Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Jun 22 2011

The best pho in Saigon

Published by under Food

There are many reasons I recommend visiting Ho Chi Minh City, from the shopping to the traffic it is a place to be experienced. The best reason to come however is to taste the food, the most famous of which is the legendary pho. But finding a great bowl can be tricky if you don’t … read the full post

Jun 06 2011

Hiring a cyclo in Saigon

If you are anything like me when you travel you always tend to be in a hurry, trying to check all of the sights off your to-do list. It can get especially bad here because Ho Chi Minh City is such a fast-paced place. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of neon … read the full post

Jun 01 2011

Saigon market shopping etiquette

Published by under Shopping

Shopping and bargaining in markets is one of my favourite pastimes in Saigon. Here are my pointers for hunting down good deals and to make sure you don’t offend anyone. First, if you are looking for good deals at markets, early morning may not be the best time to shop. Many proprietors believe that if … read the full post

May 30 2011

Pickpocket safety tips for Saigon

Published by under Health & safety

Ho Chi Minh City is quite safe for cities of comparable size. Very few violent acts have been reported against foreigners, but it can still be dangerous to walk around flaunting your wealth. Here are a few commonsense steps you can take to ensure your safety while in Saigon. First, be cautious of wearing jewellery. … read the full post

May 26 2011

Blind massage in Saigon

Published by under Spas & massage

When a visiting friend whipped out her guidebook, together we stumbled upon what sounded like a magical way to spend an afternoon in Saigon: getting a blind massage. This was something a bit different from other things to do in the city; billed as a budget friendly ‘no nonsense’ spa, it sounded great and I … read the full post

May 09 2011

How to treat a motorbike burn

Published by under Health & safety

Every day in Saigon around four million motorbikes hit the street, and for every bike you also get an extremely hot exhaust pipe.  Whether walking by a parked bike on the footpath or riding on the back, even the most careful traveller may bump into one of these accidents waiting to happen. The first motorbike … read the full post

May 04 2011

Saigon street smoothies

Published by under Food

Cold drinks seem to always taste better in hot places, and HCMC is no exception. From iced beer to coffee, the streets here offer a huge variety of cold drinks to choose from. My favourite cold, roadside drink in Saigon is the smoothie. Smoothie stands usually offer a wide variety of fruits, from standard strawberry … read the full post

May 02 2011

Ben Thanh night market

Have you ever wondered how fast a 100m-long street can become an outdoor night market? If so, head down to Phan Boi Chau or Phan Chu Trinh at around 18:00 to watch the literal mad dash of vendors setting up their stalls for the Ben Thanh night market. Starting at 19:00, the night market is … read the full post

Apr 27 2011

Cu Chi tunnels in a half-day

Published by under Saigon excursions

The Cu Chi tunnels are a site worth seeing if you are visiting Saigon. However, since they are roughly 70km round trip from the city centre, visiting them on a tour can take the majority of a day. When time in the city is limited they may seem unreachable, but fear not: you can get … read the full post

Apr 25 2011

Taxi tips for Saigon

Published by under Transport

Taxis in Saigon are easy to find and cheap to ride, but they can be a trap for the unknowing tourist. Here are a few tricks of the trade for you to know about the Saigon taxi business. Choosing the right taxi company is very important and will save you money. I stick to Vinasun … read the full post

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