Archive for May, 2011

May 30 2011

Pickpocket safety tips for Saigon

Published by under Health & safety

Ho Chi Minh City is quite safe for cities of comparable size. Very few violent acts have been reported against foreigners, but it can still be dangerous to walk around flaunting your wealth. Here are a few commonsense steps you can take to ensure your safety while in Saigon. First, be cautious of wearing jewellery. … read the full post

May 26 2011

Blind massage in Saigon

Published by under Spas & massage

When a visiting friend whipped out her guidebook, together we stumbled upon what sounded like a magical way to spend an afternoon in Saigon: getting a blind massage. This was something a bit different from other things to do in the city; billed as a budget friendly ‘no nonsense’ spa, it sounded great and I … read the full post

May 24 2011

Pho: Not just noodle soup

Published by under Food

Vietnam’s favourite dish, pho, takes its name from the type of noodle that is used in its preparation, and this noodle is used in numerous other dishes. I’ve recently moved to a new apartment and find myself living in the epicentre of pho-land: within a few minutes’ walk I pass half a dozen restaurants selling … read the full post

May 18 2011

Accessing Facebook in Vietnam (for Mac)

Published by under Phone & internet

In my last post I looked at how to access Facebook in Vietnam from a Windows operating system. Mac users: it’s your turn today. Your first option is to change your Domain Name System number, or DNS, which is just like a phone book; it organises computers by replacing their host names with numerical IP … read the full post

May 16 2011

Accessing Facebook in Vietnam (for Windows)

Published by under Phone & internet

Here it is, the answer you have all been waiting for to easily the most asked question I receive living here in Vietnam: ‘Is it possible to access Facebook in Vietnam?’ The answer, in short, is ‘Yes!’ Although it will take a few more steps, on your part, to make your photo/status updating dreams come … read the full post

May 12 2011

Hanoi’s music event of the year: CAMA Festival 5

Published by under Events

It may not be Glastonbury, Exit or BDO but as far as Hanoi’s concerned, the C.A.M.A. festival is the musical date for diaries. Held at the American Club on May 28, the Festival brings together bands from Vietnam, Australia, America, Thailand (though half the band are British), Japan and China for 10 hours of “full blown musical … read the full post

May 11 2011

How to get a Cambodian visa in Hanoi

Published by under Visas

Getting a visa on entry to Cambodia from Vietnam at one of the international border crossings is straightforward. It’s also possible to arrange an e-visa in advance if you are entering through either airport or certain land crossings: from Vietnam the only land crossing where e-visa is supported is Bavet (Svay Rieng). However, if you prefer … read the full post

May 09 2011

How to treat a motorbike burn

Published by under Health & safety

Every day in Saigon around four million motorbikes hit the street, and for every bike you also get an extremely hot exhaust pipe.  Whether walking by a parked bike on the footpath or riding on the back, even the most careful traveller may bump into one of these accidents waiting to happen. The first motorbike … read the full post

May 05 2011

A touch of art at 6 on Sixteen Hotel

Published by under Accommodation

The Sapa Rooms Hotel in central Sapa is run with a socially responsible philosophy: it is committed to working with, and supporting, local communities. It also recruits staff trained by KOTO, the training and employment centre for street and disadvantaged youth. But its social responsibility is matched by a high quality hotel and restaurant that makes it worth a visit even for … read the full post