Archive for June, 2012

Jun 29 2012

Hanoi’s Food Street

Published by under Food

Noodles are easy to find

One could argue that all of Hanoi’s streets are food streets, in that it’s hard to find any that don’t have at least one vendor selling pho or banh my or any of the other delicious street foods on offer here. But two things make so-called “food street” different and worthy of its name: firstly, … read the full post

Jun 25 2012

Travelling from Saigon to Nha Trang

Published by under Nha Trang

So close, yet so far away.

Just over 400 kilometres away from Ho Chi Minh City, the beach town of Nha Trang makes for a great spot to grab a beach chair and soak up some sun. If you’re looking for a Saigon getaway here are your best ways to get there. If you’re in a time crunch, or you’re off … read the full post

Jun 22 2012

Lotus flowers in Hanoi

Spot the frog

It’s lotus flower season in Hanoi and the West Lake area is awash with the beautiful blooms. Lotus flowers hold particular significance in Vietnam, as they are considered one of four graceful flowers and plants, along with pine, bamboo and chrysanthemum. They are a symbol of purity, commitment, optimism for the future, beauty, majesty, grace, … read the full post

Jun 13 2012

Dalat motorbike tour

Published by under Dalat

If you’re staying in Dalat, there is a good chance that your hotel or a member of the Easy Riders motorcycle club has offered you a motorbike tour of the surrounding highlands area. The only problem is that these trips tend to be light on details. If you’ve made the trip to Dalat and you’re … read the full post

Jun 12 2012

Dau pagoda and Horn village

Published by under Hanoi excursions

Heads up

Dau pagoda, considered Vietnam’s oldest, is located 24 kilometres south of the centre of Hanoi, in Bac Ninh province, and takes about one hour to reach by road. In the third century, the area in which it is located was the capital of Giai Chi, at the time Vietnam’s political, economic and cultural centre. Khau … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Travelling from Saigon to Dalat

Published by under Transport

Roughly 300 kilometres from Saigon, the Central Highlands city of Dalat is a great spot to escape the traffic and humidity of the big city. If you want to visit the former French playground, here are the best ways to go. The quickest way to get to Dalat is by taking a plane from HCMC’s … read the full post

Jun 08 2012

A bike excursion to Bridegroom Field

Published by under Hanoi excursions

Although the sprawl of Hanoi makes it time-consuming to reach the countryside proper, a short jaunt to the banks of the Red River will have you feeling like you’ve left the city behind. The best way to explore is by bicycle, so ask at your hotel about hiring a bike for the day, pack your … read the full post

Jun 03 2012

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Be and Gia Ngu

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

While I often make a case for Hanoi’s Old Quarter having retained its charms and local life despite the influx of tourists, I am willing to admit that some streets have completely given themselves over to tourism. Hang Be is one such example, and despite my best efforts I have struggled to come up with … read the full post

Jun 02 2012

How much will I spend in Hanoi?

Published by under Money & costs

While Vietnam is still a cheap place to visit, relative to costs outside of the region, inflation has recently been the highest in Asia: it peaked at more than 22 percent year on year in 2011 and clocked in at 14 percent in March 2012. The dong has also devalued. Unfortunately this means that you … read the full post