Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam and its current capital. During the first half of the 20th century it served as the capital of French Indochina, in 1954 it became the capital of North Vietnam and in 1976 the capital of the reunified Vietnam after the South’s defeat in the Vietnam War.
After centuries of Chinese dominance, French colonisation, Japanese occupation and nationalists’ revolutions the city has a captivating blend of cultures and fascinating historical background. Hanoi remains one of the most beautiful colonial Indochinese cities despite its evolving nature and administrative changes.
Hanoi is significantly quieter than Ho Chi Minh City, although it has the same energetic atmosphere and pulsating ambiance than its southern counterpart. Visitors should be aware that crossing the streets of Hanoi can be an odyssey as motorbike traffic tends to saturate most popular areas, however, the city has numerous parks, museums and cafes where to have a break from the metropolitan chaos.
Hanoi has a rich culinary culture product of its multicultural heritage that will delight the most demanding palates. The Old Quarters are packed with bars, clubs, discos and live music for those looking to enjoy the local nightlife scene.