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By February 1, 2017 November 8th, 2018 No Comments

French colonial buildings next to Chinese temples. Wartime history mixed in with booming modern development. World-famous street food. The Vietnamese capital Hanoi has a lot to offer. It’s a buzzing place – and that’s not just from the constant stream of motorbikes. Hanoi is a popular stopover city, whether you’re heading off to explore more of Asia or flying onwards. So here’s my guide to seeing some of its highlights in just 24 hours.

Morning

Where better to start my taste of Hanoi than the place Vietnam began – Ba Dinh Square. In 1945 President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence there to create the country. And not far away is his final resting place, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The huge, severe-looking stone building is open to visitors in the mornings, where you can see his body lying in state; make sure to dress smartly and leave your camera behind.

 

Next it was time for coffee, with a Vietnamese twist. Egg coffee is a rich and deliciously creamy concoction of egg yolk, coffee and condensed milk. Fully refuelled, it was on to the Temple of Literature. It was founded in 1070 and is the site of Vietnam’s first university. You can walk through the beautiful gardens and pagodas, and visit the temple dedicated to Confucius. From there I jumped in a taxi across town to the Old Quarter. This colonial district is full of cafés and food stalls where you can try the unique Vietnamese-French hybrid, a banh mi or stuffed baguette.

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