In the North, Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is situated in the Red River Delta. Hanoi has a wide variety of important cultural and historical sites and in 2010 it celebrated its 1,000th anniversary. Vietnam’s frenetic but charming capital is an increasingly popular travel destination. Hanoi is also the political center of the country, characterized by its ancient temples, a unique theater, a chaotic old quarter where narrow streets are covered with shopping and dining spots. An exotic and chaotic city, it is home to 7,5 million people and rides more than four million motorbikes.
In total, the Hanoi urban area covers 850 square km of over 40 districts in five provinces. The Hanoi urban area rapidly urbanizing and real estate is expensive and most densely populated in the world. The capital is known for its centuries-old architecture, which has been richly influenced by the cultures of Southeast Asia, China, and France. The urban landscape mostly to be succeeding with the low-rise heart of the city with its trees and broad sidewalks. In the past, under the domination of the French colonialist, Hanoi was separated into three regions which are the French area, Vietnamese area, and concession area. Many of the elegant villas of the old French quarter have been preserved. Until now, the area is still well known as the French Quarter. Located near Hoan Kiem Lake where are embassies, government buildings, and residential neighborhoods.
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Besides, Hanoi is also within easy reach of many of the country’s geographical and cultural treats. A few hours drive to the east is Unesco-protected Halong Bay, with some 2,000 craggy karsts soaring from the emerald-green Gulf of Tonkin. To the mountainous west are the terraced rice paddies and hill tribes of Sapa. Also, Hoa Lu the ancient capital of Dai Co Viet, in Ninh Binh Province is not far to reach. The best time to visit Hanoi is spring from February to April and autumn from October-November. Hanoi has a humid subtropical climate with lots of precipitation what is quite common in northern Vietnam.
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