Hanoi is located in the north on the right bank of the Red River, and is the second largest city and capital of Vietnam. International flights land at Noi Bai airport and a taxi takes forty-five minutes to drive to the city of Hanoi.
There are many key locations to visit and photograph in and around Hanoi, including temples and museums, the Old Quarter, the many markets and the designer shops of the French Quarter.
The market places are a focus for organised chaos in the city; narrow roads with stalls spilling out onto the streets, women carrying baskets of fruit, eggs and vegetables, look out for the miniature pineapples which are delicious, mopeds make their way through the crowds and stalls to deliver goods, they are a great place to photograph. Ngocho Kham Thien market includes clothing and textiles, fruit and vegetables, as well as live stock. Cho Dong Xuan is the largest market and is good for fabrics and souvenirs.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex is an important place of pilgrimage for many Vietnamese. Consisting of a traffic-free area of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas, it is crowded by groups of Vietnamese who come from far and wide to pay their respects.
Old Vietnam, and the influence of the war remains evident, alongside the modern western influences of the young generation Vietnamese.
As part of your visit to Hanoi the Trang Tien Ice Cream Shop and Beer Street in the old quarter are a must experience.