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Old 01-11-2018, 07:06 PM   #31
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Can anybody recommend nice hotels? Noticed seems not so many “branded”
Hotels in Hanoi
What's your budget?

There are branded hotels like Pan pacific, Novotel, Somerset, Intercon, Westin, Lotte, Hilton, Hyatt, Pullman, Sofitel etc

From my own experiencd, some of these "branded" hotels are not worth paying the extra $$$

Some of The rooms, service, breakfast quality are just 3-star hotel level

I would strongly advise you to check out customers reviews from Agoda, Expedia, Tripadvisor etc so that you can make a more informed decision

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Old 02-11-2018, 09:55 PM   #32
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JW Marriott Hanoi

When we visited Hanoi a few years back, took the opportunity to stay at the JW Marriott, which we couldn't afford to stay in Singapore.

Four of us in a Club room, which was fun.


The Executive Lounge was very nice.


Only in Vietnam, you can see women in Ao Dai's riding the motobike.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:37 AM   #33
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CNY or TET holiday is a super big festival in vietnam, like China.
The streets in major cities like hcmc n Hanoi are exceptionally empty and quiet during this period

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on the contrary, when i arrived in hanoi just after the first day of tet, the streets were filled with people. due to the week long public holiday, malls, banks and many places were shutdown for full 7 days. many people from the countryside streamed into the city and there were huge crowds at van mieu, hoan kiem lake, temples and other tourist sites. not a very pleasant experience.
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:18 AM   #34
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My experience a few years ago was slightly different from yours.

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Old 07-11-2018, 08:29 AM   #35
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anyone tried La Paci Cruise in Lan Ha Bay before?
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:32 PM   #36
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hmm... no one tried before?

how about these places that i've short listed?

makan places
Green Tangerine
Maison Vie
Duong's
Hanoi Food Culture
Bami An Bread
Banh Mi Min Nhat
Banh Mi Tram Dinh Ngang
Huong Lien
Dac Kim
Bun Cha Ta
Bun Cha Restaurant

Coffee/bread
O'Douceurs
Hanoi House Cafe
An Cafe
La Terrasse
Hanoi Coffee Station
Cafe Pha Ca
Eden Coffee

Massage
Wonderfoot
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:10 PM   #37
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You can try them

Take it as an gastronomy adventure

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Old 11-11-2018, 08:46 PM   #38
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You can try them

Take it as an gastronomy adventure

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hahaha that's exactly what we are going to do
eat and eat and eat and eat
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Old 12-11-2018, 02:13 PM   #39
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My impression of Vietnam Food is tasteless.

I tried in Singapore and does not really like it.

Thinking of making my first solo trip there too.
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Old 12-11-2018, 07:13 PM   #40
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My impression of Vietnam Food is tasteless.

I tried in Singapore and does not really like it.

Thinking of making my first solo trip there too.
Eating in vietnam itself should be better, lol, not forgetting cheaper
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Old 12-11-2018, 07:31 PM   #41
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My impression of Vietnam Food is tasteless.

I tried in Singapore and does not really like it.

Thinking of making my first solo trip there too.
There are many wanna be vn food in Singapore which is a complete misrepresentation of their awesome dishes.

Any regular food shop in Hanoi will tell you to try vn food in Singapore only by recommendation either 1) the cooks are Vietnamese or 2) patronized regularly by vn people who are working in Singapore

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Old 13-11-2018, 03:02 AM   #42
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My impression of Vietnam Food is tasteless.

I tried in Singapore and does not really like it.

Thinking of making my first solo trip there too.
vietnam food in singapore isn't vietnam food.

the worst vietnam food in vietnam still tastes better than the best vietnam food in singapore.
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Old 13-11-2018, 09:05 AM   #43
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My impression of Vietnam Food is tasteless.

I tried in Singapore and does not really like it.

Thinking of making my first solo trip there too.
personally that was my experience too
Vietnam was not in my list of must-go country previously coz of the vietnamese food i tried in sg
but my hcmc trip two years ago changed that


before my trip, i did a lot of research online hoping to find something 'edible' while i was there
tried both market food stalls and restaurants raved by tripadvisors
turned out the market food stalls were so good i still can 'taste' the noodles on my tongue right now!
however, the vietnamese restaurants were a disapppointment
the only exception was a french restaurant we tried as the highlight of the trip
which it really was!


so now i'm gonna try northern vietnamese food and hopefully it'll be as good as those i had in hcmc
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Old 13-11-2018, 06:52 PM   #44
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Some of the air con Vietnamese restaurant there are mainly for the locals to entertain overseas guests.

It's more for "face" rather than taste

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Old 13-11-2018, 10:48 PM   #45
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Some of the air con Vietnamese restaurant there are mainly for the locals to entertain overseas guests.

It's more for "face" rather than taste

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ah... no wonder the decor were really nice but food was
i can cook better
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