The capital of Vietnam and the second largest city, Hanoi is an interesting mix of the East and the West with noticeable traces of the communist influence as well as the French invasion. Known for being chaotic, colorful, scooter-infested city, Hanoi has a lot to offer in terms of delicious French and local delicacies, French-colonial architecture as well as a tranquil countryside that is a short drive away.
Top things to do in Hanoi besides visiting UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - often used as a symbol of Hanoi, includes watching the water puppet theatre and visiting 'Uncle Ho' at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. A popular hangout spot for locals throughout the day, a visit to the Hoan Kiem Lake (Turtle Lake) is a central feature of Hanoi. For shopping, Dong Xuan Market is the largest of its kind in Hanoi offering an extensive collection of fashion, apparel and souvenirs. Travel back through time by visiting Hanoi's Old Quarter where visitors can enjoy many fine examples of colonial architecture packed along narrow streets and it brings to life what many people imagine Hanoi to be.
If you have extra time to spare, Packist recommends to go on a Halong bay River Cruise where you will be able to join a delicious meal while admiring the scenery of limestone landscapes and cool caves.