Hanoi

West Lake: Tranquility Amid Temples and Pagodas

West Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Hanoi with a most tranquil atmosphere. While strolling around, visit a mythical princess at Tay Ho Temple, or the God of the North Star at Quan Thanh Temple. But first, read about the fox and buffalo and other names for the lake.
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Imperial Citadel of Thang Long: Vestiges of a Bygone Hanoi

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long are the historic remains of early Hanoi. Travel through vestiges of time and 1 300 years from the foundations of Vietnam, to the Le Dynasty, and a modern day Defense HQ. Sites include citadel gates, Hanoi Flag Tower, and archeological digs.
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Perfume Pagoda: The Legendary Guan Yin Cave

Perfume Pagoda is a scenic day trip to the mountains on Hanoi’s outskirts. Its famous annual festival attracts throngs of Buddhist pilgrims. Take a boat ride to Trinh Temple of the legendary first kings of Vietnam, or Huong Tich Cave where the Goddess Guan Yin manifested.
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Hoan Kiem Lake: An Iconic Legend of Hanoi

Turtles are legendary in Vietnam. One story involves Hoan Kiem Lake also known as Lake of the Returned Sword. Find out why and discover the history of Hoan Kiem back to the 15th century. Visit Ngoc Son Temple and Huc Bridge, or take part in fun activities with locals.
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Ba Vi National Park: The Getaway from the Heat of Hanoi

Ba Vi National Park is ideal for escaping the heat and is just outside Hanoi. The vibe here is excellent for some easy trekking through the cool pine forest. Visit the Cactus Garden, the Mexican sunflower field, old French ruins, and the Upper Temple while you’re there.
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