Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

Jun 09 2011

Books and book talks in Hanoi

Published by under Shopping

The Bookworm is the self-proclaimed “best little book cafe in Southeast Asia” and while some may argue, I see no reason to dispute the fact. The cool, tidy interior — though not spacious — is a pleasant spot for browsing and the choice of more than 10,000 new and used English-language books and friendly staff ensure … read the full post

Jun 07 2011

Camping in Hanoi

Published by under Hanoi excursions

Son Tinh campsite, 40km from Hanoi’s centre (but still technically in Hanoi), provides a peaceful retreat from the capital’s maddening crowds. It had received favourable reviews — especially from families — since its opening earlier this year so we took a trip out to check it out. We went by motorbike which worked out well: the … read the full post

Jun 03 2011

The Poetry Bordello

Published by under Events

Ever wanted a private poetry reading? You know you have, oh most clever Travelfish.org reader in Hanoi … As luck would have it, the Hanoi Writers’ Collective is staging a seductive-sounding literary and musical event on Saturday June 4 at to raise money for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking via the Centre for … read the full post

May 24 2011

Pho: Not just noodle soup

Published by under Food

Vietnam’s favourite dish, pho, takes its name from the type of noodle that is used in its preparation, and this noodle is used in numerous other dishes. I’ve recently moved to a new apartment and find myself living in the epicentre of pho-land: within a few minutes’ walk I pass half a dozen restaurants selling … read the full post

May 19 2011

Swimming in Hanoi

Hotels with pools are certainly out of the budgetary reach of most visitors to Hanoi, and I definitely wouldn’t be jumping into the Red River or Hoan Kiem Lake, but fortunately a few public pools provide a reasonably priced alternative if you’re in need of a swim — quite possible now the weather has heated up. … read the full post

May 12 2011

Hanoi’s music event of the year: CAMA Festival 5

Published by under Events

It may not be Glastonbury, Exit or BDO but as far as Hanoi’s concerned, the C.A.M.A. festival is the musical date for diaries. Held at the American Club on May 28, the Festival brings together bands from Vietnam, Australia, America, Thailand (though half the band are British), Japan and China for 10 hours of “full blown musical … read the full post

May 05 2011

A touch of art at 6 on Sixteen Hotel

Published by under Accommodation

The Sapa Rooms Hotel in central Sapa is run with a socially responsible philosophy: it is committed to working with, and supporting, local communities. It also recruits staff trained by KOTO, the training and employment centre for street and disadvantaged youth. But its social responsibility is matched by a high quality hotel and restaurant that makes it worth a visit even for … read the full post

Apr 28 2011

Upcoming Hanoi live music events

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A couple of music events are set to be staged over the next few weeks that I thought were worth a mention. First off, Hanoi’s established Club for Arts and Music Appreciation (C.A.M.A.) is bringing Bangkok’s “Supabad” to town for a show on May 7. Supabad is a 10-piece big band formed in 2008 by a group of … read the full post

Apr 26 2011

Buying a motorbike helmet in Hanoi

Wearing a helmet on a motorbike has been law in Vietnam since 2007. This applies to drivers and passengers over the age of six. Officials estimate that about 90% or riders now comply with this law and, given they save lives, you’d be daft not to wear one too. If you hire a bike it should come … read the full post

Apr 14 2011

The re-opened Vietnamese Women’s Museum

The Vietnamese Women’s Museum was closed for some time for extensive renovations but opened again recently. It’s well worth a visit for anyone interested in women’s studies or the culture of Vietnam: it gives a broad insight into Vietnam’s population, including its 54 ethnic groups, addressed through a lens of women’s issues. The positive impression … read the full post

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