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Hanoi, Vietnam

The Turtle Tower on Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam, situated on the Red River in the northern part of the country. It is an interesting city at many levels. For, as international capitals go, it is not all that old, originally established in only 1010 AD. Yet, it is a city with history, an imperial city where every Vietnamese dynasty is fairly represented, a city where hundreds of ancient temples, pagodas and cultural icons have endured. It is also in part a colonial city, the star of French Indochina, where the early 19th-century architecture, both French and Vietnamese, as well as the atmosphere of that era, are well-preserved in the city's older quarters. And, lest we forget, Hanoi is the face of yesteryear Southeast Asian communism to the Western World: Here is a city of defiance, the city of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietcong, and of "Hanoi Jane," where vestiges of the Vietnam War are still strewn about, albeit as mere relics of a bygone era.

Hanoi is home to roughly 6.5 million people. It is also home to millions of motorbikes and motor scooters (including motorbike taxis, the most popular form of transportation here!), as well as scores of museums and galleries, and hundreds of visitor attractions, making it an ideal tourist stop. In fact, in 2010, when Hanoi celebrated its 1,000th anniversary, it was chosen by travel gurus around the world as one of the top travel destinations, with Hanoi's hotels, restaurants and shopping venues offering the biggest bang for the buck.

Hanoi's principal airport is the Noi Bai International Airport, located approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of central Hanoi in the Soc Son District of the city. Hanoi is also well-connected by rail from virtually all points in the country.

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Last updated November 15, 2013
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