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: 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 Mausoleum – Hanoi, Vietnam.

Motorbike taxi, Hanoi

1. April 2018. In case you’re wondering, it can be a complicated business going to see the embalmed bodies of revered national leaders. Remembering only too well my many failed attempts to go and see Chairman Mao in Beijing (no bags, no cameras, no shorts, no sandals, no arms and legs day, closed for unspecified reasons), I […]

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My 5: La Place Cafe, Hanoi.

La Place Cafe Hanoi

1. April 2018. Looking for a tasty, affordable breakfast in Hanoi with a cracking balcony view? You’d do very well indeed to find a better option than La Place, with its winning location in the old quarter’s pretty Au Trieu Street.

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