During imperial times, the city of Hanoi was called Thăng Long, which means City of the Soaring Dragon; its name changed only in 1831. The modern toponym of Hanoi is a reference to its location and can be translated as ‘River Interior’, as the city is situated between the Red River and the Nhue River.
Until the middle of the 20th century, Hanoi was the centre of French-Indochina relations. In 1976, it became the capital of a reunited Vietnam. Today’s Hanoi is a beautiful mixture of unique Chinese traditions and French architecture.
The most convenient way to get to Vietnam’s capital is to buy a ticket for a direct Moscow-Hanoi flight landing at Hanoi Nội Bài International Airport. Flight time averages nine hours. The most affordable option is to buy a round-trip ticket to Hanoi.
We recommend that you book your flights well in advance, as the best deals sell out quickly.