Hanoi

Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Hoa…

Highlights: Hoan Kiem Lake, Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh , Mausoleum, Water Puppets, Temple of Literature, etc.

In Ha Noi, visitors will enjoy an incomparable combination of tradition, elegance and progress.

The northern metropolis possesses a unique architecture of beautiful colonial villas and streets lined with old trees. However, just as the rest of the country, its capital is undergoing major changes. Wide avenues and highways are being created, hotels and office buildings are also being built, and giving a whole new looks to the city. Noi Bai International Airport, 35km from the centre of Ha Noi, is one of the two biggest airports in the country. The airport is being modernized.

Ha Noi means “the hinterland between the rivers” (Ha: river, Noi: interior). The portion of the Red River embracing Ha Noi is approximately 30km long. Ha Noi also characteristically contains many beautiful lakes, which are the lungs of the city, with their surrounding gardens and trees providing a vital source of energy.

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