Archive for October, 2012

Oct 30 2012

The best way to visit Vietnam’s My Son

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

A little more than a pile of old bricks.

One of the most popular half-day trips from Hoi An is a visit to the Cham ruins of My Son, approximately 35 kilometres from the old town. Now, the hype surrounding the UNESCO-protected Champa temple complex built in the years between the fourth to 14th century, generally makes for a rather disappointing trip if you … read the full post

Oct 29 2012

Saigon’s best hostels

Published by under Accommodation

Looks like people actually stay here.

A relatively new craze sweeping Saigon’s accommodation scene, particularly in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, is the hostel –  it seems that every month a new one opens its doors. With similar prices, amenities and general location it may be difficult to pick one hostel from another. Here are our nominees for the … read the full post

Oct 28 2012

Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake

Taken from Ho Guom Plaza on another grey day.

A visit to Hanoi would be incomplete without a wander around Hoan Kiem Lake, the centrepiece of the city. Whether early morning, an afternoon stroll or after dark, the lake is surrounded by activity and points of interest — not to mention, it’s really pretty. Ho (lake) Hoan Kiem means “Lake of the Returned Sword” … read the full post

Oct 27 2012

Review: Koniko Backpackers Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

I'm still in shock over the hardwood floors.

Packed onto the busy street of Bui Vien in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Koniko Backpacker Hostel, also known as Binh An Hostel, is one of the only hostels in town not located down a narrow alley. With its low prices and overall cleanliness, you may not want to hunt the others down. … read the full post

Oct 27 2012

The best spots for a Hoi An sunset drink

Published by under Uncategorized

The view from Son - Slow food, slow living.

We’ve done our homework to bring you the most inspiring locations to watch the sun set over Hoi An. Each one has a wow factor, will take you away from the hustle of the streets and serves up a mean cocktail, with most offering up an hour or two of buy one, get one free … read the full post

Oct 22 2012

Drinking beer in Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao

Published by under Bars & nightlife

The famous Saigon Red.

In Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao you won’t have to walk far to find an ice cold beer. However, in hopping from one bar to another, you’ll quickly notice that prices vary widely from establishment to establishment. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find where, and how much you can expect to pay. … read the full post

Oct 21 2012

What to do with your kids in Hanoi

No, they're not mine.

The busy streets and hectic traffic in Hanoi make it less than child-friendly, but don’t let that put you off: the city offers many activities that children will enjoy. Here’s a selection you might want to consider during a stay. Most people want to explore Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter, but walking around the area with … read the full post

Oct 20 2012

Review: La Veranda, Phu Quoc

Published by under Phu Quoc Island

It has a nice view too.

With its muted yellows and terracotta tiles, colonial-styled La Veranda, right in the heart of the developed stretch of Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island, harks back dreamily to Vietnam’s French-ruled period. If you’re a romantic, and you’ve coin to spare, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more luxurious and tasteful spot to stay on the … read the full post

Oct 19 2012

Hanoi street food: Banh my kebab

Published by under Food

Not a noodle in sight.

Banh my (or banh mi in Saigon) — bread — is a staple breakfast and lunch dish in Hanoi when served with a filling of pate, egg (trung) or cured pork (cha). Although banh my pate stems from the French colonial era, a more recent addition to many menus here — banh my kebab — … read the full post

Oct 18 2012

Review: Mimosa Guest House, Hue

Published by under Hue

The new sculpture exhibition in the gardens bordering the Perfume River perfectly encapsulating the local bar, restaurant and shop workers 'Come in pls' whilst chasing you down the street.

Blink and you’ll miss it — the bijou six-room Mimosa Hotel sits among a swathe of brightly hued guesthouses along Hue‘s central but peaceful Kiet 66 alley, itself tucked away off Le Loi Street. Just a two-minute walk to all the best bars and eateries, Mimosa packs a punch for the cost-conscious traveller. Mimosa offers small … read the full post

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