Hanoi

Old-world charm

Take a flight into one of the most enticing cities in Asia that promises a beguiling blend of the exotic and chic. A city of historical importance, Hanoi retains much of its old-world charm despite the brisk tourist activities. Huge mansions line the grand boulevards and pretty parks surround the city – making it a romantic scene. Among Hanoi's sightseeing highlights are the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the National Art Museum and the Hoa Lo Prison (infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton).

In the centre lies Hoan Kiem Lake, where one can join the locals during their brisk morning walks or tai chi. The lake is a serene city landmark that symbolises the city's fairy-tale origins. Don't forget the Old Quarter, which narrow alleys are named after the individual trades practiced here since the 15th century. As Vietnam's cultural centre, Hanoi hosts plenty of galleries, puppetry, music and dance performances which are quintessential for the artistically inclined.