Hanoi

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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Hanoi

Hoa Lo Prison: Vietnam’s Infamous Fortress of Horror

Hoa Lo Prison or Maison Centrale is an infamous place of horrors from French Colonialism to the American War in Vietnam. Witness history through diorama displays of torture, ghastly living conditions, and original torture implements. See first hand how inmates survived.
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Hanoi

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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Hanoi

Temple of Literature in Hanoi

The Temple of Literature and Imperial Academy, is one of Hanoi’s and Vietnam’s most important historical preservations. Originally built to honor the great sage Confucius, it soon embellished his spirit to become the leading educational institute for the next 700 years.
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