1. QUESTION: Why houses in Hanoi are narrow and long? It is especially apparent in the Old Quarter (36 streets) where people buy houses with very narrow frontages so that they minimize their tax burden while having a place to display their merchandise to passersby. These buildings are referred to as "tube houses" and often include courtyards partway through to improve air flow.
2. FACT: There are around 7 million people in Hanoi. Yes, that's true. Nearly 40 million motorbikes and they are for 90 million people. Vietnam is truly a motorbike nation, more than anywhere in the world.
3. OPINION: Crossing the road is adventure: It's chaos! The only way to cross the street is to pick where you want to go and walk at an even pace hoping the wall of scooters coming in every direction won't hit you dead on. TIP: Cross with the power of numbers! Follow the locals lead.
4. CHALLENGE: Speak our language.
It has six tones, which means that a word can be said six ways and has six different meanings. Here are some words that can give you e head start:
Hello: Xin chao
My name is: Ten toi la
Thank you: Cam on
How much: Bao nhieu tien
Too expensive, discount please: Dat qua, lam on giam gia
Goodbye: Tam biet
5. EXCITING NEWS! We are giving away 10% discount as a special treat to all our hotel guests that you can use when you purchase any items at Thuy Ky Shop Guests will be amazed by the exquisite embroidered tablecloths and huge range of handmade clothes made out of Vietnam's finest cotton and English cotton fabric. The wooden cases and ancient shelves are stacked with even more such beautiful pieces of embroidered pillow cases, bed sheets and duvet covers.
6. HEAR YE! Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday Our currency is called Vietnam Dong. You can change money at the bank(s) which is less than 5mins walk away from the hotel on weekdays which they are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Alternatively, you can change money at the front desk. Our 500,000VND note colour looks slightly similar to 20,000VND note, so please be careful when you pay.
7. QUESTION: What is street food tour? Yes! It is happening in Hanoi right now and it is indeed very interesting. The key is that you should know the exact location to find those delicious street foods. Instead of exploring the street food by yourself, it is better to do it in a team. Moreover, you will be guided by a professional food tour guide so you can make sure that the street food you eat is not only delicious but also safe. We can do this arrangement for you, please approach any of our front desk team.
8. QUESTION: WHAT IS A WATER PUPPET SHOW? Water puppetry is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today's Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition. The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool.