Xin chao and welcome to Hanoi, a charming city located in the north of Vietnam, serving as the capital city. As a vibrant, fascinating city steeped in history and culture, Hanoi never fails to offer memorable experiences to visitors of various interests and tastes.
For a taste of the rich history of Vietnam, it's worth a trip to Tran Quoc Pagoda, a 6th-century Buddhist temple built with orange bricks, or the Temple of Literature which is dedicated to Vietnam's most outstanding scholars. To learn about the country's ethnic groups, don't miss the Museum of Ethnology that houses an amazing collection of tribal art, artifacts, and everyday objects. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House are must-visits if you are really into the life and stories of Vietnam's great leader who led the nation to independence. To get a bite of Vietnamese sense of humor, don't forget to enjoy a water puppet show near the Hoan Kiem Lake as an evening treat.
Foodies won't disappoint either, as the city boasts some of the most mouthwatering Vietnamese food in the country if not Southeast Asia. And the Old Quarter is an ideal place to start your culinary odyssey as you can sample egg coffee, bun cha (grilled pork and noodles), bun-mien ngan (rice noodles with Muscovy duck), bia (Hanoi's local beer), etc.