An Insider Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam!

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. This city is however, isn't all about classic images of old Asia. Here you’ll find classy lounges that wouldn’t be out of place in any world metropolis. Following is the insider guide to Hanoi:

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1) Shopping and Attractions: Shopping opportunities abound at markets such as Dong Xuan and streets such as Hang Gai (silk) and Hang Da (leather). The area’s famous Communal Houses, mini-temples that are mostly protected from the street by well-disguised entrances, provide respite from the bustle. With its rapid growth and extremely high population density, several modern shopping centers have been built in Hanoi. Major malls include Trang Tien Plaza, Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem District Vincom Center, Ba Trieu Street, Hai Ba Trung District and many more.

2) Nightlife: Tadioto marks out as artier than anywhere else in Vietnam. The venue serves as a gathering point for the city’s creative and intellectual set. While most easily described as a bar, it's also a forum for the arts with literary readings, installations, live music and exhibitions. On the other hand, the CAMA ATK Bar draws the city’s music lovers with its eclectic program of live acts and DJs.

3) Museums: Hanoi is also home to a number of museums like National Museum of Vietnamese History, Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam Museum of Revolution, Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison) and many more.

4) Dinning: Much of the best food in Vietnam can be found on the streets, so Quan An Ngon serves local street staples in more upmarket surroundings. One of the best dining venues in the city is Pots and Pans. Here you will find a fresh blend of Vietnamese produce with international cooking techniques and presentation.