Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

Mar 01 2013

Long Bien Market, Hanoi

Long Bien crowds.

It’s not top of any must-do list in travel guides, but a visit to Hanoi’s chaotic Long Bien market is a fascinating exposure to the life of a large proportion of Hanoi residents. But you’ll need to get up early — very early. Long Bien market, located next to Long Bien bridge, alongside the dyke … read the full post

Feb 23 2013

Noodle dishes in Hanoi

Published by under Food

You might not want to eat them once you've seen them made.

You could easily eat noodle dishes in Hanoi for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week and still not have the same meal twice. Here’s our quick guide to what’s what when it comes to noodles in the Vietnamese capital. Let’s start with the most well-known: pho. As we highlighted some time ago, pho is … read the full post

Feb 17 2013

Review: Thang Long Royal Citadel, Hanoi

Colour co-ordinated flowers.

Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi was opened to the public quite recently, but once you’ve been you’ll wonder why it was kept under wraps for so long. With attractive, shady gardens, imposing buildings, underground bunkers and numerous historic artifacts, it’s got something for everyone. And it’s free. The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was built … read the full post

Feb 15 2013

Review: Lau Rieu Cua at 66 Pho Duc Chinh

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By day a centre for disabled children, by night a buzzing lau restaurant: 66 Pho Duc Chinh, near Truc Bach lake, serves up delicious lau rieu cua: a tasty broth with loads of Vietnamese goodies to throw in. And with the weather a bit chilly in Hanoi, now is the perfect time to enjoy it. … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

Review: The Artisan Boutique Hotel, Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

The lake is there, honest.

Does The Artisan Boutique Hotel in Hanoi live up to its name and art deco-style business card? First impressions don’t disappoint: the reception area is spacious and stylishly decorated — Tiffany-style lamps always go down well – and the rooms follow through. The hotel was refurbished in 2012, rather than being a new build, and … read the full post

Feb 03 2013

X-Factory laser tag and entertainment zone, Hanoi

OK then: "No"

“Are you bored? We have the cure.” So shouts Hanoi’s newest entertainment venue: X-Factory.  X-Factory is primarily a laser tag venue, but also offers X-Box Kinect, flight/racing simulators and a very cool cafe. From the moment you enter, you can see this place wasn’t thrown together overnight. A lot of thought has gone into the … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Review: Lean and Green Vegetarian Restaurant, Hanoi

Published by under Food

Tasty tofu.

With its heavy use of fish sauce and meaty stocks, and its one-wok-fits-all approach, strict vegetarians may struggle for variety in Vietnam. But Hanoi’s Lean and Green is a purely vegetarian restaurant, which will appeal to both meat and non-meat eaters. Lean and Green is located on Trang Tien, minutes from the southern tip of … read the full post

Jan 28 2013

Review: Noodle and Roll, Hanoi

Published by under Food

Some of the best crab spring rolls we've tasted.

Noodle and Roll is a two-storey restaurant serving up bun bo nam bo, bun cha and other tasty, well-priced Vietnamese dishes. It’s the perfect choice if you like street food but either you can’t agree with your companion about what to eat, you don’t like sitting on plastic chairs or stools or it just plain … read the full post

Jan 26 2013

The Hanoi Bicycle Collective (THCB)

Published by under Transport

It's all bikes bikes bikes.

Where to start with The Hanoi Bicycle Collective? This bicycle shop / rental store / cafe / bar / entertainment venue really does cover all the bases, but my write-up was inspired primarily by the rental opportunity. I’ve written before about biking around West Lake and The Hanoi Bicycle Collection is a great place to … read the full post

Jan 20 2013

Review: Au Coeur d’Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

For after an argument.

Au Coeur — or The Heart — certainly captures the location of this new hotel on Hang Be street as it’s about as central as you can get to the Old Quarter tourist hub, but does it have one? With comfortable rooms from $40, we think so. Rooms at Au Coeur d’Hanoi Hotel are on … read the full post

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