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Historical Tour in the Capital City of Vietnam

People say looking back to your past is your way forward. Some would not agree, but for the Vietnamese people, this is their way of life. I have been a fan of history since I was a child but my mind seems to have no patience remembering about details. Despite of that, I’ve always loved hearing stories and trivia from people around the world. Vietnam is one of the places I truly admire for its preservation not just of its culture but also of its history.

Before I arrive in Hanoi, all I know about its history is the war between Vietnam and USA.

A Day for Snakes – Le Mat Villlage Festival

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Snake killing dance, photo from Vietnam CINET

Seven kilometers from Hanoi awaits an exciting celebration of the year and the main event is something you wouldn’t expect. This little village called Le Mat in Long Bien district boasts a festival that may sound strange but really meaningful for this culture. They call it the Snake Village Festival, usually held on the 23rd day of the third lunar month annually. In this celebration, they pay tribute to the legend of their village which snakes portray a hefty role.

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Procession at the start of the festival,

Exhibits to Catch in Hanoi this Week: April 19-26, 2017

This week is an eventful week in Hanoi. The city will showcase two exhibits about the minorities in Vietnam: women and the Hmong village. These exhibits shed light to the important cause of raising awareness for the locals and tourists alike.

 

THE WORKING WOMAN

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This 2-day exhibit by Vietnam in Focus highlights the hardworking women of Hanoi streets. It includes women cooks, coffee vendors, traders, couriers and garbage collectors. Born from a photography workshop led by Colm Pierce, the portraits seen in this exhibit is in line with the celebration of Women’s History Month.

5 Best Bun Cha Spots in Hanoi

Today marks my 16th day here in Hanoi and I am still in love with bun cha. I don’t know what’s keeping me to eat it repeatedly — everyday, to be precise — but I could not stop! Imagine the fresh vermicelli noodles and vegetables dipped in a warm, sweet broth with soft, marinated meat. So good, right?

In order to share my love for this dish, I compiled a list of restaurants where you can enjoy it the most. Although I have a particular adoration with bun cha places found in different corners, this is an efficient guide for special occasions and family meals.

Epic Sunday Funday Experience in Hanoi

A typical Sunday in Hanoi

In the Philippines, Sunday is a sacred day. It is the time when families gather together to share their time in mass, eat together and prepare for the upcoming week. Hanoi, however, is not that much different from where I came from. People also go to mass in the morning and spend their lunch together with their families. The only difference between Vietnamese and Filipino families is how they spend their downtime to end a day. Filipinos tend to flock to shopping malls after mass, but Vietnamese go to Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy the life.

Attention: Free Queer Films in Hanoi for April 2017

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Hear ye, film buffs and LGBT supporters alike! Hanoi International Queer Film Week is hosting a week-long run of local and international films about queer diversity in society. With this year’s theme as “Pride Journey”, every screening day presents a particular subject showcased by films involved. This year, the line-up is filled up of entries from Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, China, USA, United Kingdom and many more.

Hanoi International Queer Film Week is a non-profit organization established to create awareness for the queer identities in Vietnamese society. It also aims to raise more opportunities for the LGBT community inside and outside the country.

7 Ways to Get Around in the City of Hanoi

Hanoi is a vibrant city filled with rich culture and endless activities, making it a famous stop for travelers around the world. With its population more than 7 million plus 10 million of tourists annually, getting around has never been easy. There are different modes of transportation you can choose while visiting the darling capital of Vietnam, depending on your budget, preference and schedule:

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Scooter life, photo from The Xtra Suitcase

When to use it: 5:00 am – 1:00 am everyday

Who can use it:

Top 10 Things To Do for a Day Trip in Hanoi

With its rich heritage, this old city of Vietnam boasts with many touristic and cultural activities that require a lot of time. But with careful planning and right advice, you may experience Hanoi even just for one day. Below are the must to-do things while you’re in Hanoi:

 

  1. Visit the Old Quarter.
Old Quarter at night, photo from Hanoi Luxury Tours

The character of Old Quarter should not be missed. Get lost in the labyrinth streets and find almost everything here. The myriad of locals,

Hanoi’s Must-Try Street Foods

As far as food is concerned, Hanoi is the place to be. The flavor, the quality and the cheap price are the reasons locals and tourists can’t get enough of it. The earthiness of each dish boasts with soul and its preparation can rival the speed of fast food restaurants that we know nowadays. But the real deal here is how everything is accessible. You don’t need to check out different websites or read long reviews to find the most sought after food in Hanoi – you just need to get out of the streets! You just have to dive in and enjoy the most heavenly bowl (or plate) you will taste in your entire life.

Hanoi Travel Guide for the Performer in You

The Ionah Show, photo from Apro Travel

Hanoi has one of the most prominent heritages in the entire world which inspires many artists to live and create. Through the years, Hanoi has established itself an art focusing on entertainment and performance. Their  influences come from various situations of life, history, and their own myths, legends and rituals. Below is the list of performances for all artists, art enthusiasts and also for the curious minds who would love to explore the art of Hanoi:

 

WATER PUPPET THEATER

Water puppetry show,