Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

Dec 08 2011

Hanoi’s villages: Bang So (Bamboo village)

Published by under Hanoi excursions

In the past, villagers in Vietnam tended to specialise in making particular items to meet their needs, sharing their skills with neighbours and relatives. This led to individual villages becoming known for a particular handicraft. As people moved to the cities they gravitated towards others with the same trade and hence we have areas such … read the full post

Nov 29 2011

Hanoi street food: Bun ca, bun oc and banh tom

Published by under Food

Like fish and chips but without the chips

I’ve recently moved to a new office next to West Lake and near to the Tay Ho temple. Whereas I was previously eating pho cuon for lunch, the local Hanoi dishes here are bun ca, bun oc and banh tom. Bun ca is prepared with bun noodles, the same round white rice noodles served with bun cha, but … read the full post

Nov 15 2011

Hanoi International Women’s Club 2011 Charity Bazaar

Published by under Events

If you’re in Hanoi on November 27 consider heading over to the United Nations International School (UNIS) in Ciputra for the 2011 Charity Bazaar, organised by the Hanoi International Women’s Club. The Charity Bazaar, now in its 20th year, is the largest fundraising event of the year held by anyone in Hanoi and a great … read the full post

Nov 11 2011

Metropole’s old shelter re-discovered

Published by under Accommodation

A few months ago, workers renovating the Bamboo Bar at Hanoi’s historic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel hit a snag: they struck the roof of a long-buried air raid shelter that had all but been forgotten. After excavating more than two metres of earth and reinforced concrete, the workers jack-hammered through a 278mm-thick ceiling: below was around … read the full post

Nov 09 2011

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Dieu

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Hang Dieu comprises a strange melee of stores. Running north from the six-way junction at Duong Thanh until it turns into Hang Ga, it sold cigarettes in the 19th Centure and, more recently, leather shoes and sandals. Neither of these wares are in evidence anymore and now I think of it as “bedding street”, in … read the full post

Nov 06 2011

Bia hoi in Hanoi

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Bia hoi: fresh and cheap and sometimes half decent, sometimes well… just fresh and cheap. Served straight from the metal kegs into distinct bia hoi glasses, it’s an iconic Vietnamese drink. Most visitors to Hanoi are familiar with International Bia Hoi corner: the junction of Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien and Dinh Liet. When I … read the full post

Nov 01 2011

War sights in Hanoi

A few places in Hanoi worth a visit if you’re interested in its military history

Oct 27 2011

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Ma and Hang Chieu

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Our 36 streets series looks at streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, originally settled by artisan guilds, to see what is produced there today. Coming through the arch of Hanoi’s Old City Gate, the road straight ahead is Hang Chieu. A dozen or so shops have stayed reasonably true to the street’s original wares – Vietnamese grass tatami mats — … read the full post

Oct 20 2011

Western goodies in Hanoi

Published by under Food,Shopping

As I stood at the bar of one of several popular backpacker venues in Hanoi on Sunday afternoon I overheard some customers discussing how they missed cheese and red wine, so I thought a blog about where to buy those goodies from home that you miss while travelling was in order. Of course, wine is … read the full post

Oct 18 2011

Waxing and nails in Hanoi

Published by under Spas & massage

Here’s one for the ladies — or the hairy, callous-footed gentlemen. When you’ve had enough of attempting to shave your legs while balancing on the toilet seat in your wet-room shower, it’s time for a wax. Fortunately, reasonably priced, good quality waxing is available in Hanoi. My venue of choice is Top Spot on Au … read the full post

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