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    Legend of the Tortoise and Sword

    by SLLiew Written Oct 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The lake Ho Hoan Kiem means the lake of the sword returned.

    According to the legend, King Le Thai To was given a magical sword by a genie to help him defeat his enemies. After his victory, while on a lake, a tortoise came and took back the sword from the King. Hence the lake was named "Ho Hoan Kiem".

    There is a temple dedicated to this legend at the lake.

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    City closed at midnight

    by lovemyr1 Written Feb 21, 2006

    Favorite thing: Favorite things about Hanoi are very few and far between. Having arrived at 1am because of a flight delay from Singapore, I was surprised to see that most of the city is basically closed. Not just closed... windows and doors barred, gated and locked down. Including our hotel in the Old Quarter!

    We had to knock on gates to wake up the hotel staff to try and get a room in other hotels. Men would roll out of makeshift beds in the small lobbies, hastily put on a shirt, and open the door a crack to inform us that no, there is no room at their hotel.

    We dragged our luggage behind us, going from hotel to hotel looking for a room. At 3am, we gave up and tried a 5 star hotel. Although the hotel was fully booked as well, it was open and thus, a welcome sight. The good people at Melia did give us the hook up with the Horison hotel and at 3am, we finally got to lay our heads on soft pillows.

    The next night, we decided to experience some of the nightlife Hanoi had to offer but lo and behold, there's nothing to do past 12am. We went to Bobby Chin's to see what the Hanoi elite would look like. Expats. What a disappointment. We decided to hit the Relax Bar too. There were 5 bar girls there, a handful of male expats, and a very drunk and disgusting French old fogey being lewd and overtly sexual towards the bar girls. One beer and we were out of there.

    Fondest memory: Taking photos of the people around Hoan Kiem lake was probably the highlight of my entire trip. Buying a painting of Buddha for USD20 was also a good experience.

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    Ice-cream on a hot, hot day

    by myspices Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The difference is, everyone who buys the ice-cream will loiter around this hall to eat it. No one seems to leave the place with the icecream. Ah... after some thoughts, we concluded that since most of them are on bikes, they will need to finish the icecream before moving out as they can't be eating the ice-cream and riding the bike as well (except for the pillion rider who can do that). The weather outside is hot too. In this hall, it's pretty cooling.
    They have a wide range of ice-cream flavours and they are of different prices.

    This place where we had our ice-cream "hang-out" is called "Kem Trang Tien Ice Cream" near to Hoan Kiem Lake (along Trang Tien road)

    Fondest memory: Everyone who wants an ice-cream will come to this place to hang out.

    Kem Trang Tien Ice Cream - entrance Hmm...it's delicious!
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    You have to at least try this ..

    by myspices Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Pho Bo (Beef noodles) or the Pho Ga (Chicken noodles). You must at least try either of these if you are not so enthusiastic about the rest of the yummy foods I have posted. It is a bowl of very finely cut stripes rice noodles served with either pieces of tender beef or chicken slices (or whole drumstick) in clear soup. Topped with lots of parsley and spring onions. Eat it with the raw vegetables provided in a basket. If you want it spicy, eat it with the cut chillies (either raw or pickled) with a dash of lime.

    You can find this anywhere along the street, anytime of the day. We had this for our meals so many times (especially as breakfast). Another place where they serve good Pho Ga is the one near the bridge (only served at night). This place, they serve the noodles with a huge drumstick instead of chicken slices.

    You won't regret this recommendation.

    Fondest memory: I am missing it now....especially the Pho Bo

    Pho Bo or Beef Noodles in clear soup Pretty lady selling Pho Bo and Pho Ga Pho Ga with huge drumstick cut into pieces Pho Ga near bridge - too dark to see the bridge
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    Good for Baby, Good for you..

    by myspices Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Smooth, white and tasty porridge .Topped with pieces of chicken floss and fried cruellers ("yau char kwai" - in Cantonese or "yew tiau" in Mandarin). Hmm..... yummy

    We found this old lady selling this tasty porridge during one morning when we were walking around Old Quarters. The crowd was there and everyone was eating it so deliciously. Some locals even brought their bowls to pack them back.... for babies and old folks back home ?

    Fondest memory: It was a pity we only found this stall during our last part of our trip. If not, we would have eat it a couple more times.

    Smoothly textured porridge- good enough for babies Business is so good for this lady
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    Yummy Street Foods - Nem Cua Be/Fried Spring Rolls

    by myspices Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Nem Cua Be or the fried Spring rolls - Fillings of meat and vegetables wrapped with crepe and deep fried. It is best eaten when it is still warm so that you can feel the crunciness of the skin and the tender fillings of the Nem Cua Be. The dish is usually served together with a plate of raw vegetables and a bowl of sweet & sour sauce. You dip your Nem Cua Be into the sauce and the raw vegetables provided are "coolers" to the dish.

    Fondest memory: Sitting with the locals by the roadside and enjoying the Nem Cua Be. The one outlet that we went to was next to a small temple with shades of trees.

    Crunchy Nem Cua  Be or the fried Spring roll Where we had our Nem Cua Be - Shady trees
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    Yummy Street Foods - Banh Cuon Nong

    by myspices Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Yummy is the word - we had this street food dish a couple times. It is made of glutinous rice flour mixed into a batter. The batter is then spread on hot plate to form a sort of a "crepe". Chopped preserved radish is then placed on the "skin" or "crepe" and rolled up. Served with fried onions as toppings. It's something like the Hongkong "Chee Cheong Fun". How to eat it ?? Dip the pieces of Banh Cuon Nong into a bowl of sauce provided. Sauce is sweet and sourish - a very nice blend. Price : about 6,000 to 7,000 dongs a plate.

    Fondest memory: Cheap nice food which are authentic in taste.

    Delicious Banh Cuon Nong This is how the Banh Cuon Nong is made. Another plate of Banh Cuon Nong
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    Post Box

    by Animas Written Jan 30, 2006

    Favorite thing: The best way to send your postcard is giving it to your hotel ...
    but you can find some post boxes around HaNoi
    Stamp 7,000 dong for postcar to Thailand ( and I guess in Asia as well ) --- it took 17 days for my postcard from HaNOi to Bangkok.
    and 10,000 dong to USA. --- dont know when my friend got it ?? I will update later,okay?

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    Film Developing

    by neurochic Written Dec 24, 2005

    Favorite thing: While in Vietnam, get your film developed there. Its many times cheaper than trying to get your film developed in the States and often times they offer to place the pictures on CD for free. The film quality is the same as at home and actually I thought the way they wrapped the negatives in their own special cardboard folder was better than the States. Many of the photo places offer 1 hour photo.

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    Sinh Cafe tour operator.

    by euzkadi Written Oct 17, 2005

    Favorite thing: We only had a week to visit Vietnam, so we arranged a tour with Sinh Cafe. It was our best desition. They were so professional and friendly. Our stay in Vietnam with this company was perfect. And they are also cheap. Highly recommended.

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    Money Changer - AGRI BANK

    by chirpy383 Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I changed SGD to Vietnamese Dong at Hanoi Airport. The rates is pretty decent. For 1SGD, you get VND9200. There is a few money changer at the airport after the gate. Check out all and compare the rates. Just to assure VTers that they give decent rates. : )

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    Departure Airport Tax

    by imstress Written Jun 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Remember to keep USD14 for the departure airport tax (passenger service charges).

    You may purchase it after you have checkin at the airline counter.

    You can see that a special counter is set up just to collect $ from you.

    Passenger Service Charges

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    Travel Agent

    by imstress Written Jun 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: There are many travel at the Old Quarters.

    For Halong Bay trip, I would suggest that you stay a night on the boat for the experience and to gaze at the stars at night on the deck chair.

    If you like trekking, sign up for the 3D2N Halong + Cat Ba Island trip which cost about US$58.

    One of the famous agent is ODC Travel which is located in the lobby of Camellia Groups of hotel.

    The price is about the same for most agents. It is what you get to eat that makes the different.

    ODC Travel offered seafood onboard their junks.

    If you wish to have an aircon room, just add additional US$3.

    ODC Travel Desk
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    Old Quarters

    by imstress Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you dont mind being awaken early in the morning by honking of motorbikes and national athems or very loud sound or music over the public loud speakers on the street, this is the place to stay in.

    We stayed at Phan Thai (Camellia 4) in the middle of Old Quarters.

    Given a choice again, we will choose to stay south of the lake where the French Quarters and shopping centres are.

    View of Old Quarters from our room
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    The Baguette!

    by Designerartgirl Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: There are baguettes to be bought all over Hanoi and often you can buy a reel of soft cheese to go with them. Many places do ready made ones, or will do them in front of you. But i prefered to make one myself, buying a baguette for 500dong and then cheese for 4,000 dong.

    Fondest memory: Makes a yummy lunch for a couple days, sitting by the lakside munching on the baguettes are lovely

    a street shop
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