sebkor on Westlake-Physio Center
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.

SimonSpriet on Thu Giang 2
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.

hartley on Kinderworld International Kindergarten (Hanoi Towers)
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

movingsalehanoi on Nghiem Mai Lan - Vietnamese Teacher
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.

SimonSpriet on Water Sport Palace
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.

SimonSpriet on Swimming Pool 20 Thuy Khue
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.

hello666 on Starbucks Somerset WestPoint
February 18th, 2017 at 5:06 am

New coffee shop that is so convenient for you to grab coffee, take out brownies, or just some ginger spiced cookies without burning your home down.

johnspud on Don Chicken
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).

Meghan84 on Kinergie Studio
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.

April on Kinergie Studio
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

JWong on Westlake-Physio Center
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.

johnspud on California Fitness & Yoga Center - Hai Ba Trung
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!

johnspud on Banh Cuon Ky Dong Restaurant
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!)

johnspud on Anh Hoa French Bakery (Phung Hung)
January 31st, 2017 at 5:52 am

I like it, I like it! Now I know where to get decent bread in my hood.

vicvic on Umove Hanoi Apartment
January 27th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

You should definitely check out their website - most accurate information and photos that I could find among other sources. You'll be provided with the best properties available, honest pros and cons for every property, fair prices. No bullshit, no waste of time, your interests first. And what really made Umove kind of outstanding for me - very warm and personal attitude of mr Ken, who took care of me. All my problems solved with just one call to this gentleman, my special thanks to him :)

johnspud on Banh Mi Duc Long
January 26th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

This has to be the best sandwich in all of Hanoi (maybe in Asia)!

jimmya on Vinmec International Hospital
January 20th, 2017 at 5:14 pm

This review is based on my experience as a person who has visited this hospital on many occasions. Firstly it's not an international hospital, Bangkok, hong Kong and manila all have better serviced hospitals than this one. Service is poor, the knowledge of the doctors is limited, there is no queuing system in place in waiting rooms, local vingroup cards don't pay for any packages, medicine or therapy. All in all, the only thing about worth visiting is the pineapple smelling elevators and cleanliness. Staff are rude, unhelpful and basically salespeople trying to make money. Other hospitals for example THU CUC, VIET NHAT, HONG NGOC, are much better.

ayeshapak on Nan n Kabab
January 20th, 2017 at 11:19 am

That is the restaurant that my family is looking for. We are very happy to find the food here true halal and authentic. Kabab was amazing. We became their regular customer either eat there in the weekend or order for delivery. The sitting is nice with greenary. The staff are friendly and english speaking. The owner is very carering of customer, always give good suggestion to choose food. I don't know why people rate this restaurant bad in past. I introduce so many friends and all of them like foods here also.

ayeshapak on Moca Cafe
January 20th, 2017 at 11:10 am

The owner seams did not pay attention for improving the status or he want to keep the old style of his cafe. Cafe n food both ok but sitting is not comfotable while other can smoke in the same room

ayeshapak on Cha Ca Thang Long
January 20th, 2017 at 11:02 am

This restaurant is my family favourite place for lunch. We just could not eat Mam tom. Fish is very tasty