We recommend taking a private guided tour of
Hanoi's main sights, including temples, museums of the
country's recent and ancient history, traditional old quarters and
more recent tree-lined boulevards with their French colonial
architecture. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda, the
Temple of Literature and Hanoi Citadel. A walking tour of the
Ancient Quarter or the '36 Streets' District is a particular must.
This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of
commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a
particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, you
will see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper
Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with fascinating
Once you've had your fill of history and culture, enjoy a stroll
around some of the 18 lakes which, with their surrounding gardens
and trees, are the lungs of the city. As evening approaches, the
lakeshores become the venues for traditional water-puppet
Combine a Hanoi holiday with a tour of Halong Bay, on the Gulf
of Tonkin. Cliffs, arches and coves compete for space in an area
that is without doubt the most outstandingly beautiful in the
country - an incomparable coastal scene.
Viewed from above, Halong
Bay resembles a geographic work of art, but the best way to
experience this unique natural wonder is by meandering among the
islands and inlets on a boat.