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Ao dai – Vietnamese Traditional Dress

Ao dai – Vietnamese Traditional Dress
Ao dai – Vietnamese Traditional Dress

Ao Dai or Long Dress is considered as a “national spirit” of Vietnam and becomes a symbol of Vietnamese people.

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History

The exact origin of Ao dai is still controversial. It is thought to be influenced by the imperial Chinese garb of the Qing Dynasty, known as Cheongsam.  It is a fitted, full-length dress worn over black or white loose-fitting trousers. Unlike Cheongsam, however, Long Dress is split all the way from the waist down, contouring the pants. In 1744, the Nguyen Dynasty required that both men and women should wear both pants and gown, though not until 1930 that Ao dai takes a similar shape to what it is right now.

Vietnamese Traditional Dress
Vietnamese Traditional Dress

Long Dress has experienced many modifications since its original version. Ao tu than, which had been worn by Vietnamese women centuries before the Ao dai evolved into the five-paneled dress which is known as the closest form to the Ao dai. The older version of Ao dai then has five flaps: two in the back, two in the front and one under the front lap. Ao dai, however, is more tight fitted and has higher collar without a bodice underneath.

The public was inclined to think that in 1930, the Vietnamese fashion designer Cat Tuong (a.k.a Le Mur) – a graduate from French Fine Arts College of Indochina, modified Long Dress, which had the top lengthened to reach the floor, less material to be made and slimmer flaps. Consequently, it was then called Le Mur tunic.

Ao Dai nowaday

Students in white Long Dress
Students in white Long Dress

Throughout the 20th century, there has been numerous changes in the design of Ao dai: from floral to checkered patterns, the use of transparent fabric, variations in the neck collar (between boat and mandarin style), the shortening of the gown’s length and different colors of the loose pants. The modern Long Dress we see today is tight-fitting, which accentuates and flatters the women’s curves. Therefore, it is interestingly considered to cover everything, but hide nothing, especially when it is made of thin or see-through fabric.

Unlike many other traditional costumes, Ao dai still remained popular and influencial in the modern day Vietnamese culture. Although it is no longer worn by men, nor do women on a daily basis, in special occasions, they are still used widely. It is still women favorite dress in traditional festivities or occasions such as Tet, wedding or graduation. In some high schools and universities in Vietnam, the white Long Dress is considered school uniform for female students. Long Dress also is an ideal souvenir for foreign tourists upon leaving Vietnam, to remind them of a beautiful country that they have been to.

Tips for travelling to Hanoi in Tet Holiday

Tips for travelling to Hanoi in Tet Holiday
Tips for travelling to Hanoi in Tet Holiday

Tet Holiday is the most important occasion in Hanoi and Vietnam. Travelling Hanoi in Tet is the best way to enjoy and discover Vietnamese culture. There are some tips for travelers who want to travel to Vietnam during this holiday to avoid bad experience.

>>Best time to travel Hanoi

Shops/Stores/Companies are closed for Tet

Hanoi in Tet
Hanoi in Tet

Nowadays, there have been more and more shops/stores opened on Tet holiday, but tourists still have to be aware of the fact that a number of shops would not do so, especially on the first day of the Lunar New Year (mung 1 Tet). Normally they will reopen stores on the third day of lunar new year (mung 3 Tet). So please check carefully before shopping or visiting somewhere.

Book in advance

Traditional Tet in Vietnam is an interesting experience with many foreigners travelers, it would be not easy to get rooms in some hot attractions in Vietnam during Tet (such as Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Hanoi, etc.), especially high-quality ones, if you didn’t book in advance. Tet holiday (which included 8-9 days off) means that the locals also have so much plenty time to travel through their country so please make sure to book rooms or tickets in advance.

Tet in Vietnam
Tet in Vietnam

Transportation

Transport is another matter to be concerned. Without doubt, it is quite difficult to plan your trip when air, trains and coach are mostly fully booked because a lot of people booked tickets to come home for family reunion. Reserve your airplane tickets and train tickets as soon as you can and expect holiday surcharge.

High prices than usual

This is one big concern that seems to occur to most holiday travelers. On Tet holiday, everything, with bill or not, will involve a holiday surcharge, from a bowl of Pho to a suit made to order. Moreover, many restaurants may not have full menu either. Accept this as part of your holiday will relieve you from unnecessary stress.

Be careful when buying or bargaining

Tet market
Tet market

When you want to buy something during Tet holiday, be careful, especially with bargaining. Local Vietnamese sellers have strong belief that if their new year starts strong with the generating of many sales this will determine a prosperous outcome for the year. Hence it can be very disappointing and annoying to a merchant if you inquire about an item to later not buy it or you bargain so much. This is a sign of loss prosperity through-out the year, to their opinions. In order not to get their anger, try to buy at least one thing in their shops, even the smallest and cheapest one, in case you have entered their shops and asked for goods. The advice is to look at the item carefully from outside before getting inside. Looking does no harm.

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Best time to travel Hanoi

Best time to travel Hanoi
Best time to travel Hanoi

Hanoi has four distinctive seasons and when you decide to visit depends partly on what your goals are and what you want to do once you get there. So, there really is no “bad time” and the best time to travel Hanoi.

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Option 1

Tourists can try visiting Hanoi between September and November
Tourists can try visiting Hanoi between September and November

Travel in spring or fall for cooler weather. Summers in Vietnam are very hot, making it difficult to spend long hours outside. In July, temperatures can reach more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. March and April are good months, with temperatures in the 60s to low 70s. Or you can try visiting between September and November. September is still warm but not unbearable as the summer months; temperatures are in the 80s. It cools down in October, with the highest temperatures reaching into the low 80s. In November, temperatures rarely go over 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

Option 2

Should avoid visiting in the rainy season
Should avoid visiting in the rainy season

Travel Hanoi between October to April to avoid the rainy season. Torrential downpours are common during the rainy season, and parts of the city sometimes flood after a storm. Avoiding the rainy season is especially important if you plan on taking day trips out of Hanoi and into the countryside, as roads can be difficult to traverse during heavy rains.

Option 3

“Tet market” in Hanoi
“Tet market” in Hanoi

Arrive during Tet, the VIetnamese New Year’s Celebration, which occurs in late January or early February. Many shops are closed during Tet, so this is not a good time for shopping. However, Tet may be the best time to travel Hanoi because of many colorful parades and temple celebrations. Other major festivals in Hanoi include Co Loa Festival in February, the mid-autumn festival in the fall and the Le Mat Festival in spring. Because festivals are celebrated based in the lunar calendar, dates can vary widely from one year to the next, sometimes with a difference of weeks or sometimes months.

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Public transportation in Hanoi

Public transportation in Hanoi
Public transportation in Hanoi

Various Hanoi public transportation services for tourists are available but the most popular must be mentioned are taxis, xe om (motorcycle taxis), buses and cyclos.

Taxis

Hanoi taxis
Hanoi taxis

Taxis are metered, inexpensive, and reasonably safe. Most drivers are quite honest. The trouble with taking a taxi is not all of them are well-versed in English, and some will try to impose a flat rate for your trip instead of relying on the meter. Even when they use the meter, some of them will have defective meters that run too fast! If hailing a taxi in Hanoi, look for one of these reputable taxis, instead of just any taxi that passes your way.

Xe om

Xe om, or motorcycle taxis in Hanoi
Xe om, or motorcycle taxis in Hanoi

Xe om, or motorcycle taxis, are even more abundant than taxis. You’ll find xe om mainly around street corners; you can tell them by their green pith helmets. The price should be negotiable, and will depend on the distance you wish to travel. Make sure your xe om has a spare helmet; don’t get on if they lack this essential piece of equipment!

Buses

Buses
Buses

Bus is a one of the most popular Hanoi public transportation due to the low cost and its convenience. If you are travelling on a budget and want to fully experience Hanoi, bus is definitely a worth considering choice. The bus stops are located along the streets, with the signal of blue boards which provide the detailed routes for the bus lines. At the major bus stops, there are also the city map and all the other routes. Bus is available every 5-15 minute, from 5.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m.

Cyclos

Getting around Old Quarter by Cyclo
Getting around Old Quarter by Cyclo

Cyclo are Hanoi’s bicycle rickshaws. Passengers ride in the front cab, while the driver sits behind the passenger. Cyclo cabs are made for two passengers, and are ideal for exploring short distances within Hanoi’s city center. Ride them only if you’re in no hurry, and if you don’t mind the fright of seeing Hanoi’s traffic whiz right in front of you.

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Movenpick Hotel Hanoi

Movenpick Hotel Hanoi
Movenpick Hotel Hanoi

Movenpick Hotel Hanoi is conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi, approximately 40 minutes drive from Noi Bai Airport and only 5 minutes from the city centre. With French architecture, excellent services and facilities, the hotel is an ideal place for business and leisure travelers.

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Rooms and Suites

Rooms and Suites
Rooms and Suites

Relax and pamper yourself with 5-star service at Movenpick Hotel Hanoi. Hotel room overlook the quaint corners and majestic architecture of Hanoi’s French Quarter, setting an atmospheric scene as you unwind in a comfortable Superior Room, Deluxe room or Suite. The hotel offers 154 well-appointed rooms and suites, including non-smoking rooms and 20 connecting rooms.

All the boutique hotel rooms in Vietnam are fully equipped with a large LCD flat screen television, minibar, IDD telephone and a personal safe, as well as tea and coffee making amenities. Rooms can accommodate a maximum of two adults and one child. Complimentary Internet is accessible throughout the hotel and all guest rooms.

Restaurant and Bar

Movenpick Hotel Hanoi
Movenpick Hotel Hanoi

Resplendent in white, brown and purple, Mangosteen serves up cuisine that is an innovative mix of Vietnamese flavours and international classics. Guests  can select delicacies from a creative à-la-carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Lounge 83 is a perfect place for a continental breakfast, pastries and snack as well as a wide selection of wines offered from our cellar. An ideal place to catch up with friends and enjoy the warm and relaxed atmosphere.

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Hotel Pullman Hanoi

Hotel Pullman Hanoi
Hotel Pullman Hanoi

Hotel Pullman Hanoi is a ideal hotel in Hanoi not only for taking a rest but also for living, meeting or exchanging. With 240 impeccable rooms and suites, La Cheminée Restaurant and Mint Bar, Hotel Pullman Hanoi proposes the right balance between relaxation and sociability.

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Hotel Pullman Hanoi is pleased to offer unlimited access to PressReader, a cosmopolitan connection to download newspapers and magazines from around the world. Globetrotters can stay up-to-date with current events on their own smart phone, tablet or computer.

Rooms and Suites

Standard room
Standard room

Standard room: A sumptuous Pullman platform bed, complete with complementary Wi-Fi. This 32 sq m Pullman room offers fresh and contemporary décor with sweeping city views.
Equipped with a 32” LCD TV, work area, bathtub and complimentary selection of soft drinks from the minibar.

Deluxe room: The Pullman Deluxe Room is here to stimulate a business-focused mind. Or distract it with space and style. Hungry? Try a gourmet dish as delivered by 24/7 room service. The stocked soft-drink minibar is available to wash it all down. To be full is to be tired. Pullman’s stimulating rain shower is an excellent perk.

Deluxe room with city view
Deluxe room with city view

Executive room: Views of Hanoi from this Pullman room beg to be embraced. A private lounge area is just the beginning of this sumptuous Pullman haven. All the more space to drink an espresso in. If rain showers, free Wi-Fi and access to local calls are not enough, Executive Lounge access and personalised service are there for the taking.

Executive suite: A Pullman Executive Suite is the personification of the first-class business-leisure lifestyle. Smartly styled with a stimulating atmosphere. Fresh espresso to wake up and soothing rain shower to relax.

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Hanoi Sahul Hotel

Hanoi Sahul Hotel
Hanoi Sahul Hotel

Hanoi Sahul Hotel is one of the best Hanoi hotels which is located at 684 Minh Khai Street, Hai Ba Trung. The hotel features 216 guest rooms and suites, 3 restaurants, bar, conference rooms, wedding rooms, indoor pools, etc with 4-star services that help visitors having the best moments of relaxation.

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Hotel Overview

Hanoi Sahul Hotel
Hanoi Sahul Hotel

Located 300 metres from Times City Megal Mall, Hanoi sahul Hotel is an elegant property set in the heart of Hanoi. Guests can go for a swim in the indoor pool or enjoy a traditional massage. Free WiFi access is provided throughout the hotel. Hanoi Sahul Hotel is housed in a contemporary building. It is only 3 km away from Hanoi Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake and the National Museum of Vietnamese History. Noi Bai International Airport is 25 km away.

Rooms and Facilities

Rooms are tastefully furnished featuring classic Vietnamese-style décor
Rooms are tastefully furnished featuring classic Vietnamese-style décor

Rooms are tastefully furnished featuring classic Vietnamese-style décor. Each room is fitted with a minibar, a dining area and flat-screen cable TV. The marble en suite bathroom includes plush bathrobes and a hairdryer. Staff at the tour desk can assist you with sightseeing trips and various travel arrangements. This stylish accommodation also houses a 24-hour front desk and sauna facilities. You can also utilize the karaoke rooms available on-site. Traditional Vietnamese can be sampled at the restaurant. The hotel also has a Japanese restaurant.

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Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel

Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel
Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel

With ideally located and beautiful view, Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel is one of the best choice for visitors who are looking for a deluxe hotel in Hanoi.

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Hotel Overview

Rating Star: 3-star

Address: No 3 Hang Dau, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel
Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel

Designed for both business and leisure travel, Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel is ideally situated in Hoan Kiem District; one of the city’s most popular locates. Just a quick 5 minutes walk from Hoan Kiem lake and the Ngoc Son temple, Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel tastefully offers a quiet haven away from the bustling streets of Hanoi.

Each stylishly-decorated room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an electric kettle and a personal safe. Bicycle and motorbike rental can be arranged by the professional hotel staff. The hotel also offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including spa, massage. Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel is a smart choice for travelers to Hanoi, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.

Hotel Facilities

A Deluxe room at the hotel
A Deluxe room at the hotel

Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • airport transfer
  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • bar
  • bicycle rental
  • business center
  • car hire
  • coffee shop
  • daily housekeeping
  • elevator
  • facilities for disabled guests
  • newspapers
  • printer
  • restaurant
  • tours.

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Conifer Boutique Hotel

Conifer Boutique Hotel
Conifer Boutique Hotel

Situated in the ancient French Quarter of Hanoi, Conifer Boutique Hotel  has a peaceful atmosphere which is ideal for business and leisure guests alike.

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Accommodations

The room has elegant design and balcony where guests can enjoy the city view
The room has elegant design and balcony where guests can enjoy the city view

Conifer Boutique Hotel offers a superb choice of accommodations, available in three categories Classic, Deluxe and Conifer Suite. All these 42 rooms and suites are tastefully designed which reflect a contemporary and sophisticated style with good thought of comfort to create unique ambience. Deluxe rooms and Conifer suites have balconies where guests can enjoy the city view.

These rooms and suites are equipped with tea and coffee facilities, mini-bar, multi channel satellite television, IDD telephone, combination shower/bathtub, hairdryer, remote control air conditioning, and safe box, and free internet/WIFI access.

Restaurant and Bar

Conifer Restaurant
Conifer Restaurant

At Conifer Restaurant guests will discover a diverse choice of “All Day dining” options. The chef and his team have produced a selection of dishes in traditional Vietnamese and Western cuisines providing endless culinary taste-bud.

Sitting by the Conifer’s Restaurant or Alfresco Terrace is and ideal environment for relaxing with a choice from beverages selection, or an old fashioned cocktail from the bar.

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Apricot Hotel Hanoi

Apricot Hotel Hanoi
Apricot Hotel Hanoi

Located inthe heart of Hanoi, Apricot Hotel is the best choice for those want to spend holiday in a luxury hotel. It is the only 5-star hotel overlooking the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, few steps from Hanoi main tourist attractions, business and shopping centres. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night’s sleep.

Accommodations

Elegant guest room
Elegant guest room

Featuring 123 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, restaurants with exquisite dining options, heated roof-top pool bar, and state-of-the-art event venues, this boutique luxury hotel in Hanoi offers exceptional experiences for both business and leisure travellers.
Apricot Hotel Hanoi Vietnam is best luxury accommodation with discount rates on hotels-in-Hanoi.

Restaurant/Coffee

Lobby Lounge
Lobby Lounge

Apricot Hotel in Hanoi offers authentic culinary experience to delight even the most discerning palates. Signature restaurants and bars offer the true art of fine dining. Each venue has its own unique style and concept, and will host the most interest. Located in hotel lobby, A’telier serves the exclusive selection of teas from around the world to accentuate the Afternoon Tea experience. Lobby Lounge imposes a charming atmosphere, offering a fare of sweet delicacies set to the opulent backdrop.

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