Discover Hanoi, Vietnam's capital

Hanoi is Vietnam's capital and has a population of no less than 3 million inhabitants. However, it is the second largest city in the country, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most dynamic city. The city is located in the north of the country, on the banks of the Red River.

Founded in 1010, Hanoi, was first named Thang Long. It developed and became the political, economical and cultural centre of Vietnam. The city changed names depending on the dynasties that governed it but it maintained its dynamics and power.
During the 20th century, Hanoi successively became the capital of French Indochina, then the capital of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and finally of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. During the 19th century, the city changed its look, becoming a true garden city. There were many urban works that were undertaken and today, the heart of the city stands out among others for the presence of lakes within the city.

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Your stay in Hanoi: must-see sites and attractions

During your stay in Hanoi you will discover many temples and buildings built with traditional Vietnamese architecture: the One Pillar Pagoda, the Pagoda of the Defence of the Fatherland, the Bridge of the Rising Sun, etc. The Temple of Literature, also called the "Pagoda of Crows", was built to honour Confucius and his philosophy. Considered as the first university in Vietnam, it is a place for rest and meditation. As you walk in Phan Dinh Phung Street, where most of the embassies are located in Hanoi, you can admire splendid colonial style buildings.

If you would like to know about the city's history, and more extensively about the country's history, we recommend a visit to the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Ho Chi Minh Museum as well as his mausoleum and the Museum of the Vietnamese Woman. If you stay for a few days in Hanoi, you will also have time to discover the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Ethnology and the Museum of the Air Force. Whatever you do, don't miss the Water Puppet Show. It's a traditional show that depicts life in the Vietnamese countryside in a fun and original way.
As a garden-city, Hanoi has many parks and lakes: Hoan Kiem Lake, also called Lake of the Returned Sword, West Lake, Lake of the White Bamboo, etc. Families will enjoy a ride in a peddle boat on the Truc Back Lake, or in a boat on Bay-Mau Lake.

During your stay in Vietnam,, discover the country's culinary specialities such as "Pho" soup or deep-fried prawn and squid. Experience Vietnam and reserve a flight to Hanoi now with Air France.

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