Hanoi is the capital and second largest city in the country of Vietnam. This city offers an ambiance and culture that is a blend of Chinese and French influence in its political past. The Old Quarter of Hanoi is famous for its small artisans and merchants, including many silk shops. In this area you will find several restaurants serving local Vietnamese cuisine and several clubs and bars. There is also a night market that opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening in the heart of this district, offering food stalls and a variety of souvenirs and clothing.
Hanoi’s economy is dependant on trade, tourism, finance, and banking. The Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi is the downtown and commercial centre of the city. Located in this district are most large, Vietnamese public corporations and bank headquarters, including Asia Commercial Bank and Mekong Capital. The central government offices are located in Ba Dinh District (French Quarter) of Hanoi. Both districts have office space available.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The Hoan Kiem downtown district of Hanoi is also home to many or the tourist attractions in the city. These include The Old Quarter, Hanoi Opera House, National Museum of Vietnamese History and the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Vietnam favourite dishes include ph?, ch? cá, bánh cu?n and c?m and are thought to have originated in Hanoi. Ph? is a simple rice noodle soup often eaten for breakfast. This can be found in small cafes but is also served in restaurants as a full meal. Ph? Bò, contains beef, and Ph? Gà, is made with chicken. The Gourmet Corner Restaurant is a coffee shop offering vegetarian and Vietnamese cuisine. It is open for breakfast through late night. The restaurant is situated on the 12th floor of a hotel in the Old Quarter, offering great views as you enjoy the food.
The Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is located 35 km (21 miles) north of the city. The travel time between Hanoi and the airport is typically 45 minutes. Hanoi Station is the departure point for several Vietnam Railways train routes in the country. The Reunification Express runs from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. This line also stops at cities and provinces along the way. The main modes of transportation within the city are motorbikes, buses, taxis and bicycles.