Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Nov 02 2011

How to get an airport taxi in Saigon

Published by under Transport

The flight to Ho Chi Minh City can be a tiring one — from my hometown of Seattle for instance, it takes about 17 hours. And once you land, you still have work to do: getting through immigration, which may include a wait at the visa on arrival desk, collecting your bags, and then stepping … read the full post

Oct 31 2011

Saigon’s 48-Hour Film Project

Published by under Events

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say I’m a bit of a film buff. One of the great things about living in Saigon is that between cheap movie theatres, which usually charge less than 100,000 VND for a ticket, and street DVDs, which cost about 10,000 VND a disk, I can pretty much get my … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

Halloween in Saigon

Published by under Events

Halloween is an interesting holiday in HCMC. For the most part, locals don’t celebrate and if they do they usually keep it on a lower key. The celebration, however, isn’t discouraged and being a city with an active nightlife, dozens of events and parties will give you an outlet to release your inner ghoul. Instead … read the full post

Oct 24 2011

Saigon street food: Make friends with a drink vendor

Published by under Food

Street food in Saigon: it basically makes life here worth living. If you walk down any street in HCMC you will probably find some food, but the problem is that you can’t be guaranteed much of a selection. For this reason I say that the best place to get street food in Saigon is by … read the full post

Oct 17 2011

Fishing in Saigon

Recently I was driving to a friend’s house on my motorbike when I caught something out of the corner of my eye that nearly made me lock the brakes: a fishing pond! I come from a family of fishermen and, since I have fishing in my veins, it was something I had to investigate. I … read the full post

Oct 12 2011

Saigon’s Back of the Bike tours

In a few weeks, my parents and brother are visiting Saigon, and Vietnam as a whole, for the first time. As I’m being a good daughter and helping with them plan their trip, I thought it would be a good idea for them to go on a tour of the city. Although I found a … read the full post

Oct 10 2011

Ultimate Train Challenge ends in Saigon

Published by under Events

I haven’t been on many train rides in my life and I’ve been on even fewer that were for more than a couple of hours long. I don’t have anything against trains; it’s been more of a lack of opportunity coupled with travel time restraints. While at this point in my life I’d say I … read the full post

Oct 06 2011

Saigon motorbike driving tips: How to make a left turn

Published by under Health & safety

The best way to travel in Ho Chi Minh City is by motorbike. While it is easy to catch a xe om, and have them taxi you around, it is even cooler to drive yourself. Luckily, if you cruise around Pham Ngu Lao it is easy to find a shop that will rent you a … read the full post

Oct 03 2011

A cycling adventure with Saigon Cycles

I’ve always been a fan of a good bike ride, but Saigon never seemed like a great place to peddle around. Sure, plenty of locals gingerly roll up and down the busy streets, dodging traffic as they go; it’s just not my cup of tea. Little did I know, however, that within Ho Chi Minh … read the full post

Sep 29 2011

Saigon’s The Crescent

Published by under Shopping

Sometimes the noise and grind from the constant busyness of Saigon can get you in a funk. Even if you’re only in the city for a few days, a quick break can help you keep your sanity. For a break from the city, I like to take a trip out to District 7’s Phu My … read the full post

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