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

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 11 2012

An Bang Beach, Hoi An

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Deserted stretches of white sandy beach at An Bang.

Think casuarina-lined white sandy beaches, just the right balance of great restaurants and bars, green lawns, island views and year round swimming in the tropical East Sea and you’ve got An Bang Beach in Hoi An. Just four kilometres from the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An and 30 kilometres from the international airport in Da … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Navigating Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Shopping

You'll never know what's in every bag.

While a visit to Saigon wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the popular Ben Thanh Market, it’s by no means an easy place to navigate. Here’s a guide to help you find what you’re looking for, from T-shirts to pho to fresh meat. With little signage available to direct you through the market’s interior, … read the full post

Oct 06 2012

One-dollar bar crawl in Hoi An

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Street Beer Stall Hoi An

I’m going to quickly establish that there are not actually many bars in this Hoi An bar crawl guide, but plenty of plastic chairs on the street and quite a few restaurants, not all of which have what you would call toilet facilities, but that’s part of the fun, surely? Prices are based on two … read the full post