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

Feb 24 2011

A food splurge in Mui Ne

Published by under Mui Ne

I’ve covered accommodation and drinking (albeit with a bit of food thrown in), so for my last blog on Mui Ne I thought I’d write about our dinner treat. I’d heard good things about staying at The Sailing Club but it was well out of our budget — especially over Tet — so when our … read the full post

Feb 18 2011

Accommodation off the beach in Mui Ne

Published by under Mui Ne

Although traditionally most — and certainly the most desirable — accommodation has been located on the beach side of the road through Mui Ne, on my last visit I discovered two guesthouses that made me re-think the value of a beach view. It was somewhat through chance that I contacted Mui Ne Hills Guesthouse. I … read the full post

Feb 14 2011

Sankara: Changing the face of Mui Ne

Published by under Mui Ne

Mui Ne is often referred to as “quiet” and is considered to lack the buzz and nightlife of Nha Trang, a fact that can be off-putting to party-seeking travellers. While this may be true, the new kid on the block — Sankara — has certainly injected a bit of style and life into the bar scene. When … 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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