Showcasing sweeping boulevards, tree-fringed lakes and ancient pagodas, Hanoi, the oldest and one of the most attractive capital cities in Southeast Asia, is an inimitable mix of ancient culture, colonial charm and modern-day luxury. Today, Hanoi is emerging as an elegant, cultured, and affluent city, where museums and galleries coexist with chic shops and fashionable restaurants. In a few minutes, you can wander from the narrow streets of the Old Quarter to the imposing mansions and buildings lining the leafy boulevards of the former French Quarter. Hanoi’s past has also ensured a superb culinary legacy, where French and Chinese cuisines blend marvellously with Viet traditions. The same is true of Hanoi’s lively art scene, which is among the most sophisticated in Southeast Asia.