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What to do in Hanoi

Vietnam’s second largest city, Hanoi has served as the country’s capital since the 11th century. It was the center of French Indochina during the early 20th century and of North Vietnam from 1954 through 1976. These days, it’s filled with past and present, east and west: French colonial architecture lines narrow streets in the Old Quarter, and motorbikes whiz by tiny pho shops. Hanoi is home to nearly a dozen museums—including the infamous Hoa Lo Prison and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the embalmed body of the former communist leader is on display. Northern Vietnam is also home to the ancient Asian art of water puppetry, and a visit to the famed Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is touristy but worth it. Hanoi also has an abundance of lakes, nearby hiking, and an overall mild climate—perfect if you’re keen on the outdoors.

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Karen rates Hanoi
It is interesting in part because these are former enemies. The Hanoi Hilton is here.
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