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Travel Guide to Hanoi in Vietnam

By Julie Bowman

Vietnam is so lucky to be blessed with an abundance of rich culture, ancient historical monuments, inspiring and diverse natural scenery, luxurious beaches, verdant green rice-paddy fields, huge mighty mountain peaks, deep rivers and mysterious deep forests. Vietnam has a rare natural beauty and is amazingly rich in her natural scenery and beautiful destinations like the deltas of the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta. Vietnam is situated in the heart of the south east of the Indochina Peninsula. The border countries include China in the north, Laos on the northwest border and Cambodia which is on the southwest border. Located to the east of Vietnam is the vast and amazing South China Sea. An adventure holiday Vietnam is sure to delight and thrill travelers from around the world.

Visiting Hanoi is an absolute "must do' on your list of locations to visit while on your travels. Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and is a city full of incredibly rich history. Hanoi is also the cultural centre of Vietnam with plenty of ancient historic charm. And did you know that there are more than 600 pagodas and temples dotted around Hanoi as well as a huge abundance of French colonial buildings, which you can see on many of the streets?
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Presidential Palace by Jorge Láscar

Your tours are highly recommended to include the following sites and locations so you get the most from your trip:

French Colonial Architecture - Ancient Hanoi is so fortunate indeed to be blessed with many beautiful French colonial buildings which were constructed by the early French settlers. The buildings to see include the Grand Opera House, the majestic Presidential Palace, which was built between 1901 and 1906, the cultural State Bank of Vietnam, the well preserved hotel the Sofitel Metropole and the soaring and mighty Cathédrale St-Joseph.

French architecture in Hanoi by Adam Jones

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is situated in an amazing building right in the centre of Hanoi and actually on display within the mausoleum building itself is the well preserved body of Uncle Ho as the Vietnamese call him - Mister Ho Chi Minh himself, whose body is actually embalmed and is presented to his public and any visitors. He does look incredibly peaceful indeed and almost as if asleep. This visit will be a highlight of your tour to Hanoi.

One-Pillar Pagoda - Constructed in 1049, the One-Pillar Pagoda is a very well respected monument amongst Buddhists and travellers alike and also makes an intriguing and delightful site to visit on your tour.

Old Quarter - Explore the often unexplored side to Asia that you have only dreamed about by discovering the historic bustling back streets and lanes of Hanoi's Old Quarter, which is an absolute must see on your visit.

A Vietnam holiday is sure to delight.

Author: Julie Bowman

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