Archive for March, 2013

Mar 26 2013

A O Show, Saigon

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Magic flowers!

Vietnamese “cultural” shows, whether a traditional water puppet show or a song and dance performance, can sometimes be disappointing. However, the A O Show Saigon offers something new and completely different — it’s worth checking out. The A O Show Saigon is an interesting mix of the new and the old, combining elements of Vietnamese … read the full post

Mar 24 2013

Asia food tours: Hanoi Street Food Tours

Sticky and sweet.

Continuing my exploration of street food tours in Hanoi, I booked onto an afternoon tour with Hanoi Street Food Tours, run by Mark Lowerson, of Sticky Rice fame, and Van Cong Tu, the “Vietnamese God“. Bring on three hours of snacking heaven. Mark has been in Hanoi since 2002 and writing his food blog, Sticky … read the full post

Mar 20 2013

Asia food tours: Urban Adventures, Hanoi

Is that an avocado I see before me?

Having enjoyed breakfast, brunch and lunch on the Street Eats and Market Tour I took with Hanoi Cooking Centre earlier in the week, it was time for dinner. So off I went to Old Quarter to join the Hanoi Street Food by Night tour, offered by Urban Adventures. Urban Adventures, part of global tour operator … read the full post

Mar 11 2013

Parks in Saigon

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Rawr.

To outsiders, Saigon is a sprawling, concrete metropolis, but the city does have its share of green spaces scattered about that are very popular with locals. If you happen to be in the mood for a shaded sit, or a quiet stroll, here are a few parks to enjoy free of charge in Ho Chi … read the full post

Mar 09 2013

Asia food tours: Hanoi Cooking Centre

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With street food being such a defining feature of Hanoi, it’s no surprise that a variety of tours here explore the world of the 10-inch plastic stool. We’ve checked out a few of the options, starting with Hanoi Cooking Centre (HCC). HCC was opened in 2009 by chef Tracey Lister, co-author of KOTO: A Culinary … read the full post

Mar 06 2013

Hoi An: Stay in the beach or town?

Published by under Accommodation

Sunrise swim.

In an ideal world, breaking a Hoi An stay in two, with a few days at the beach and a few in town, seems like the perfect solution. But what most travellers don’t realise is that Hoi An’s Cua Dai and An Bang beach are just five minutes’ from the old town. Every resort outside … read the full post

Mar 03 2013

Long Bien market photography tour

Detail shot: photos don't need to be pretty.

What’s worth getting up for at 04:00 on a chilly Sunday morning in Hanoi? A sunrise photography tour of Long Bien market with Vietnam In Focus, that’s what. A combined desire to improve my photography skills, visit Long Bien market at the crack of dawn and write about it gave me the motivation to hold … read the full post

Mar 02 2013

Vung Tau day trip

Published by under Saigon excursions

Scenes from a hydrofoil.

Southern Vietnam’s coastal city of Vung Tau makes for an interesting, easy and cheap daytrip from Saigon — go by hydrofoil, see the sights, have a splash at the beach and enjoy the food. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it. To make Vung Tau and back in a day, travel by hydrofoil. … read the full post

Mar 01 2013

Long Bien Market, Hanoi

Long Bien crowds.

It’s not top of any must-do list in travel guides, but a visit to Hanoi’s chaotic Long Bien market is a fascinating exposure to the life of a large proportion of Hanoi residents. But you’ll need to get up early — very early. Long Bien market, located next to Long Bien bridge, alongside the dyke … read the full post