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Practices related to the Viet beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three Realms! What should you do in the evening in Hanoi? Would you like to explore Folk culture? After a few days visiting Hanoi, visitors may like to see something different, something is unique just being held in Vietnam? Outside the usual scope of performances tourists attend – mostly water puppetry – exists the Viet Theater’s artistic interpretation of “Lên Đồng” or “Hầu Đồng”, a traditional ritual in which a medium is possessed by several deities. Tứ Phủ – The Four Palace show is one of the latest shows in Hanoi that has been nurtured, idealized and arranged for 4 years before officially presented in late February 2016 in Cong Nhan Theatre which is three-minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam.

“The four palaces” or Tu Phu Performance was inspired by the ritual of the spiritual medium ship (Len Dong) of the Mother Religion believing in The Mother Goddess who brings about favorable weather, happiness and fullness to people.

What does Four Palaces mean?

Vietnam is already home to world intangible cultural heritages, including Nha Nhac (royal court music), the Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands, Quan Ho (love duets), Ca tru (ceremonial singing) and Hung King worshipping rituals. In 2016, Vietnam summited the dossier on “the belief of the Mother Goddess of Three Realms worship by Vietnamese” for UNESCO recognition.

Mother Goddess worship is a traditional practice in Vietnam with a long history, having stood the test of social changes. The belief in Mother Goddess worship reflects people’s desire for health, wealth and fortune. The practice rituals meet belief-related needs by people in their daily life and have been closely associated with historical and cultural figures, such as Lieu Hanh, Au Co, Vuong Mau (legendary Mother of Saint Giong).

The practitioners are comprised of temple guardians, ritual priests, spirit mediums, mediums’ assistants, musicians who perform the songs for the spirits, disciples and lay adherents who share the same beliefs in the spiritual power, supernatural strength and protection of the Mother Goddess spirit pantheon. All of these practitioners form groups who worship together, take part in traditional festivals and perform spirit possession rituals at temples and palaces dedicated to Mother Goddesses. The folk belief shows the respect of children towards their mothers while reflecting the UNESCO spirit of preserving cultural and religious diversity.

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As a type of folk arts, Len Dong ritual is a spiritual performance

The reincarnatation of Goddess of Mountain & Forest Performance

The reincarnatation of General “Ong Muoi“ Performance

Four Palace Show

Four Palaces is created by Viet Theatre, is the 1st performance to bring Hau Dong ceremony of the Viet Belief on Mother Goddesses (Dao Mau) which is now recognized by UNESCO as the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage to the stage. Four Palaces show honors the magnificence, sophistication of the art in Dao Mau to introduce to the international audiences in Hanoi. The show is an exciting and spiritual journey that combines the effects of sound, light, and unique visuals during the 45-minute performance. The Four Palaces Show has three parts:

  • The Reincarnation of the Second Lady of the Highland
  • The Reincarnation of the Tenth Prince
  • The Reincarnation of the Little Princess of Highlands

Schedule: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: City centre – Cong Nhan Theatre (Add: 42 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi)

Enjoy the show.

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I believe that travellers will read a lot (both positive things and negative things) before travelling to Vietnam. Your research beforehand will help you identify the common scams and things to take note.

Part 1: Taxi Scam

Taxi scams are prevalent in Vietnam, especially in big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. It’s easy to find the stories about tourists being overcharged or extorted for sky-high fares all over the internet. In Vietnam, illegal taxi drivers have so many tricks up their sleeve, especially when it comes to foreigners being the customers. The easiest way is to use a modified meter, which runs faster than normal ones; thus allows unscrupulous taxi drivers to rapidly increase the fare. The longer the trip is, the more money they can rip off travelers. In addition, they usually take longer paths, which they call “shortcuts” but in fact are circling around to maximize the fare. Sometimes, taxi drivers can offer tourists some good places to go, just to later on ask for tips. However most of this information can easily be found through post office, maps or from the internet.

Here are the ways of sophisticated scams which taxi driver often use:

– Get money by cheating charge per kilometer

– Use the cheating tricks to increase the counted number on the taxi meter

– Do not use the taxi meter

– Driving around on the multiple routes which are not right with roadmap to increase the distance between staring point and your destination.

– Demanding more your gratuities.

In order to avoid all the troubles with the taxi scams, I would like to provide you some advice:

1/ You should get a cab of trustworthy brands, like Mai Linh (the Green Taxi), Taxi Group, or Vinasun. They are usually in a good number and the price is reasonable which based on the kilometer clock.

2/ Ask a receptionist at your hotel to help. This is highly recommended! especially you use airport taxi without from the package tour with travel agency. Transportation is also an important part of the tour company, so you do not have to worry about the quality of car, driver and over-charge.

3/ If you use one of the local taxis, get agreement on the rate before you get in by pointing at the rates sign and getting a confirming nod. If the driver tries to charge you more upon arrival, do not pay. Also, so not pay any extras for the tolls/parking – that is all included.

4/ Please make sure you have the exact name and address of the hotel you are heading for, ideally written down in Vietnamese, and make it clear all share an address. If the driver takes you somewhere else you have two options: (1) get out and walk (2) refuse to pay until they take you where you want to go.

5/ Please make sure you have enough change on you. It’s a common trick for drivers to claim they don’t have any change. If they do this, pay less rather than more (if you have it) – no change, their problem, not yours.

When you finish your trip: Tipping for taxis is not expected in Vietnam. If a driver demands a tip, do not feel obliged to give him more money unless you feel that you want to reward him for his work. If you do give the driver a tip, 5-10% of the total bill is more than enough. Some instances have been reported where the taxi driver has withheld the customer’s luggage until receiving extra payment. It may be good practice to make sure the driver opens the trunk as soon as you arrive at your destination. Or if you travel in a group, let one person remove the luggage while other pays.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are victim of a scam, there are a few things you can do:

1/ The first is try to negotiate as much as you can – whatever their demand is, start with half and be as steadfast as you can.

2/ You can also try taking a photo of the taxi driver, car number or taxi number – that tends to intimidate them.

3/ In the event that you feel physically threatened, try to bluff and say you are calling the police or pay an amount that will also you to leave the situation. However, tourism is very important to the Vietnamese economy, Vietnamese people so it is highly unlike that drivers will hurt tourists.

Have a safe trip!

 

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Despite not being processed by the top chefs in expensive restaurants, the dishes below still captured the hearts of a lot of tourists in the country and internationally thanks to the delicious, attractive but not least unique part, its creation. Indochina tours Vietnam

1. Banh My

Mixed bread Vietnam’s National Geographic Magazine also (USA) voted to the list of foods most attractive streets in the world.

Banh My is a delicious food

Banh My is a delicious food

Sandwiches or burgers Vietnam-style breads or Saigon as a kind of bread made of wheat drives conventional (and possibly rice flour). This bread comes from the French baguette bread brought into Vietnam. In the arranger, who Saigon processed into bread baguette characteristic of Saigon with a shorter length, about 30-40 cm. Loaf and further processed meat, become familiar as to become more popular dishes of Saigon. Depending on the components inside that’s sandwiched sandwiches with different names.

Bread is a quick meal the morning (and evening) for international students, students and workers because there are reasonable price. Depending on each locality in Vietnam but sandwiches can be used as a substitute for breakfast, or as a quick snack at different times of the day.

2. Banh Khot

Banh Khot is one of the world’s most delicious food in the poll at the Street Food Festival takes place at the Singapore International Banh Khot 2013. Vietnam is the cake of rice flour, there’s shrimp, fried and served with raw vegetables, fresh peppers, usually served with sweet dipping sauce, very little shrimp paste sauce (shrimp paste or fish sauce is not sour shrimp).

3. Banh Xeo

One of the most delicious dishes Vietnam 40 CNN poll.

Banh xeo is a favourite food of People

Banh xeo is a favourite food of People

Pancake is a cake, with yellow feature crispy outer layer of dough, inside, it’s like the price, beans, meat, shrimp in a circle and then be folded into a semicircle.
Pancake often served with sauce and vegetables. Through years of development, pancakes each region are different as in the North pancakes also beans and taro root. Southern pancakes are served with sweet and sour sauce, the sauce is also Hue broth with both committing barbecue.

Vegetables with pancakes is also very rich, including lettuce, broccoli, lettuce, perilla, basil, bay leaves, eating pancakes .. When people use vegetables with pancakes package then dipped into sauce to enjoy. The mix of a variety of flavors to help pancakes always taste left much to eat, it helps the pancakes become an indispensable dish on the big party in the countryside.

 4. Banh nep

Sticky rice wrapped outer shell banana coconut milk has been mixed up when baked up crispy and delicious eating fat. Not only is this dish baked banana chan up fragrant coconut milk, along with roasted sesame rustic delicacies made this southern favorite at Congress Street Food (World Congress Street food) organization 05 in Singapore at the end of last month.

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5. Pho

Situated at the beginning of Hang Trong Street, noodle shop is only open from 5 pm until 8 pm is more range out of stock. More than two dozen low plastic chairs, the old-fashioned bowl bowl, put a pot of water heated over charcoal, boiled meat dozen bags and a basket of noodles, furniture shops have only so simple. Regular patrons for years to eat so few people remember the bartender asked and only referred to as “noodle shop undiminished”. Unique names that have since become sticky food “identity” of the shop: customers a bowls, chopsticks other hand blow hup collapse, though bowl with hot hands, it still must … undiminished.

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

Pho is a famous in Hanoi

Not many choices such as beef, chicken, noodle wine sauce … “trap” the only true type Hanoi pho as writer Nguyen Tuan wrote, beef noodle soup is cooked enough pieces encrusted with crispy, fatty piece bucket, bread smooth chewy noodles, chopped green onions and scallions. This weekend afternoon prone to addiction clients ate two bowls of pho sitting coloring.

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One of Hanoi’s most common sights is that of streets packed with scooters, bicycles and cars swarming around pedestrians like a school of fish. Then there are the many sidewalk vendors and people simply out for a stroll and the popular Old Quarter is no exception so walking around this district is distinct from a leisurely stroll in the park. Visitors have no choice but to face the traffic in the local style but the experience of exploring the historical area is a must-do and truly well worth it.

There are the many sidewalk vendors and people simply out for a stroll and the popular Old Quarter is no exception so walking around this district is distinct from a leisurely stroll in the park. Visitors have no choice but to face the traffic in the local style but the experience of exploring the historical area is a must-do and truly well worth it.

A colleague  reminds me about a video named “36 hours in Hanoi” from New York Times and I realize that I have not written much about my beloved city. I would like to talk about my Hanoi, the values of cultural and living of more than 1,000 year city.

Unlike the younger Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), Hanoi is the city with very old established history. For me Hanoi is like a living body which is beautiful but whose form is shaped by the variability of the times. Hanoi is where layers of era and history, coming and going, cascade like the geological stratum of time. Looking at the signs of fracture and remnants of an old Hanoi mixed with the symbols and imagines of the modern age makes me feel like I am excavating through historic layers of the metropolis. Indochina tours Vietnam

So I think of Hanoi as a living museum that embodies the complete archive of past memories and assimilates the following and changing rhythms of contemporary life.  Hanoi is changing fast, but with its tree-lined lanes, graceful old architecture, a flourishing arts scene and sophisticated night life, the city is having its moment.

In recent years, thanks to a new pride injected by 1,000th-birthday celebrations in 2010, an influx of entrepreneurial Vietnamese returnees, expats and a creative Internet-enabled population, the city’s pulse has quickened. With a number of construction projects threatening older neighborhoods, and an exodus of residents from the city to suburbs like West Lake, Hanoi is changing fast. But right now, it feels poised over a sweet spot, its tree-lined lanes and graceful old architecture, traditional culture and fantastic street food complemented by a contemporary arts scene that’s managed to survive bouts of censorship, idiosyncratic boutiques and increasingly sophisticated dining and night life.

Saint Joseph Cathedral, located at 40 Nha Chung street, Hanoi, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago

Saint Joseph Cathedral, located at 40 Nha Chung street, Hanoi, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago

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Street Foods is available every street in the Old Quarter

A small lane in the Old Quarter

A small lane in the Old Quarter

The Long Bien Bridge was constructed from 1989 to 1902 during French’s occupation of the country which was formerly named Paul Doumer by the French, but Vietnamese have called it Long Bien or Cai River Bridge for a long time, and Long Bien becomes the most popular name of the bridge. Originally, Long Bien had 19 spans and it was the first steel bridge across Red river in Hanoi, and one of four greatest bridges in the world at the time it was built.

The Long Bien Bridge was constructed from 1989 to 1902 during French’s occupation of the country which was formerly named Paul Doumer by the French, but Vietnamese have called it Long Bien or Cai River Bridge for a long time, and Long Bien becomes the most popular name of the bridge. Originally, Long Bien had 19 spans and it was the first steel bridge across Red river in Hanoi, and one of four greatest bridges in the world at the time it was built.

If you are about to visit Hanoi for a few days, it is very likely that you will reside somewhere near Hoan Kiem Lake. The lake is considered the center of Hanoi, not only physically but also symbolically. In fact, the more you spend time learning about the lake, the more special it becomes.

If you are about to visit Hanoi for a few days, it is very likely that you will reside somewhere near Hoan Kiem Lake. The lake is considered the center of Hanoi, not only physically but also symbolically. In fact, the more you spend time learning about the lake, the more special it becomes.

Hoan Kiem lake in the early morning

Hoan Kiem lake in the early morning

Sunset on the biggest lake of Hanoi - Ho Tay (West Lake)

Sunset on the biggest lake of Hanoi – Ho Tay (West Lake)

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and Ba Dinh square

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Photo credit: Cao Anh Tuan, Nhat Nam

P/s: Video of “36 Hours in Hanoi”: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/travel/things-to-do-in-36-hours-in-hanoi.html?_r=0

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Stressed city dwellers, it’s time to relax. We have rounded up our favourite places for a few hours of tranquility, whether you’re on a budget or seeking more deluxe treatment.

Whether you find yourself arguing with a xe om driver or the rooster outside your window won’t stop crowing, a spa day offers a rare chance for relaxation in the hectic Vietnamese capital. Elisabeth Rosen finds the best places for a few hours of tranquility: four spas, four different budgets, many different treatments. Indochina holidays

  1. The Budget: Huong Sen Healthcare Center (basic package 60 minutes, VND250,000)

This deceptively no-frills joint is where locals head for an afternoon of pampering. Founded in the 1990s by traditional medicine doctor Tai Thu, it’s now a mini-empire boasting three locations

in the capital. With regulars scrambling for spots in wooden barrels and masseurs who chat on their cell phones while pummelling your stomach, it’s hardly an oasis of calm. But the price can’t be beat, nor can the authentic vibe. Soak in a barrel of warm water infused with traditional Red Dao herbs, then drag yourself out to sip ginger tea in a Jacuzzi, followed by a session in a steam room perfumed with lemongrass, pomelo and lime leaves. After a vigorous Vietnamese massage, you’re nudged out the door with a light meal of chao, fruit and nuoc rau ma, a bracing, grassy drink brewed from an herb grown in nearby Thanh Hoa Province.

Huong Sen is at 78 Yen Phu, Long Bien,

Tel: (04) 3927 1330; 49 Thai Thinh, Dong Da,

Tel: (04) 3853 3798; and 68 An Duong, Tay

Ho, Tel: (04) 3717 1999, huongsenmassage.vn. Reservations not necessary

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  1. The Essential: SF Spa Hanoi Lakeview ( massage 60 minutes, VND450,000)

In the frenetic and hectic city of Hanoi a haven of peace and quiet awaits you. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, it is near popular other attractions. SF Spa will introduce you to a different side of Vietnam and we assure you that you will not be disappointed. As a professional spa in Hanoi, we have a wide range of massages and spa body treatments each as enjoyable as the next. Indulge in an aromatherapy massage, a foot massage or other thorough treatments done by our highly trained Vietnamese therapists. You will be given a warm welcome by our smiling and helpful staff.

Get closer to the traditional Vietnamese culture while enjoying a traditional massage made in accordance with the Vietnamese savoir-faire and style. For your own well-being, we only use delightfully scented natural products. Let yourself be overwhelmed by a feeling of well-being and be lulled by the calming atmosphere and the relaxing music. SF Spa may be the solution to a stressful everyday life. Take some time off and let yourself be pampered in a cosy environment.

SF Spa Hanoi Lakeview 7 Cau Go Lane, Cau Go Str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Ha Noi.

Tel: (+84-4) 3926 2323 – 3926 2727 | Fax: (+84-4) 3747 6108

Office: (+84-4) 3747 5637

Email: sfintercare@gmail.com| Web: http://sfcompany.net/. Reservations recommended.

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  1. The Luxurious: Hanoi La Siesta Spa (90 minutes, VND950,000)

Hanoi La Siesta Spa has become one of the most recognized and trusted address for you to relax yourself and regain the energy. We are proud of ourselves to have another establishment in our newest property – Hanoi La Siesta hotel & Spa. With this brand-new, we continue leading the spa industry in the area by embracing the latest advancements in skin care and wellness, provided our experienced staff with continuous in-house training. We believe that real beauty emerges from healthy, well-nourished skin and will continue expanding our nutrition-related services and products in the coming years. At Hanoi La Siesta Spa, our focus is on your overall well-being. Enjoy many touches of luxury designed to help you fully unwind. Relax the body, soothe the soul and lift the spirits…

Add: 94 Ma May St., Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam.

Tel: +84 4 3926 3641/42/43/44 – Fax: +84 4 3926 3645

Email: info@hanoilasiestahotel.com | Reservations required.

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  1. The All-Natural: Zen Spa’s Five Elements (Earth package 180 minutes, VND2,650,000)

At this West Lake spa, founder Lan Huong Nguyen draws on the herbal remedies she grew up using to help city dwellers de-stress from modern life. Organic plants from her garden just outside Hanoi provide ingredients for treatments like Metal, Wood and Earth, which kicks off with an exfoliating scrub made from freshly-ground Vietnamese coffee beans: the scent alone is enough to jolt you awake. Spend the next few hours sinking back into relaxation with a mud and honey treatment, a herbal flower bath and an Imperial Jade hot stone massage, which is supposed to improve circulation and melt away stress. Maybe it’s the stones, maybe it’s the bowl of pho ga that you get afterwards, but you’re likely to emerge filled with newfound content.

ZEN Spa in West Lake – 17C Tu Hoa, Quang An, Tay Ho, Hanoi.

Tel: (04) 3719 9889, zenspa.com.vn. Reservations required.

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Whenever you travel to Hanoi, there are 3 main things you cannot miss:

  • A walk to Sword Lake and old quarters, a first place to come if you want to experience the hustle and bustle atmosphere. The great combination of locals and tourists.
  • A street food tour to enjoy the Vietnamese food. I ensure that amazing food will capture your heart.
  • A stroll along Hanoi streets that immerse yourself in the French colonial architecture, dating back to 19th century.
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Dong Xuan market

On my very first blog post, I am getting excited to share with you a story of Hanoi in the past, my beloved city.

Hanoi was occupied and built as the capital of French Indochina in the late 19th century. From the southeast of Hoan Kiem Lake, the city center was designed to reflect the power and to emphasize the power of France, the metropolis. They demolished the old buildings and replaced them with European features, especially the French ones. Vietnam travel tours

Firstly, the buildings were constructed for shelter demand. In the memory of homeland, the French architects replaced the original Vietnamese house-garden style with the block houses. However, the Vietnamese style was not totally eliminated. Thanks to the combination among local architecture and French format, among Eastern and Western tradition, a new style named Indochina architecture was created.

Phan Dinh Phung Street

Phan Dinh Phung Street

After French colonial conquered most of Indochina, Hanoi was appointed as the capital of the area. The buildings were reconstructed for purposes of territory arrangement and politics.  At the moment, some of the buildings are used as the working state offices like Ministry of Foreign Affair, State Banks of Vietnam, The Palace of President, the National Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution, or the Museum of Vietnamese History…

Museum of Vietnamese History

The Museum of Vietnamese History

Until now, the old French buildings are well conserved with original appearance. They become the familiar part of Hanoians in daily life. The highlight architectures may include Hanoi Railway Station, Long Bien Bridge, Dong Xuan Market, and several local schools…
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These constructions become the symbols of our city. For a city tour around, I hope you don’t miss the famous Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel (built in 1901). Let’s stop off for a drink, watch busy life passing by and spend your relaxing time at the outdoor terrace café shop, a small Paris corner.

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Nearby is Trang Tien Street. Wandering along the pavement, you will see both the luxury bookstores, high-end clothes shops on the 1st floor and the well-reserved colonial French style on the 2th floor at each house. It’s a perfect combination of old and new things at Hanoi center. To the end of Trang Tien street, you reach Hanoi Opera House (built in 1901-1911), which is also a feature of the city.

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Saint Joseph Cathedral is another ideal place. The beautiful 120-year old church significantly follows the Gothic style and design of Paris Cathedral. The church stands in one of the most crowded place in Hanoi, especially at weekend. People come here for chill time in a vendor enjoy a favorite local drink named lemon tea. Join them!

TA HIENIf you love nightlife, international corner – Ta Hien Street is a good spot. Drinking fresh brewed beer (named as “Bia hoi” in Vietnamese) – the most authentic taste; hanging out with friends, sharing your traveling plan with other tourists who you meet accidentally at the bar… all are great! But don’t forget to watch the buildings around you. Thanks to restoration project in 2010 of Hanoi government, the crowded Ta Hien Street remains its 19th century French style…

Wandering along the trees lined streets, discovering the hidden side of Hanoi via the old charming buildings is absolutely unforgettable experience. The colonial architecture has become an outstanding imprint, the special witness during the time. Nowadays, we till find the French feeling inside the hustle and bustle capital. Hanoi isn’t stuck in the past; moreover, it proudly gets the precious and unique beauty…

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For all the vegetarians worried about not being able to eat anything but rice in Hanoi – don’t worry! Today, we will gives you the insiders view on eating vegetarian cuisine in the capital.

“An chay” means no meat and is an essential phrase that usually gets the point across. Make sure to say it a few times or write it down. An chay means to eat vegetarian and although it is a useful word to know, I find “An Chay” to be more effective. Unless you are eating in a vegan restaurant, nuoc mam or fish sauce is served with pretty much everything and dishes without it can seem slightly bland. So I recommend carrying sachets of soy sauce to compensate. Vietnam Cultural Highlights

The following is a list of street food and small restaurants where a vegetarian can somewhat integrate one’s self into the wonderful culture and atmosphere that is Vietnamese food.

Street Food

  • Bun Dau: 55 Phat Loc Lane or Trang Tien Lane, Hoan Kiem
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bun dau – noodle with tofu

Freshly cooked by roving street stalls throughout the day, bun dau is a saviour for vegetarians in search of street food. So long as you like tofu. A plate of cold bun (noodles) is served with an abundance of fresh herbs, lime, chilli and freshly fried tofu that is crispy on the outside and smooth as silk on the inside. Make sure to specify “no meat” otherwise watch out for fried pork masquerading as tofu. Like many Vietnamese dishes, this will come with shrimp or fish-based sauce on the side, easily avoided if you wish. Vietnam travel packages

  • Banh Cuon Chay: 14 Bao Khanh Street or Banh Cuon Ba Hoanh at 66 To Hien Thanh Street.
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banh cuon

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making banh cuon

Banh cuon is a rice paper crepe (of some sort) that is understated and, in my opinion, usually underrated. Here, you can see them making the fresh crepes by rapidly spreading and flipping the thin white sheets over a steamer. The result is a subtly-flavoured, warm slimy dish that tastes much better than it sounds. It is served with herbs, chilli and a steaming bowl of fish-based sauce on the side. The banh cuon chay comes with dried onion – We strongly recommend taking soy sauce to compensate for the fish sauce.

  • Fried Rice / Noodles
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fried rice

If you are not too concerned about:  meat touching your food or the occasional sprinkle of fish sauce, then you can usually grab a tasty dish at any of the small places serving fried rice or noodles where they will happily cook you up a plate of something with a few veggies and no meat. The noodles are usually the better option (particularly fresh pho noodles), but avoid ordering my which are just fried instant noodles. Instant noodles have a high salt content.

Restaurants

  • Trúc Lâm Trai: 39 Lê Ngọc Hân Street, Hoan Kiem
  • Chay Dưỡng Sinh – Homefood: 26 Trần Bình Trọng Street, Hai Ba Trung
  • Com Chay Nang Tam: 79A Trần Hưng Đạo Street, Hoan Kiem
  • Loving Hut: 192/4 Quán Thánh Street, Ba Dinh

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Useful Vietnamese phrases:

  • an chay: vegetarian
  • com chay: vegetarian food
  • nha hang com chay: vegetarian restaurant
  • rau: vegetable
  • khong co mi chinh: no MSG (when in north)/khong co bot ngot: no MSG (when in south)
  • khong co trung: no eggs
  • khong thit: no meat

Enjoy!

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