Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

Jul 26 2011

Discovering Vietnamese dessert che

Published by under Food

Che (pronounced chair) is a popular Vietnamese dessert or snack found at street stalls around Hanoi. Today we aim to (partly) demystify this unusual delicacy and encourage you to give it a try. First up, find a stall. Che stalls are usually characterised by a glass cabinet housing bowls of colourful … um stuff. Sometimes the … read the full post

Jul 23 2011

Medical care in Hanoi

Published by under Health & safety

A summary of the medical care available in Hanoi

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.

Jul 05 2011

Is Hanoi’s Dong Xuan market worth a visit?

Published by under Shopping

An overview of Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi

Jun 29 2011

Hostels in Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

A review of some of the hostels offering dorm beds in Hanoi

Jun 23 2011

Buying fruit in Hanoi

Published by under Food

If you’ve managed to walk around Old Quarter in Hanoi and not be accosted by a lady in a conical hat trying to put her shoulder pole, supporting baskets of fruit, on your shoulder for a photo, you’re in the minority. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been approached and have yet to say … read the full post

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

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 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

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

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