Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Oct 12 2011

Saigon’s Back of the Bike tours

In a few weeks, my parents and brother are visiting Saigon, and Vietnam as a whole, for the first time. As I’m being a good daughter and helping with them plan their trip, I thought it would be a good idea for them to go on a tour of the city. Although I found a … read the full post

Oct 10 2011

Ultimate Train Challenge ends in Saigon

Published by under Events

I haven’t been on many train rides in my life and I’ve been on even fewer that were for more than a couple of hours long. I don’t have anything against trains; it’s been more of a lack of opportunity coupled with travel time restraints. While at this point in my life I’d say I … read the full post

Oct 06 2011

Saigon motorbike driving tips: How to make a left turn

Published by under Health & safety

The best way to travel in Ho Chi Minh City is by motorbike. While it is easy to catch a xe om, and have them taxi you around, it is even cooler to drive yourself. Luckily, if you cruise around Pham Ngu Lao it is easy to find a shop that will rent you a … read the full post

Oct 03 2011

A cycling adventure with Saigon Cycles

I’ve always been a fan of a good bike ride, but Saigon never seemed like a great place to peddle around. Sure, plenty of locals gingerly roll up and down the busy streets, dodging traffic as they go; it’s just not my cup of tea. Little did I know, however, that within Ho Chi Minh … read the full post

Sep 29 2011

Saigon’s The Crescent

Published by under Shopping

Sometimes the noise and grind from the constant busyness of Saigon can get you in a funk. Even if you’re only in the city for a few days, a quick break can help you keep your sanity. For a break from the city, I like to take a trip out to District 7’s Phu My … read the full post

Sep 27 2011

Saigon’s best-kept market secret? Binh Tay market

If you’re going to visit Ho Chi Minh City, or Vietnam for that matter, your visit will not be complete without visiting a local market. When people talk about markets in Saigon though, all of the love goes to the Ben Thanh market. Don’t get me wrong; Ben Thanh is a great place to go … read the full post

Sep 09 2011

Saigon Vespa Adventures

For many travellers, Saigon is a short stop on a long itinerary with many stops in Vietnam. While you can walk around, or hire a cyclo to cruise you about, it’s hard to see the city without a little help. Many companies offer short tours of the city, including Vietnam Vespa Adventures, which takes guests … read the full post

Sep 05 2011

Saigon’s Dam Sen Water Park

It can get hot in Ho Chi Minh City. With average highs of over 30 degrees Celsius every month of the year, plus an average humidity of 75%, just a quick walk down the block have you ready to call it a day. So, if the Saigon heat has you feeling a little trapped, but … read the full post

Sep 01 2011

Saigon water puppets

Once you arrive in Saigon, especially in the Pham Ngu Lao area, you are bombarded with pamphlets and advertisements for various tourist activities in the city. Among the claims of seeing the country’s beauty, the best proclamation, and maybe the most outlandish, is that you “haven’t really been to Vietnam until you’ve seen a water … read the full post

Aug 24 2011

Saigon’s best cafes

Published by under Food

One thing’s for sure, Saigon loves its coffee. You can find a café on any given block in the city — more than likely, there will be more than one.  Like most major cities, Ho Chi Minh City has its fair share of chain coffee houses, such as Highlands Coffee and Coffee Bean, but you … read the full post

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