March 9th, 2017 at 6:35 am
This is really just a thank you and to let others in our situation know that Little Plumfield is out there.
Being a local hire, no one is going to pay for schooling my kids but me. That means that international nurseries and kindergartens are out.
We're Vietnamese/western couple and while Little Plumfield has vague pretensions about being international, I'm actually very happy that it is predominantly Vietnamese. We speak English at home mostly so it's good for our little one to speak Vietnamese during the day.
There is some token English learning but basically as toddlers I'm more than happy for them to have fun, be cared for and learn how to play and relate to other kids. Anything else is a bonus.
Above and beyond the basic price of international nurseries, every other place I checked out insisted on various add-ons that were frankly insulting. It's wrong to have to pay a non refundable "holding" fee and then another "processing fees". Not to mention further costs for books and even the upkeep of the building.
Little Plumfield is very affordable. Also, what it has over other international nurseries is it is a reliable source of childcare. Public holidays aside it is always open and it's open office hours as it understands that parents have to work.
Our little one loves it there. I love watching her at home time (before she sees me). During the day she's fed, nappy changed regularly (and they're in the process of potty training her). If we have any special requests in terms of diet etc - they'll encompass it.
I don't need her to be prepared for school or have lesson plans - she's a kid. I just want her to be happy and continue her natural progression. It's just amazing to see her start to chatter in Vietnamese and English.
Every last member of staff is friendly and approachable and extremely helpful. I always come away from LP smiling.
I imagine that Little Plumfield wouldn't to be all internationals' taste - just as I'm sure there's lots of places that will tell you that what they provide is absolutely vital but at LP, our toddler is happy, clearly learning and developing and it's just brilliant to know we have no concerns when we're working during the day.
In short, if you're a mixed couple or indeed a wholly foreign couple who have no qualms about your little one learning Vietnamese then I can't recommend it enough.
Huge thanks to all the staff at LP.
March 8th, 2017 at 8:49 am
I had a stressful, but thankfully limited experience with e-connect. Things started off badly. The provided housing located above and behind the office is anything but ideal. No privacy and very noisy. I’ve been teaching in Asia for a few years and cockroaches and rats are common, but our building was filled with them. Doors have chewed holes and packs of rats were regularly spotted in the kitchen and bathrooms. The shared bathrooms were dismal. Toilets with no seats, we had a single working shower with warm water for 10 people located on the same floor as a classroom. It was a bad joke.
Everything about them was haphazard. The evening after arriving in Vietnam, I was teaching classes. I was provided with no instruction, expectations, or even a simple guide. I had a full schedule my first week. They just have a pretty disorganized way of doing things. With the exception of a single teacher, no one was interested in explaining the text books despite repeated requests. The only feedback received was after an observation. It basically consisted of negative comments about my teaching. When I asked the observing manager what to change, he just questioned my experience as a teacher. Then proceeded to tell me I must not have experience in classrooms.
The office staff and teachers were obviously tense. There were ongoing problems with receiving pay on time or the full contracted amounts as promised. Don’t get me wrong, the staff and teachers were extremely friendly, but obviously distracted. The schedules were chaotic and the other teachers and myself received little support or help.
The lack professionalism was overwhelming among management. When The director threatened teachers with police action for leaving and a $500 fine despite no contract ever being signed, this was the final straw for me. Avoid them. If an offer is too good to be true, it usually is.
March 7th, 2017 at 10:26 am
We have lived here for many years and we have tried a wide range of dentists. One dental is by far the best dentist we have found! For my children, the dentists are truly amazing in handling kids and calming their anxiety. They really take the time to work with kids, and do an excellent job. .. for adults too! We could not be happier with one dental! All of the staff are truly wonderful.
March 1st, 2017 at 6:07 am
I injured my knee pretty badly while climbing at the gym one evening. Following a call from the gym manager, Eric came straight to the gym, despite it being 9pm. My leg refused to straighten and he immediately diagnosed it as a long-term compound injury and that a large amount of scar tissue was blocking my knee joint. He and his wife Miin treated me about three times a week for the following two and a half months, with a mix of massage, acupuncture, stretching and strength/conditioning exercises. The treatment was fully planned out to first manage my pain and then deal with the root cause of the injury (hip misalignment). I really appreciated the way Eric and Miin always explained the reasons behind what they were doing and what each aspect of the treatment is designed to do. I have now recovered full mobility in my leg and am following a stretching/exercise plan to get back to full fitness.
I would definitely recommend them and will go back if i ever need more treatment.
February 22nd, 2017 at 6:02 am
Stayed there during 7 nights in January 2017 right after my arrival in Hanoi. It looks to be one the cheapest places in the Old Quarter for a single room.
Atmosphere is quiet. good sleep I had.
- 2 nightsx226K VND (10US$/night): Large room
Smaller room (~ 7US$/night)
- 4 nightsx158K VND
- 1 night@157K VND
Laundry costed me 32.5 K VND for 1.2kg of clothes.
February 22nd, 2017 at 2:54 am
Indeed I don't want my kid to study inside an office building amidst noisy busy city center; but the fact that he loves going to school everyday is much more important to me as a mother
February 21st, 2017 at 5:28 am
I can highly recommend Mai Lan as a teacher. I studied with her for about 1 1/2 years, and my Vietnamese is clearly better than most people's. I personally didn't study with a book but simply asked her for words and grammar and kept my own vocabulary lists, which worked very well for me. But of course she also has books etc.
February 20th, 2017 at 10:06 am
This pool facility on front of the national stadium looks like to be a government facility, dedicated for the students/national athletes from National Sport university.
Equipped with 3 pools
2 indoors / 1 outdoor.
The one I tested so far is a 25m indoor pool
Opening hours for public
Tuesday to Saturday 06:00 am to 08:00 am
Sunday 06:00am to 10:00am
Ticket fee entrance: 120 000VND
Good pool design for serious swimmers.the best so far I went.
Update June 2017:
Access to outdoor swimming pool is open since May 2017 at the cost of 60000 VND (half price ticket of indoor ticket) - it is a a bit more crowded on sunday morning (pool open from 06 to 08 am) but overall it is feasible for to do a serious swimmming workout without being disturb.
February 18th, 2017 at 6:06 am
Swimming pool named "Sense Aqua" located on the 4th floor of CWD Hotel. The British council owns their office there. Pool ticket fare is 120000 VND (~5 USD). At this price , you have access to a 25m swimming pool and a small gym (some treadmills, weights, press bench, abdominal bench etc..) Locker / towels and sandals are provided. Opening hours from 6am to 10pm every day excepted during the national days off. The place is OK overall despite a ticket fee higher than the average price in Hanoi. I do not recommend this place for serious swimmers. My suggestion goes definetely for the olympic pool 50m at My Dinh district.
February 15th, 2017 at 6:20 am
Really good baked or fried chicken (try the garlic baked chicken), excellent service. This international Korean chain is just what Hanoi needed. This will be a regular place for me (next door to another favorite, Kinh Do Cafe, and close to Tong Duy Tan).
February 12th, 2017 at 3:14 pm
I have taken ballet classes at Kinergie Studio since they opened over a year ago. The studio is very modern and is in a very convenient location. The instructor is very kind and patient. He spends time to explain the combinations and will happily answer any questions you have about the steps. The instructor is easy-going, but at the same, motivates the students to do their best in class. There are beginner, basic, and intermediate ballet classes at Kinergie, so no matter what your level is, even if you have never tried ballet before, there is a class for you.
February 9th, 2017 at 1:04 pm
Best studio of contemporary dance and ballet dance for adults in Hanoi!!!!
I have had more than a year participating both contemporary and ballet dance classes at the studio. The instructor is very talented, dedicated and of high responsibility. I love the way he shows me how to free my soul via every single movement that I used not to be familiar with.
By the way, the studio is nicely decorated with black color and modern lighting system. Whenever we practiced dancing, it was like a real dance performance on stage. Love that so muchhhhhhh <3
February 6th, 2017 at 5:01 am
I went to see Eric last year with a low back pain that had been affecting me for a few years. On the first session, he performed a very thorough assessment of my condition and explained to me the results of my MRI scans, in ways that I could understand. After the consultation, he used manual techniques to ease my back and I felt so relieved thereafter. Following that session was additional corrective exercise with Miin. She taught me exercises to strengthen my core and other ‘sleeping’ muscles, all tailor-made to my conditions. I feel improved strength and flexibility.
Best thing is I gained so much knowledge about my injuries and I was taught how to manage them whenever I go for business trips and travel. And I sleep so much more peacefully at night too.
This place is highly recommended for those who wants to solve their issues once and for all.
February 3rd, 2017 at 9:27 am
I'd say Calif Fitness is pretty good considering this is the developing world. I agree with others who complain that they sometimes have more PT's than customers. One thing that bothers me is the number of LOUD middle class ladies that use this as their hangout. It's really clean, and the price is not bad if you buy long term(exact same price I paid in the States). A very clean gym!
January 31st, 2017 at 6:02 am
Just about everything here is made with love and care. Best pho ga in town and the bun bo nam bo is pretty good as well. You won't find better coffee in Hanoi. This family run place attracts mostly locals, but I've also been stopping by at least 3 times a week.
(Tnhvietnam - this place is not defunct, stop by for breakfast and change that status please!)