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Hanoi becomes 4th in top travel destinations 2015

The world’s prestigious travel website TripAdvisor has announced the world’s top 25 travel destinations this year in its 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi came fourth on the list, based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers.

Hanoi is described on TripAdvisor as a place with long-standing charm and beauty with its preserved Old Quarter and assorted monuments and colonial architecture with mixed modern designs.

The city also features lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas.

Morocco’s Marrakech topped the list, followed by Cambodia’s Siem Reap and Turkey’s Istanbul. Also included in the top 10 are the Czech Republic’s Prague, Britain’s London, Italy’s Rome, Argentina’s Buenos Aires, France’s Paris, and South Africa’s Cape Town.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is the second most populous city in the country with approximately 4 million people. Compared to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi is more traditional and refined.

Teeming with culture, history, great restaurants and nightlife, Hanoi offers a fantastic introduction to Vietnam. High-rise buildings are rare in this city which is striving to retain its character. Instead, grand colonial buildings, tranquil lakes and a maze of narrow streets provide the intriguing contrasts.

Hanoi is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake at its heart. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, each street named after the trade that used to take place there.

Following years of rampant inflation, poverty and repression, the government introduced economic reform or doi moi in 1986, allowing people to own their own businesses. Now Hanoi has been totally transformed and visitors are entranced by the city and its residents.
The wide boulevards and large colonial buildings reflect Hanoi’s period as a French Protectorate, whilst other areas are truly Vietnamese with a muddle of narrow streets which bustle from dawn to dusk.

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