Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Dec 22 2012

Review: Chao Vit Sai Gon, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

Nothing like duck and bamboo soup.

Just a stone’s throw from Turtle Lake in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3, Chao Vit Sai Gon is an easy-to-miss joint squeezed between several larger establishments. If you’re a culinary fan of duck, this spot is one of the more famous in town, particularly for its namesake dish, duck served in the Vietnamese rice … read the full post

Dec 18 2012

Saigon Opera House

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Let's be honest, this place is probably haunted.

A fine example of turn of the century French colonial architecture, the Saigon Opera House, also known as the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, makes for decent picture on a stop during a tour of the city, or for a cultural experience for those interested in seeing a show. Easy to find in … read the full post

Dec 16 2012

Christmas and New Year’s in Saigon 2012

Published by under Festivals

It's either New Year's or an alien invasion.

The holiday season in Saigon sees grandiose decorations line the streets, people dressed as Santa Claus zip by on motorbikes and major downtown streets temporarily shut down. If you’re in town for Christmas and New Year’s, here are a few places where you can properly celebrate. Leading up to Christmas, decorations come out in full … read the full post

Dec 10 2012

Review: Saigon Mini 5, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

A view from the busy street below.

In the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the Saigon Mini 5 on busy Bui Vien offers a clean, affordable option for flashpackers and families. As the name would suggest, HCMC is home to several Saigon Mini Hotels, most of which are relatively close together, but offering different amenities and prices. Saigon … read the full post

Dec 05 2012

Saigon’s best nightclubs

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Party time!

Saigon has an active and relatively cheap nightlife. If you’re wound up from your travels and want to unwind, you’ll find plenty of places where you can get the party started; here are a few places to kick back. Open since the early 90s, HCMC’s most famous, or infamous, nightclub is Apocalypse Now. Hidden on … read the full post

Dec 01 2012

Review: Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

A sweet bowl of soup.

In the midst of Saigon’s downtown areas of interest, walking distance from the Reunification Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral, you might suspect Nha Hang Ngon is a highly priced tourist trap. However, with surprisingly low prices and a large selection of well-made Vietnamese dishes, it’s a good spot to introduce you to the city’s … read the full post

Nov 29 2012

Review: Quan Nem, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

This is what the inside looks like.

You don’t have to head north from Saigon to enjoy quality renditions of specialty dishes from that region, as proper northern establishments have set up shop in the big city down south. One such joint is Quan Nem, a restaurant specialising in the crispy, northern crab spring roll nem cua be. Occupying a two-floor building, … read the full post

Nov 26 2012

Where to get a SIM card in Saigon

Published by under Practicalities

Get your SIM and some cigarettes.

Purchasing a SIM card is a top priority for many visitors on arrival in HCMC. While the cards are readily available, prices and options can vary wildly and many sellers have set themselves up to take advantage of the less than savvy travellers. If you can manage to steer clear of purchasing an overpriced SIM … read the full post

Nov 19 2012

Review: An An Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Look at the pretty colors.

With an easy to find, prominent location on the busy street of Bui Vien in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, An An Hotel is one of the better choices in the immediate area for flashpackers searching for that needle in a haystack of low-end guesthouses, hostels and dodgy hotels. A tall turquoise and … read the full post

Nov 18 2012

Review: Com Tam Ba Ghien, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Saigon street food

So tender you can cut it with a spoon.

Hidden away down a sidestreet in Saigon’s Phu Nhuan district, Com Tam Ba Ghien is known far and wide for their specialty com tam suon, or a pork chop served over broken rice. About a 20-minute taxi ride out of downtown, eating at this street spot will require you to overlook some grungy conditions, with … read the full post

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