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Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi and Ha Long Bay

June 18th 2010
Arrived in Hanoi on 12th June. It is the capital of Vietnam and still the centre of government, finance and culture, though at first glance it doesn't seem to be as commerce-driven as Saigon. It's a fascinating city and definately my favourite city in Vietnam - although Alice preferred the madness and buzz of Saigon. We have stayed mainly in the Old Quarter, which covers quite a big area but is ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi

Vietnamese Flag The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
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