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Holy Mount Ararat

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ARMENIA UNESCO

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Following the Great Silk Road

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Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

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The capital of Vietnam sits in the country's northern region in a scenic setting on the right bank of the Red River. First-timers to the city may find it a bustling destination, but the constant hustle is in fact part of Hanoi's inherent charm. Throw a rich selection of aesthetic and cultural sights and a steadily growing visitor infrastructure into the mix, and it's not difficult to see how Hanoi has become one of Southeast Asia's most popular tourist destinations.

Among the city's most interesting sights, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum arguably takes the top spot. No trip to Hanoi is complete without a visit to this somber but nonetheless fascinating attraction which illustrates the esteem and affection the Vietnamese people have for this historic figure. A visit to the nearby museum dedicated to Ho Chi Minh is also an essential experience.

Hanoi Weather

Hanoi's climate is typical of the region, experiencing three distinct seasons; a cool season, a hot season and a rainy season. The cool season begins in early October and lasts until the end of March, after which things start to hot up and temperatures hover between the low 30s (oC) to 35oC. The hot season peaks in May but lasts until June, with humidity being high throughout the period.

The rainy season which follows sees a drop in temperature to the mid to upper 20s (oC). Precipitation is heavy throughout this season with volumes of 30cms per month not uncommon. While intermittent dry spells are frequent, they are characterized by high levels of humidity.

From a visitor perspective, Hanoi's winter or cool season is the best time to take a holiday in the city. Daytime temperatures are warm but not excessively hot and the chances of rain are slim. In theory, a trip to Hanoi can be made at any time of the year, however, outside of the cool season visitors need to be prepared for high temperatures or rainfall.

Dining Etiquette

There are some rules pertaining to dining at the home of a local in Hanoi. On arrival at your host's abode, be sure to remove your shoes and leave them outside the front door. On entering, wait to be shown to the dining area. It's polite to bring a small gift for your host, which can be flowers, fruit or something from your own country, among other things.

In the dining room, wait for all guests to be seated. Once everyone has found their places, the eldest member of the party will indicate when it is time to eat. Food is generally placed buffet-style in the middle of the table and all guests are invited to help themselves. It's polite to try a little of everything and to accept second helpings if your host offers them.

Chopsticks are normally laid upon the rest in between mouthfuls of food or when an individual is conversing. Sticks that are placed in the mouth are never used to pass food to other diners. Unlike some Asian cultures where it's polite to leave some food on your plate at the end of the meal, in Vietnam it's fine to eat everything.

Languages

A distinct local dialect of Vietnamese is spoken by Hanoi locals, although the primary form of the language used by the media and government is understood by the majority of the city's residents. English is normally spoken only by those working in the tourist industry and by some students.

Hanoi Safety Tips

Hanoi is not a dangerous city and most visitors enjoy holidays in the city free from any unfortunate incidents. A certain degree of petty crime is present and some basic steps should be taken to minimize the risk of being targeted by thieves. Wallets and purses are easy pickings in crowded places so keep them in hard to reach places and keep cash in a money belt if possible. Bags also are common targets, both for snatchers and thieves looking to help themselves to their contents in busy public places, so make sure you wear them securely about your person and keep them within visual range at all times.

Visitors should be wary of the possibility of being scammed during their stay. Taxi drivers (including motorcycle taxi drivers) are known for charging foreigners a higher rate so be sure to establish a price for your journey before you start or make sure that the meter is operational before you agree to go anywhere. Check your change when making any purchases and exercise caution and vigilance in any situation that involves parting with money.

Bear in mind that pedestrians have few rights in Hanoi and that crossing the road can be a hazardous experience. Exercise extreme caution, especially in busy areas such as around the Hoan Kiem Lake. Never presume that vehicles will stop or make any allowances for you, irrespective of whether you are already part way across the road.

Etiquette

When visiting Hanoi, tourists need to be aware of the same cultural observances that are relevant anywhere in Vietnam, with many rules based on or stemming from religious values. Visitors should be aware of basic dos and don'ts before visiting in order not to offend locals.

Modest dress is required by members of both sexes, with legs and shoulders required to be covered when visiting temples and religious sites. Shoes should be removed before entering temples, residences and some business establishments. Physical contact between members of the opposite sex is frowned upon in public places, so visitors should limit exchanges of affection to private places.

As in much of Asia, the head and feet have special significance in Vietnamese culture. The head is considered spiritually important and hence it's inappropriate to touch people on this part of their body. In contrast, the feet are considered lowly and dirty and should not be raised in public, brought into contact with other people or used to point to things.