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Hanoi Pocket Precincts

Hanoi Pocket Precincts

A Pocket Guide to the City's Best Cultural Hangouts, Shops, Bars and Eateries

Hardie Grant Books

By Juliette Elfick


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Hanoi is a picturesque mix of the old and the new, with the fading grandeur of its French colonial history juxtaposed against modern architecture. It's a city where early-morning tai chi is followed by the rush of noisy mopeds as they cruise up wide, tree-lined boulevards. It's also a travel hotspot offering inexpensive shopping locations and a mouth-watering array of unique things to eat and drink. Hanoi Pocket Precincts lists the best of the city – restaurants, bars and cultural sights – in each of the four main districts of urban Hanoi. In the centre there's Hoan Kiem, which contains the Old Quarter crammed with elegant shophouses and temples; to the south there's the fashionable nightlife and shopping district of Hai Ba Trung; to the west there's Ba Dinh with its mix of French colonial villas, modern skyscrapers, squares and parks; and to the north you'll find genteel, upmarket Tay Ho. The book also includes suggested field trips outside Hanoi, including an overnight stay in Ha Long Bay as well as a fold-out map of the four districts of inner Hanoi.

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Pages: 184 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: May 2018
ISBN: 9781741175530
Writer and editor Juliette Elfick lived and worked in Hanoi from 2010-13, and has since become a regular visitor. While living in Hanoi, Juliette wrote food and travel articles for local and international publications as well as the Communications department of the United Nations in Hanoi, giving her a unique understanding of the city and an opportunity to understand Vietnamese culture from the locals' perspective. Her love of bun cha took her all over the city in search of the best version of this local street food, and along the way she discovered much, much more.

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