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ASIA : VIETNAM: HANOI

The charming and eclectic capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is one of Southeast Asia's rising star. Hanoi's Old Quarter, a tangled network of colourful streets filled with street vendors, is the perfect place to soak in the atmosphere of this classic Asian city. Book your travel package to Hanoi with Direct Flights today.

Hanoi

     

Centuries of domination by the Chinese, followed by one hundred years as a French colony, make Hanoi a fascinating potpourri of East and West, ancient and modern. This charming and eclectic capital of Vietnam largely escaped the somewhat pedestrian architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, and the city is now one of Southeast Asia's rising stars. Hanoi has been a capital city for more than one thousand years, through several different invasions and foreign occupations, during the separate existence of North Vietnam and following the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1975. This is a city where the old Asia blends with the new, where modern life meets the ancient, and throughout it all, Hanoi is in harmony with its history. The pace of the city is Asian, but the grace of the city is most definitely Parisian. Hanoi travel packages are becoming very popular with holiday travellers seeking an exotic destination, and discount travel to Hanoi is easy to book through Direct Flights, your online travel specialist.       
       
Hanoi's Old Quarter, a tangled network of colourful streets filled with street vendors, is the perfect place to soak in the atmosphere of this classic Asian city. Or you can watch synchronised t'ai chi on the shores of the lake, view the French colonial architecture, or visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Hanoi, filled with lakes, parks, monuments, broad boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas, has it all: ancient history, a colonial past and a modern, cosmopolitan outlook. Restaurants serve a diverse range of foods, from international cuisine to spicy local offerings, and discount accommodation in Hanoi is very easy to book through Direct Flights.        
       
Recent history buffs may enjoy a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, or perhaps Hoa Lo Prison (the "Hanoi Hilton"). Built by the French at the turn of the 20th century to house Vietnamese freedom fighters, this prison was later used by North Vietnam to hold U.S. prisoners of war. It is now a museum that portrays the French colonial regime and the Vietnamese struggle against foreign interference. The Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre provides a pleasant change of pace and a visit can be a colourful highlight of your cheap holidays to Hanoi. Live musicians accompany folk legends from Vietnamese history, told with wooden men, women and dragons dancing and splashing on the water.       
       
Hanoi is a shoppers' paradise, with prices among the best in Asia and shops offering fine silks, lacquerware, custom tailoring and other Asian wares. In short, Hanoi offers something that will interest everyone. Your accommodation in Hanoi can also be used to explore the surrounding region, which features charming villages, scenic hills and verdant valleys. The Perfume Pagoda is an ancient Buddhist site about 60 km southwest of Hanoi. The excursion involves a boat trip, hiking up a mountain and visiting various nearby temples and grottoes. And the beautiful Ban Gioc waterfall near the Chinese border is only about five hours away.        
       
Hanoi's international airport is a bit less busy than Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), but visitors coming from Europe can book flights to Hanoi via Bangkok and then on to Hanoi. Flights to Hanoi from North America arrive via Hong Kong and Taiwan, and cheap flights to Hanoi are available from other cities within Vietnam, including Danang, Dien Bien Phu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hué and Nha Trang. But whether you'll be flying to Hanoi from Australia or Germany, Direct Flights can help you plan and book your trip from the convenience of your computer. You'll be amazed at how fast and easy it is, and surprised by how much money you can save by booking your discount travel to Hanoi through Direct Flights!
       
       
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