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The heat with Pho Cuon Hanoi

14 Sep

The summer in Hanoi is brutally hot and it often seems like a chore to face a bowl of steaming hot noodle soup (Phở) or a plate of rice.

Many believe that such dishes, by inducing sweat, actually help lower ones body temperature and help fight the heat.  Not everyone feels that way. One cool and refreshing alternative is Phở Cuốn, a food resembling fresh spring rolls, but fundamentally different in a number of ways.

Another advantage that Phở Cuốn has is it’s location. The most famous places to find the dish are located onTrúc Bạch lake, just opposite West Lake, Hanoi’s largest lake. Trúc Bạch itself is a relatively small lake and can be circled in five minutes by motorbike or half an hour on foot. There are plenty of places that offer  Phở Cuốn around the lake, but the easiest to find are on Trúc Bạch road, on the north end of the lake, or Trấn Vũ on the south end.

Finding a Phở Cuốn restaurant is not a problem, but choosing the right one sometimes is. With such a large number of these types of restaurants, there is natural competition between them. It is not uncommon for restaurant owners to jump in front of your cab or motorbike in a desperate attempt to get you to come to their shop. ”Stop, you want Phở Cuốn…” one young man told me putting his hands on the dashboard of my motorbike pleadingly – as it turns out he was right.

  Phở Cuốn consists of a slightly cooked rice paper shell the same thickness as a Phở noodle. Inside this soft shell is a selection of herbs and greens – mainly cilantro, mustard leaf, and lettuce – and thinly sliced beef that has been cooked with garlic and generous amounts of pepper. It is served cold with a bowl of fish sauce, garlic, carrots, raddish, vinegar, boiled water, chilli and some sugar for dipping.

Once dipped in the sauce the taste of Phở Cuốn contains many of the fundamental elements of Vietnamese cuisine: slightly sweet and spicy but light and fresh. The dish is served cold and has the effect of a hearty salad on one’s appetite leaving plenty of room for a few cheeky beers or to try some other delights that many of these restaurants offer like Phở Chiên.  Phở Chiên is similarily light summer fair; it uses the same rice noodle paper as Phở Cuốn but is sliced into squares, stacked, and deep fried.  It is topped with the same garlicky beef as well as field cabbage and it is recommended that one dip it in the Phở Cuốn sauce.  It has a crispy exterior but a delicate center, it is reminiscent of a fresh savory donut.

Hours can easily slip by sitting cross legged on bamboo mats as one enjoys the cool breeze of the lake and a few plates of Phở Cuốn with friends.  You see a different, more relaxed side of Hanoi, as old men fish and young couples paddle along leisurely in swan boats.  It is the ideal place to wile away one’s time under the shade of a tree and await the cooling relief of evening.

The Phở Cuốn restaurants on Trúc Bạch are open from early afternoon till about nine or ten at night. The cost for a plate of about twenty Phở Cuốn, a plate of Phở Chiên, and four beers is just over VND200,000 (Ú$10). For the relief it offers from the heat, it’s a steal.

If you are interested in exploring Vietnam travel you can visit Vietnam travel company, Halong cruise, Halong Bay, Halong tours site to know further attractive places.

Some impressing resorts in Hanoi

16 Aug

If you have a plan to visit Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you don’t miss some most famous resorts as follow, which are best places for relaxing, and picnicking in Hanoi

1. Asean Resort – Hòa Lạc, Thạch Thất, Hà Nội.

Address: 21A Hoa Lac, Thach That, Hanoi

Grass Skiing

The resort, located  about 35km from the center of Hanoi, is quiet cool, lots of trees. For those who want to go no far from Hanoi but require a quiet, clean place, this is the perfect place for tourists in Vietnam tours to choose for weekend trips with friends and family.

While other resorts favored by the flavor of the sea, the resort attracts tourists by the types of natural services such as: hot water pools, Ninh Kieu hot springs, grass skiing, etc.

However, the price of this resort of the highest ones  in many resorts around the capital. The plus point is whether the public holiday prices here are not “high” up. On average, every room here from 3.5 million to VND 21 million / night (prices are accompanied by such services as dining, entertainment, spa …).

2. Van Minh Resort – Chúc Sơn, Chương Mỹ, Hà Nội

Address: Chuc Son town, Chuong My district, Hanoi.

Located at the entrance of the Capital, the National Road No 6 to Hoa Binh and about half hour driving from Ha Noi, Van Minh Resort is a complex resorts, nearby two national sceneries are Tram Pagoda, and Tram Gian Pagoda. This area has 40 rooms overlooking to the countryside and Xu Doai mountains.

The price of Van Minh Resort is from VND960.000 a day or more depending on the type of room and room area.

3. Tan Da Resort – Tản Lĩnh, Ba Vì, Hà Nội

Address: Tan Linh commune, Ba Vi district, Hanoi

Just one hour driving from Hanoi to check in Tan Da Spa Resort where is the perfect location for escaping couple in holidays (2 or 3 nights) or family group at weekend and Meeting, Incentive, Events and Conference groups.

The resort was designed in opening space, peaceful and tranquil-a new envision for the mélange of nature and human beings,  a deep feeling of living amidst a blue and cloudy sky of the marvelous Tan Vien mountain-Da River of the legendary story of the God of Mountain and the God of River. It’s main purpose to offer relaxation and refreshing rest.

Tan Da Spa Resort offering 53 rooms designed by the ancient architecture of the country villages typical of Bac Bo countryside (Viet Ancient House) and the houses of “East meets West” (Lac Viet House). Visitors can live and really feel the culture traits of the old Viet people amidst a green and fresh space with green and yellow bamboo clumps, trellises of gourds, water wells…

The interior decorations were simply built with a combination of bamboos and wood…to give the visitors the feeling of escaping from  daily pressure of work and of enjoying hours of living in a peaceful atmosphere.  However, the rooms are also equipped with modern gadgets such as cable television, fridges, air-conditioners, mini bar, Wifi Internet, Room Service…

And especially relax in the hot an cool mineral water pool in the resort to balance yourself

After a day in the hot mineral water of the nature source and have some special wine and cuisin of the forest, mountain, guest will find a balance self in Tanda Spa Center  with various service package to get health better such as Foot masssage, Facial treatment, body massage, Hot stone massage, soaking baths with natural miner water, red wine, champagne, stout, fresh goat milk, fresh cow milk, green tea.

Da Ong Club is where you can relax and enjoy with your group in karaoke, Singer room, Double bikes, tennis, billiards, badminton, electric cars for  Vietnam tour,  the funny Swan boat, motorboat to relax on the lake and you can do fishing on the lake also.

Room prices are from VND1, 5 million to VND 6.5 million / night depending on room type and room area.

4. Hoang Long Resort – Thạch Thất, Hà Tây

Address: Thach That , Ha Tay district, Hanoi

Situated on an area of ​​2 square kilometers in Thach That, Ha Tay, about 1km from Tay Phuong Pagoda, Hoang Long Resort is designed elegant, rustic space  and is  a very peaceful resort.

The strong point of the Hoang Long Resort is eco-tourism area with various services. A further utility of the Hoang Long resort is a play area for kids. If any family with young children, there is  a spacious area  which named Vuon Co Tich will make the boys and girls enjoy  being playful relaxed under the shade of trees and very interesting game, etc.

if tourists in Vietnam travel are a lover of plants, you’d be amazed at the collection and look how many plants throughout the region are gathering in Vietnam Hoang Long Resort.

The prices of Hoang Long’s rooms are in quite reasonable because it is newly built resort but you can be completely assured of quality service.