Hanoi – The Cultural Epitome of Vietnam


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Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. It is situated on the Red River and has a population of over 7.7 million. The city is home to some of the most beautiful destinations in Vietnam. It is well known for its historic buildings, architecture, museums, and lakes. It also has a vibrant nightlife including entertainment venues and clubs. Overall, the place has lots of surprises for every kind of tourist. Some of the best sites in the city are listed below:

Old Quarter

The Old Quarter is located near the “Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long”. The historic streets offer a striking picture of Vietnamese culture. Here you can find several shops, night markets, restaurants, gift shops, and boutiques. It is a paradise for those who enjoy shopping as the markets offer amazing prices. The antiquity of the streets is well preserved and the people are quite friendly.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Your trip to Hanoi cannot be complete without visiting the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake which is popularly known as “the Lake of the Returned Sword”. The beautiful lake and its surrounds are quite peaceful and enchanting. The 17th century Turtle Tower that stands at the center of the lake on a small piece of land casts a captivating image. We spent an unforgettable evening at this historic lake. Our guide also mentioned a fairytale story that explains why the monument was named as Turtle Tower.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

A short journey to the Cầu Giấy district took us to one of the most versatile museums in the country. The place is dedicated to Social Sciences and numerous exhibits that speak about the ethnicity of Vietnam. Here you can find lots of artifacts and research works associated with the cultural history of the region. They also conduct puppet shows to illustrate folktales, history, and social life of various tribal groups. The entry fee was 40.000 VND per person.