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Hanoi

Hanoi is an ancient lore and postmodern in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Wander around the city's lake and along its wide, tree-lined boulevards, where French Colonial architecture and age-old temples meet. Explore its lively art and cafe bar, and breeze through some remarkable museums. Then head out of town on excursions to some of northern Vietnam's highlights such us Sapa or Bac Ha Market or Ha Long bay.

When to tour Hanoi?

From late January to early February: it is good time to visit Hanoi if you want to breathe the excitement of the lunar new year (Tet Holidays), a movable date based on the Chinese lunar calendar. During these days, you have a chance to enjoy alive Old Quarter with floor-to ceiling displays of moon cafes, red banners, joss sticks, and red envelopes for giving luck money to children. Beware: many shops and restaurants close for Tet Holidays, but some shops and restaurants still open with limited hours, so if you want to shop these days, it is definitely not the time to do it.

February: it is the peak season to visit the Perfume Pagoda is to experience the mass Buddhist Pilgrimage, but to prepare to deal with serious crowds, many thousands of people each day. Most Vietnamese festivals follow lunar calendar, so you can enjoy many other religious festivals which take place in Hanoi and surround Hanoi during March and April.

Hanoi begins its summer swelter in May and sweats through August, when the monssons bring heavy downpour and sudden flooding. This continues to late September, so if you choose to travel Hanoi this time, bring rubber footwear and rain pants or buy them in Hanoi.

Between October (with temperature averaging 80 F) and mid-December (from 60 F to 70F), when the heat and humidity are not oppressive, is the ideal time to visit Hanoi. But you need to prepare for cold and chilly nights.

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