Portrait of the old quarter of Hanoi

Hanoi old quarter, known as the “thirty-six corporations city” was the pride of Hanoi and has become a favorite place for tourist  Hanoi old corner is also inspiring many photographers.

In order to preserve the cultural heritage of Hanoi and promote their values, was held last week a small exhibition entitled “old traits of Hanoi” in honor of the Day of Vietnam’s cultural heritages (November 23)  The place of meeting was the venerable common home of Kim Ngan in the old quarter of Hanoi.

In this exhibition, we introduced about 40 shots from lovers Hanoi. The group consisted of professional photographers and even amateurs working in different fields, but they taste the same: the passion for photography and especially love for the capital of Hanoi.

Through the eyes of the photographers, the soul of the city Thang Long (Hanoi behalf of his foundation) reflected the charming features, For them, Hanoi streets were guarding their former activities and bring them peace and tranquility. Some were attracted by the narrow streets of the old quarter, others were connected with small restaurants on the sidewalks, or passionate about old Hanoian. Here are photos of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the capital city of Hanoi. Here are some pictures on the Hanoi old quarter that are being presented at the exhibition – If you want to see more pictures about Hanoi and Vietnam , visit this Facebook Voyage Vietnam Photos Vietnam 

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The charms of Hoi An

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The readers of Condé Nast Traveler  come to classify the Vietnamese city of Hoi An as the second most popular cities in Asia after Kyoto, Japan. A spectacular boom in popularity for this small town in central Vietnam.

Visitors are highly sensitive to the charm of colorful houses and old remain restored. “Walking in the streets of Hoi An, it’s like walking into a movie,” say the Condé Nast Traveler readers. They were particularly impressed by its culture, its friendliness, its atmosphere and its resources for shopping, hotels and restaurants. The houses in Hoi An have retained their original structure that bears traces of various architectural influences: Vietnamese, Japanese, French and Chinese, which are explained by the history of the city.

The many tourists who visit the city and its surroundings are attracted by the rhythm of calm and quiet life of a small village, which seems frozen in a world somewhat apart, away from the noisy fury of Asian cities. However, the tourism craze may break this beautiful harmony. The perversion of the environment through the consumption avid tourist influx and pitfalls that accompany could ruin conservation efforts and sustainable development of the city. A difficult balance to keep this town its typical and unique atmosphere in Asia.

To fully appreciate the charm, do not visit in high season (period from Tet holidays) and during the fall hurricane season, season during which Hoi An is like Venice without the gondolas! You should know he can do it very very hot in summer and too cold in winter for swimming. Check the weather before you get there is essential!

Why choose Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi for your stay in Hanoi city ?

Have you ever traveled to Hanoi and spent time in a 5 star hotel with the richest history of Hanoi as Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi?

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Built in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is located a short walk from the Opera House in the French Quarter of Hanoi and is regarded as the Grande Dame of South-East Asia. During the first half of the twentieth century, it became the meeting place of the high society of the ancient city of Hanoi.

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Going back in time to this hotel, you will have the opportunity to discover its colonial splendor and timeless elegance. Go ahead and find out with us.

First, you can dive into the past by exploring the majestic corridors rich history. Behind its classic white facade lies its green shutters, wrought iron amenities, beautiful paneling, the paths through the lush green lawns, those that allow you to discover more than a century of history and traditions the hotel.

Regarding the hotel’s rooms and suites have been decorated in turn of the century style, the Graham Greene suites, Charlie Chaplin and Somerset Maugham who give a luxurious look at the former Indochina, welcomed many luminaries world.

Specifically, in this hotel, you can enjoy a legendary cuisine in the most famous restaurants in the city you opt for French menus Beaulieu, Italian gastronomy Angelina or the exotic flavors of the Spices Garden Hanoi. In addition, organizing special events, an unforgettable wedding in the beautiful garden on the roof or the sophisticated lounge is quite possible.

Recently, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in the list of the 100 best hotels in the world in 2014 published by the tourist guide Fodor’s Travel.

For this ranking Fodor’s Travel has invited 500 contributors from around the world to nominate the best hotels. Journalists working for the guides were then reduced the list of 4,000 establishments to keep only the most representative 100 of the global hotel industry. The Top 100 is divided into eight categories: classic, beach getaway, stay in the countryside, trip of a lifetime, all-inclusive holiday, chic boutique, small hotels and modern city. And for the first time, travelers have been invited to participate by offering properties for the choice category of readers.

From generation to generation, the staff of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has learned to master the tradition of the art of hospitality.

Certainly, this hotel offers great time. So, discover this iconic building source of lasting memories since 1901 while traveling to Hanoi.

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Viet Hai village: good plan for trekking in Vietnam

Located 18km from the island of Cat Ba, nestled in a small valley, the village of Viet Hai includes more than 70 homes. To reach it, you have to make a trek in 4 or 5 hours in the Cat Ba National Park after spending the Lan Ha Bay by boat. This crossing of the rainforest is a real journey for adventure lovers.

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It takes a 4 or 5 hours trekking to reach the village

This is due to travel difficulties, Viet Hai remains a remote village in the world … It is this isolation that has kept the most authentic characteristics of the villages of the Red River Delta: small cottages cob walls to emerge lush gardens, the animals live together with men, smoke shacks walks in the sky … This peaceful atmosphere is opposed to that of the tourist area of Cat Ba, a mysterious and extraordinary place to visitors but also for the locals.

Forest in Viet Hai – a mysterious and extraordinary place to visitors

Hidden in the mountains and wild forests, the people of Viet Hai are very modest and simple people, where generosity and sharing are part of their daily. For example, the motorcycles of the “wealthy” families are often available for neighbors, houses are always open even if the owner is away, everyone is willing to give a helping hand if a neighbor would come in to apply. Specifically, social evils and criminals do not exist in this village of peace. This is why the presence of only two policemen enough to settle administrative cases.

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You can take a tour of the village by bicycle

Viet Hai is an ideal site for anyone who loves to discover and explore. It is these features that attract tourists. In recent years, tens of thousand visitors came to Viet Hai despite the difficult accessibility. All have heard of a wilderness wilderness offering an experience off the beaten track. Arrived in Viet Hai, they prefer to stay home residents to understand the most of their daily lives. This site allows them to live quietly, peacefully in the wilderness, amid honest, sincere and friendly.

Over time, the natives are becoming more accustomed to the world of international travelers to other cultures never before. They soon began to organize, with the help of the authorities, a form of regional tourism model. Services thus appeared, small restaurants have opened, serving fresh food and from the garden. Having tasted the delicious local dishes, tourists can take a tour of the village on foot or by bicycle, or engage in a hike in the woods. In the evening, it is interesting to gather around the fire to listen to stories, fantastic legends, told by village elders.

A tourism development project Viet Hai was set up, led by soldiers of Hai Phong. The services have been completed, conditions have been improved, better disseminated information, etc. Le Viet Hai village is certainly a site off the beaten path for travelers who have the spirit of unusual discovery.

You might find a clear idea of the trip with tourist agencies and embark on an unforgettable adventure.

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9 good reasons to use trekking poles in your Vietnam trekking holiday

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Why should you use hiking poles.

Tacky, useless, cumbersome, conformity, fad, unnatural, for old … Many adjectives and excuses from those who do not use little or poorly hiking poles. I thought the same … until I put myself in Iceland during a trek on Eyjafjallajökull. Some postpone their use as they postpone a visit to the dentist. Preferring pain prevention thereof and care … until the day that includes using hiking sticks can go faster, farther, longer. And those who think that it is only for tourists to the mountain, I invite you to follow me in my solitary walks :)
 
1 Reduced effort on your joints, especially your knees

This may seem insignificant little view for a short distance but increase the differences in height and length of the trek and believe me, you will immediately feel the difference in the distribution of different and more homogeneous weight. The joints are under less stress. When I turn the challenge of Mont Blanc alone in less than a week this summer (5,5j). I woke up the morning of the fourth day with a horrible knee pain to the point that I thought I was abandoned. In the end, I was able to continue referring mainly muscular effort on sticks and by using it as a crutch. Note that the ideal solution would have been to stop hiking at this point but I wanted to prove to myself that the mind is stronger than the physical. I forced, I finished and I got the following over a month of stopping any physical activity. (little clever, lesson learned. You tell me, is like a hike with too heavy to learn by suffering the benefits of light hiking bag.)

 2 Smoothes the difficult terrain

Clearly, it is easier to overcome obstacles like rocks (not requiring climbing) as the Gr20. Crossing small streams and also becomes easy.

3 A greater balance and gain stability

You have 2 points more support. With your feet, that gives us four stable support. One could almost compete with goats. On slippery surfaces, or sometimes I slipped because of mud and small stones rolling, I was very happy to catch me using my sticks. If you also want to go on a run downhill, the stability provided by the poles will be a big advantage.

4 A supply of power and speed

We walk faster with sticks because they also work the upper body. Uphill, you can enjoy the thrust of his arms that improve the traction. In case your climb rate is already high, it helps keep longer. If you are a fan of Nordic walking, you know that it increases your average walking speed on flat or flat wrong. In the mountains, it’s the same. Efforts are better distributed. Race (with backpack), they allow fast reflexes on stable support positions with the upper body when changing paths without hindering the movement of the legs and without much loss of speed

 5 A walking comfort

Your walking posture is more natural, less bent (if you hold your sticks well). They should be at waist height, your elbow 90 degrees when you are standing. In fact you should not walk bent as Nepalese porters with you if you have sticks. A real benefit for your back and spine.

6 Improves walking pace

When the terrain is hilly, a different pace of walking on the climbs and descents are adopted. People often cling their bag uphill, bending forward. Downhill on the small slippery rock, is expected to slip at any moment, a little on that bright. With sticks, unless the ground is very steep, the pace of walking with 4 support on the ground is much more uniform. You can keep a steady walking pace over time. Without making totally ignore the ground, one can almost disconnected follow a rhythm of a metronome. It is also one of my favorite running sensations. When I let my mind do other occupations and I swallow without fail for many kilometers.

 7 To reduces muscle fatigue

Not only will your legs are not the only ones to work (since the upper body is involved), but the weight supported at every step is slightly lower. This may seem insignificant for a short distance but since we are talking about multi-day treks, it will have a big impact on your overall fitness.

 8 Can save in critical condition

Gain stability on slopes or downhill is actually a plus. It feels more secure and our actions are more natural. Similarly, the sticks can be used to gauge the strength of a passage, the depth of the snow. Is also possible (if string) to take a partner for a short distance.

9 Trekking poles are multi-purpose

They have been my crutch, to eliminate humidity ferns droplets, they can be used to make a tarp shelter to repel wildlife. As the Emei Shan where I had bamboo hiking :)

Despite many advantages mentioned above, we must keep in mind that the use of hiking poles can cause inconvenience

The grip sticks. The technique of handling sticks is very simple and requires little practice but you have to learn the right things from the start.

The adjustment field. Whether uphill or downhill, as well as some difficult passages or they will have to hang up the hiking poles must be adapted to the terrain

Environmental and noise pollution. The intensive use of hiking poles can damage the fragile vegetation, rocks, soil, etc. It’s a bit like mountain biking. It is a means of transport but green product damage. Furthermore, the use of hiking poles without rubber tip produces a characteristic sound that can be in the long run, more than tiresome. So that everyone can enjoy the tranquility of our trails, use bits.

Difficult to handle especially in dense undergrowth

Dimensions of hands: yeah, not always easy to read a map with sticks or access binoculars unless his hands in the straps (called straps) and we pass that we did a little attention.

The price. This is an additional investment. I do not hide it. However, the benefits of long-term use are much larger compared to the cost. At worst, you can manufacture wooden sticks in place if buying a quality product and durable you off.

One or two sticks: is it worth it to have one, the weight, the ride comfort? For me, the question does not arise. Even on flat ground, I always prefer to enjoy 2 additional support rather than one. In addition, a single stick will take you to adopt an asymmetric market that force you to change from time to time labor.

Conclusion: Hiking sticks are indispensable to me. Try hiking poles is to adopt! They are not a fad for “tourist mountain.” They are a modern adaptation of traditional practices (pilgrims, shepherds, etc). Before that we used, we now takes two. Use the argument of “fashion” for not using would prefer the wooden clogs shoes modern rides (which, for some, are very flashy effect) by what is trendy. Walking sticks, once we have learned to use them, are excellent tools for walking. Health gain, power, speed … But if you prefer the risk of micro-traumas, muscle fatigue that sooner or later you will be disabling, you may feel that you can do without. But I’ll talk about it when you wait quietly in the downhill (or uphill), with painful knees)