Archive for January, 2013

Jan 31 2013

The other Marble Mountains

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

The less visited Marble Mountains - Wood, Metal, Fire and Earth.

A side trip to the Marble Mountains located midway between Hoi An and Da Nang is on its own merits an awesome experience, but there is a lesser travelled path that is consistently overlooked when going to see the main big one. Marble Mountain has four little sisters, all within a five-minute walk and included … read the full post

Jan 30 2013

Getting your motorbike licence in Vietnam

Published by under Practicalities

Be wary of unlicensed road users.

Map – check, pimped up Honda Cub – check, Hello Kitty helmet with ponytail hole – check, drivers license… So you’re going to cruise the coast from Saigon to Hanoi, hoof it up the Ho Chi Minh Trail or challenge your road skills on the city streets. You’ve splashed out on the right insurance, but … read the full post

Jan 28 2013

Review: Noodle and Roll, Hanoi

Published by under Food

Some of the best crab spring rolls we've tasted.

Noodle and Roll is a two-storey restaurant serving up bun bo nam bo, bun cha and other tasty, well-priced Vietnamese dishes. It’s the perfect choice if you like street food but either you can’t agree with your companion about what to eat, you don’t like sitting on plastic chairs or stools or it just plain … read the full post

Jan 26 2013

The Hanoi Bicycle Collective (THCB)

Published by under Transport

It's all bikes bikes bikes.

Where to start with The Hanoi Bicycle Collective? This bicycle shop / rental store / cafe / bar / entertainment venue really does cover all the bases, but my write-up was inspired primarily by the rental opportunity. I’ve written before about biking around West Lake and The Hanoi Bicycle Collection is a great place to … read the full post

Jan 22 2013

Getting jewellery made in Hoi An

Published by under Shopping

48 hours later and worth its weight in gold!

Hoi An may very well be most known for its tailors but if you really want to get something designed that’s going to last longer than the first wash then jewellery is a very safe and surprisingly affordable option. Scattered among all the tailors, shoe makers and spas you will find a multitude of tiny … read the full post

Jan 21 2013

Saigon for museum-goers

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

This is where the Thunderbirds could live.

HCMC has a fair share of museums giving the city’s, and the Vietnamese government’s, side of its historical story. Here are a handful of museums you’ll find around town which are worth a visit. A little outside of downtown, on the edges of District 3, the War Remnants Museum is probably the most popular of … read the full post

Jan 19 2013

Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Hopefully Ho Chi Minh was a fan of the colour salmon.

Ho Chi Minh, affectionately referred to as Uncle Ho, spent his life fighting for Vietnamese independence and, for this, he is still the country’s most celebrated figure. His images are found nearly everywhere — on signs, in schools, on money and of course it’s the official name of the commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City … read the full post

Jan 17 2013

Escaping the cold in Hanoi

Published by under Food

Blankets are one option.

For a city that’s cold and grey for a few months of the year, Hanoi has an unfortunate lack of venues to get cosy in. But in the absence of open fireplaces and comfy sofas, here are a few places we’ll be spending time this winter. Drinking tea or coffee might be great for warming … read the full post

Jan 14 2013

Hanoi street food: Pho mai que

Published by under Food

It's difficult to take an enticing photo of a couple of cheese sticks.

Street food in Vietnam is not just about breakfast, lunch and dinner; it’s also very much about snacking. And the Vietnamese like to snack. Pho mai que (cheese sticks) is a new craze to hit the streets of Hanoi and while maybe not contributing to a balanced — or gourmet — diet, it’s a cheap … read the full post

Jan 11 2013

Review: Align 3D Graphics Cafe, Hanoi

Published by under Food

Is it real? You decide.

You don’t have to walk far in Hanoi to find a coffee shop, and you don’t have to walk much further to find one with character, such as longstanding, narrow Cafe Duy. Align 3D Graphics Cafe has character in a modern, designed way and also has a wider menu than you’ll find at a streetside … read the full post

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