Archive for May, 2011

May 31 2011

Steak, wine and more wine at Chica Restaurant

Published by under Food

Chica Restaurant, centrally located on Hang Be Street, is a too-well kept secret; meaning that despite the good food, the great setting and the friendly staff it’s usually almost empty. I first visited on my birthday last year, having had a craving for steak and hearing that their steak and wine night was a great … read the full post

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

A special place to eat in Hoi An: Mango Mango

Published by under Food

When it was suggested that I write about a special place to eat in Hoi An, the virtuous side of me thought, “I really can’t afford to research that one” while the naughty, gourmet side of me said, “Yippee!”. That side normally wins, and hence I found myself scouring reviews to find a suitable venue to … 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 23 2011

Coffee & a movie at Bobby Brewers

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When the humidity goes up and the mercury rises, doing anything outdoors in Ho Chi Minh City can be unbearable. When I can no longer stand the punishment I often find myself ducking into one of the city’s numerous cafés. Bobby Brewers, one of my favourites, has a few locations scattered about the city but … read the full post

May 19 2011

Swimming in Hanoi

Hotels with pools are certainly out of the budgetary reach of most visitors to Hanoi, and I definitely wouldn’t be jumping into the Red River or Hoan Kiem Lake, but fortunately a few public pools provide a reasonably priced alternative if you’re in need of a swim — quite possible now the weather has heated up. … 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

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