The capital of Vietnam has undergone several transformations, with each era playing its part in carving the city into what it is today.
Hanoi has been molded by its past as an Imperialist dynasty, a French Indochina capital and a notorious participant in one of the world’s most appalling wars. Nonetheless, this is not a city that is ashamed of its previous lives. Its museums present the past as a series of tales which turn the town into a premier historical destination. Hanoi’s character is a melding of old world exoticism and new world modernity. It takes the best of Asian coastal living and tosses it next to an Asian metropolitan lifestyle comparable with any Hong Kong street. As a lazy sea side paradise, Hanoi is what Thailand used to be before it became a crowded tourism magnet. Modern Vietnam’s greatest asset is its local culture, which is built on a peculiar blend of commerce, spirituality and tradition. A dash of French ethos has been left behind, adding to the paradoxical nature of a city that has clung to its influences. Holidays in Hanoi, Vietnam leave visitors permanently altered.