In the north of Vietnam, 100 or so miles from the Chinese border, lies the country's second largest city. Inhabited by four million people, Hanoi is the cultural capital of Vietnam, mixing a fusion of modernity with old French colonial influences.
The city is characterised by ancient temples, lush parks and, as a backdrop, verdant mountains. Over 50 miles from the coast, Hanoi is situated in the delta of the Red River and is a vibrant city, where the scooter has overtaken the bicycle as the most popular form of transport.
In an area 20 minutes from downtown, in the Nam Tu Liem district, work is being feverishly undertaken to clear an area and construct a brand-new permanent pits and paddock to host a world championship Formula 1 race. The first ever Vietnam Grand Prix will make its debut on the calendar in 2020.