1 The Old Quarter

Wander through the intoxicating tangle of streets that make up Hanoi’s commercial heart.

2 The Opera House

Check out this stately signature-piece of French colonial architecture, modelled on the one in Paris.

3 Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

The ghostly figure of “Uncle Ho”, embalmed against his wishes, remains a strangely moving sight.

4 Temple of Literature

Vietnam’s foremost Confucian sanctuary and centre of learning provides a haven of green lawns amidst the hubbub of Hanoi.

5 Museum of Ethnology

Discover the staggering variety and creativity of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities.

6 Pho bo

Join the locals and slurp on Hanoi’s traditional beef-and-noodle breakfast soup.

7 Bia hoi bars

As night falls parties gather for a few refreshing jars of the local brew.

8 Water-puppets

Vietnam’s quirky but charming art form developed in the floodlands of the Red River Delta.

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