Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

Apr 06 2011

Getting a haircut in Hanoi

Published by under Health & safety

Neatly groomed hair might not be a priority when backpacking, but most of us need a haircut once in a while. So where’s a good place to get a haircut in Hanoi? Plenty of options for men The most interesting option is to stop at one of the roadside barbers scattered throughout town. I’ve not … read the full post

Mar 31 2011

Tenpin bowling in Hanoi

It’s not top of most people’s lists of things to do when coming to Vietnam, but for those seeking a taste of home or just something different to do one evening, the Star Bowl tenpin bowling centre in Hanoi can provide an hour or so of laughs. The set up is exactly as I remember from … read the full post

Mar 21 2011

Biking around Hanoi’s West Lake

I know I must have mentioned a few times how much I love West Lake. Well, now the weather’s improving — at least a bit — it’s a good time to hire a bicycle, get away from the madness of Old Quarter and cycle round the 17km shoreline of what must be one of the … read the full post

Mar 17 2011

Renting a motorbike in Hanoi

Published by under Transport

As I’m sure you’re aware, motorbikes are THE mode of transport in Vietnam, and Hanoi is the epitome of this love affair with two wheels. For many visitors, a drive from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa is the best way to see the country, but others are satisfied with just the experience of a … read the full post

Mar 01 2011

Fundraiser, World Music and Jazz in March

Published by under Events

Three March events caught my eye as I was perusing Hanoi Grapevine… Fundraising event for Ta Phin The first is an event this Saturday, March 5, at Green Mango. The event is a fundraiser for Ta Phin district in Sapa and aims to address the needs of the underpriviledged ethnic minorities in the area and to raise … read the full post

Feb 10 2011

Cabaret in Hanoi

Published by under Events

For those itching to to show off their vocal talents beyond a karaoke performance, L’Espace, the French Cultural Centre in Hanoi, is giving you just that chance. On 12th February and 5th March at 8.30pm they are having ‘Cabaret Nights‘ when song-writers and singers are invited to perform on stage. Anyone can participate but the organisers … read the full post

Feb 08 2011

The cheapest way to get around Hanoi

Published by under Money & costs,Transport

Firstly: walking! The Old Quarter itself is reasonably small and it makes more sense to walk as then it’s easier to pop into shops, stop for a drink, take photos and generally observe. From the Old Quarter it’s not too far to the French Quarter and although the the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex is … read the full post

Feb 01 2011

Buying paintings in Hanoi: from copies to works of art

Published by under Shopping

Copying is rife across Vietnam, and art is no exception. Hanoi’s Old Quarter is littered with art shops selling life-size copies of a wide range of artists’ work: from Van Gogh to Da Vinci to Klimt. These aren’t prints; they’re freshly-painted by talented copy artists whom you can often see tracing and painting away in the shops. They’re generally sold … read the full post

Jan 25 2011

Hanoi over Tet in 2011

Published by under Festivals

I’ve noticed a few forum posts recently with visitors worried about what they’ll find when they arrive in Vietnam during the 2011 Tet holidays. Yes, the country pretty much closes down for a few days at least, and yes, travel is difficult, but it’s really not the end of the world: hotels are available, tourist … read the full post

Jan 19 2011

Yes, Hanoi has cheap and decent massages

Published by under Spas & massage

I love a good — or even a reasonable — massage. So although I was happy to settle down in Hanoi I did feel a bit disappointed that there were no obvious places to get a $5 massage, such as I’d been used to in places like Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. But then to my joy I … read the full post

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