Vienglish is a term used by many of my friends to show the mix between languages, and perhaps cultures. This new meld between English and Vietnamese represents my life in Ho Chi Minh City where my culture and beliefs effect how I see and understand the new world around me. Vienglish, my travel blog is an outlet for me to share with others my experiences here in Vietnam and my passion for great food!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Queen Hotel - The Old Quarter - Hanoi

The Queen Hotel is a marvelous place to stay in Hanoi. Located in the middle of the Old Quarter it is 5 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake, the Water Puppet Theater, as well as all sorts of shops, temples, and restaurants.
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The Queen Hotel is located on 65 Hang Bac Street in the Old Quarter.

Tay Ho Temple - Hanoi

Located quite a ways from the Old Quarter this temple is nothing great. While it is built up in the guide books as being located between two lakes, there was only one lake and a small dryed up lake. The temple complex's location is nothing great and most of the interior is lackluster.

Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca is a famous Hanoi dish; a hot pot filled with chunks of fish in a buttery saffron yellow sauce and sauteed green onions and dill. This restaurant is an establishment located along Hang Chieu street.

Recently, after heading back to Ho Chi Minh City, the craving for Cha Ca set in. Doing some research turned up a great Cha Ca La Vong restaurant right in Ho Chi Minh City. Don't worry about ordering right, they only make one thing, Cha Ca.
The address for Cha Ca La Vong in Ho Chi Minh City is:
Ho Chi Minh City
3 Ho Xuan Huong St.
Ward 6 - District 3
Telephone Number: 9 305 674

This restaurant in Ho Chi also has two restaurants in Hanoi, located at:
14 Cha Ca St. (How convenient!)
and 107 Nguyen Truong To St.

Hanoi - Old Quarter - Doner Kebab

Go at around 5 o'clock as the sun is sinking and your sure to get a treat! This "Vietnamese" Shwarma stand is a delicious treat that appears outside the Dong Xuan market in the Old Quarter, 900 meters from Hoan Kiem lake. A warm baguette layered with sliced meat, spicy chili sauce, cooling yogurt sauce, onions, tomatos, and lettuce is a definite stomach filler for 10,000 dong!!!

Hanoi - Old Quarter - The Birdcage

Hanoi Old Quarter - Paper Street

Bun Cha - Hanoi's Old Quarter

Hanoi's Old Quarter - Bike

A familiar sight along Hanoi's Old Quarter streets. Many bikes go by filled to the brim with flowers of all different colors.

St. Joseph Cathedral

Though the front door didn't seem open, we went around the left side of the Church and found a side entrance. St. Joseph's is a beautiful church with colorful stain glass windows located right near bustling streets filled with shops and restaurants.

Hoan Kiem Lake - Ngoc Son Temple

Hanoi Baskets and Hats

Bac Ha Market - Basket Man

Bac Ha Market

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Patrolling the Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha Market - Flower Hmong

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Bac Ha Dog Market

Bac Ha - One Little Piggy Went to Market

Bac Ha - Tobacco