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Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi holds many treasures, attractions and activities that can’t be missed. A good three days stay in Hanoi can take visitors to experience Vietnam’s political and cultural heritage plus an opportunity to explore the many interesting neighborhoods (the preserved Old Quarter), rice paddies or coastal wonders and food scenes in Hanoi.
Take a boat ride down the Yen River, through the limestone cliffs to the foot of the Perfume Mountain where a 4km uphill trekking will get you to the main Pagoda, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Vietnam. If you’re outside the Hanoi city limits, Phuc Silk Village is an interesting must-see for silk-making and fabric weaving. An Old Quarter house restored in 1999 exemplifies Hanoian home and Old Quarter architecture. To get a taste of the city’s culture, eating and drinking in Hanoi is all you’d ever need to do. Regardless if it’s done in noodle soup sidewalk stalls or western-style restaurants, eating and drinking is Hanoi’s magnet for social interaction. Scenes unfolding in food stalls, cafes and restaurants represent the local mode of life up-close. Get tangled in the mass of motorbikes as you try and get around Hanoi on one.