Archive for the 'Hanoi' Category

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

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 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

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

Jan 13 2011

Eating pho like a Hanoian

Published by under Food

Pho — the staple of Vietnam — is available all day and, for my post-drinking eating pleasure, all night. A quick resume: steaming fragrant broth, thick rice noodles, beef or chicken. Simple and tasty as that. It’s not a tricky dish to eat but, for those of you who have as yet been unwilling to venture into the unknown … read the full post

Jan 07 2011

How to get into Hanoi from the airport

Published by under Transport

What better way to start a travel blog about Hanoi than by helping you get here in the first place! Getting from the airport into town gets bad press but I’ve travelled back from there three times so far and arranged pick-ups for friends and it’s always worked out OK. If you know what’s what and … read the full post

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