Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

Nov 22 2013

Drinking and dancing near Xuan Dieu

Published by under Bars & nightlife

They usually come full.

While Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a hotbed of backpacker-friendly drinking joints, if you’re interested in live music, looking for somewhere to dance, or prefer a more laidback vibe, try heading to Xuan Dieu. 88 Lounge opened in 2013 and is an impressive four-storey space boasting exposed concrete and brick, artworks and regal striped furniture. The focus is … read the full post

Nov 17 2013

Eating on Xuan Dieu Street

Published by under Food

Xuan Dieu: a great spot for a bite to eat.

Hanoi’s Xuan Dieu Street is a popular stretch with expats, but that doesn’t mean it should be crossed off your travel exploration list. It has a good range of dining and drinking venues, unmatched in Old Quarter, as well as shops selling Western goods and clothes that you may be after. Here are a few … read the full post

Sep 13 2013

Hanoi street food: Bo bia ngot

Published by under Food

Of course her hands are clean...

You’d be forgiven for assuming that bo bia ngot has something to do with beer, but it doesn’t: it’s a delicious sweet snack worth interrupting your Hanoi sightseeing for. The snack is made to order, streetside. First, two very thin and small pancakes are laid flat, then a sheet of honeycomb is placed on top, … read the full post

Sep 04 2013

Hanoi on a splurge

Published by under Hanoi

A treat for the tastebuds.

We’ve covered Hanoi on a tight budget, but what if you’ve got a few extra dong to rub together during your visit to the Vietnamese capital? If you want to mix some luxury in with your Hanoi exploring, here are some suggestions. Firstly, you’ll want to check in somewhere beautiful. We have two favourite five-star hotels … read the full post

Aug 28 2013

What to eat in two days on a budget in Hanoi

Published by under Food

It's not just about the pho.

So you’ve read our post on what to do in two days on a budget in Hanoi, but what are you going to eat? Here’s our rundown of some of the dishes and places we reckon it’s worth squeezing in. Starting with breakfast, if it’s not included at your hotel or you can stretch to eating … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Two days on a budget in Hanoi

Published by under Hanoi

Not white bricks, but tofu.

Most people travelling through Hanoi give the city a couple of days before heading to Halong Bay, Sapa or down to the centre and south of the country. Here are our suggestions for what to do on a tight budget if you have just two days here and want to make the most of them. On … read the full post

Jul 23 2013

Hanoi’s train station

Published by under Transport

As high tech as it gets.

Most visitors to Hanoi will have some occasion to use the train station, whether travelling north to Sapa or down the coast on the Reunification Express. So here’s a quick guide to where it is, how to buy tickets and what to expect when you get there. The train station is split into station A … read the full post

Jul 08 2013

When’s the best time to visit Hanoi?

Published by under Practicalities

Now that's when you want to be in Hanoi.

Don’t be fooled by the fact Hanoi is in Southeast Asia and think shorts and T-shirts are good to go all year round. Hanoi has four seasons, and as the city’s in the northern hemisphere, that means the chilly winter starts in December and steaming summer hovers around July and August. It’s impossible to give firm … read the full post

Jun 30 2013

Thong Nhat Park, Hanoi

Expanse of water? Stick some swan boats on it.

Thong Nhat Park, a 15-minute ride from Hoan Kiem Lake, is the perfect spot during the day to relax with a book or enjoy a stroll without having to avoid Hanoi’s motorbikes and street vendors. Thong Nhat Park covers an area of more than 50 hectares in Hai Ba Trung district, to the south of … read the full post

Jun 21 2013

Budget drinks with views in Hanoi

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Now that's a view worth ending on.

You’ll have to spend a bit more than you’d pay for bia hoi or a cha da on the street, but with so many lakes it’s not too hard to find somewhere with a view and cheap drinks in Hanoi. Let’s start with the Old Quarter. Here, our pick for best spot is Cafe Pho … read the full post

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