Hoan Kiem


1. Hoan Kiem Lake

Sunday, 14 September, 2008, 12:00am

Hanoi faces future with a respectful nod to its rich past

To get to grips with the changing face of Hanoi, the sacred lake of Hoan Kiem in the city centre is a good place to start. For years the lake has typified Hanoi's gentle pace, with old men in pork-pie hats gathering to play chess in the afternoons and young lovers courting under its giant flame trees.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hanoi, city of colonial-era charm and a few surprises

For first-time visitors who can only spend a day in Hanoi, there are a few things to note. The first is to be prepared for the hot and humid weather, especially during the summer months. There is no refuge, not even in the shops and restaurants, as most have no air-conditioning.

23 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


Get there before the guidebooks do

2 Mar 2004 - 12:00am


Getting around

If you're planning to travel far across the city, don't take a cyclo-cab as most of the drivers don't speak English and will misunderstand directions if it's an unfamiliar destination.

4 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Baby trade laws urged

A SENIOR Vietnamese official yesterday expressed serious fears for the control of the country's booming baby trade, saying stiff new laws were needed to oversee adoptions to foreign parents.

28 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Young bike racers have city in a spin

THEY might only ride 90 cc 'shopping baskets,' but Hanoi's rebellious bikers are facing the wrath of the police and Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet.

Stiff new penalties were yesterday announced to curb midnight races, with the Hanoi People's Committee claiming 15 young men have died in the past year on Hanoi's normally subdued lanes.

30 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Hanoi's oldest habits die hard

OPENING my eyes, I focus on the creaking, spinning fan on the ceiling. For a moment I lie still trying to piece together the threads of a confused memory.

The sounds are strange; the rhythm of the fan, while at first calming, soon leads to panic.

9 Oct 1993 - 12:00am