Hanoi ranks among the world’s most interesting cities to visit – a far cry from its unfortunate reputation as a political outpost during the Vietnam War. Originally called Thang Long (City of the Dragon), today’s Hanoi is a city of constant commotion always offering something of interest to the traveler.
Today, Hanoi serves as the transportation hub of the country. All flights to Hanoi arrive at its airport and travelers heading onward can board trains to further destinations in Vietnam or China. Before you board a Hanoi flight from home, take a look around and consider the impact one airport has on a city. During the Vietnam War, Hanoi’s transportation facilities were continuously bombed and bridges, railways and airports were destroyed. Hanoi’s reconstruction and resurrection as Vietnam's travel hub serves as a tribute to the country’s determination to survive.