Hanoi, « the city by the river » is Vietnam’s capital with 3 million inhabitants although it is not the largest city, it is the gate to the Halong Bay and a city full of charms. Hô-Chi-Minh-City in the South remains the economic centre of the country with its 7 million inhabitants.
1. Streets and atmosphere
Let start our visit of Hanoi by the Ho Guom lake. From there walk North on Hang Dao and enjoy the facades and the busy street life.
When you reach Phan Ding Phung turn West and walk towards Hung Vuong then walk South towards the Hô Chi Minh mausoleum.
2. The Citadel and the war time museum
After spending time on the large open plaza where the Hô Chi Minh mausoleum stands.. Go to the Hanoi Citadel and have a look at the war museum; take the time to reflect on what Vietnam went through during the war time.
Then move on to the main train station, it is worth capturing the atmosphere of this busy place and I love trains. On the street watch the crowd on their bicycles, it is overwhelming at times.
3. Time for dinner
Finally head East towards the national Opera Theatre. By that time it will be dinnertime and you will find many places to accommodate your hunger with delicious and perfumed Vietnamese food.
Enjoy the day…