosphere and is the hub of all sorts of activities – from commercial to administrative to tourism. In October 2010, the city officially completed its 1000 years of establishment; a 4 km long Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural was built to mark the occasion.
An evening at the Hoan Kiem Lakeside would introduce you to the calm side of this city. It is a preferred spot to stroll around, read a book or meet your lover. Hanoi’s landscape is dotted with various museums, parks and temples worth visiting. One of the most interesting places amongst these is the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, narrating the stories of the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France.