Archive for August, 2011

Aug 31 2011

Cooking courses in Hanoi

A rundown of four places you can take a cookery course in Hanoi

Aug 30 2011

Saigon street food: Bun bo hue

When people visit Vietnam all they seem to talk about is pho: pho this, pho that, pho T-shirts. Little do they know that there are other, dare I say better, soups in Vietnam. One of the soups vying for your VND is bun bo hue, a culinary dish that originated in Hue… obviously. A perfect … read the full post

Aug 25 2011

Street food tours in Hanoi

As well as being a tasty and cheap dining option, eating street food provides a great opportunity for people watching and an insight into local life. If you want to take this one step further, it’s worth considering a street food tour: not only will it take you to eateries and markets you might otherwise shy away … read the full post

Aug 24 2011

Saigon’s best cafes

Published by under Food

One thing’s for sure, Saigon loves its coffee. You can find a café on any given block in the city — more than likely, there will be more than one.  Like most major cities, Ho Chi Minh City has its fair share of chain coffee houses, such as Highlands Coffee and Coffee Bean, but you … read the full post

Aug 23 2011

Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Published by under Dong Hoi

The little visited Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park offers stunning vistas and world beating caves.

Aug 22 2011

Mid-Autumn Festival mooncakes

Published by under Festivals

There’s nothing like a good holiday to shake you out of your rainy season blues and luckily for the Saigonese we get just that. Mid-Autumn Festival, Tet Trung Thu, the celebration of the fall equinox, occurs on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, or somewhere between September and early October … read the full post

Aug 19 2011

Putting your motorbike on the train in Lao Cai

Published by under Transport

Some tips for transporting your motorbike on a train from Lao Cai to Hanoi

Aug 18 2011

Saigon tailors

Published by under Shopping

When I travel I pack light. This helps me breeze through airports and carry fewer pieces of luggage up the stairs in my elevator-less hostel. But packing light has its drawbacks, and sometimes I don’t have room for all the outfits I may need, say for a fun night out or a fancy dinner. That’s … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

Staying outside Old Quarter in Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

When visiting Hanoi, most tourists stay in Old Quarter, and for good reason: it’s here that the majority of the hotels, Westernised restaurants and souvenir shops are located and of course it has heaps of character, local life and the attraction of Hoan Kiem Lake. But if you’re the sort of traveller who likes to buck the trend other … read the full post

Aug 15 2011

Saigon street food: Banh trang nuong

Something that I particularly love about Saigon is the fact it is a very walkable city.  As you meander through town on your tour of the various sites you may work up an appetite, but you don’t always want to stop for a proper meal. If you’re looking for quick food on the go, stop … read the full post

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