VIETNAM TRAVEL

 

Ha Noi

History - Orientation - Information - Dangers Annoyances - Sights - Activities - Walking Tour - Courses - Ha Noi For Childern - Tour - Festivals Events - Sleeping - Eating - Drinking - Entertainment - Shopping - Getting There Away - Getting Around - Around Ha Noi - Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum - Perfume Pagoda - Handicraft Villages - Thay Tay Phuong Pagoadas - Ba Vi National Park - Co Loa Citadel - Tam Dao Hill Station.

ACTIVITIES

Fitness Clubs
A number of international hotels open their exercise centres to the public for a fee. Among these is the top-of-the-market Clark Hatch Fit ness Centres (Tell:8266919) in the Sofitel Metropole Hotel and Sofitel Plaza, which each has a day-use fee of US$15 for the gym, including pool access Similar is the Daewoo Hotel Fitness Centre (Tell: 8351000; 360 Đ Kim Ma) which has a day-use tee of US$20 for all facilities including the pool.
Golf
King's Island : 45km west of Hanoi,close to the base of Ba Vi Mountain, is north Vietnam’s first 36- hole golf course. Offering a lakesder or mountain view course, membership start at a whopping US$14,000,but the club is open to visitors from US$70 during the week. On the western side of Hanoi, but still within the city limits, is she Lang Ha Golf Club (Tell: 835 0909; 16A Pho Lang Ha; nonmember fee US$20; 6am-IOpm), opposite the TV tower. Basically, this is just a driving range - you'll have to go to King's Island if you want to pursue a white ball over hills and fields. There is a popular new course at Tarn Dao Hill Station, for more details.
Hash House Harriers
For the uninitiated, these are the drinkers with a running problem. The 'hash', as all expats refer to it, meets at Finnegan's Irish Pub at 2pm on Saturdays. It costs around US$5 and includes a lot of drinks.
Massage & Spa
The government has severely restricted the number of places licensed to give massages because of the concern that naughty 'extra services’ might be offered (as indeed they are at many places). At present, you can get a good legitimate massage at the Hoa Binh Hotel (Tell: 825 3315; 27 Ly Thuong Kiel; per hr US$8). Other places include the upmarket Guoman Hotel (p110), charging US$18 per hour, and the Sofitel Metropole Hotel , at US$32. For a spa splurge on facials or body treatments, head to QT Salon (Tell:9286116; 28 Pho le Thai To; 10am-8pm), overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.
A newer spa, SFSalon & Spa (Tell: 926 2032; 16 Pho Hang Buom; 8.30ani-11pm) offers Swed¬ish and Thai massage (US$10), plus the full range of spa treatments, including wraps, scrubs and polishes. If you feel in need of sprucing, Vu Doo Salon (Tell: 823 3439; 32c Pho Cao Ba Quat) is a reli-able hairdresser. Cuts start from US$10; manicures and pedicures from about
Swimming
Hotels that open their swimming; pools to the public include the Army Hotel, near the History Museum. It charges US$3.50 for day use of its pool, which is big enough to do Laps and is open all year. Just about big enough to do laps - but a much nicer place to lounge around afterwards is the pool at the Melia Hotel, where 'walk-in-members' pay US$6 to swim, or US$10 to .swim and use the gym. Some other hotels charge a US$10 day-use fee. Out by Ho Tay, the Thang Loi Hotel has a swimming pool in a fine lakeside location that's just 30,000d for nonguests,but it is only open from about May to October. Hanoi Water Park (Tell: 753 2757; 9am-9pm Wed-Mon Apr 15-Nov) is about 5km north of the city centre and offers a fun selection of pools, slides and splashing opportunities. Entry costs 50,000d for those over 110cm tall, and 30,000d for shorter people, translating roughly as adults and children.