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?
National ice cream day
Most nations, I suspect, don't celebrate school teachers the way Vietnam does, with a National Teachers' Day. On the surface, it may seem like a good idea - a little extra recognition for a noble calling that is often under-appreciated and underpaid, the latter of which is very true in Vietnam. But a Vietnamese friend doesn't like how Teachers' Day creates expectations for families to provide gifts regardless of the quality of the relationship. "In Vietnam, we have a saying "If you want your children to be well-educated, then you should love the teachers" to emphasize the role of teachers in their children's educational development," Vinh explained. A respectful attitude is appropriate. But, "when it becomes a national day like this, it ruins the fairness of the educational environment, and it becomes a chance for corruption." Most parents, Vinh explained, "fear that if they do not bring gifts to their son or daughter's teachers, then their children would be treated badly by the … [Read more...] about Teachers’ Day
Unavailable either in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, Italy's Galeto trademarked Ice-cream has followed couple Coulier Patrick and Do Thi Kim Sa's steps to fame in Da Nang city. The Sasa Galeto shop was recently opened in the Green Island area of the city. At a garden dominated by a 68-year-old yellow gage plum tree, tables are full of customers coming to taste pure Galeto ice creams which are made from New Zealand and Italian ingredients. The ice-creams are made even more special due to the chocolate imported from Belgium, Coulier Patrick's homeland. His young wife-Do Thi Kim Sa, a Vietnamese national, described that what was so special about the Sasa Galeto ice-creams was that they were mostly made of fresh fruits without any flavoring or chemicals. She hoped that advanced ice-cream producing technology, modern equipment, and a hygienic environment were key elements in securing the quality of their ice-creams among, even their most hard-to-please customers. Kim Sa and Coulier Patrick … [Read more...] about Vietnamese-Belgium couple and Italian ice-cream brand name in Da Nang
The Hanoitimes - The salubrious Trang Tien in Hanoi is a wonderful promenade and one of the capital's most fascinating streets in terms of architecture. The Old Quarter of Hanoi is also sometimes referred to in Vietnamese as "36 streets" and local Hanoians often refer to Trang Tien as the 37th street. However, compared to the skinny and congested streets of the Old Quarter, Trang Tien is much wider and opulent thoroughfare replete with colonial buildings. Its history is obviously tied to France's colonial administration. But it existed before the French arrived. The original name of the street was Truong Tien in reference to the state mint which was established in 1808 under the Nguyen dynasty. The mint was demolished in 1887 by the French colonial authorities who had grand plans for the capital of Tonkin, the French name for northern Vietnam. Looking down the 700-metre long road from Hoan Kiem lake you can see a colossal colonial icon in the shape of the Hanoi Opera House, a … [Read more...] about Building the infrastructure rulebook
Hanoi Times - Demand for upscale hotel accommodation in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is on the rise as Vietnam leaves its reputation as a backpacker's paradise behind. A hotspot for tourism As more local and foreign investors develop hotels, resorts and tourist facilities throughout Vietnam, established hotels realise that to compete they need to renovate. In Hanoi, the Sofitel Metropole has just opened the luxurious and serene Club Lounge on the 7th floor of the Opera Wing. "Club Metropole Lounge promises guests impeccable service, enchanting luxury and a host of impressive facilities," says Gilles Cretallaz, General Manager of Sofitel Metropole Hanoi. "This new oasis of charm in the neo-classical Opera wing, in conjunction with the legendary grandeur of the historic Metropole itself, combines to create the unique identity of the iconic Sofitel Metropole Hanoi." The Metropole will also look to raise the bar, once again, in haute cuisine in the downtown area. "Angelina - The Italian … [Read more...] about Five star makeover