Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Jun 01 2013

Acupuncture in Saigon

Published by under Health & safety

You can smile through the pain.

While everybody raves about the low prices of massages in Saigon, fewer people know that you can find great prices for other wellness treatments. Acupuncture, called cham cuu locally, is just one you can get at pennies on the dollar compared to what you’d find in the West. Here’s what to expect in HCMC. Acupuncture, … read the full post

May 28 2013

Review: Kim Loan Guesthouse, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

A little cluttered.

If you’re looking to stay on the cheap in Saigon, the Pham Ngu Lao backpackers area has plenty of low-priced hostels. However, if you’re willing to stay a little off the more heavily trodden path, the small alley between the streets of Co Bac and Co Giang offers bargain priced alternatives, such as Kim Loan … read the full post

May 25 2013

Review: California Guesthouse, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Not a very open area.

Just a few blocks from the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, in a small alley between the streets of Co Bac and Co Giang jam-packed with yet more places to stay, Guest House California offers decent rooms but in a relatively quieter atmosphere. The first building you’ll notice as you walk into the alley, California … read the full post

May 21 2013

Saigon’s best Western restaurants

Published by under Food

Salads done right.

If you’ve been travelling for an extended period, you may hanker for a taste of the West rather than chowing down on local cuisine for yet another meal. In the last year Ho Chi Minh has been flooded with fast food joints, but if you’re craving a meal that reminds you of home — you … read the full post

May 19 2013

Saigon street food: Banh trang

Published by under Saigon street food

It's like an ingredient party.

While most street food in Saigon could almost be classified as fast food, where you sit down and pretty much immediately start eating, some dishes from the streets make you work a little harder: banh trang is a case in point. In the world of Saigon street food, a restaurant advertising banh trang is where you … read the full post

May 11 2013

Cu Chi Tunnels day tour

Published by under Saigon excursions

This is one of the wider sections.

As one of the most popular daytrips from HCMC, finding a way to get to the Cu Chi Tunnels is as easy as a walking through the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker district. Almost every travel agent in Saigon offers a one-day tour of the tunnels but some are light on the details. If you’re considering … read the full post

May 07 2013

Review: Al Fresco’s, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

Your fingers are going to get messy.

Even though you may be surrounded by a load of delicious local food in Saigon, sometimes you just want a pizza or hamburger; if that’s the case, it might be time to find the nearest Al Fresco’s. As the name might suggest, the menu at Al Fresco’s offers plenty of Italian food, particularly pastas and … read the full post

Apr 30 2013

Custom-made shoes in Saigon

Published by under Shopping

Not sure if I could pull these off.

Finding shoes that fit a Westerners feet in Saigon can be a tough proposition. We’ve covered shopping for shoes in Vietnams’ commercial capital, mentioning some spots where you can find bigger shoes, but the town also has cobblers who can make you a shiny new pair of tailor-made shoes. These cobbler shops will make a … read the full post

Apr 28 2013

Saigon parks: part 2

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Pull my finger.

Though Saigon’s streets can feel grey and congested, scattered throughout the city are green spaces worth seeking out. We’ve highlight some parks around HCMC before, but really barely scratched the surface of what there is to find. If you’re looking for some green places to relax, here are a few more to choose from. Following … read the full post

Apr 22 2013

Review: Scott and Binh’s, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

I don't get brunch often but when I do, I go here.

While you won’t struggle to find delicious, Vietnamese food every which way you turn in HCMC, a prolonged trip on the road can make you miss a solid, home-cooked meal. If you have a craving for Western cuisine, take a trip out of District 1 to Scott and Binh’s in District 7. Sharing the streetfront … read the full post

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