The capital city of Vietnam is a whole lot more than a pit stop or an overnight transfer. The large, serene, Hoan Kiem lake sits in the centre surrounded by peace lilies and locals doing Tai Chi or enjoying picnics. Around this lies a vast network of tiny, thriving, inter-weaving streets, in which shops and restaurants flow out onto the road. The city is full of life and colour and noise, the beautiful historic monuments co-existing with the street food and markets.
A view down bustling Ngo Huyen Street
The streets of downtown Hanoi at night
The tranquil Hoan Kiem lake in the centre of Hanoi is a perfect spot to relax amid the bustling city
Two wheels is the only way to travel in Vietnam
The alleys and side streets of Hanoi are always beautiful and full of life