Camera repairs: Don't try this at home
I bought a filter from this shop, quite small selection but I got just what I wanted, 72 mm UV protection to my lens (,some how I lost my filter to Water Puppet Show, I took it away because of the smoke there and put on the chair and there it probably still is).
But I was again amazed to Vietnam, this guy is tinning Nikon Lens! So, if you get some malfunction to your camera or equipment, just select the closest camera shop and try there, you can't even imagine how competent these boys are.Related to:
Hanoi can be heaven for shopping and cheap as well. There is a night market which is popular by local as well as tourists like anywhere else in this side of the world, but as it is also very dirty, noisy and crowded, I usually do not spend too much time around.
DRAGONFLYTRAVEL: A Good and Reliable Travel Agent in Hanoi
This travel company works from a kiosk located in Le Nin Square. What makes this travel company so special is that its Director (Ms Trinh) will go out of her way to find a tour that suits your needs. We booked two tours through her company and the pickups from our hotel for both tours were prompt. The English Speaking Guides provided were pleasant, courteous and knowledgeable. The tours themselves are handled efficiently from hotel pickup to dropoff at the end of the tour.
What to buy: We booked the Perfume Pagoda Tour ( it will test even the fittest of people) as well as the Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Tour ( definitely not to be missed !!! ) with this travel company.
When requiring transport from our hotel to the Noi Bai Airport at the conclusion of our Hanoi holiday, Ms. Trinh kindly arranged that for us as well.
All the tours and transport costs were reasonably cheaper than booking via our hotel. Compared to other travel companies in Vietnam, this travel company's tour prices are very competitive.
What to pay: The Perfume Pagoda Tour costs US$34/person (inclusive of 2-way cable car ride) if you are willing to join a group. Apart from my husband and I, there were 4 other tourists in our tour group and one Guide.
The Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Tour costs US$28/person and our tour group consisted of 12 or 13 tourists and a Guide.
The transport from our hotel to Noi Bai Airport cost 250,000VND .Related to:
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Noi & Phuong Stationery Shop: Good Stationery Shop in Hanoi's Old Quarter
We found this lovely stationery shop quite by accident while walking around Hanoi's Old Quarter. It has a very unassuming frontage and can be easily missed. However, even though it is small inside, it is packed with all sorts of stationery laid out neatly and is well worth a look. We stopped for a look inside as the sign "Many more brushes inside" caught our eye due to our love for drawing and painting.
What to buy: We bought a good set of 12 different kinds of art brushes for 390,000VND (~ $20) and tracing paper was very cheap. You could buy varying grades of tracing paper ranging from 53g up to 112g which came in rolls 90cm wide. It is sold at 20,000VDN ($1) / metre. I purchased 5m of the thinnest grade and the shop carefully rolled the piece up and wrapped the entire roll in clear cellophane for me.
This shop is definitely worth a visit if your hobby is drawing or painting. The prices are fixed but if you spend over $30 you may get a slight discount if you ask. However avoid buying any brushes with an animal claw/fur as part of its handle because it won't pass through Australian Customs.
What to pay: Most prices in the shop are extremely cheap compared to what you would pay in Australia. Certain items, like tracing paper lighter than 70g, are impossible to find in any art or craft store in Perth.
Co Do Gallery: Local Art
If you’re looking for affordable, original art check out the Co Do Gallery. The collection is great. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the prices are some of the best we found for original art in Hanoi. I bought an original piece here and they helped organize shipping back to the USA. They also will give you the option of rolling the canvas for you if you want to travel with your purchase and reframe it at home. I had my piece shipped home in the frame and it arrived quickly and completely intact. I was very happy with everything and they take credit cards!Related to:
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- Arts and Culture
Propaganda Posters: Original communist art
This shop, in the Old Quarter, sells original Communist propaganda posters. I popped in to see some of them as, wherever you travel in Vietnam, you’ll come across them on the side of the road. I love the look of them but sadly they’re not on the cheap side to buy.
"Made in Vietnam"- high quality exporting cloths
A popular brand name of Vietnam exporting fabric products. You can find quality & nice products here with very reasonable price (always fixed price!)
Some Made in Vietnam shops:
58 Bà Triệu, 82 Hàng Điếu, 7A Chả Cá, 20 Hàng Thùng, 56 Quán Thánh, 193 Giảng Võ, 65 Trần Nhân Tông, 266 Tây Sơn, 162 Tôn Đức Thắng, 89 Cầu Giấy, 275 Bạch Mai
Hang Da market
This local 3 floored indoor market is well-known for second-hand (used) cloths, shoes, bags. Do not forget to try your bargant tallent here :) You can buy good fruits and food at the first floor or you can try some unique vietnames food here.
Dong Xuan market
The oldest & largest market in Hanoi. You can find many cheap things and alots of local products on 3 wide floors, 9000m2 each. There also are many vendors arounds the market and maybe you may find some interesting things.
Be careful with the pickpocket there as the market is very crowded everytime!
Very old market for local people. You can taste some unique vietnamese food here for cheap price but be aware of strange foods! This is also the largest fabric market in Hanoi where you can find any kind of color, type, style of fabric products from Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea...
Keep your eyes on your pockets, pickpockets are everywhere as the market is very crowded!
Van Phuc Silk village
The eldest & most famous silk village in Vietnam where you can find any products of silks you want. You can also see how they make the silk products in the local family.
The village is in Ha Dong town, about 15km from the central of Hanoi. You can go there by car, bus or motorbike.
The cheapest way there is to take Hanoi bus to Ha Dong town and motorbike to the village.
What to buy: silk products
This private owner plaza is famous for DIAMOND :) You can buy quality dimond jewellery in Doji group here. The dimond shop is belongs to the owner of the Plaza. There is a very nice Salon Aquamarine at the 8th floor and it opens from 8am to 9pm everyday.
You also can visit several good restaurants here.
Leading department store chain from Malaysia. Good place to buy quality cloths, shoes, techs, jewellery, comestics... and some well-known international fashion brands.
You can pay by credit cards or in cash.
Vincom City Tower
It is called "mini city" as considering the shopping, entertaiment and food place as well as offices for Hanoi people. The second tower construction of Vincom has just been finished on Sept 2009. You can enjoy the view from the cafeteria on the top roof of Vincom or in famous Highland Cafe outside the towers.
Some famous brands are in here and you also can find some quality local tailoring brands.
Go to Dinh Tien Hoang Street: Buying bags
If you are thinking of buying haversack and duffle bags, go to Dinh Tien Hoang, the street where the Water Puppet Theatre is.
The bag vendors packed the whole street. Best time to visit is late afternoon onwards, by then all the shops will be open.
Although they are counterfeit, the quality is good.
What to buy: haversack and duffle bags
What to pay: Jack Wolfskin haversack 240,000 VND
Mini deuter bagpack 80,000 VNDRelated to:
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