Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

Dec 19 2011

December getaways: Hanoi to Sapa

Published by under Hanoi excursions

If you end up in Hanoi at Christmas but don’t want a city-based festive season, what are your options? With no good beaches within easy travelling distance – and the weather not likely to be good enough for lazing on a beach anyway — why not go in the opposite direction and head for the … 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

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

Aug 17 2011

Staying outside Old Quarter in Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

When visiting Hanoi, most tourists stay in Old Quarter, and for good reason: it’s here that the majority of the hotels, Westernised restaurants and souvenir shops are located and of course it has heaps of character, local life and the attraction of Hoan Kiem Lake. But if you’re the sort of traveller who likes to buck the trend other … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Renting in Hanoi: Types of housing and prices

Published by under Living in Hanoi

Types of accommodation available in Hanoi along with estate agent recommendations

Jul 28 2011

Renting in Hanoi: Location

Published by under Living in Hanoi

An introduction to the districts in Hanoi that you might want to explore if deciding to live here

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.

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 26 2011

Buying a motorbike helmet in Hanoi

Published by under Health & safety

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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