The Dong Da Festival

The Dong Da Festival

Dong Da, situated in the southern part of Hanoi, is the place where, 200 years ago, Emperor Quang Trung {reigning 1788-1792) defeated the 200,000-strong Qing invading army. On the evening of the 4th and on the 5th of the first lunar month - that is 29-30 January 1789 - the enemy redoubt in Khuong Thuong was overwhelmed by Vietnamese forces, and its Commanding Officer, General Sam Nghi Dong, committed suicide. Thereafter the Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Corps, Gen. Ton Si Nghi,

Hanoi and HCM City are attractive cities

Hanoi and HCM City are attractive cities

The US leading Travel and Leisure Magazine has voted Hanoi and HCM City in the top 10 most attractive cities in Asia. Bangkok was number o­ne, with HCM City ranked 7th with 84,04 points and Hanoi ranked 9th with 83,48 points. Meanwhile, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel and the Park Hyatt in HCM City were named among the top 10 of 25 leading hotels in the region. The Sofitel Legend Metropole took 3rd place. It ranked 14th last year. The Park Hyatt in HCM City came in at 10, having

Banh Com Hanoi

“Banh Com” Hanoi

You can't talk about Hanoi's  Old Quarter without talking about Hang Than street. This is a small street but have more than 30 green rice flake cake shops. Hang Than is just among more than 20 culinary streets in Hanoi which has about 70 streets with their first name of Hang. This 300 metre long street houses more than 30 green rice flake cake shops. The Nguyen Ninh trademark is the oldest and most popular brand for green rice flake cake. The name was established in 1865 by late Tran Thi

Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge

Built in 1903 by the architects of French company, Daydé & Pillé, Cầu Long Biên lies in the same league as French icon - the Eiffel Tower. Both icons sharing the same birth father - Gustave Eiffel, the very same man who crafted the Eiffel Tower. It across the Red River, Hanoi. The bridge connects Hanoi with the North of Vietnam and the port of Haiphong.Before North Vietnam's independence in 1954, it was called Doumer Bridge, named after Paul Doumer - The Governor-General of French

Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market (Vietnamese: Chợ Đồng Xuân) is a market in Cau Dong Street of Hoan Kiem district. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, it was part of an ancient hamlet of that name before it became a street. It was built in 1889 by the French colonial administration, Dong Xuan Market has been renovated several times with the latest in 1994 after a fire which almost destroyed the market. At the end of 19th century, the Old Quarter of Hanoi had two main marketplaces, one at Hang

Hanoi - Where to go? P1

Hanoi – Where to go? P1

Hanoi, Vietnam's capital is a really beautiful city. Its beauty stands out with ancient and pensive features, and is mixed with lasting cultural and historical marks. Hanoi is beautiful, by the beauty of its elegant people, and by the beauty of its refined spirits, etc. Let's discover Hanoi with iGrandtour. Hoan Kiem Lake is a pleasant park in the center of town, within easy walking distance from anywhere in the Old Quarter. It's the locals' favorite leisure spot, and a great place to watch

Hanoi - Where to go? P2

Hanoi – Where to go? P2

Hanoi, Vietnam's capital is a really beautiful city. Its beauty stands out with ancient and pensive features, and is mixed with lasting cultural and historical marks. Hanoi is beautiful, by the beauty of its elegant people, and by the beauty of its refined spirits, etc. Let's discover Hanoi with us. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Open mornings only, 8-11am; closed on afternoons, Mondays, and Fridays. Apparently closed October-December for maintenance of the body. Admission free.) The city down

Hanoi’s coffee culture

Hanoi’s coffee culture

The Hanoians drink a lot of the dark, caffeinated beverage and prefer sipping their stronger blends outside in front of a small shop with some sweet milk and a spoonful of sugar. Every morning, on hot days of summer and cold and dull days of winter, you can easily see some here with a cup of coffee in one hand and a newspaper in the other. For many Hanoians, the most important factor of a café is not its luxuriousness but the quality of the product. Old people love cafés which have been

Getting Around Hanoi

Getting Around Hanoi

Taxis are the best way to travel long distances, but the cyclos, or pedicabs, are a cheap way to make shorter trips. Taxi fares are not always consistent, and the rates for each taxi company have not been standardized. For lone travelers, rides on the back of motorbikes (actually low-powered scooters) are popular too (known as xe om, literally meaning motorbike-hug) Some meter taxi owners in Hanoi will attempt to negotiate a flat fee in advance rather than use the meter. If you have a

Hanoi Map

Hanoi Map

Hanoi means "the hinterland between the rivers" (Ha: river, Noi: interior). Hanoi's territory is washed by the Red River (the portion of the Red River embracing Hanoi is approximately 40km long) and its tributaries, but there are some other rivers flowing through the capital, including Duong, Cau, Ca Lo, Day, Nhue, Tich, To Lich and Kim Nguu. Hanoi lies at the centre of the triangular basin of the Red River. 50 km from Hanoi to the North, lies the tourist site of Tam Dao, and at the same

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