Vietnam’s cyclo (xich lo) is one of top 30 unique modes of transport around the world, according to Boredpanda – the leading art, design and photography community website.   The website describes that tourists just only jump on the front of the tricycle taxi and then enjoy the great view of the city. ‘Locals also […]

The Ministry of Public Security on July 6 issued Circular No. 31/2015/TT-BCA to guide the grant of visas, temporary residence cards, exit and entry permits and permanent residence status to foreigners. Under the circular, an agency, organization or individual that wishes to sponsor a foreigner to enter Vietnam will submit a visa application directly to […]

The Old Quarter, near Hoan Kiem lake, has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. At the beginning of the 20th century the city consisted of only about 36 streets, most of which are now part of the old quarter. Each street then had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade, such […]

If you are a little worried about eating food in the old Quarter in Ha Noi, then this is a Must Do! With hundreds of food places in this area, it’s difficult to know which are good to eat or not. There are definitely one’s that you should not venture into, but with this Food […]

The unique setting of the land has long allowed Vietnamese to craft many fine cuisines. Some of the food have that utmost honor above all else. Once meant for kings and queens, these dishes contain vast nutritious amount and exhibit extremely fine exquisite tastes. These were once themselves the royalties of Vietnamese food. Following are […]

  Touch down Vietnam Airlines (020 3263 2062; has the only direct flights between the UK and Vietnam. The twice-weekly departures from Gatwick land at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport around 11 hours later. Other airlines offer indirect connections with more frequent departures. I travelled with Singapore Airlines (020 8961 6993;, which offers flights […]

Shops, restaurants are beautiful grown up, Trang Tien plaza was born, even the students were using mobile phones. The old bus is open door run on the street this time has now been replaced by new buses, more beautiful. Meeting roadside markets still exist, but has many more supermarkets, shops fast food follow American-style appearance, while Pho Thin at […]

Take a view The fifth floor City View Cafe (7) at 7 Dinh Tien Hoang (00 88 4 3934 7911;; 7am-11pm daily) overlooks the serene Hoan Kiem Lake (3). Order a taro milkshake (70,000d/£2) and enjoy the strange juxtaposition of honking motorbikes swarming around the chaotic roundabout below you. Take a hike Complete the […]

Sunday morning: go to church The twin belltowers of St Joseph’s Cathedral (19) at 40 Nha Chung (5am-noon and 2-7.30pm daily; Sunday mass every two hours, 5am-11am; free) were built on the site of the old Bao Thien pagoda in 1886. The stained-glass windows from France are a highlight of the neo-gothic interior. Out to […]

Tetsuji Ito is professor of psychology researchers of the Faculty of Social Humanities, Ibaraki University, Japan. He lived in Hanoi 10 months (range 1998-1999) and have a chance to taste the life of the street in Hanoi. Since then, every year he will return to Vietnam. From Japan, a post he recorded this experience interesting. Hanoi, where […]