Rising dragon hotel hanoi
Hanoi has been voted one of the world's 10 "destinations on the rise" by travel website TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor revealed the winners of its Travellers' Choice 2013 list of places "on the rise" - aka the "most improved" awards of travel - this week. It rates the places that have seen the biggest increase in positive reviews from travelers on the site over the past year. Highlighting 54 places across the globe, the spots were selected based on data collected from millions of TripAdvisor user searches and reviews. Hanoi was ranked the 8th on the top 10 list. According to TripAdvisor, the charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, with its preserved Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside it's historic sites. Hanoi may have shrugged off several former names, including Thang Long, or "ascending dragon", but it hasn't forgotten its past, as sites such as Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady … [Read more...] about Vietnam capital among world’s top 10 destinations on the rise
A day-tour to the thousand-year-old capital At 8am on Saturday, I followed Ha Minh Lam, a tourist guide of Viet Media Travel, to the Art Boutique Hotel to lead a group of foreign tourists to see Hanoi. We started our tour after enjoying Pho (beef noodles) at Thin Restaurant on Lo Duc Street and a cup of tea to warm us up. During our 30 minute breakfast we talked with the foreign tourists who told us about their experiences during their visit to Vietnam. Gavin Anderson (26 years old) said: "I have been in Vietnam for two days and have visited Ha Long Bay and Trang An. On my last day here, I want to see Hanoi to learn more about the culture, country and people of this thousand-year-old city." The first place we visited was the President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum Area. When our car stopped, the tourists quickly got off and walked to the mausoleum. They visited the President’s house-on-stilts and pond, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. During their visit they learned much and … [Read more...] about Hello Hanoi!
A Vietnamese adventure: Gourmet delights and new adventures in a rising Asian idyll My first time in Vietnam, and driving in from Hanoi Airport in the gloom of pre-daylight I felt elated, almost like being 20 again and staying out till dawn. Rock stars: The limestone formations of Ha Long Bay are among Vietnam's main attractions. I was still sleepy, though, with half the night lost to the time-change, and glad enough to crawl under a crisp, white king-size duvet for an hour or so at the Movenpick Hotel – which offered calm luxury and a great, late breakfast – before sallying out to explore. Rock stars: The limestone formations of Ha Long Bay are among Vietnam's main attractions With six million people and three million motorbikes, Hanoi certainly hums. Girls ride the bikes, their long hair flying out from helmets, and couples pin toddlers between them. It's a thrilling, throbbing, moped-dodging city – and a challenge to life and limb. I saw noodle-cooking on … [Read more...] about A Vietnamese adventure: Gourmet delights and new adventures in a rising Asian idyll
Hang Ga in Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a low key street famous for wedding cards and the best banh cuon restaurant in town, writes Hop Trang. Hang Ga street was originally established as part of Tan Lap- Tan Khai hamlet in Tho Xuong district. Initially the road was dubbed Tan Khai. In French colonial times the road was known as Thien Tan or Rue Tien Tsin. The name was in tribute to the Thien Tan agreement which brought an end to the conflict between France and China’s Thanh dynasty in 1885. However, the street was always a famous spot for trading chickens and other poultry, so in 1945 the street was renamed yet again as Hang Ga, which more or less means ‘chicken trading street’. The poultry market operated outside Thai Cam temple. There were no shops – just massive cages on the roadside. The big day As a result the chicken traders are no longer a fixture. If you asked a Hanoian, what Hang Ga is famous for today, they might say wedding cards. The street is … [Read more...] about Chickened out