Hà Nội in The Pictures

Hà Nội in The Pictures

Ha noi is the capital of Vietn nam, when you come to visit Ha noi, you can not miss: Ha noi old quarter- 36 streets in ha noi, Hoan kiem Lake – Restore Sword Lake, temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Complex….etc.  Hanoi‘s Old Quarter is a must-see for any visitor to the capital city. … Continue reading

Cho Lon – Saigon’s Chinatown

Cho Lon – Saigon’s Chinatown

Chinatowns flourish in many cities around the world, be it in the neon-glare of London’s Soho or along the streets of San Francisco. Vietnam too has a significant ethnic Chinese population, known as Hoa, half of whom live in Cho Lon – Saigon’s Chinatown. Putting down roots Cho Lon is west of downtown HCMC,annexing District … Continue reading

Vietnam Embassies

Vietnam Embassies

Vietnam Embassies Vietnam Embassy in Cambodia Add: 436 Monivong, Phnom Penh Tel: 36 4741; Fax: 362 314 Consulate: Tel: 362 531; Fax: 427 385 Code: 00-855-23 E-maill: embvnpp@camnet.com.kh General Consulate in Sihanouk ville (Cambodia) Add: Consulate General of Vietnam in Sihanoukville Tel: 153 45 361; Fax: 349 33 669 Code: 00-855 E-mail: consul@camintel.com General Consulate … Continue reading

Veggie Vietnam

Veggie Vietnam

Vietnam is Buddhist and Buddhists don’t eat meat, right? So, Vietnam is veggie heaven. Although the logic is sound, a Vietnamese meal without meat – preferably the feet, ears or other extremity – is as rare as steak tartare. Even eggs are served fertilised, concealing such delights as partly-formed feathers and beak. And unless you’re … Continue reading

Scent by Heaven – Perfume Pagoda

Scent by Heaven – Perfume Pagoda

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Now maybe it’s metaphorical or metaphysical (or another fancy word beginning with meta), but surely lying on the beach is better than being sat in a tiny airline seat for hours on end. But perhaps at the Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong in Vietnamese), near Hanoi, the saying is … Continue reading

Gothic Grandeur – St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi

Gothic Grandeur – St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi

Ornate it’s not. Sensitive to its surroundings? Not really. Worth seeing? Yes. Hanoi’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral is a great big gothic edifice – a keepsake of medieval European style that clanks against the Asian architecture of its low-rise neighbours. Like Notre Dame in Paris, two square-faced bell towers cut a sombre silhouette against a blue … Continue reading