Hanoi is not only the capital, but also a center of finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. Lying on both sides of the Red River, 1760 km far from Ho Chi Minh City, the city belongs to the Red River Delta. Hanoi has long history with colonial architecture and excellent museums and theaters.
Hanoi's climate is characteristic of the Northern, tropical monsoon, humidity, rainy summer, little rain, cold and dry in winter. From May to September is hot and rainy season. From November to March next year is winter, dry weather, sometimes cold.
The best time to visit Hanoi is in the fall, from early September to late November. At this time, the weather is cool, dry, and sometimes light rain with bright sunshine bringing airy space.
Hanoi is served by Noi Bai International Airport (mainly Vietnam Airlines), the only international airport for the northern regions of Vietnam. Then you can take taxi, bus transfer and especially “xe om” (hug vehicle)- a very special feature of Vietnam to travel.
As a city with a long history, traditional culture and national identity, Hanoi is one of those places in Vietnam attracting most local and international visitors.
Among the most beautiful spots of the capital, the first to mention is Temple of Literature & National University (Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam) - the first university of Vietnam, walls inscribed with the names of scholars.
Hanoi's Old Quarter is a unique feature of the city with houses, streets still retaining their appearance from the late 19th century. Hanoi tourists can wander all day in the old town, exploring the little nooks.
As a center of Buddhism and Taoism in Vietnam for centuries, Hanoi has many ancient temples of hundreds of years old, despite ups and downs. The most ancient is Tran Quoc Pagoda (built in 6th century) in West Lake. One other symbol of Hanoi is One Pillar Pagoda, the with the most unique lotus architecture in Vietnam. At the heart of the city is Ngoc Son Temple lying on Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake). When visiting Hanoi, visitors also cannot ignore Ba Dinh Square, the political center of Vietnam with Houses of Parliament, Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - where body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved, as well as The Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam is given.
It is an advice for visitors to Hanoi to visit the city's Opera House, located at No. 1 Trang Tien Street, built by French. This is one of the cultural centers of Hanoi, where frequent cultural activities, art performances take place. Besides, Water Puppet Theater is also an attraction to foreign visitors. Hanoi has the most diverse museum system in Vietnam, including more than 10 museums. Most of them are history museums such as Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam Military History Museum, Vietnam History Museum, B52 Victory Museum, Revolution Museum ... Other areas may include the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam Women's Museum.
Hanoi also has famous traditional trade villages such as Bat Trang ceramic village, Ngu Xa bronze casting village, Yen Phu incense village... keeping the traditional culture of the nation.
Hanoi has many dishes, but Pho is the most famous. Pho is a representative identity, characteristics of Hanoi cuisine. It is easy to understand, Pho Hanoi is unique, it cannot be mixed with any Pho of other places. Visitors to Hanoi often look for La Vong grilled fish pie (Cha Ca La Vong).In addition, you will also enjoy Thanh Tri Stuffer pancake, or West Lake shrimp cake, Com Lang Vong, ect.
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