Learning Vietnamese is not the impossibility many expats come to believe



    The simple delight of eating street food on the footpath may be threatened as police try and clear the way for pedestrians.



    An invitation to enjoy an ethnic minority dinner may present something of a challenge for foreigners or city-dwellers used to safe but bland dining. But once the offer’s been made it’s hard to refuse.



    A number of proposals have been put forward for renovating Hanoi’s Long Bien Bridge, one of which has sparked much debate.



    Special temples stand strong against all-comers at four points around Vietnam’s capital, dating back to when it was known as Thang Long.


Out & About

  • Sound & light

    Sound & light

    Opera has quickly attracted a lot of attention for its large size and décor, which resembles a modern luxury hotel among the small and old streets of the city centre.



    ‘Aummee’ means ‘unhurried’ in the Sanscrit language, and the owner of the Aummee vegetarian restaurant in Hanoi not only wishes to serve high quality food to diners but also to promote feelings of being ‘unhurried’, ‘self-confident’, and ‘being yourself’ when they visit.



    If you’re a bit of a bohemian girl, head down to Hebe Store in the Old Quarter for a look at what’s on offer.

  • Tasteful gifts

    Tasteful gifts

    Opened last year, the Moon n Sun bakery and shop was founded by three Hanoian women, one of which is a talented baker, one a talented gift designer, and one an experienced sales and marketing executive.

  • Old timer

    Old timer

    As new bars and cafés pop up everywhere in Hanoi, Polite Pub, one the oldest in the city, remains a familiar spot for both loyal and new customers.



Bits & Pieces

  • Equation Camp

    Equation Camp

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 09,2017 09:31 AM

    Equation is a yearly meeting of the people and music from the house and techno scene in Asia. This year it presents an eclectic line-up of resident DJs from Asia’s best underground clubs and international guests on two stages equipped with Funktion One sound systems. Chill areas, cocktail bars, and the best of Hanoi’s food vendors will be on the peninsular of Dong Mo Lake, a one-hour drive from Hanoi. There is also dancing and other entertainment. The event will commence at 2pm on Friday 14 April and conclude at 7pm Sunday the 16th. Tickets at the door are $129.

    Email equation@cliche-booking.com for more information. 

  • TANA String Quartet

    TANA String Quartet

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 12:00 AM

    A night of classic and contemporary music concert with France’s TANA Strings Quartet will be held at 8pm on 13 April in Hanoi and 14 April in HCMC. What makes TANA different is their repertoire, which is undeniably original and very contemporary. Their insatiable musical curiosity allows them to explore the many facets of music, different musical styles, and the multi-layered depth of compositions written by contemporary composers. The quartet will play ‘Phong Vu’ for the first time - a composition written for string quartets by Vietnamese composer Ton That Tiet.

  • ‘Beyond Absence’

    ‘Beyond Absence’

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 12:00 AM

    A contemporary dance by Sébastien Ly called ‘Beyond Absence’ will be performed in Hanoi. ‘Beyond Absence’ is the cream of the ‘Gestures of Memories’ exhibition by artist Florian Nguyen, which will be presented at L’Espace in April. Unique artwork is not only to be seen but also to be experienced. All emotions and feelings are gathered by dance artists from the exhibition’s audience and all those who gravitate around, enlivening the dancers’ bodies and reviving all original sensations. Five dancers will invite the audience to walk freely through different rooms and create their own courses based on their encounters with the artists. Quintets, trios, and duets of dancers will take turns to perform, highlighting the characteristics of the areas they have walked through. The audience will be invited to interact with the artists. It’s sure be a once-in-a-life-time experience. Free entry.

  • TEDxBadinh


    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 13,2017 10:23 AM

    TEDxBadinh is a full day event which consists out of short presentations by 16 to 20 international speakers (USA, Australia, Denmark, Vietnam, Singapore etc.) about innovative ideas covering topics such as technology, entertainment, design, sustainability etc. Particularly, US award-winning film director and Vietnam tourism ambassador Jordan Vogt-Roberts will also join this event.

    Apart from enjoying a full day stage program with talks and music performances, there will be wellness activities and workshops such as yoga, zumba and improv theater. Lunch, coffee breaks and gift bags are also provided. Networking areas and spaces to relax create the perfect environment to connect and engage. The conference language is English. Early bird tickets: VND 1million and regular tickets: VND 1.2million.

    For more information, speakers and tickets: http://tedxbadinh.com/



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