The opportunity to journey to places less frequented is a staple for luxury travelers. In March, guests aboard Seven Seas Voyager® will spend 16 incredible nights sailing from Beijing to Bangkok, experiencing the magnificent wonders of the Far East, including an overnight in Hanoi, the gateway to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. The region, known as “the Bay of the Descending Dragon,” is dotted with more than 3,000 mountainous islands, each with its own unique landscape.
Below, we highlight five of our favorite sights in Hanoi.
This massive square is revered among Vietnamese as the spot where President Ho Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. Several important structures line the square. Although not open to the public, the ornate yellow palace of the former French colonial governor is a poignant contrast to Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, which sits alongside a lake in the wooded park behind. Ho Chi Minh lived and worked here in incredible simplicity from 1958 to 1969. The One Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 and balanced on a single column in a small pond, is just a few feet away.
Dedicated to the life, work and vision of Ho Chi Minh, this museum tells the story of the leader from youth to death and sheds light on the struggles of the Vietnamese people and their proud past.
Hoan Kiem Lake is a small body of water and unexpected sea of tranquility at literally the very heart of Hanoi. Look for endangered soft-shell turtles or walk the Huc Bridge to the 18th century temple on Jade Island.
Hanoi’s famed Old Quarter is a collection of narrow streets lined with mini-hotels, art galleries, restaurants and shops. In the 18th century, each street was home to a particular craft guild, with small shops dedicated to selling silk, silver or handmade crafts. Today everything from banana pancakes to t-shirts can be found here.
Also known as Van Mieu in Vietnamese, the serene Temple of Literature was built in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong to honor the Chinese philosopher Confucius.