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Hanoi, Vietnam through traveler's eyes by Daisy Nguyen
Each foreign tourist arrives
in Hanoi and when they return to their home, they all have an individual
impression. Hanoi is ancient and peaceful; Hanoi bustles and is full of
vitality; Hanoi has precise and unique gastronomy; Hanoi is brilliant with
colours; and Hanoi is passionate and charming.
|Common impressions for tourist
to easily recognize are the friendly, enthusiastic and hospitable people
of Hanoi. Living in California, US, Dr Gish chooses Hanoi capital as the
tourism destination for his family. He said that his family had visited
many famous landscapes, enjoyed traditional delicious dishes in Hanoi and
contacted many people. However, the most memorable impression for his family
was the vibrant vitality of Hanoi's traditional culture.
"Hanoi leaves good impressions
for me because the city has preserved its cultural heritages, for example,
Tortoise Tower in Sword Lake, daily life and business activities of inhabitants
in the Old Quarter. I think that Hanoi is trying to preserve its essential
cultural values of previous years and be determined to develop a modern
city at the same time," Dr Gish said.
Sharing these thoughts with
Dr Gish, Mr. George Saxton also loves to visit historical sites in Hanoi.
For him, these are memorable places during his visit. "I'm sure to remember
Sword Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, the house on stilts
where Uncle Ho lived and the whole area. I like the way the house on stilts
is preserved, that is what I remember about Hanoi."
For Ms Marcia of Maryland,
US, dishes like pho (noodle soup), cha ca (fried fish), rice vermicelli
and meat rolls or coffee in Hanoi are all wonderful but her most memorable
impression about Hanoi is completely different. It is the people and cultural
character of Hanoi. Hanoi's culture is charming and plentiful. One of the
most beautiful images among Asian countries she has ever seen is the image
of Vietnamese women in long-dresses and "any time I close my eyes I see
that image". "I also like the image of farmers growing rice in the fields,"
she happily said. That is what she remembers about Hanoi.
|That is also the comments
of Ms Johnson from Idaho, US. She said that it is hard to use any word
to fully describe the people in Hanoi. Therefore, she has to come back
Hanoi many times. "Hanoi people are very wonderful and enthusiastic and
eager to help strangers. The first time we came to Hanoi was in 1995 we
were a little worried of not being welcomed, but unexpectedly every one
treated us very kindly. We were helped any time we needed assistance. We
had close friends and they treated us very well when we were there. We
can not talk all about the wonderful people in Viet Nam," Ms Johnson said.
Living in Hanoi for many
years, James Rhodes and his wife from Alabama, US, were eager to return
Hanoi in the autumn to welcome the capital's 1,000th birthday.
Hanoi attracts him and his
wife with special things. "The thing we like most in Hanoi is the Viet
Nam National Symphony Orchestra. This is a wonderful orchestra. I must
say that we have listened to symphonies all over the world but the Viet
Nam National Symphony Orchestra is excellent.
|Additionally, in Hanoi,
the folk music is also good. This year, we come back to celebrate the 1,000
years of Thang Long - Hanoi and we don't intend to leave this city. We
choose to live in Hanoi because this is a cheap city and people there are
friendly. My wife and I decided to choose Hanoi as our home.
Mr. Steve Ball living in
Maine, US said that for him, Hanoi is an ancient city. Hanoi truthfully
reflects the culture of Viet Nam, this is a beautiful city for tourists
to visit, go for a walk and are welcomed. Mr. Steve always encourages his
friends to come to Hanoi.
"I want to send sincere congratulations
to all people of Hanoi capital on the occasion of the Hanoi's 1,000th birthday.
I desire that Hanoi continues
to develop prosperously. I myself also expect to arrive in Hanoi
to share this happiness with the people in the capital about this event.
I wish the best things for Hanoi people. Good bye and see you in Viet Nam,"
he said on the occasion of Hanoi's 1,000th birthday.
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for hotels in Hanoi
HOTELS IN HANOI, VIETNAM
browsing hotels in Hanoi
Boutique Hotel Hanoi
The newest boutique hotel
consists of 34 elegant rooms and conveniently situated in the heart of
Vietnam’s capital, just 2 minutes walks to famous Opera House and 5 minutes
walks to the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, in the of business districts is
ideally for business and leisure guests alike. The Conifer Restaurant showcases
both international and Vietnam cuisine utilizing regional ingredients.
Hanoi is home to all the best of historic Vietnam and discovers traditional
places of interests such as temples, monuments, including pockets of ancient
culture along the narrow streets of an old quarter.
With its strategic location
in Syrena Tower on Xuan Dieu Street, Fraser Suites Hanoi is a prime address
for expatriates who desire a home close to the place of business, and yet
offers a tranquil repose from the bustle of the city. The well-appointed
Gold-Standard serviced residence is in the scenic Westlake district, the
residential enclave preferred by foreign executives and their families.
Embraced as the newest and most modern addition to the serviced residence
segment, it is already setting a new benchmark in concept, product and
service delivery. Ultra-chic, it is designed to meet the refined taste
and expectations of discerning corporate travellers.
Sun Lakeview Hotel Hanoi
The Golden Sun Lakeview
Hotel soars 9 storeys above Hanoi’s Old Quarter just facing Hoan Kiem Lake.
From this prime location, you can easily explore the vibrant old quarter
or enjoy a lakeside walk. We are so close to the commercial centre and
many cultural or historical attractions such as the Cathedral of Hanoi
(St Joseph’s), Ho Chi Minh Complex, Army & Fine Art museums and the
Temple of Literature. Boasting a premium view of the charming Hoan Kiem
Lake, The Golden Sun Lakeview restaurant is not only the place to enjoy
with your daily breakfast but also the unforgettable moments for guests
who love reading and relaxing. We also offer arrangements for little sweet
honeymoon or special occasion parties, using the Lakeview Restaurant premises
free of charge for our guests.
Centrally located in Hanoi's
elegant French Quarter, the Hilton Hanoi Opera hotel is a short walk from
the famous Old Quarter and the city's bustling business district. Recently
awarded 'Best Business Hotel in Hanoi 2010' and voted 'Vietnam's Leading
Hotel for five consecutive years at the prestigious World Travel Awards,
the Hilton Hanoi Opera hotel is a landmark in the city. Swim laps in the
outdoor pool with Opera House views, work out in the fitness center or
unwind in the jacuzzi and saunas. Dine on contemporary Vietnamese cuisine
in Ba Mien restaurant or enjoy a cocktail and listen to the live jazz in
the Lobby Lounge. There are seven spacious meeting rooms at the Hilton
Hanoi Opera hotel including a ballroom and business center.
The luxurious Melia Hanoi
is located right in the city center of Hanoi, inside the diplomatic and
financial district and close to main tourist attractions, entertainment
and shopping areas: Most ministries and embassies are located within 1
km distance. Melia Hanoi has 306 well-furbished rooms and the largest pillarless
Ballroom in Vietnam. From its 22 stories, guest can enjoy the view of the
city which boasts many parks, rivers and lakes. Melia Hanoi offers excellent
services with a touch of Vietnamese to make your stay satisfing and memorable.
The hotel has been recognized by numerous of publications and government
bodies for its excellence and services
Legend Metropole Hanoi
Located at the heart of
Hanoi since 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has a long history of
being a luxury place for many prestigious events and popular rendezvous.
Features include 364 rooms and suites, excellent French cuisine at Le Beaulieu,
Vietnamese specialities at Spices Garden, and Angelina - Hanoi's most ""avant
garde"" Italian Restaurant & Lounge. Seven function rooms, a swimming
pool, fitness centre and a brand new Le Spa du Metropole are also available
in the hotel. This charming Metropole Hanoi hotel blends the warm Vietnamese
hospitality with the European luxury heritage offering Legendary services
and has been named the first Sofitel Legend in the world on 1st July 2009.
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