Introduction to Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital and second largest city of Vietnam, after Ho Chi Minh City. Former capital of the Vietnamese Empire, the French Colony and North Vietnam during the Vietnam War respectively, the city resembles a huge architectural museum.

Ancient temples, colonial mansions and communist monuments stand by the capital’s crowded streets, where motorbikes are more than anywhere else.

From fine dining to street stalls, Hanoi is the best place to try the famous Vietnamese cuisine no matter what your budget is. The city’s lively nightlife features both western pubs and local bars, where you can try the traditional ruou (Vietnamese spirit which is believed to have medicinal powers) in different variations; dare a sip of cobra ruou, with an actual cobra being preserved in the liquor bottle!

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