Newspapers and Media Guide Hanoi

The Vietnam News is an English-language daily that you can have delivered to your door. It’s a communist party mouthpiece, and holds tightly to the party line.

Vietnam News Agency
11 Tran Hung Dao
Tel: 04 933 2316

The Than Nien Daily is a more progressive “youth” newspaper with more balanced reporting, though still under the control of the government. It’s published in Saigon, so less widely available than the Vietnam News in Hanoi.

248 Cong Quynh St., Distr. 1,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Tel: 08 8 394 046

The dearth of international media is one of the disappointments of Hanoi. It’s a form of indirect media censorship that very little international print media is available. If you are a news junkie, or addicted to comics or the Times Literary Supplement, you will have to get your fix on-line, where news media censorship does not exist.

One exception may be Word Hanoi, a monthly English-language magazine that offers local news, culture and lifestyle features, as well as a guide to ‘what’s on’ in the city. The magazine is both a nice way to familiarize yourself with the city when you first arrive and stay up to date with happenings after you’ve been here for a while.

All major hotels carry the International Herald-Tribune, the only English-language newspaper available in Hanoi, and Le Monde.

The Herald-Tribune and Hanoi’s best selection of foreign magazines are available on Trang Tien Street, just off the lower right corner of Hoan Kiem lake near the Old Quarter. The news kiosk at the entrance to the post office, 66 Trang Tien, sells day-old copies of the Herald-Tribune for VND 70,000, and magazines such as Time, Newsweek, The Economist, Fortune, Vogue and the New Yorker are on sale for VND 120,000.

Across the street, at 53-55 Trang Tien, the Thang Long Book Shop stocks a similar selection for about 20% higher prices.