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The capital of Vietnam since 1010, once home to the royal members of the Ly Dynasty, Hanoi remains the center of attention in the modern Vietnam. Here you can see layers of culture, the march of progress, and the city attempt to build modernity they missed during the subsidy period. At the same time, the charms of Hanoi remain intact, and those with the local knowledge can still get a feel for the essence of true Hanoi, and the soul of Vietnam.
Incense Travel prides our insider knowledge as local guides, and nowhere to do the prove our worth more than in cities like Hanoi. While attractions of the city are swept up by throngs of tourists, trinket shops are appearing everywhere, and generations-run places are harder to find, the authentic experience lies just beyond - if you know where to look. We ensure that you walk the streets of the Old Quarter, you notice the intricateness of the city, from our favorite banh mi outlets on the sidewalk, to the real life behind the fancy restaurants, and the locals who represent the indomitable resilience of a sacred land that has survived much.
Despite a turbulent history, Hanoi is a very peaceful travel destination with so many historic and contemporary attractions. You can see the interesting blend of East and West influence, from the thousands years old temple to the romantic French colonial.
Visit Ho Chi Minh complex to see the country’s greatest leader being embalmed in his mausoleum, and learn why it attracts thousands of Vietnamese every day. The classical Vietnam’s architect can be seen at Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century to dedicated to the study of Confucianism, which is considered to be Vietnam’s first university.
For a serene side of the city, you can visit Tran Quoc pagoda - the oldest Buddhist pagoda in Hanoi. Locating on a small islet in the West Lake, the pagoda offers beautiful architecture and historical artifacts as well as peaceful environment.