As Good As Vietnam Gets
Don't Look Down on Hanoi... No, Do, Please Do
Some cities lends themselves to easy identification from up high. Stand on the observation deck of the Empire State building, and the lay of the land before you is almost as distinctive as the city’s iconic skyline. There’s Central Park. There’s the Brooklyn Bridge. There’s the East River. Easy to get your bearings in the Big Apple.
Not so the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi from on high isn’t something anyone’s really seen before. Indeed, until the 2000s, the tallest buildings in town were built by the colonial French back in the day. But all that’s changing as investors energize one of the world’s most dynamic economies. The people who built the Lotte Skydeck knew that ‘if you build it, they will come.’ For views of the Red River. For the hodge-podge of the Old Quarter. For magisterial colonial French marvels.
Photographer Quinn Ryan Mattingly took this picture on assignment recently for booking.com. See more of Quinn Mattingly’s images at www.quinnmattingly.com.