Hanoi is the place where the old spirit of exotic unhurried Asia and modern business rush are mixed together. Crazy stream of motorcycles flows like a river between ancient monuments and temples. Rikshis carry passengers in front of modern shopping malls.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest industrial city after Ho Chi Minh. Hanoi literally means “between two rivers” because it is situated on the banks of the Red River Hong Ha. The population of Hanoi is around 6 500 000 people. The total size of Hanoi area is 3 300 square kilometers which is three times as big as Moscow for comparison. Hanoi is amongst 17 largest cities of the world and amongst 10 most attractive touristic destinations in Asia.
Hanoi is the place where you can wander for hours around one and the same place without getting bored like the famous lake “The returned sword” and always see something new. Here you feel very secure; it is lovely to be engulfed by the atmosphere of friendliness and hospitality of the locals.
Main feature of Hanoi is its relative unpopularity with the tourists. You are not risking getting lost in the crowd of wandering vacationists who sometimes make it hard for you to see the country itself. You can confidently plunge into the atmosphere of old centuries – you can just walk narrow streets of the Old Quarter, pop in the local markets out which the flower market Quangba and the Silk street are the most popular.
Puppet theater on water originally was an entertainment for peasants. Tired workers amused each other by creating a puppet performance. Today this show is a real exotic find for the tourists. A special theater has been created which can be visited by anyone and the show is almost a must see for anyone visiting the capital. It is worth attending also because it is one of a few things to do in Hanoi at night.
Even if most tourists use Hanoi as an entrepot to travel to the ancient capital Hui, you can stay for a couple of days and your journey in Vietnam will be filled with pleasant memories of the first days in the country.