Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Sep 15 2012

Review: Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel, Saigon

Published by under Accommodation

With six beds expect it to get cozy.

Down a narrow alley, hidden behind a market in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Phan Anh Hostel is a top example of a new wave of HCMC budget lodgings and is worth considering if you’re after a cheap bed but aren’t too fussed about socialising with other travellers. A little hard to find … read the full post

Sep 12 2012

Saigon day tour

Published by under Saigon excursions

All aboard!

A quick walk through Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao will lead you past several locations selling tours. While most feature longer tours to popular areas around the city, like tours of the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels, most also sell a generic five-hour day-tour of Ho Chi Minh City. If you … read the full post

Sep 10 2012

Review: Saigon Youth Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Probably a good sign if its full of people.

Packed into a tight alley filled mostly with guesthouses and hotels in the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the Saigon Youth Hostel is one of the few spots in the city that offer dorm-styled rooms. Although it says ‘youth hostel’ on the can, the Saigon Youth Hostel doesn’t actually have any … read the full post

Sep 06 2012

Touring a Saigon lacquer factory

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

A lacquer artist hard at work.

If you find yourself shopping in Saigon, a walk through any market or mall will inevitably lead you, sooner or later, past a souvenir stand selling lacquer art. Lacquer can be very impressive to look at but the process of making it is also quite interesting. If you have time to spare while visiting the … read the full post

Sep 01 2012

Review: Xu Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

Party downstairs.

Inconspicuously tucked behind an average exterior on the busy street of Hai Ba Trung, just around the corner from the Saigon Opera House, the stylish Xu Restaurant is among the finer restaurants of the city. Xu is divided into two sections: the upstairs is a proper, mood-lit restaurant, while downstairs you’ll find a lounge with … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Fixing a Mac in Saigon

Published by under Practicalities

Maybe it's an authorized reseller, maybe it's not.

Having computer problems while travelling through a foreign city can be a heartbreaker, taking away both a means of communication and a source of entertainment. While several shops service computers around Ho Chi Minh City, only a few repair Macs. If you’re passing through here and your Apple laptop is on the fritz, here’s where … read the full post

Aug 22 2012

Review: Elios Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Who needs a window when you have lighting like this?

Sitting tall — very tall — on Pham Ngu Lao, the namesake street of Saigon’s backpacker district, Elios Hotel is one of the area’s few options for those seeking a more traditional, midrange hotel experience. The building is massive compared to the majority of guesthouses and hotels in the area and with a uniformed doorman … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Review: Vy Khanh Guesthouse, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Not sure why it says hostel.

Down a busy, narrow alley, filled with dozens of other hotels and guesthouses in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, Vy Khanh Guesthouse has quietly become one of the area’s standout places to stay with their reputation for stellar service. At Vy Khanh you will find two types of rooms: 350,000 VND standards and … read the full post

Aug 15 2012

Saigon’s best street soups

Published by under Saigon street food

Seriously, that's crab meat.

Saigon has no shortage of street food but the city’s selections of soups are where you will find some particularly impressive dishes. Here are a few soups that you should give a try while trawling the streets of the city. The most famous of Saigon’s street soups is easily pho, and the vendors on the … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Review: The Sushi Bar, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

Everything is better tempura-ed.

Situated on the busy intersection of Le Thanh Ton and Ton Duc Thang, The Sushi Bar has been the standard by which all other Saigon sushi is measured. Open since 1999, the consistent quality delivered by the Sushi Bar has made it a favourite among locals, expats and tourists alike. Stepping inside the large restaurant, … read the full post

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