My 5: Hanoi Railway Station, Vietnam.

Entrance Hanoi Railway Station Vietnam

1. April 2018. After six days in Hanoi and three nights on Halong Bay’s gorgeous Cat Ba Island, it was finally time for my first cross-country train trip. My destination was Dong Hoi; a small city perched on a pretty stretch of central Vietnam’s northern coastline. So off I went to Hanoi Railway Station’s Building A […]

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My 5: Ho Tay Lake, Hanoi.

Misty Truc Bach Lake Hanoi

1. April 2018. As the larger of Hanoi’s two city lakes, Ho Tay (West Lake) is a much more subdued affair than pretty Hoan Kiem, with its temple, turtle tower and pretty, landscaped gardens. But Ho Tay is well worth checking out with a handful of interesting sights and a seventeen-kilometer shore length that makes for […]

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My 5: Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Hanoi

1. April 2018. The ancient Vietnamese art of water puppetry stretches back over a thousand years to the days when Hanoi was known as Thang Long. Performances took place in rice paddies and were carried out by the same local craftsmen who created the wooden puppets. Today Vietnam’s treasured art form can be enjoyed in this […]

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My 5: The Note Coffee, Hanoi.

The Note Coffee Hanoi Egg coffee

1. April 2018. Coffee is one of the great joys of life! I can barely get through a morning without a big life-affirming mug of caffeiney goodness and I like it milky with sugar, all the way! Maybe a morning latte tinged with hazelnut or vanilla. Perhaps a mocha, although at least these days I do […]

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My 5: Hanoi Train Street, Vietnam.

Hanoi Train Street, Vietnam

1. April 2018. Hanoi’s bustling, fascinating old quarter holds many secrets for those willing to do their research and delve a little deeper. Its best cafes are typically hidden away on the top floor of a dilapidated old building that can only be accessed via a narrow winding staircase at the back of an antiques shop. […]

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My 5: Temple of Literature, Hanoi.

Temple of Literature Hanoi

1. April 2018. If you’re only going to see one temple in Vietnam’s capital, there’s a strong case to be made for this ancient complex, which stands in tribute to the country’s finest scholars. Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university.

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My 5: Ho Chi Minh Musem, Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi

1. April 2018. Have you paid your respects to Uncle Ho at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum? Did you check out his stilt house, meeting rooms and car collection? Then it’s only proper to round things off with an amble around this resourceful albeit quirky museum located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh Complex.

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