Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Filled with lakes, tree-lined boulevards and Frenchdesigned villas, this city cuts a distinctly different style of life to that of Saigon. Hanoi tourist attractions are different things to different people. Most tourist on a short visit find Hanoi to be slow paced, pleasant and even charming. However, it’s more attractive city than Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – there is less traffic, though still too much for many, less noise and relatively less pollution, more trees and more open space. Hanoi, is known as the Paris of the Orient. Hanoi’s center is an architectural museum piece, its blocks of ocher buildings retaining the air of provincial French town of the 1930’s.