Hanoi has been around for more than a thousand years, and the city is still certainly full of life.

CNNGo explores the Vietnamese capital, taking you beyond the Old Quarter. 

My Linh Hanoi singerMy Linh. We check out the thriving art scene thanks to the family behind Mai Gallery, and we're even welcomed into the studio of one of the country's most revered artists -- Ha Tri Hieu, one of the so-called "Gang of Five."

One of the country's most famous singers, My Linh, takes us for breakfast and welcomes us back at night for a small concert.

In a city with its fair share of French influence, we sample the traditional cuisine with the talented young French chef behind La Badiane, Benjamin Rascalou.

All that, plus rich coffee, puppet shows, and plenty of motorbikes.