Hanoi Train Street – An infrastructure anomaly that’s become an Instagram sensation

One of the more unusual tourist attractions to emerge in Hanoi is the Hanoi train street. This “street” is more of a passageway that has a single railway line passing through it. There are houses on either side with barely enough room for the train to pass through. The railway is not fenced off, so […]

Hanoi to Haiphong by train

The Hanoi-Haiphong railway is one of the few railway lines in Vietnam that is not part of the main north-south railway. Originally this line was part of the Yunnan-Haiphong Railway that was built by France between 1904–1910. Haiphong is the closest seaport to Hanoi so it’s always been an important access point for Hanoi. Haiphong […]

Guesthouse Review: Hanoi Golden Moon Guest House, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Hanoi Golden Moon Guest House Address: 7 Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Hanoi Golden Moon Guest House in Hanoi. I booked online and selected it for its price and location in the old city. I don’t have a favourite area in the old city, just as […]

Hotel Review: Church Alley Hotel, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Church Alley Hotel Address: No 13 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Church Alley Hotel in Hanoi. I booked online and picked it for its price and location in the old city. I was originally staying for a night so I just wanted a cheap room in a […]

Hotel Review: Ibiz City Hostel, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Ibiz City Hostel Address: 49 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Ibiz City Hostel in Hanoi. I booked it for its price and location, and the rate was $12.38 USD per night. When I booked it the hotel was known as The Tourist Hotel. I’m […]

Hotel Review: Hanoi Discovery Hotel, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Hanoi Discovery Hotel Address: 22 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Hanoi Discovery Hotel in Hanoi. When I booked it I was just looking for a cheap room for the night as I was just passing through. I picked this hotel for its location in […]

The case for direct Hanoi to Havana flights

[Vietnam Airlines A350 at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport.] Wherever I travel I read the local news to get a feel of what’s going on in the land. While you’re not going to get hard-hitting political analysis from state-controlled media, it’s good for finding out about current affairs and development news. And then there are […]

Where I’m At: January, 2018 – Otres Beach edition

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Greetings from Otres Beach, and happy new year! Where I’ve Been Hanoi A post shared by James Clark ✈️ (@nomadicnotes) on Dec 2, 2017 at 5:47am PST Ahh Hanoi. Every time I go back I’m amazed […]

Flight Review: AirAsia – Hanoi – Bangkok (Fly-Thru) – Macau

Flight: Thai AirAsia FD 643 From: Hanoi (HAN) To: Bangkok (DMK) Flight: Thai AirAsia FD 764 From: Bangkok (DMK) To: Macau (MFM) I flew with AirAsia from Hanoi to Macau, via Bangkok. I was a guest of AirAsia, who were holding a media event in Macau for the Macau Tower Crazy Jump. Being based in […]

Guesthouse Review: Hanoi Zesty Hotel

Hotel Name: Hanoi Zesty Hotel Address: 20B Hang Can Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam I stayed at the Hanoi Zesty Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. I was looking for a budget room in the old quarter and this one came up as a suitable option. I booked a double room with private bathroom. […]