If you are planning a holiday in Vietnam, Hanoi is sure to be on your list of places to visit, and this vibrant capital city offers the tourist a whole host of surprises. Located on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is a French colonial city that is easy to explore on foot, and the city can be divided into two sections – the French Quarter and the Old Quarter. If you would like to make the most of your time in Hanoi, here are a few worthwhile activities that are recommended for all tourists.
- Experience A Unique Water Puppet Theatrical Performance – Water puppetry is unique to Vietnam and there are a number of venues where you can enjoy a classical performance. The main venue is called the Thang Long Puppet Theatre, where you can marvel at the puppets as they glide across the surface of the water, and the tour operator that helps you plan your holiday can include an evening at one of the premier water puppet theatres.
- Visit The Hanoi Opera House – Built by the French in 1911, Hanoi Opera House is designed in a Gothic theme with finely decorated pillars, and the interior is even more impressive than the exterior. If you search online, check out Exotic Voyages Vietnam luxury tour packages that are designed around you, and you can include a performance at this stunning venue.
- Visit The Imperial Citadel – Located in Thang Long, the Imperial Citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and definitely a place to include in your list of places to visit in Hanoi. You can view many artefacts from as far back as the 6th century and you should spend a day wandering around the grounds and the display room where the many artefacts can be seen. The Imperial Citadel was the capital for around 800 years, and in 2004, archaeologists began to excavate the area and discovered a treasure trove of coins, pottery and other items.
- Ba Vi National Park – Located on the outskirts of Hanoi, Ba Vi National Park is a place of real natural beauty that makes a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are three mountains: Dinh Vua, which is the highest at 1,290 metres, Tan Vien, which is slightly smaller, and Ngoc Hoa, which is just over 1,000 metres high. Many tourists take the road to the summit of Tan Vien, where there is an 11th century monument to the Mountain God.
There is so much to see and do in Hanoi, and rather than trying to cram everything into your visit, you should talk to an established tour operator, who can help you to plan your time in this unique city. A luxury tour provider would have local English-speaking guides who would accompany you throughout your holiday, and as English is not widely spoken, having your own guide really does take the strain out of travelling around this enchanting city.