HANOI, AN ANTIQUE RISING DRAGON

The region around present-day Hanoi was settled in prehistoric times, and the location was often chosen as a political centre by Chinese conquerors. In 1010 Ly Thai To, the first ruler of the Ly dynasty (1009–1225) of Vietnam, chose the site of Hanoi—then called Thang Long (“Rising Dragon”)—for his capital. In 1831 the city was renamed…

THE LAND OF THE SOUTH-EAST ASIAN DRAGONS : HALONG BAY

Recognized by UNESCO twice as a World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is among top-notch destinations in Southeast Asia for domestic and foreign tourists with a fantastic blend of pristine natural beauty and effervescent city vibe. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular day trip from the capital Hanoi, Halong Bay is famous for its…