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tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Complex. Spicy. Flavorful. Northern Vietnamese food has a way of igniting each and every taste bud. Spicy pho breakfasts, crunchy banana flower salad lunches and arrays of richly seasoned chicken, duck, fish and mixed vegetable dinners – there was...
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tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
We had spent more than three weeks in Vietnam by the time we arrived in the mountains of Sapa. We started in the southern tip in the Mekong Delta and made our way north. Vietnam is full of great travel experiences but my favorite place was Sapa...
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75 Xuân Viên, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Having woken up before sunrise to make the drive to the Bac Ha market, I stumbled out of the van in a daze. As soon as I set foot on the ground, however, the sights and sounds of the market snapped me out of my haze. The Bac Ha market near Sapa,...
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Thanh Kim, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
This luxurious Ecolodge located in the remote northeastern part of Vietnam is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Topas is perched on top a mountain located about 50 minutes from the town of Sapa. The lodge boasts an infinity...
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580 Đường Điện Biên Phủ, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
I arrived in Sapa via train from Hanoi and signed up for a hiking tour that brought us down to the valley with Hmong villagers and back up. En route, we saw this lady weaving in the village.
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No 012 Hoang Dieu Street, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai 330000, Vietnam
A fun day trek can be had by booking through your hotel like we did. There are many treks available from day hikes to multi-day with home stay. We had great food and met some very interesting characters.
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018 Phạm Xuân Huân, TT. Sa Pa, sapa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Sapa Paradise View Hotel is located in the heart of Sapa town, just 2 minutes walk to the Church and Sapa market. Sapa Paradise View is an ideal spot from which to discover Sapa (Lao Cai). Although it's close to everything, it's in a very quiet...
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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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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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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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15 Phố Ngô Quyền, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 010000, Vietnam
A landmark in Hanoi’s French Quarter since opening in 1901, the colonial-style Sofitel Legend Metropole with distinctive green shutters and gleaming vintage Citroën Traction cars out front has welcomed presidents, ambassadors, and...
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25 Hàng Thiếc, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For an occasionally harrowing (but always interesting) peek into traditional Hanoi, spend an afternoon navigating the maze of the Old Quarter markets. Traditionally, certain streets were named after the product that was sold there (i.e. shoes,...
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20 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Hanoi's street food can be experienced by anyone with a willingness to sample the many delights being rustled up at markets, on sidewalks, or inside hole-in-the-wall venues. Sometimes a little expertise comes in handy, though, and the couple that...
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5 Nguyễn Siêu, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
There are more local bia hoi hot spots in Hanoi, but the strip of venues at the crossroads of Ha Tien and Luong Ngoc Quyen is justifiably famous for its buzzing atmosphere and cross-cultural mash-up. Beer is slightly more expensive than at other...
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713 Lạc Long Quân, Phú Thượng, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Vietnamese can be a very romantic people, and love is permanently in the air around West Lake where lovers young and old come to take a spin around the water in one of the resident swan boats. Rent your vessel from the little booth on Thanh...
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1 Chome-9-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0032, Japan
This is an absolute gem of a restaurant with two branches in Nishi-azabu and in Roppongi-ichome in the Mori Sengokuyama Hills complex next to the Swedish Embassy. While the eclectic cuisine, expertly prepared by ex-Roy’s executive chef...
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Japan, 〒105-0013 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Hamamatsuchō, 2 Chome−13−12 ライズウェルビル 1F
While the craft beer revolution was busy sweeping the US, Japan was getting left behind, content with admittedly tasty but decidedly stodgy national brew brands like Asahi and Kirin. Thanks to strict tax laws prohibiting brewers from producing...
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1-1-8 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0004, Japan
You can find this place by looking for a giant line outside a Kichijoji butcher shop that usually snakes across the street, around the bend, and requires multiple employees to manage. The line is for deep-fried beef balls: breaded lard bombs...
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Japan, 〒105-0014 Tokyo, Minato, Shiba, 2丁目26−1 I・SMARTビル 1F・2F
When the Japanese set their sights on something, they almost always end up producing superior copies of whatever the original in question was. The same is true of food—the world’s best Italian and French can be found in Tokyo, trumping almost...
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8 Chome-6-8 Ginza, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0061, Japan
I’m going to drop all pretenses and just come out and say this—this is the best steak in the world. Hands-down. Seriously, nothing else even comes close. Even Wagyu (as in true Japanese beef—not that horrible simulacrum pawned off on ignorant...
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Japan, 〒107-6301 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 5 Chome−3, 赤坂5-3-1 105-1 赤坂サカス内Bizタワー1F
Spanish cuisine, particularly tapas, is very popular in Tokyo, perhaps because of its similarities to Japanese culinary culture—a focus on fresh ingredients, simple but elegant presentation, and small portion sizes that allow diners to sample many...
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2 Chome-1-1 Shibadaimon, 港区 Tokyo 105-0012, Japan
Craving a bowl of killer ramen but put off by the prospect of waiting in line for hours to do so? Well, look no further than Fukki, a brilliant noodle shop in between Shiba Park and Hamamatsucho Station specializing in Hakata-style tonkotsu (pig...
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2 Chome-3-2 Azabujūban, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0045, Japan
Much like many other towns and cities around the world today, Tokyo has an incredible number of Chinese restaurants. And just like many of these places overseas, the food served is more often than not less than authentic, being an interpretation...
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Japan, 〒106-0032 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 3 Chome−10−9 三経28ビル 1階
If you’re out partying until the wee hours of the morning, chances are that sooner or later your appetite is bound to catch up with your thirst for excitement and you’ll find yourself jonesing for some grub. Depending upon where you live back...
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1 Chome-4-15 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0031, Japan
Much is made of Tokyo’s Michelin stars, particularly the sushi kind—thanks to mass media reviews and documentaries such as “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Just about every raw fish fan around the globe is familiar with such big-name sushi eateries as Jiro...