Old Asia and New Asia are polar opposites. While Old Asia is synonymous with temples, serenity and tradition, New Asia is a mixture of business enterprise, building development and hedonistic partying. But can these worlds co-exist? And, more importantly, can they complement each other? Enter Hanoi.
Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, is going through a building boom, adding to its new-meets-old beauty making it the a fascinating city to visit.
The swarm of motorbikes and people rushing though tiny side streets and large motorways is almost as picturesque as the ancient buildings. Straight from arrival, Hanoi smacks you with its large personality, where designer-clad socialites and shoestring backpackers are equally welcome. From the boutiques, shopping malls and local markets, to the Parisian-style cafés and calm countryside in the surrounding region, the city has a different, yet equally charming, pace on every turn.
As one of the most beautiful places in the world, Halong Bay needs no introduction, just trust us when we say: “Go there.” Research your tour operator carefully, as the crowd and experience differ greatly depending on where you book.
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Established in 1070, The Temple Of Literature went on to house Vietnam’s first university. Different Asian architecture trends are prominent throughout making it one of Hanoi’s most popular landmarks.
The perfectly positioned Sofitel Plaza Hanoi has the best views in the city, with Truc Bach Lake on its doorstep.
Nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton by American prisoners of war, Hoa Lo Prison is now a museum. The focus is on its use as a place to lock up (and sometimes execute) Vietnamese political prisoners during the country’s French rule in the early 20th century.
Not seeing Hoan Kiem Lake would be like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower. Located in the old quarter, it comes complete with myths and legends.
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