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The sprawling archaeological ruins of Koh Ker are a rewarding day trip from Siem Reap due to the number of ruins, the size of the site, and the fact that few tourists visit. I've often found myself alone at temples, or at most with just two other...
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Banteay Srei, Cambodia
The 10th century temple of Banteay Srei, known as the 'Citadel of Women', is one of the prettiest temples with intricately detailed carvings and decorative features painstakingly carved into the pink sandstone. It's also one of the most compact...
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Beng Mealea, Cambodia
Arriving at Beng Mealea fulfilled my dreams of becoming Indiana Jones. When I arrived with my Guide there was virtually no one there, and as I explored the crumbling ruins I noticed that local children were playing among the Angkor Style ruins. I...
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Beng Mealea, Cambodia
My December trip to Cambodia was memorable on many many levels because of the four day stay at Angkor Wat. While most of the visitors tend to concentrate their efforts on Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, I set a day aside to travel to the ruins of Beng...
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Cambodia
Ancient Khmers carved phalluses into the river in hopes that the water running over them would bring fertility to the river below. This is a nice short hike to take while enjoying a picnic lunch at the top.
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Stray away from Cambodia’s tried and tested circuit with a temple safari that feels like an Indiana Jones adventure. You’ll trek into the jungles of northeast Cambodia and discover the ancient Khmer Empire beyond Angkor. Phnom Kulen National Park...
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Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
Exploring an old sandstone passageway in the Bhuddist temple of Banteay Kdei (Citadel of Monks). This temple is south of the popular Ta Prohm and not as widely visited since much of the structure has collapsed. If not on a shoe string budget, I...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
East Mebon a small but nice structure to stop at as you drive within the Angkor Wat complex. Rent a bike if you like, but tuk tuks also abound. Get up early in the morning, and rent a tuk tuk for the day. You can see the main complex in about a...
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Nom pao are Cambodia's steamed pork bun and they’re similar to the ubiquitous Chinese pork bun called siopao, which is found across Asia. While worth sampling, I haven’t yet found one nearly as delicious as they can be in Vietnam or China – which...
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Corn is one of Cambodia’s staples and the country’s best corn – its sweetest and most delicious corn – is comes from nearby Battambang province, a couple of hours from Siem Reap. It therefore makes sense that you see steamed corn sold everywhere...
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Pong tae koun or baby duck eggs are a popular late afternoon or early evening snack with locals. They're usually sold in Siem Reap's residential backstreets by women on bicycles or carrying baskets on their shoulders. You'll also see mobile...
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These crispy, deep-friend prawn fritters are made with tiny river prawns and unlike a lot of Cambodian street food, which is eaten cold or luke warm, these are often eaten piping hot, fresh from the fryer. The crunchy fritters are twice...
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Eaten mainly by women -- Cambodian men like to joke that real men don't eat fruit -- you’ll see women on bicycles or carrying baskets or plastic tubs selling pickled fruit in the late afternoon. The most popular are sliced green and yellow...
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Deep-fried bugs — crickets, water bugs, silk worms, and so on — are typically deep fried with salt, palm sugar and maybe some fish sauce, and finally sprinkled with red chillies and finely sliced herbs. Foreigners are often told they’re a...
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The locals love their sausages sweet. The famous Siem Reap sausage that you see hanging in the market is a very sweet Chinese sausage. The small round barbecued sausages above aren't that sweet, however, they come pretty close, making it difficult...
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Travelers incorrectly believe that the street food sold at stalls around Pub Street in the Old Market quarter is authentic. It’s not—not the fruit shake sellers, nor the Nutella pancakes. There is one exception and that’s the ubiquitous sugar cane...
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Cambodians love their barbecued skewers and while you'll find several different types served for breakfast, in restaurants and on sidewalks, the favorite street food snack is grilled pork. First marinated in palm sugar, soy, garlic, salt, pepper,...
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Street 27, opposite Pannasastra University, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Sugar Palm restaurant is the first Cambodian restaurant that many visitors to Siem Reap try, and it often becomes a favorite. The food is some of the most delicious, traditional, home-style Cambodian food in the country. It also happens to be...
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Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Chanrey Tree's location on the leafy riverside makes it a lovely spot for both lunch and dinner. Delivering refined renditions of authentic Khmer cuisine, you'll find some of the same dishes on the menu that you'll see at the Sugar Palm, along...
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Wat Damnak Market Street, POBox 93108, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
To many gastronomes, the subtle flavors and spicing of Khmer cuisine makes it one of Southeast Asia’s great food secrets. That’s certainly the view of French chef Joannes Riviera, who has taken inspiration from Cambodia’s unsung...
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Street 07, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Located on a lively lane called The Passage, parallel to Pub Street on the Old Market side (there's an entrance on the lane and another opposite the market), this stylish, air-conditioned restaurant and wine bar is an excellent choice for a...
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#8A, B Phum Slokram (Between Wat Polanka and Catholic Church), Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
You can graze on creative, contemporary Cambodian tapas, including delights such as red ant fritters served with prahok sauce (my favorite), in the gorgeous courtyard garden at Marum, a hospitality training school restaurant that educates, employs...
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Street 14, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
If you’re not staying at Shinta Mani Resort and Club, it’s worth dining at the Shinta Mani’s Club’s Cambodian restaurant Kroya, just to enjoy the striking décor by Asia’s foremost hotel architect-designer, Bangkok-based Bill Bensley. Bensley has a...
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Siem Reap sees a lot of Koreans visiting throughout the year, both tour groups and independent travelers. This means the city has a large number of Korean restaurants to cater for them. My favorite is Dae Bak, on busy Sivutha Boulevard. This...
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17259, Sivutha Boulevard, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
“I highly recommend the classic Khmer cuisine at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap’s stylish restaurant, The Dining Room. The seafood amok, with curry paste and coconut milk, served over organic brown rice, was the best authentic Khmer dish I ate in...
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Pari's Alley, 16 The Lane, Krong Siem Reap 63000, Cambodia
There comes a time for everyone on a Cambodia trip when, no matter how much you're enjoying sampling the local food, you'll get a craving you need to satisfy. Fortunately, Siem Reap has an abundance of restaurants serving cuisines from around the...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The most quintessential Cambodian souvenir must be the checked cotton krama that you will see around the necks, heads or waists of every Cambodian you meet. Cambodians like to boast that the krama has a dozen different uses -- some clever, some...
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#25, Veal Village, Khum Kokchack, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
After a cotton krama, a colorful lacquered elephant by the artisans at Theam's House has become the must-buy Siem Reap souvenir. Cambodian artist and designer Lim Muy Theam was the creative director of Artisans d'Angkor, the organization...
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Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap’s emergence as a somewhat unlikely destination for fashion lovers is largely due to the efforts of one individual: Madagascar-born Eric Raisina. Inspired by the Khmer artisanal silk weaving he witnessed on a trip to Cambodia back...
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Preah Sangreach Tep Vong St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Skip the night markets if you're after authentic handwoven textiles (most of what's there comes from Thailand and Vietnam) and instead make a beeline for Weaves of Cambodia. Located in a sleek contemporary store attached to the Angkor Hospital for...
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Friends International is a wonderful home-grown Cambodian NGO that has now expanded around the world. They've reached out to some 60,000+ at-risk kids, youths and their families and communities through social services, training and education...
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Alley W, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Owned by two long-term Italian expat Siem Reap residents who started Smateria in their home with just three tailors, the brand has become one of the most respected in Cambodia. Smateria practices fair trade principles, including good wages and...
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NR6, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cambodian-French fashion designer Romyda Keth is Cambodia's most beloved home-grown fashion designer and her feminine, figure-hugging, silk cocktail dresses have become the ultimate wearable souvenir for fashionistas. A lot of the clothes...
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New Street A, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap's Central Market is a fun one, with food, clothing, and goods a wander is worth your time. The touts are thin and the restaurants surrounding the market all sale good, affordable Khmer food. One of the main streets, Sivatha Road is a...
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Pub-Street Area #10, St. 2 Thou, Mondol 1, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
While cute souvenir shops and even haute couture boutiques exemplify the changing face of the retail scene in Siem Reap, the city’s famous Old Market remains a heady hub of traditional trade and commerce. Located right in the heart of town,...
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Les Artisans d'Angkor is part tourist attraction, part shopping destination. The company creates workshops that teach young rural Cambodians an artistic trade to help them find work near their homes. At the Les Artisans d'Angkor shop in Siem Reap,...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Slip up the steep wooden stairs beside French expat favorite Laundry Bar and you'll find a big, high-ceilinged, light-filled space that is home to Christine’s. A handful of airy rooms are home to racks of quirky clothes and tables and shelves...
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7 Hap Guan St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Louise Loubatieres' gorgeous light-filled little concept store on increasingly hip Hap Guan Street is one of those stores you can easily lose hours in. The fascinating shop is located in self-styled Kandal Village, a compact neighborhood of three...
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11A Hap Guan St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
This unique concept store is crammed with distinctively Cambodian objects, from vintage shop signs typically found in rural Cambodia to hand-crafted wooden ox and buffalo carved by a farmer discovered by the owners of trunkh, art director and...
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1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
A collaboration between two of Siem Reap's most stylish women, French-Cambodians Nathalie Saphon-Ridel and Sirivan Chak, Galerie Cambodge specializes in beautiful fair trade clothes and accessories made in Unfortunately a lot of what you'll find...
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Co-owned by French-Cambodians Nathalie Saphon-Ridel and Romyda Keth, the elegant Khmer Attitude was the first concept store in Siem Reap when it was opened way back in 2000 in Raffles Arcade. The women's aim with Khmer Attitude (and Saphon-Ridel's...
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Old Market Bridge, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Passage is a lively pedestrian street in the heart of the Old Market District of Siem Reap lined with restaurants, pubs, hotels and galleries. I highly recommend the restaurant Chamkar for its Cambodian-French style vegetarian dishes that...
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Angkor Night Market St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Packed with over 240 vendors selling hand-made Cambodian crafts, the night market of Siem Reap is hands-down one of the best places to pick up unique souvenirs. Established in 2007, and running well into the nighttime hours, the market holds an...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The racks at Jasmine Boutique hang with gorgeous handwoven Cambodian silk garments, including exquisitely tailored blouses and trousers, elegant cocktail dresses and gowns, and classic shirts and skirts that can be teamed with anything from crisp...
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Bát Đàn, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
‘Pho’ is possibly one of the things I miss most about my many years spent living in Hanoi. Many claim the staple breakfast dish was created from French inspiration, while the soup also has undertones of Chinese cuisine. For me, the history is...
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Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Delicious local treat of fresh rice noodles with minced beef, crispy fried garlic and basil.
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12-14 Hàng Gà, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
This is a reliable place to sample one of Hanoi's indigenous classics: banh cuon, steamed rice rolls stuffed with minced pork and chopped wood-ear mushrooms. Less a restaurant, more a hole-in-the-wall with a few tables and chairs strewn around,...
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14 Chả Cá, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
It may be on all the tourist lists, but one of our most memorable lunches in Vietnam was at Cha Ca La Vong. After winding your way through old Hanoi and up the stairs to this 100-year-old restaurant, you are seated at a communal table. No menu...
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While pho bo might be the king of Hanoian street food and bun cha the cult hero, for less carnivorous types this simple yet vastly popular hit is one of the city's unsung favorites. For the uninitiated, the popularity of the dish might be slightly...
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19, Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh District, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Sweet corn, lightly battered and fried, served sizzling hot with a bowl of dipping sauce - SO delicious. I couldn't remember the name of this amazing dish, so I emailed an expat we met living in Ha Noi. Matt told me it's called ngo chien...
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Chợ Đồng Xuân, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the best parts about visiting Hanoi as a traveler is the food—so fresh, so delicious, and so abundant that you can literally trip over it when trying to navigate the city's notoriously crowded sidewalks. This vegetable vendor outside Dong...
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Pho Ga (chicken pho) is traditional to northern Vietnam and is served all day. The best time to get it from a local vendor is early in the morning because it's SO fresh and makes for a perfect breakfast. As a side note about this photo, I love...
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269/8 Nguyễn Thị Nhỏ, Phường 16, Quận 11, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Quan An Ngon: It's an open-air restaurant surrounded by food stalls and served by waiters. The various stalls represent different regional fare from around the country. Sitting at communal tables surrounded by the stalls, you really feel part of...
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25 Ngũ Xã, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Via AFAR.com, I met some American pilots now living as expats in Vietnam. They were nice enough to take us out to some delicious local dinner spots and on motor bike rides through the outskirts of the city! This place, Pho Cuon Huong Mai, was far...
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35B Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
This popular spot turns out savory sticky rice and sweet/salty pickled cucumbers. We got one version with "fat and meat" and another with corn. Both are topped with green mung bean paste and fried shallots. It all sounds like an unusual combo but...
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47 Đào Duy Từ, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Cơm Sườn Nướng translates to grilled ribs and rice. You can get either grilled chicken or pork. Both come with a side of pickled mustard greens (very bitter and reminded me of tangy Southern collards) and yellow rice topped with fried shallots. I...
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34 Nam Ngư, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
There are more complex items in Vietnam's culinary arsenal, but for sheer, simple enjoyment few things beat the humble banh mi. A filled baguette stuffed with all variety of goodies from grilled pork to pickled daikon and tasty pate, the sandwich...
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18 Lý Văn Phức, Cát Linh, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Some of the most delicious grilled fowl in Hanoi can be found on Ly Van Phuc, colloquially known as "chicken street". The meat here is marinated in buckets before being thrown onto the grill. Although it possibly wouldn't pass many modern...
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1 Thanh Niên, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Another dish that originates in Hanoi, banh tom is made from battered and deep fried shrimp and sweet potato. The distinctive orange/gold colour comes from the flesh of the potato and turmeric powder in the batter. Wrap the morsels in leaves and...
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65 Huế, Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
This was one of my favorite restaurants to visit for lunch. My partner and I liked it so much that we visited again and again. This restaurant offers rough and ready local dishes, all brilliantly done and super tasty. Flavors abound in each dish,...
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5 Hàng Tre, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Highway 4 was one of my favorite dining experience I have ever had-in my life! Knowing that Vietnamese cuisine may be a little eccentric, I was ready to try things my taste buds have never met! As you enter the restaurant you are seated at a low...
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72 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Unlike many of the cookie-cutter Vietnamese restaurants in Hanoi, there's a good reason why many tour groups are brought here for their lunch. There are a la carte menus on offer, but most guests prefer to opt for the "popular" meal, which...
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61 Cửa Bắc, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For an authentic taste of Hanoi, the best places to go are usually humble street stalls or even bia hois. This little venue in Ba Dinh District, however, is a real hit with locals who want to go upscale in their surroundings without compromising...
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73 Cầu Gỗ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
With a fantastic location by Hoan Kiem Lake and some of the best-prepared Vietnamese food in the Old Quarter, this stylish venue is onto a winner. The dishes here are very much old-style Vietnamese. There are no bells and whistles or attempts at...
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15 Chân Cầm, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Inspired by the cooking of his wife's grandmother, Madame Hien is chef Didier Corlou's attempt at upscale but unfussy Vietnamese cuisine. Set in the former Spanish embassy, it is a beautiful spot for both lunch and dinner, with the outside...
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36 Hàng Mành, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
There are plenty of pretty average dining experiences to be had in the Old Quarter with charming service and decor let down by bland food. Hanoi Garden doesn't reinvent the wheel with its own tourist-friendly menu. What it does do is ensure that...
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37 Nam Tràng, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
There are themed restaurants that have clear appeal and others that are less obviously enticing. This new venue, modeled on the post-war years when rationing was part of daily life for the Vietnamese, falls into the second camp. Nevertheless, the...
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Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Intricately stacking and securing goods onto the back of a bike was a fairly common, but always fascinating, sight in Vietnam. Next time I visit, I'll find a place to sit with a better background (probably on the side of the main road which is...
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Hàng Quạt, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I loved the Old Quarter. Each street's name corresponds to the wares in its shops. It was mind-boggling that the Vietnamese would be so rigid & organized, which is not the first impression you have (or even the 10th) when you visit this country....
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Mễ Trì, Từ Liêm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Motorbike Parts Market. Everything from bike lights to outboard boat motors — the ultimate Home Depot!
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14 Phan Huy Ích, Nguyễn Trung Trực, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Part exhibition space, part cafe-bar, this gallery is housed in a gorgeous early 20th century villa and is one of the main hubs for Hanoi's small but robust art scene. Works by emerging and established Vietnamese artists are shown throughout the...
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Whether you agree with its sentiments or not, there's no denying the visual aesthetic of Communist propaganda art. Vietnam's is particularly attractive, with a strong feminine touch coming through in many of the designs. Reproductions are sold in...
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61 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
If you don't get the chance to visit Bat Trang -- a village just outside Hanoi famous for the quality of its ceramics -- a visit to this long-established shop should do the trick. Colorful crockery, ceramic lamps, and other products are among the...
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Hồ Tùng Mậu, Phúc xá, Ba Đình, Mai Dịch Cầu Giấy Hà Nội, Vietnam
You need to be an early bird indeed to catch the worm at Long Bien Market. Most of the action happens around 3-4 a.m., when all of the produce from north of Hanoi lands here before being distributed throughout the city.
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43 &, 51 Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Local artisans benefit from this nonprofit organisation, which sells their crafts such as bags, textiles, scarves and trinkets at fair market prices. Items are of high quality and prices are reasonable.
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43 Nhật Chiêu, Nhật Tân, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Run by a pair of Catalan emigres from a gorgeous villa on tranquil West Lake, Chula is highly regarded for the design of its dresses, jackets, skirts, and gorgeous silk garments.
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254 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Vietnam's Ginkgo delivers what no crank-it-out-cheap silkscreen operation can: lycra and organic cotton. With high-quality, locally designed and made clothing, Ginkgo is the dream T-shirt shop. While the iPho and "What the pho?" T-shirts sold on...
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44 Châu Long, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Owned by Hoang Van Truong, an avid reader, this is regarded by most as Hanoi's best bookshop. Truong and his team are enthusiastic and all speak excellent English and there are over 10,000 titles in stock.
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1A Vietnam, Xuân Diệu,Xuan Dieu Road, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Hanoi wouldn't be the obvious place to do some wine shopping. However, prices are very reasonable in Vietnam compared to other countries in the region, such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Of the wine wholesalers in the city, Vine is one of...
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84 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The growth of Vietnam's skateboarding community is reflected in the emergence of outlets such as Boo Skate Shop. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, it is a hub for the city's skaters and stocks a good selection of equipment and skater...
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113 Hàng Gai, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Vietnamese silk is renowned worldwide and Khai Silk is one of the country's most respected retailers. In Hanoi you'll find fine silk blouses, sweaters, scarves, lingerie, sheets, and more.
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19 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
With branches in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Magonn has become one of Vietnam's leading female fashion brands. Designs are a blend of retro and modern stylings.
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24 Tông Đản, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Owned and operated by journalist and raconteur Nguyen Qui Duc, this Hanoi institution is now in its fourth incarnation near the Opera House. Expect a bohemian crowd, an eclectic music policy and a great selection of wine. Among the other strings...
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Số 24 Hai Bà Trưng, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 110116, Vietnam
These days Hanoi is replete with high-end consumer durables with the upper-class toting Gucci handbags, sporting Chanel sunglasses and being scooped up in sleek supercars. Trang Tien Plaza, housed in a historic French building near Hoan Kiem Lake,...
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Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 564010, Vietnam
The beautiful sites that put Hoi An on the UNESCO list were a highlight of my stay in this wonderful city. This picture is of the Japanese covered bridge.
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Better known as the Tomb Raider Temple since its starring role in the Hollywood movie of the same name, Ta Prohm has at least as much star quality as Angelina Jolie. Cloaked in dappled shadow and locked in the embrace of the vast root systems that...