Jul 19 2014

Cool and quirky Hoi An cafes

Published by under Food

Don't be fooled by the bottles, May Concepts menu is soft drinks only.

From a rooftop robusta to an alleyway arabica, the streets of Hoi An are a caffeine freak’s friend and while there’s no doubt in our minds that the best coffee in Vietnam is supped rubbing knees with the locals from a squat stool shaded by blue tarpaulin, if you are looking for a great place to … read the full post

Jul 13 2014

Pho: A very brief primer

Published by under Saigon street food

A steaming bowl of goodness.

No dish is more identifiable in Vietnamese cuisine than the humble bowl of pho. Simple in delivery yet nuanced in preparation, no two bowls taste alike – unless you eat at Pho 24, considered by many as the McDonalds of Vietnam. Each region has their own take on the dish, while most individual pho restaurants have recipes … read the full post

Jun 27 2014

Hoi An street food tours: Coconut Tours

Published by under Food

White Rose. Our efforts were not quite so picturesque.

Hoi An’s street food tour industry has been rather dominated by the $60-plus, cram ‘em in, feed ‘em up style half-day trips. Though fun and informative, they can be a big dent in the money belt for a solo traveller and a hard sum to swallow for a family. So we thought we’d try a cheaper … read the full post

May 17 2014

Can Cau or Bac Ha market?

Published by under Sapa

Shop with a view.

That was the question we asked ourselves recently when in the enviable position of being able to choose while dallying in northwest Vietnam. If you too are able to juggle your schedule and be in the area on a Saturday (Can Cau) or Sunday (Bac Ha), which should you opt for? The simple answer is: … read the full post

Apr 19 2014

Ticket now required to walk Hoi An’s old town

Published by under Practicalities

Can we have a caption contest for this one?

UPDATE, April 23: The Hoi An people’s committee has addressed the press with clearer details on the ticket. Each ticket is valid for 10 days and costs 120,000 VND for foreign tourists or 80,000 VND for domestic visitors. 85% of the proceeds are to be reinvested in the old town, the money paying for renovations, upkeep, staff … read the full post

Mar 16 2014

Mother Goddess worship

Published by under Culture

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Worship of the Mother Goddesses is the oldest religion in Vietnam, pre-dating even the Chinese occupation of Vietnam. Worship of Mother Goddesses, once dismissed as superstition, has recently grown in popularity and is now accepted and widely practised in Vietnam and in Vietnamese communities overseas. What does it all mean? Mother Goddesses are considered to … read the full post

Jan 31 2014

Family accommodation in Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

Best for local beach fun - An Bang Seaside Village.

Those looking for a Vietnam destination that’s great for families should consider Hoi An — it’s easy on the wallet, offers loads of outdoor activities, beautiful beaches and boasts plenty of family-focused accommodation. Here are our picks of the best places to stay for those with children in tow. Until recently, if you wanted to … read the full post

Nov 22 2013

Drinking and dancing near Xuan Dieu

Published by under Bars & nightlife

They usually come full.

While Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a hotbed of backpacker-friendly drinking joints, if you’re interested in live music, looking for somewhere to dance, or prefer a more laidback vibe, try heading to Xuan Dieu. 88 Lounge opened in 2013 and is an impressive four-storey space boasting exposed concrete and brick, artworks and regal striped furniture. The focus is … read the full post

Nov 17 2013

Eating on Xuan Dieu Street

Published by under Food

Xuan Dieu: a great spot for a bite to eat.

Hanoi’s Xuan Dieu Street is a popular stretch with expats, but that doesn’t mean it should be crossed off your travel exploration list. It has a good range of dining and drinking venues, unmatched in Old Quarter, as well as shops selling Western goods and clothes that you may be after. Here are a few … read the full post

Nov 07 2013

Hidden charges at Saigon restaurants

Published by under Food,Uncategorized

Refreshing but not free.

Food in Saigon is usually a bargain; even most of the city’s “expensive” restaurants are cheap when compared to similar quality in the West. But a strange thing happens to many who visit this fair city: they can develop a sense of cheap food entitlement and start to argue over small surcharges on the bill. … read the full post

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