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58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Don't skip Temple of Literature when you visit Hanoi, especially if it is during the time of the New Year Celebrations. This is when students and their families will come and pay a visit and calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and...
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Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits travelers to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of forested limestone karst formations rise from emerald-green waters, looking like slumbering creatures ready to stir. The...
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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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Số 2 Hùng Vương, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Though the venerable Vietnamese leader asked to be cremated, Ho Chi Minh's remains now reside embalmed inside this imposing, pillared, gray-granite memorial. His resting place is hugely popular, drawing Vietnamese in droves as they pay their...
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There are some days on the road when you just feel like disappearing—surrendering to the urge to recoil and escape the pressures of travel. Those are the times when sanctuary can casually surface from a busy street scene and draw you in. Hanoi is...
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44 Châu Long, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
While eating Vietnamese food is never a chore, making and then eating it is even more rewarding. Hanoi Cooking Centre offers short courses and hands-on cooking classes in a relaxed atmosphere with recipes designed by Tracy Lister who has authored...
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Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
On Jade Island on Hoan Kiem Lake, this picturesque 18th-century shrine is perhaps the city's most beautiful. To get to the temple, walk through Three Passage Gate and across the Flood of Morning Sunlight Bridge. Once at the temple, you will reach...
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76 Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The oldest temple in Hanoi, this small structure in the heart of the Old Quarter was built by King Ly Thai To in the 11th century to honour a white horse that led him to the site. There's a statue of the legendary horse inside the pagoda as well...
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The first thing that everybody comments on about Hanoi is its heavy traffic, and it is true that the mayhem can be intimidating for those with a timid disposition. Nevertheless, enclaves of peace and quiet remain and a number of fascinating bike...
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89, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Every street in George Town has a story, and Lebuh Armenian is no different. Once occupied by Armenian merchants, it is now a testament to George Town's startling diversity and enduring beauty. Encompassing landmark temples, artists' galleries and...
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77, Jalan Muntri, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Here, we sell crafts made by the women who are involved with my Community Works project. 90 Lebuh Armenian sentuhan.org. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite places in...
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Ground Floor, 14, Leith Street, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Built by a wealthy Mandarin, this is an opulent Chinese house but with a Gaudí thing going on—it’s got a Scottish wrought iron balustrade and art nouveau stained-glass windows. You can take tours or stay in the small...
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25-A, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek The E&O was built in the grand old style by the brothers who built the Raffles in Singapore—the E&O came first. I go there Sundays for my breakfast and sit outside on the seafront. There’s a very nice spread with all...
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38, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek This café has a strange name, but it’s a beautiful little space. It’s run by a Swiss man, Urs Capol, and his wife, Teresa. Upstairs, Teresa has this amazing little museum with Indian and Baba-Nyonya collectibles. (Baba-Nyonya is...
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Ground Floor, 14, Leith Street, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
A staple food in every hawker in Penang and Malaysia, assam laksa is a noodle soup with fish broth that makes my mouth water everytime.
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380, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
When I went to Penang, Malaysia, we stopped at a roadside stand for some coffee. The coffee beans in Malaysia are fried in sugar and butter, not roasted. To add to the deliciousness, milk and sugar are bypassed in favor of sweetened condensed...
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93, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek There are Indian coffee shops everywhere in George Town. Kapitan’s is newer, and they have the nicest roti. 93 Lebuh Chulia 60/4-264-1191. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s...
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Fuan, my friend of 30 years, shows his glasswork here in a renovated shop house. 88 Lebuh Armenian 60/4-262-9079 fuanwong.com. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite...
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
In Georgetown, Malaysia you can go on a walk through time. This whole island should be placed into a time capsule.
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Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Penang is said to have some of the best Southeast Asian food. Locals directed us to this popular food cart on Lebuh Kimberley in old George Town for the best and most tender chicken feet on the island. The recipe was apparently passed down through...
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29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
In Penang the mansion houses are very much worth a visit. Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a lot of fun, you will find the Malaysian Chinese or Baba Nyonya culture reflected in the way the house is decorated. Also fun to see is the mixage of vintage...
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29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese who settled down in the area around Penang, Malacca and Singapore. A beautiful collection of Peranakan items is on display in this unique...
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Georgetown, on the Malaysian island of Penang is a UNESCO World Heritage location. I recently returned there for a week's photography and thoroughly enjoyed it, Malaysia is a real melting pot of ethnic backgrounds, Malays, Chinese and Indians. One...
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Take a walk along the streets of Georgetown, and enjoy the beautiful murals on the wall. Drawn by the talented Ernest Zacharevic. Start your journey @ Armenian Street and take in the sights and heritage of Penang. ;) There are plenty to see and...
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Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
The team organized an amazing treasure hunt on Chew Jetty. Our host were generous enough to let us in their homes and we saw their sanctuaries and the ocean water through the floorboards! It was amazing!
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18, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Wandering through the streets of old George Town, the main city on the island of Penang, Malaysia, offers the opportunity to discover many UNESCO World Heritage sites, learn about Chinese heritage, and take in a good amount of Malay culture.
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Close by Love Lane and Chulia Street you will find an assortment of cool shops to peruse. Both times I walked past "JUNK", it was closed, but it had such an interesting mix of items, I had to take a picture. Right next door to "JUNK" there is a...
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Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia
If you're in Penang, make sure to take time to head over to Penang Hill. Boasting a few sites of it's own (such as an Owl Museum, a Temple, Mosque and restaurant), the real treat is the view. When we made our way up, the clouds had engulfed us...
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Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia
That's nutmeg drying under the sun at the nutmeg business, Ghee Hup Enterprise, located on the somewhat remote western part of Penang Island. The owner of the nutmeg business passionately explains what there is to know about the features and...
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Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Just off Penang Road and follow the crowd down a narrow alley - Keng Kwee Street. This famous hawker cart serving up favorite local desserts - Chendul and Ice Kachang is always swarmed. Malaysians stand huddled around the cart spooning icy cold...