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The guy who plays the recorder through his nose.

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Name: The guy who plays the recorder through his nose.
Address: Everywhere, Hanoi

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21.03129851062179 105.85238170606317 Category:

Description: Bia Hoi busker extraordinaire, playing the recorder via nostril and covering a geographical territory limited only by the very laws of nature (and barely, at that).
Rating: 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 2 reviews.

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address icon Tầng 4, Số 165 Bà Triệu, phường Lê Đại Hành, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi

phone number icon (+84) (0)2439743353

2 Reviews (Followed by 1 user)

April 23rd, 2012 at 12:20 am

Oh man, can't believe this one isn't more popular... I don't hang around the old quarter that much any more so maybe he died or moved on.

While this guy's act gets pretty annoying for regulars, one of my favorite memories of Hanoi involves him.

When I first got here, there was this perverted old guy who hung around the area where recorder man made his rounds. This chap couldn't have been more British if he was wearing a derby, hold a cup of Earl Grey, waving the union jack and singing god save the Queen.

Anyway, one day this British guy was on the phone with one of his mates in jolly old England and all of a sudden the recorder guy came right up to him and was practically blowing the recorder in his free ear, and the British guy says "I can't 'ear a bloody fing your sayin' this bloke 'as a bloody flute up 'is nose! it's completely bonkers!"

Good times

November 10th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Now I recognize that that this guy may not be to everyone’s taste, but to me he’s not only a virtuoso, he must also be one of the fittest people in Hanoi. There’s not a bia-hoi in Hanoi that I haven’t seen him perform at, so unless he’s part of a family of identical quadruplets that performs in each district, he must be covering an awful lot of ground every day just to find fans such as myself. The other evening, he treated me to a superb performance of Lakme’s Flower Duet (some of you may know it as the British Airways theme tune), which literally steamed up my glasses (I was so excited that I started air-conducting). Sometimes I get annoyed with other customers because as soon as he starts to play, they give him a tip and he moves on. I really wish people would wait until the end of the shows before rewarding him for his excellence.

Anyway, it’s my wedding anniversary coming up, and I’d like to do something a little extra special for Gertrude. I have an idea to take her for a nice candlelit dinner in a fancy restaurant, and to ask the guy if he would serenade us during the meal (obviously I’d ask him to leave that piece of crumpled laminated cardboard with the fading pictures that he uses to introduce himself at home). Fingers-crossed that I can find a restaurant that will let me arrange this...PM me if you can help!!!

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