Hanoi became the capital of Vietnam in 1010. Since then, it is the social, cultural and economic center of the country. It is one of the most captivating cities in Southeast Asia. The lovely landscape of lakes, shaded avenues, verdant public parks and French-colonial architecture complements the unhurried pace of life.
The historic Vietnam still comes alive in its temples, monuments and remnants of ancient culture. Although, the winds of change are flowing freely ushering in a new era. Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature or the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas.
Hanoi has emerged as a fascinating and unconventional tourist destination over the years. People, weary of visiting the cliched and over crowded places, now prefer Hanoi as a charming city unique in its own beauty and culture. In short, the city has countless attractions to offer. Experienced travelers would like to have an idea regarding what is the best time to visit Hanoi. Weather surely tops the information-list so that when they visit, they have a pleasant weather to have the best of Hanoi.
The climate is generally agreeable. Hanoi is most pleasant from February to April and September to November avoiding the heat and the rain. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April.
Tourist season runs from late June through August and October through Tet, the grand New Year’s celebration that takes place in late January or early February. Hanoi is worth visiting during the festival times as the city celebrates in a grand manner. Just make sure that you book your accommodations and transportations prior to the time of your visit because Vietnamese tend to travel in the summer and around Tet, making it difficult to get the booking in time.