Liz Mai -- Tour Package
N3/5, 310 Minh Khai
Hanoi Vietnam 0084
Hanoi, capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, has emerged in the 21st century as a sophisticated, prosperous city, fueled by foreign investment and resurgence in tourism. But despite the overwhelming abundance of stylish coffee shops and designer jewelry, gift and clothing boutiques, the heart and soul of Hanoi is still the Old Quarter, with its lively alleyways selling everything from spices to gravestones.
My general impression is Hanoi is a physically easy city to encounter. The air is breathable, the noise bearable, the pollution minimal. The smell of baking bread, burning incense and fresh market produce permeates delightful alleyways, characterized by exotic Asian touches against a backdrop of French colonial splendors. Colorful shops, resplendent with silk, lanterns and lacquer ware are a dangerous temptation, while culinary delights beckon in every direction.
Published on 12/9/08