Archive for December, 2012

Dec 31 2012

Can Tho’s Cai Rang floating market

Published by under Mekong Delta

Crowded waters.

Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Saigon wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than the Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market. Here’s what to expect on a basic tour of the market. The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market … read the full post

Dec 30 2012

Review: The Village Noshery, Sapa

Published by under Sapa

An eclectic mix of furniture.

A new Sapa dining opening worth checking out in Sapa is The Village Noshery, which offers great coffee and Vietnamese and Western dishes in eclectic, interesting surrounds. The Village Noshery opened in mid-2012 on Cau May Street and its spacious downstairs area is inviting and stylish, decorated in similar  style to the H’mong Mountain Retreat … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

A trip to Muong Hom market, Lao Cai

Published by under Sapa

A mothers' meeting.

Many weekend visitors to Sapa opt to visit Bac Ha market, which is easily accessible on an organised day trip from Sapa. But if you want to avoid the tourist hordes, Muong Hom market is a more interesting option… if you can get there. Our trip started at 07:00 from Sapa town. It was cold … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

Travelling between Hoi An and Da Nang

Published by under Transport

Easier to track down than the free Big C bus.

Da Nang is Vietnam’s fastest growing city, a sprawling metropolis of modern high rise mixed with a sprinkling of French colonial architecture lounging between the Bach Dang river and My Ke, one of the longest stretches of beach in Vietnam. It’s very much a Vietnamese city — as bewildering and as it is beguiling, and not for … read the full post

Dec 23 2012

New Year’s Eve in Hanoi

Published by under Events

You might get lucky.

It may be the lesser celebrated new year’s eve in Vietnam — with lunar new year taking the headlines — but if you’re after a celebration in Hanoi on December 31 here are a few ideas of where to start (now that you have Christmas in Hanoi totally sorted, right?). Celebrations are likely to be … read the full post

Dec 19 2012

Christmas in Hanoi 2012

Published by under Events

Ding dong merrily on high.

Christmas may not be a Vietnamese holiday, but you’d never guess it: Hanoi is already decked with holly and baubles, and for those of you from the northern hemisphere the weather’s the right side of 20 degrees Celsius as well. Enjoy your Christmas in Hanoi at one of the hotels or restaurants or attend a … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Review: The Hill Station, Sapa

Published by under Sapa

Take it easy on the wine if you sit upstairs.

Sapa hasn’t changed much over the last few years, but one new addition that stands out is The Hill Station. Located near the junction of Cau May and Muong Hoa Roads, it’s in the thick of things, but provides a cosy respite from the streets and hawkers outside. Set on two floors, with a narrow … read the full post

Dec 13 2012

The Ho Chi Minh Trail with Hoi An Motorbike Adventures

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Ba Hom accommodation might not come with room service, but who needs it with views like that!

With almost 1,000 miles of remote backwater paths and trails, paddy, narrow mountain passes, isolated hill tribes and dense jungle, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most rewarding and directionally challenging rides in the country. Unless you have a penchant for getting lost somewhere near the Lao border or breaking down on … read the full post

Dec 09 2012

Christmas in Hoi An

Published by under Festivals

We couldn't resist!

If you are reading this from somewhere predominantly Christian in the West another mention of Christmas is quite possibly the last thing you need to hear; but for those of you lucky enough to be on the road, Christmas can be a tough time to be away from family and friends. But if you’re in … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

Overnighting in Tam Dao

Published by under Hanoi excursions

Not recommended in winter.

While not a must-visit destination, if you’re not in a rush and are keen to explore less touristy spots in Vietnam, Tam Dao hill station is worth an overnight from Hanoi, especially to escape the capital’s summer heat. Here’s some advice on how to spend your time there. Leave Hanoi after breakfast — by bus, … read the full post

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