Hanoi – Vietnam’s enigmatic capital | Private jet charter
Hanoi’s Chinese and French influences has resulted in a beautifully diverse cuisine, eclectic arts scene and architectural legacy. Here are 6 reasons to visit Hanoi.
Lotte Tower Observation Deck
Hanoi – both the old quarter and the newer metropolis – is best viewed from the vertiginous observation deck on the 65th floor of the Lotte Centre in the capital’s Ba Dinh district. There’s a sky walk for braver visitors, as well as four zones with interactive visual exhibits, and the tower also boasts multiple restaurants, a rooftop bar and a department store on its lower floors.
Long Biên Bridge
Built between 1899 and 1902, Long Biên Bridge across the Red River was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Much of this historic cantilever iron bridge is still standing and carries trains and traffic. Currently undergoing reconstruction, it’s worth seeing at night when beautifully illuminated. Long Biên Bridge connects the two Hanoi districts of Long Bien and Hoan Kiem.
Bach Ma Temple
Legend says that Bach Ma is the oldest temple in Hanoi, but whatever its age it’s a fascinating albeit compact structure dating from the 18th century. It was built by Emperor Ly Thai To and honours a white horse that apparently guided him to this site where he decided to build his city walls.
Hoàn Kiếm Lake
Located on the edge of the historical heart of Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm Lake (aka the Lake of the Restored Sword) is as popular with locals as it is with tourists who gather here for early morning walks, Tai Chi, people-watching and relaxation away from the hectic capital. The lake is also home to a rare breed of turtle. Many visitors come to see the sacred Ngoc Son Temple accessible via the red Rising Sun Bridge.
Vietnamese Markets Hanoi
Arrive early at these indoor and outdoor markets located in the districts of Hoan Kiem and Tay Ho for a visual and gustatory feast involving Vietnamese street food, souvenirs, craftwork, flowers, clothing and much more. Dong Xuan Market is Hanoi’s largest indoor market housed in a cavernous four-storey building. The lower floor sells fresh foods while the uppers stocks luggage, fabrics and more at wholesale prices. For atmosphere head to Hanoi Weekend Night Market in the Old Quarter with its handicrafts, souvenirs and fabulous street vendors.
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