A fascinating mix of old and new Vietnam with Chinese and French influences, Hanoi is changing quickly but maintains a strong sense of identity. Full of things to see, from the architecture of the Old Quarter and the French Quarter to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature, the Vietnamese capital lends itself to exploration. The city is also home to one of Asia's stronger indigenous culinary traditions and features a growing number of international dining options. Hanoi is very affordable by urban Asian standards, with the majority of hotels and restaurants offering plenty of value.
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Mind the buzzing mopeds in the Old Quarter, where streets are named for what's sold on them (silver, silk, paper). Slurp satisfying pho noodle soup.
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Dubbed the Hanoi Hilton, Hoa Lo Prison housed U.S. prisoners in the Vietnam War. Only remnants remain, but artifacts include a photo of McCain there.
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The venue shines a spotlight on women in the country's society and history, from their jobs as street vendors to their roles in time of war.
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Savor the flavors of Vietnam at the elegant Ly Club, in a French colonial mansion. Try soup served in a pumpkin shell or seafood with lemongrass.
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