One of the most ancient capitals of the world and home to centuries-old architecture.
As one of the most ancient capitals of the world and home to centuries-old architecture, this capital is rich with culture and influences from Southeast Asia, France and China. The chaotic Old Quarter sits at the heart of this city, where you will be swept off your feet by scooters whizzing by and lose hours wandering the narrow streets, ordered somewhat by trade. There is plenty to see – from well-preserved colonial buildings to ancient pagodas and unique museums in the city centre. Be sure to introduce yourself to the interesting variety of fresh Vietnamese dishes. The tranquil countryside is only a short drive away from the busy city, featuring traditional villages set in mountain landscapes and lush parks, as well as the iconic Ha Long Bay.