Enjoy the natural and historical delights of vibrant Hanoi, the capital city of a fascinating blend of tradition and modern. Nestled in shaded boulevards along the city’s numerous lakes are design souvenirs from Hanoi’s rich past — influences from China’s centuries of rule and French-colonial architecture. The city boasts of a number of public parks, temples and impressive museum having two sections relating to the past and the future. While in Hanoi some must see places are the The Temple of Literature – site of the oldest university in Vietnam, One Pillar Pagoda, Flag Tower of Hanoi, The Old Quarter, National Museum of Ethnology. Also look out for a water puppetry show — colourful lacquered puppets performing to the accompaniment of traditional folk music, scenes from Vietnamese lore and history in indoor ponds. emember to make a trip to Hang Gai’s (thread street) silk shops for the world-famous Vietnamese silk.