Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and the country's second largest city. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts, 2.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction.


From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Huế, the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945), but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam, and it became the capital of a reunified Vietnam in 1976. 


The city is located on the right bank of the Red river. Hanoi is located at 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh city and at 120 km (75 mi) west of Hai Phong city.


There are many places of interest nearby Hanoi which is ideal for a full day trip like: Duong Lam ancient village, Bat Trang traditional pottery village, Thay & Tay Phuong pagoda, Perfume pagoda, Phu Lang village with But Thap pagoda, Quan Ho folk songs in Bac Ninh, Dong Ho painting village, Hoa Binh minority village or even to Hoa Lu Tam Coc or Bai Dinh Trang An in Ninh Binh province.


- Area: 3,330 sq km

- Population: 8 mil

- Aver. annual temp. | humid. : 24C or 75F | 78%


Places of interest:

- Temple of Literature

- Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex

- One pillar pagoda

- Hoan Kiem lake

- Tran Quoc pagoda

- Water puppet show

- Old quarter (36 streets)

- Duong Lam ancient village

- Fine Art museum

- Thay & Tay Phuong pagoda

- Perfume pagoda

- Quan Ho folk songs (Bac Ninh)