Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

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

Oct 13 2011

Learning Vietnamese in Hanoi

Ask any foreigner in Hanoi, particularly one who’s already tried to learn the language, and you’ll be told how difficult it is to master. Well, not just to master: even to speak more than a few words. I came to Hanoi full of positive expectations: I was top of the class at languages at school, … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Markets in Hanoi

A few months ago I wrote about Dong Xuan Market, perhaps the best known market to tourists in Hanoi. However, Hanoi’s a city full of markets so there are a lot more worth exploring. Food markets can be found all over town. Despite the growth of the supermarket, most shopping is still conducted at local … read the full post

Oct 07 2011

A brunch for all budgets in Hanoi

Published by under Food

Many hotels in Hanoi will include breakfast in the room rate, be this an egg in a bread roll – most common in the cheaper places – or a full breakfast buffet. But what if your hotel doesn’t or you’re just not up early enough? The cheapest option is to eat with the locals and … read the full post

Oct 04 2011

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Bac and Hang Bo

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

An overview of what can be found on two of the Old Quarter’s 36 streets.

Sep 29 2011

Gyms in Hanoi

Cheap and pricey gyms in Hanoi – you get what you pay for.

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