Archive for September, 2012

Sep 12 2012

Saigon day tour

Published by under Saigon excursions

All aboard!

A quick walk through Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao will lead you past several locations selling tours. While most feature longer tours to popular areas around the city, like tours of the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels, most also sell a generic five-hour day-tour of Ho Chi Minh City. If you … read the full post

Sep 10 2012

Review: Saigon Youth Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Probably a good sign if its full of people.

Packed into a tight alley filled mostly with guesthouses and hotels in the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the Saigon Youth Hostel is one of the few spots in the city that offer dorm-styled rooms. Although it says ‘youth hostel’ on the can, the Saigon Youth Hostel doesn’t actually have any … read the full post

Sep 09 2012

Exploring Bac Kan province

Published by under Hanoi excursions

Corn is so important that it's given its own tent

You don’t always have to stick to the tourist trail in Vietnam; simply striking out somewhere for the hell of it can be richly rewarding. Bac Kan province is little visited by tourists, although its main point of interest, Ba Be Lake, attracts those looking for natural beauty outside of Ha Long Bay. We took … read the full post

Sep 06 2012

Touring a Saigon lacquer factory

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

A lacquer artist hard at work.

If you find yourself shopping in Saigon, a walk through any market or mall will inevitably lead you, sooner or later, past a souvenir stand selling lacquer art. Lacquer can be very impressive to look at but the process of making it is also quite interesting. If you have time to spare while visiting the … read the full post

Sep 03 2012

Review: Golden Lotus Hotels, Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

An unusually clear shot across a road in Hanoi

From the outside, the Golden Lotus Hotels look much like any other mid to upper-range place in Hanoi: narrow frontage, gold signs, big-glass doors and a uniformed doorman, but these would be our affordable luxury choice in Hanoi and would suit a couple with a mid-range budget or looking for a treat while in town. … read the full post

Sep 02 2012

Cooking classes in Hoi An

Published by under Food

Cooking boat trip

Once you see past the tailors you might just notice that Hoi An is a food lover’s paradise and once you’ve pigged out at a few of the restaurants and stalls the next thing on your list should be a cooking class. Not only will you be able to bore your friends back home with … read the full post

Sep 01 2012

Review: Xu Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

Party downstairs.

Inconspicuously tucked behind an average exterior on the busy street of Hai Ba Trung, just around the corner from the Saigon Opera House, the stylish Xu Restaurant is among the finer restaurants of the city. Xu is divided into two sections: the upstairs is a proper, mood-lit restaurant, while downstairs you’ll find a lounge with … read the full post

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