Archive for January, 2012

Jan 31 2012

Where to get a late drink in Hanoi… in February 2012

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Hanoi‘s social scene has been undergoing notable change for some years now, with new bars and restaurants springing up all over the place despite the reasonably strictly enforced curfew. The problem with this proliferation of venues is that there aren’t actually enough customers to go round. New bars open and, if they’re any good, they … read the full post

Jan 24 2012

Nha Trang’s Vinpearl Land

Published by under Nha Trang

Nha Trang is my favourite place in Vietnam that isn’t Saigon. Hanging out on the beach or relaxing in a mud bath at bargain prices suits me. But more than just relaxing, Nha Trang is a fun place too. One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Nha Trang is an island, … read the full post

Jan 20 2012

Indian restaurants in Hanoi

Published by under Food

Given I eat it at least once a week I thought a post about Indian food in Hanoi was due. Also, perhaps surprisingly, there are plenty of Indian restaurants in Hanoi – perfect for when you’re after a change of cuisine. My regular is Foodshop 45. Not because the food is the most authentic or … read the full post

Jan 18 2012

Nha Trang’s Thap Ba Hot Springs

Published by under Nha Trang

I am a fan of taking a day out when you need a bit of rest and relaxation. I do the majority of my Saigon relaxation at the spa; but I recently had a chance to make a proper getaway from the city and headed to Nha Trang. While relaxing on the beach I happened … read the full post

Jan 13 2012

Teaching English in Hanoi: Part 2

Published by under Living in Hanoi

My previous post on teaching English in Hanoi focused on how you should prepare yourself in terms of qualifications and expectations. But what about actually finding a job? Most of the teachers I know in Hanoi found work once they arrived, rather than setting up a job in advance. As long as you have a … read the full post

Jan 12 2012

Saigon ladies’ nights

Published by under Bars & nightlife

There are places in Southeast Asia that have some pretty sweet deals on drinks. Thailand has their buckets, Hanoi has some cheap beer on the street, and Saigon is no different. While HCMC has some cool rooftop bars, and cheap drinks in general, an additional thing to keep an eye out for — at least … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Photo: Saigon skyline

Published by under Photos

Yes, this Saigon building is real. The disk you can see about three quarters of the way up is apparently a helicopter landing pad, but we like to think there’s probably a putting green, cafe and lounge bar up there as well — we’re just yet to score an invite. It’s a bit different to … read the full post

Jan 04 2012

Photo: Street food in Hanoi

Published by under Photos

Like many Asian cities, Hanoi has great street food — from morning pho through to late evening chicken wings — and there is always plenty of space for middle-of-the-day-grazing. Pull up a plastic stool, point at what someone else is having if it looks good (chances are it will) and enjoy the adventure.

Jan 03 2012

Teaching English in Hanoi: Part 1

Published by under Living in Hanoi

If you’re planning on doing more than just passing through Hanoi, you may have considered teaching English as a foreign language as a way to fund your time here. There’s certainly an opportunity to do that, but you do need to come prepared. Firstly, you should be prepared in terms of training. While it is … read the full post