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Guide: Salsa in Hanoi (summer 2015)

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Since last year some things changed in Hanoi. This is my new guide to latin social dancing in Hanoi:

In general it is possible to dance salsa everyday in Hanoi. There is a vibrant scene, dancing cross body style salsa either On1 or On2. Expect too hear bachata 45% of your time. The Kizomba wave arrived Vietnam, but the workshops ain’t that good, or have to start from the bottom everytime. The majority can only lead basic steps and basic saida. Educated young (under 30) vietnamese can speak english. There is a curfew for dance clubs, I suggest to go early. Salsa socials might be short (3 hours) but intense, places fill fast.

I experienced that every taxi company is reliable even if you don’t speak vietnamese. Take a cab to go to the places. You’ll pay more in bigger taxis, but I think 20¢ more won’t kill you. Make sure to pay with small cash, some drivers (even in Mai Linh) pretend to have not enough change (which should’t be a problem when there is a shop around). Write the adress on a sheet of paper and you should be fine. Occasionally check on google maps where you are :)


lAcA Café

  • Where: 2 Ngõ Huyện (aka Backpacker Street), Old Quarter (Hoan Kiem)
  • When: Wednesday 20:30-23:00
  • Entry: 30k VND
  • High fidelity music. Usually a concert location.

Spring Salsa

La Bomba Latina

  • Where: 46 Ngõ Huyện
  • When: everyday? from unknown until late.
  • Entry: free
  • Is more like a normal bar which also has a tiny dance floor. International guests. Has the longest open hours (’till late), although when important events are up, it also closes earlier. Versatile music, Salsa (cuban, colombian), Bachata, Merengue, Zouk, Kizomba.
  • (When I was there the last three weeks) on Wednesday was always a zouk party until 22:40 or 23h.
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AirFrance got Kizz

The bord entertainment system of AirFrance on long haul flights is amazing. You can start, stop resume movies at all times. The radio plays Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton and Zouk on LatinAmerica-station.

But the best is the CD Area, you’ll find music from Cabo Verde in the latin genre. You’ll find Zouk/Kizomba in the “tropical area”.wpid-wp-1436594075672.jpg

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Selfie Sticks (en)

When I was in Vietnam and visited Ngũ Hành Sơn. I saw everywhere those (south)korean tourist couples holding selfie-sticks. Selfie in korean isn’t selfie its selka, derived from the words self and camera.

A selfie-stick is a monopod camera mount. Koreans mostly had a shutter button at the grip to trigger the Android-camera via Bluetooth. So you don’t need a timer. Be careful there are cheap chinese selfie-sticks that broadcast on illegal frequencies.

Selfie-sticks are great if you have short arms or you want to take wider pictures.

I embedded this selfie-stick review from Jamie Hoang.

Of course you should take care to keep the stick out of your picture.

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Salsa en Hanoi

Salsa party in Hà Nội are different than in Berlin. I’ve visited a few, here is my report:

The parties start early and finish early. Hà Nội is the capital and is therefore strictly governed, here close all bars and so on around 12 clock. The first party that I’ve visited, the S-Fire starts at 20:30 and ends at 22:30. There are two places where the S-Fire is three times a week. Tuesdays and Saturdays in 146 Giang Vo, Fridays at 5 Ngo Gach. Spring Salsa is on Thursday in 22 Ho Giam. On YouTube I saw that there are salsa openairs in Ly Thai To Park. In general, there are many dancing groups in hanoian parks, but these are more old people dancing some kind of different thing they might think is salsa.
In Ha Noi they dance Salsa en línea – LA or NY style, there are also some who try occasional cuban, but it looks a lot like LA from, preps, forward steps and open dance poses. The vietnamese love bachata, you can expect a 50/50 mixture. Every now and then Zouk is played and all dance Zouk and not Kizomba. Often the DJs also dance himself. Songs can be played without Mixprogram therefore songs are played in full length with a possible pause in between. Between two songs the dance floor is completely empty. Everything separates and everyone re-invites for to the next song. So far, I didnt recieve any rejection, this is maybe a cultural thing, but it could also be that is the available time just so short that it needs to be used. In the S-Fire you buy admission and drink together at the entrance, depending on what you drink twenty, thirty or fifty thousand Dong. If you want to have another drink you go to the entrance to buy new a admission coupon. In Spring Salsa entry cost 30k. And a coke 15k. Both have been fun, Spring Salsa has the smaller dance floor so it looks full. In Spring Salsa I was not the only foreigner, an american girl was there too, but maybe this also applies to S-Fire in Hoan Kiem. Because the old quarter is more popular to foreigners / tourists. So in Hà Nội as a salsa dancer you can have a lot of fun, even with the cuban style.