When you travel to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi on Singapore Airlines, you are travelling with a trusted carrier that has been looking after passengers for 70 years, and which won Best Asian Airline in the 2017 Telegraph ULTRAS travel awards.
The experience begins even before you fly, in the carrier’s SilverKris First and Business Class lounges, introducing you to the luxurious hospitality for which the award-winning airline is famous.
Even the traditional style and pattern of the flight attendants’ uniforms – designed by French couturier Pierre Balmain in 1968 and virtually unchanged since then – are a reassuring sign that you are travelling with a long-established and reliable flag-carrier airline.
Watch the video above to hear from trendsetter, Van Cong Tu, a food blogger and expert guide to the unmissable dining experiences of Hanoi. He runs a popular food and drink tour in the city and has more than 11,000 Instagram followers.
He is particularly keen on street food and loves to show tourists around – both by day and by night, when the city comes alive in a blaze of neon lights – showcasing the light and healthy dishes that he loves.
Vietnamese people visit the local markets every day to choose the freshest of vegetables and fruit, a dining ethos reflected in the carefully prepared meals served on board Singapore Airlines flights.
Hanoi’s Dong Xuan Lane is a popular spot, and Van Cong Tu loves to sample the char siu pork there, the city itself forming a vivid backdrop – the Red River, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda – as Van Cong Tu then moves through the packed streets of the Old Quarter, where the sights, sounds and aromas of rushing traffic, restaurants, sizzling street food, temples and incense evoke the huge and colourful variety of Hanoi city life.
As he says: “You can’t find it in Saigon or other cities in the world.”
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