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Hanoi & HCMC (Vietnam)

Hanoi and Hô Chi Minh City, on opposite sides of the world, offer a condensed version of the Vietnamese soul. Whether you're a history buff, in search of urban adventure or simply looking for a change of scenery, these two cities will seduce you with their authenticity, energy and unique charm.

Hanoi

The thousand-year-old capital is a jewel of history and culture, where every street tells the story of a bygone era. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of the 36 Guilds district, where each stall reveals an ancestral savoir-faire. Visit the mausoleum of Hô Chi Minh, the emblematic figure of Vietnamese independence, and admire Hoan Kiem Lake, a haven of peace in the heart of the city. Don't miss the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius and a symbol of Vietnam's intellectual influence. For an unforgettable evening, attend a water puppet show, a traditional Vietnamese art form combining poetry and humor.

Good to know:
Hanoi through the seasons: Hanoi enjoys a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters (December to February) are cool and dry, while summers (June to August) are hot and humid.
To find out (much) more, read our Hanoi highlights and travel guide

Ho Chi Minh-City

The former Saigon of the French colonists embodies the effervescence and dynamism of modern Vietnam. Immerse yourself in history at the Cu Chi Tunnel, an underground network used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. At the War Museum, retrace the painful stages of the conflict that left its mark on the country. Stroll through the Ben Thanh market, an explosion of colors and flavors, where you'll find a thousand and one souvenirs. Admire the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a vestige of the French colonial era, and the Central Post Office, a listed historic monument.

Good to know:
HCM-city through the seasons: Saigon lives in a tropical monsoon climate, with two distinct seasons. The dry season runs from December to April, while the rainy season extends from May to November.
Want to find out more? Read our Ho Chi Minh city highlights and travel guide
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