Hanoi will simultaneously astound, enchant, and devour you. Around 1010, Emperor Ly Thai To gave the Red River city of Hanoi the name Thang Long (soaring dragon). The city developed from swamplands into the charismatic capital it is today after over a thousand years of conflict, natural calamities, and changing governments, making it a gem of Vietnam tourism and one of the most sought-after travel destinations in among the travel community. In the following sections, we have discussed some of the best places to visit as well as some of the best activities to try out in Hanoi:
The art form of water puppetry originated at least 1,000 years ago in the rice fields in the northern region of the country. If you’re travelling with kids, you’d be remiss to leave Hanoi without catching a show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. A Vietnamese orchestra accompanies the water puppets, with some modern special effects to add to the glamour. Vietnam honeymoon packages doesn’t get any better than this!
Few truly historic buildings exist in Vietnam. This makes the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam) a special treat indeed. First built as a Confucian temple in 1070 AD, it went to become Vietnam’s first university. (Quoc Tu Giam) and operated as an educational institute for well over 700 years. Between ponds, gardens, and tranquil courtyards, it’s a haven in the heart of Hanoi. This makes for a good addition to your Vietnam tour packages.
A key landmark in the historical centre of Hanoi, charming Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) offers a peaceful escape from the hectic pace and crowds of the city. It’s a popular spot to get together. It also makes a good place to people-watch on a slow day to experience and absorb local culture. This is a must-add to Hanoi tour package.
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