Discovering second venue for street vendors in SaigonHoang The Phong Young students are seen buying crab soup at a food stall - PHOTOS: THANH HOA – HOANG PHONG Bach Tung Diep Park in HCMC’s District 1 has officially been turned into the city’s second convergence point for low-income vendors just after a month since the first site on Nguyen Van Chiem Street, also in District 1, was put into service, paving the way for street food sellers to earn their daily bread and serving the huge demand for street food among city dwellers and international tourists. Some 30 households have been approved by local authorities to conduct business on a pilot basis from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the venue everyday in an effort to minimize encroachment on public pavements by street vendors as the municipal authorities have expressed strong determination to crack down on illegal sidewalk occupation. The vendors at Bach Tung Diep … [Read more...] about Discovering second venue for street vendors in Saigon
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VietNamNet Bridge - Start a new day with night flower market, and then after sunrise, visit historic buildings, and later relax with coffee or beer at night. Hanoi is one of the most attractive destinations in the world. To discover the cuisine and beauty of the capital in one day, you may have to wake up early and take advantage of every moment for your experience. 4-5 am: night flower market The night flower market Quang Ba is held at about 2 am. From 2 am to 4 am, for wholesale; after 4 am, besides wholesale, there are retail prices for tourists. This is the most beautiful, freshest, and cheapest flower market in Hanoi because flowers are delivered from Tay Luu, Dong Anh, Gia Lam, Phuc Yen, etc. If you only want to visit or buy some bunches of flowers, you can wake up around 4 am. At this time, the market is not too crowded, you can bargain and choose flowers such as rose, lily, … [Read more...] about A one-day tour of Hanoi
It’s lunchtime but the noodle soup cooked by 60-year-old Le Thi Khe in a small laneway off Dinh Tien Hoang Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 is going cold as no customers have come to eat. She’s often had the same problem in recent times, after she was forced to move from the sidewalk at the front the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities to the laneway. For ten years prior to that, she had a steady stream of students and workers from around the area. Her loyal customers must now look for her new location if they want to enjoy her noodles. Obviously, Mrs. Khe did not want to move from the place that helped her earn a living for more than a decade. But she had no choice. Like hundreds of thousands of other street vendors, she now struggles for a livelihood, after authorities in big cities intensified a campaign to reclaim sidewalks for pedestrians by clearing away all types of commerce. A family behind every shoulder pole Since … [Read more...] about Out of place
The Hanoitimes - Head to the home of a local family in Hanoi`s Old Quarter to enjoy a traditional dinner with warm and welcoming hosts. Private Dinner with a Hanoi Family First, you can catch a lift from your Old Quarter hotel and make your way to a local's house. When you arrive, head inside to be greeted with steaming cups of freshly brewed green tea. Take a tour of the house and peek into the kitchen to watch family members putting the finishing touches on dinner. Chat with your hosts about Vietnamese culture and watch as the younger family members call others to the table. Sip green tea, watch them prepare your meal, and chat about what daily life is like in Vietnam. Get tips on proper eating etiquette and pick up pointers for using chopsticks. The second, you can pull up a chair as dinner is served and let your host help you fill your plate with tasty Vietnamese dishes. Find out how to mix the various sauces and flavors, get feedback on your chopstick technique, and find out … [Read more...] about The right way to enjoy Hanoi cuisine
The Hanoitimes - Walk around The Old Quarter, eat bun Cha… top things you can do for one day in Hanoi, Vietnam. Walk around The Old Quarter Hanoi Old Quarter has a long history of 2000 years of development which is the beating heart old the city. Today, the streets are still grouped by what they sell, with names to match, such as Bat Su, Cha Ca, Hang Bac, Hang Dau, Hang Gai, To Tich, Hang Luoc…You can taste some local specialties, if you wish, and continue to the Hoan Kiem Lake area to visit Ngoc Son Temple.Eat Bun Cha It’s basically a cold noodle soup with pork. You’ll be served by a plate of rice noodles, fresh herbs, and a bowl of cold broth with grilled pork. The rice noodles and fresh herbs are pretty common in a Vietnamese restaurant. The broth and the pork are the ones make this dish unique. Bun cha is a lunch food; it means you can only find it between 12pm – 3pm.Visit Hoa Lo Prison This thought-provoking site is all that remains of the … [Read more...] about One day in Hanoi: Where to go and What to do?