Archive for February, 2013

Feb 14 2013

Review: Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort

Published by under Da Nang

One of the two bedrooms in the villa.

Manicured gardens being tended by uniformed staff in pith helmets are perhaps the only clue as to what lies behind the facade of the five-star Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort which was previously known as the Lifestyle Resort located on beautiful Bac My An beach on Vietnam’s most famous coastal stretch. It’s a few kilometres from … read the full post

Feb 12 2013

Photo essay: Getting lost in Hoi An’s old town

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Just tucked behind Nguyen Thai Hoc.

If there ever were a destination worth throwing away your map for, Hoi An’s old town is the place to do so with gay abandon. For most visitors a wander through town consists of shoving out their elbows and trawling their way up and down the main drag, ticket in hand while muttering “No, I … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

Review: The Artisan Boutique Hotel, Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

The lake is there, honest.

Does The Artisan Boutique Hotel in Hanoi live up to its name and art deco-style business card? First impressions don’t disappoint: the reception area is spacious and stylishly decorated — Tiffany-style lamps always go down well – and the rooms follow through. The hotel was refurbished in 2012, rather than being a new build, and … read the full post

Feb 09 2013

Review: Co Ngu, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

The rice is on the side.

Rice is a Vietnamese staple but many restaurants in HCMC don’t really give it the attention it deserves, serving tired rice dishes seemingly as an afterthought. Although many carts on the street sell rice dishes, and some cheap Vietnamese restaurants focus on a single rice dish, it can be hard to find a restaurant that … read the full post

Feb 06 2013

Hoi An Cloth Market

Published by under Shopping

How he slept through the chorus of 'BUY SOMETHING' is beyond doubt a miracle.

UPDATE, July 2013: Hoi An cloth market has moved to the main market building further along Bach Dang Street towards Hoang Dieu for several months while the old cloth market building is renovated. The traders expect the renovation to be complete in three months, which translates to a year in Hoi An, so we’ll update you … read the full post

Feb 04 2013

Review: Liberty 4 Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

A view from the kind of top.

One of the bigger buildings in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, the Liberty 4 Hotel is among a small group of midrange accommodation options in an area dominated by smaller guesthouses and hostels. Compared to its neighbours, the extra wide, cream-coloured hotel has well-dressed doormen ready to grab your luggage as soon as … read the full post

Feb 03 2013

X-Factory laser tag and entertainment zone, Hanoi

OK then: "No"

“Are you bored? We have the cure.” So shouts Hanoi’s newest entertainment venue: X-Factory.  X-Factory is primarily a laser tag venue, but also offers X-Box Kinect, flight/racing simulators and a very cool cafe. From the moment you enter, you can see this place wasn’t thrown together overnight. A lot of thought has gone into the … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Cheap Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon

Published by under Food

MSG'd!

Finding cheap eats in Saigon is a very easy task, given some of the best food you may ever eat is served right on the street. Not everyone however is eager to dive into street cuisine and while you can find Vietnamese restaurants worth a splurge, many more affordable proper restaurants can be tourist traps. … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Review: Lean and Green Vegetarian Restaurant, Hanoi

Published by under Food

Tasty tofu.

With its heavy use of fish sauce and meaty stocks, and its one-wok-fits-all approach, strict vegetarians may struggle for variety in Vietnam. But Hanoi’s Lean and Green is a purely vegetarian restaurant, which will appeal to both meat and non-meat eaters. Lean and Green is located on Trang Tien, minutes from the southern tip of … read the full post

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