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 The old bus is open door run on the street this time has now been replaced by new buses, more beautiful.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 […]

In four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter, the communication between the winter to the spring season is more than the mark. Because of the cold, stormy move warm, peaceful people always create excitement, optimism, flaming barriers. Spring said nothing to me in words, do not call me call for love. However, a rare bit of […]

The dining scene in Hanoi has flourished in recent years. Travelers can feast on international fare like sushi and tapas, as well as on innovative takes on Vietnamese cuisine. But this tiny restaurant, which opened in the fall of 2012, evokes a simpler time: the decade starting in 1976, when the state controlled the economy […]

Over the last year or so, the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich has taken New York by storm, elevating the once humble pork and pickled vegetable sandwich to heights of gastronomic chic. In Hanoi, however, the typical banh mi (which translates simply as “bread” in Vietnamese and is written in English as banh my in Hanoi) […]

In Vietnamese, “bia hoi” refers to both fresh-brewed beer and the roadside restaurants where locals, perched on plastic stools, gather to consume it. The light brew is typically enjoyed with snacks like roasted peanuts and fermented sausage and simple stir-fries of whatever ingredients happen to be on hand. BackYard Bia Hoi, which opened in March […]