For travelers seeking a combination of city sophistication, old word charm, and exotic appeal, Hanoi could not be any more fitting. Often referred to as “the Paris of the Orient”, Vietnam’s capital city is one of the most beguiling SE Asia yacht charter destinations brimming with atmospheric streets, extraordinary French colonial and traditional Indo-Chinese architecture, sensational cuisine, and fabulous shopping. Combined with the wondrous cruising grounds of majestic Ha Long Bay, the sophisticated metropolis of Hanoi is a prime pick for your next yacht charter getaway in the Far East.
The enchanting city of Hanoi is filled with grand old tree-lined boulevards where ancient pagodas intermingle with modern high rises. Distinct neighborhoods, located around picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake, boast of their own unique charms. From the chic French Quarter in the south, to the bustling Old Quarter in the north, and Resi Nabe Tay Ho and Ba Dinh to the west, each welcomes exploration.
For yacht charter guests that enjoy sightseeing, Hanoi offers plenty of options including the beautiful Hanoi Opera House, inspired by the Palais Garnier in Paris, the Temple of Literature, and the iconic 11th century Bach Ma Temple. One of the most popular attractions is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square which pays homage to the father of Vietnam.
With its rich history as a French territory, Hanoi boasts of having some of the best French cuisine outside of France. For a taste of French-Vietnamese fusion fare, guests should sample the traditional banh mi sandwich, a french baguette filled with Vietnamese pâté and pickled vegetables. For a gourmet experience, make a visit to the Green Tangerine restaurant, house in a beautiful colonial villa situated right in the center of the Old Quarter.
Cruising enchanting and serene Ha Long Bay onboard a luxury charter yacht is the perfect compliment to visiting vibrant Hanoi. Legend claims its mythical landscape was created by jewel-spitting dragons which dropped pearls and emeralds into the sea that transformed into islands and islets to protect against invaders. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, beholding the beauty of the bewitching emerald green Ha Long Bay dotted with over 2000 limestone islands is truly an ethereal experience.