Hanoi Travel: Vietnam's Capital with great food and rich traditions

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. King Ly Thai To moved the capital city from Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province to Hanoi in 1010 A.D.. It is said when the King arrived in Hanoi, he saw a five-colored dragon flying into the sky. Thinking it was a good holy sign, the King chose to build a new city in Hanoi. At the time, the King named the city Thang Long meaning the City of Ascending Dragon.

 Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi - Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi - Vietnam

 Back in the 11th century, Thang Long was protected by moats and citadel walls. There were two important areas in the capital city: the Royal Citadel and the business quarter. The King and the Royal Court lived and worked in the Royal Citadel; while the business quarter was where local residents lived, did business and exchanged goods. Thang Long Citadel was destroyed many times during the different wars in Vietnam and nowadays only the citadel walls are left.

The once business area of Thang Long is now called the Old Quarter which is still as busy, hustling and bustling as ever. The Old Quarter is a good area for shopping if you have a chance to travel to Hanoi.

The Huc Bridge - Hanoi Vietnam
The Huc Bridge - Hanoi Vietnam

 In the 19th century, the French came to Hanoi and built a new area along side the old areas of Hanoi, and that area now is known as the French Quarter. The French Quarter is known with wide boulevards, French-styled villas. There are a number of sidewalk cafes, fine-dining restaurants and luxury hotels in the French Quarter nowadays.

The French Quarter in Hanoi Vietnam
The French Quarter in Hanoi Vietnam

 Traveling to Hanoi now, you could easily have a pleasant time in the capital city of Vietnam with its laid-back atmosphere and the blend of the East and the West.

Truc Bach Lake - Hanoi - Vietnam
Truc Bach Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam