Hanoi (UK: ha-, hə-NOY or US: hah-NOY; Vietnamese: Hà Nội [hàː nôjˀ] (listen)) is the capital city of Vietnam in the north of Vietnam. It covers an area of 3,358.6 km2 (1,296.8 sq mi). The second largest city in Vietnam, it consists of 12 urban districts, 1 district-leveled town and 17 rural districts. Located within the Red River Delta, Hanoi is the cultural and political centre of Vietnam.
Hanoi traced its history back to the third century BCE, when a portion of the modern-day city served as the capital of the historic Vietnamese nation of Âu Lạc. Following the collapse of Âu Lạc, the city was part of Han China. In 1010, Vietnamese emperor Lý Thái Tổ established the capital of the imperial Vietnamese nation Đại Việt in modern-day central Hanoi, naming the city Thăng Long (literally "Ascending Dragon"). Thăng Long remained Đại Việt's political centre until 1802, when the Nguyễn dynasty, the last imperial Vietnamese dynasty, moved the capital to Huế. The city was renamed Hanoi in 1831, and served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1945. On 6 January 1946, the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam designated Hanoi as the capital of the newly-independent country, which would last during the First Indochina War (1946–1954) and the Vietnam War (1955–1975). Hanoi has been the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since 1976.
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Ivan Garcia | May 7, 2018
I liked my time in Hanoi Old Quarter. I spent Friday evening there and the atmosphere was excellent. There were several entertainers on the street dancing and singing. Walking around the lake feels great and the lights makes it a nice evening promenade. On top of that, you can enjoy the night market with plenty of shopping options. If you are visiting Hanoi, get your hotel here. Totally worth it.
Arg Kon | Jun 14, 2018
Nice area to walk around during both day and night. It's safe too. Shopping is good and lots of small and interesting things to see.
Angie Rajb | Apr 25, 2018
Crazy levels of hustle and bustle in this place. It's the heart of Hanoi with great restaurants and street shopping. Be wary of the scooters zooming past you while you walk about in this area. Vehicles are not allowed on weekends and it's then that the place comes alive with live musical performances, food vendors with yummy stick snacks and happy people.
PcWojtekGamingProductions | Jun 9, 2018
High pollution, overcrowded, noisy and plenty of western millenials. You can find cheap and good food though. It is just another big city for me, fortunately i was here only for one day. Have fun in here if you can, i couldn't.
MAX CHANG | Feb 23, 2018
Well, there is not so much to see rather than the old houses that have beautiful architecture but in very bad conditions. The narrow streets are crowded with motorbikes and cars trying to make their way through. There are a lot of places to find cheap and affordable clothes and really good street food. I think the main attractions in here are the churches an the water bodies surrounding the area. If you like to experience the local daily life of Vietnam you will have a good time in here, but be aware that it is a noisy spot. There are many affordable hostels and by night you can have fun in the many bars.
wes porteous | Jun 24, 2018
The old quarter of Hanoi is fantastic and chaotic. There are some great restaurants, both authentically local and international, lots of hotels, and a coffee shop with delicious Vietnamese coffee everywhere you look. From Friday evening at 7 to Sunday evening, some of the major streets are closed to traffic for a night market. The area just south of the old quarter around Hoan Kiem lake is quite nice as well
Marie-Claire Nguyen | Jun 18, 2018
Interesting place to spend a day or two maximum to feel the vibe, have coffee and late-dinner. Very busy place with way too much bikes and cars. This place should be close most of the day for clean air purpose, security and annoying honkings.
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