20 amazing things to do in Hanoi – recommended by a local

Think of Hanoi, and the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake spring to mind. But isn’t it Hanoi all about? There are, in fact, many Hanoi-s. There is a Hanoi, both monumental and orderly...

Vietnam coffee guide: Best places to have a cup of coffee in Hanoi

If you want to see how much Hanoi has changed in the last few years, don’t forget its coffee scene. From egg coffee to Vietnamese-style Affogato, in the years coffee first emerged as a...
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What to eat in Hanoi: 10 hidden specialities recommended by a local

 “No Pho, no Banh Mi” - My rule when it comes to discovering what to eat in Hanoi. Once upon a time, you would look to a banh mi or pho for a cheap and basic...

How to discover Hanoi’s hidden gems in just one day

Travel in a developing city has always suggested a potential blend of mystery, adventure and romance, three words not automatically associated with Hanoi in the context of commercialization. Yet there’s also another unseen and...

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