Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

Jul 26 2011

Discovering Vietnamese dessert che

Published by under Food

Che (pronounced chair) is a popular Vietnamese dessert or snack found at street stalls around Hanoi. Today we aim to (partly) demystify this unusual delicacy and encourage you to give it a try. First up, find a stall. Che stalls are usually characterised by a glass cabinet housing bowls of colourful … um stuff. Sometimes the … read the full post

Jul 23 2011

Medical care in Hanoi

Published by under Health & safety

A summary of the medical care available in Hanoi

Jul 19 2011

Hiring a car in Hanoi

Published by under Transport

Problems with hiring a self-drive car and the benefits of hiring a car and driver.

Jul 13 2011

54 Traditions Gallery: Ethnic minorities in Vietnam

An overview of the wonderful 54 Traditions Gallery, where you can view, learn about and buy antiquities, antiques and art from Vietnam’s 53 minorities and the Kinh

Jul 07 2011

Things to do in rainy Hanoi

It’s rainy season in Vietnam, and though this usually just means a downpour late afternoon or overnight and shouldn’t be enough to disrupt schedules, sometimes it does set in and you’ll want something to do in miserable weather. So what to do in Hanoi? Personally, I find curling up on the sofa watching back-to-back episodes of How … read the full post

Jul 05 2011

Is Hanoi’s Dong Xuan market worth a visit?

Published by under Shopping

An overview of Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi

Jun 29 2011

Hostels in Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

A review of some of the hostels offering dorm beds in Hanoi

Jun 23 2011

Buying fruit in Hanoi

Published by under Food,Shopping

If you’ve managed to walk around Old Quarter in Hanoi and not be accosted by a lady in a conical hat trying to put her shoulder pole, supporting baskets of fruit, on your shoulder for a photo, you’re in the minority. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been approached and have yet to say … read the full post

Jun 21 2011

In Hanoi: Stand-up comedy, French films and an expat band

Published by under Events

Events in Hanoi in June and July, including a stand-up comedy event, French films and saying goodbye to Hanoian stalwarts The Props.

Jun 16 2011

Movies, shopping and a massage at Vincom

Soon after we moved to Hanoi, the film Avatar was released. We were keen to see it and heard about the Megastar Cinema in Hai Ba Trung district, south of Hoan Kiem. Without high expectations we headed along to Vincom Towers — home to a shopping centre, spa, apartments, eateries and the cinema. These things aren’t top of … read the full post

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