Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Aug 08 2011

Saigon street food: Banh bao

When I first arrived in Ho Chi Minh City the many varieties of street food fascinated me, but none more so than banh bao, which to me looked more like big Chinese dumplings than something Vietnamese. Banh bao, not to be confused with the also popular banh mi, actually do have Chinese roots, being introduced to … read the full post

Aug 04 2011

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

Established in 1864, making it one of the oldest zoos in world, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the best and largest recreational areas in Saigon. Known as Thao Cam Vien locally, it is home to more than 500 animals of more than 100 species and more than 1,800 trees and plants … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Saigon’s Cuc Gach Quan restaurant

Published by under Food

Hidden down a Saigon back road in a part of District 1 that is more District 3, especially if you’re in Pham Ngu Lao, resides one of the more popular Vietnamese restaurants in the city. Cuc Gach Quan, located at 10 Dang Tat in an easy-to-miss building, is developing a great reputation for serving delicious … read the full post

Jul 25 2011

Saigon’s Monkey Island

Published by under Saigon excursions

Roughly 60km from the centre of Saigon — a beautiful two-hour trip by motorbike and ferry away — sits Can Gio, an island formed where the Saigon River hits the sea. Over the last few years this island has become a popular getaway day trip for savvy locals. Tourists to Can Gio don’t come for … read the full post

Jul 21 2011

Cu Chi cricket farm

A trip to Ho Chi Minh City isn’t complete without a quick visit to the Cu Chi district, where the city’s big buildings melt away and morph into rural countryside. While the area is most famous for its tunnels and war history, Cu Chi has something else worth a visit: a Cu Chi cricket farm. … read the full post

Jul 20 2011

Renting an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

When you visit a city like Saigon sometimes your initial short stay can become a more permanent re-location. With new apartment buildings being constructed at a breakneck pace, the housing market here has plenty of openings, and most are furnished, making getting set up a rather simple affair. Here are some some tips and some … read the full post

Jul 13 2011

Renting a motorbike in Saigon

Published by under Transport

Watching traffic cruise by from the back of a xe om or the backseat of a taxi can leave an adventurous traveller wanting to join the madness and drive their own motorbike. With motorbike rental spots all over the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area there is something available for almost all motorbike needs, but with … read the full post

Jul 06 2011

Live music in Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Bars & nightlife

After a few nights out on the Saigon club scene, you may grow tired of the recycled house beats and ringing in your ears. An alternative? Checking out one of the many live music venues the city has to offer. Live bands, classical music, jazz: Ho Chi Minh has something for everybody. If you’re in … read the full post

Jul 04 2011

Saigon street food: banh mi

A staple of the Saigon street food world is banh mi (pronounced bun-mee), or Vietnamese baguette sandwiches. These tasty sandwiches are extremely popular and can be found all over the city, and make a perfect meal on the go if you’re walking around the city. Knowing what to order from a cart, however, can be … read the full post

Jun 28 2011

Saigon walking tour

I’m a walker. When I travel, if there is any reasonable chance for me to walk to my destination, I will. When I walk I feel like I get a better feel for a city, and I see the everyday life that I would miss from the back seat of a taxi. My love of … read the full post

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