Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Aug 10 2012

Splurge Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon

Published by under Food

Served family style so you can try more dishes.

It’s true that in Saigon you can get some of the world’s best food right on the street; on the other hand, plenty of tourist-trap fancy restaurants are poised ready to pounce and charge you ridiculous prices for average dishes. But if you’re interested in sampling a variety of Vietnamese dishes in better surrounds than … read the full post

Aug 08 2012

Review: New Pearl Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

You won't even have to top.

Practically next door to the famous Sinh Tourist on De Tham in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, the New Pearl Hotel is a welcome midrange alternative to an area dominated by low-end, and occasionally dodgy, hotels and guesthouses. The hotel offers three types of rooms: standard, a superior and a suite. The difference … read the full post

Aug 04 2012

Saigon Central Post Office

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Echo!

Just across the street from the Notre Dame Cathedral, and a short walk from the Reunification Palace, the Saigon Central Post Office is one of the most recognisable landmarks in HCMC. A leftover from the French occupation of the city, the Post Office is one of the better-preserved examples of the colonial period’s architecture. Finished … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Avoiding scams in Saigon

Published by under Health & safety

This is what a good taxi looks like.

We’ve recently done a few posts on common Vietnamese scams from Hanoi; one about avoiding general scams in Hanoi and the other about avoiding taxi scams. Saigon has many of the same problems, but here are some things to look out for that are specific to the city. The most common place to be scammed … read the full post

Jul 30 2012

Review: Stella, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

The Stella Special does have anchovies.

Sitting in the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Stella, or the New Stellar depending on which sign you’re reading, is a standout restaurant serving Italian and Vietnamese cuisine on a street where there is no shortage of competition. Like most of its neighbouring restaurants, Stella has a laidback atmosphere. Seating is … read the full post

Jul 26 2012

Saigon movie theatres

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

It actually looks like a normal theater.

Seeing a movie at a Saigon theatre is a cheap and easy way to spend a few hours and, since they play both Hollywood blockbusters and Vietnamese movies, you don’t have to understand Vietnamese to enjoy them. Movie theatres can be found in several easy-to-find locations, with two chains dominating Saigon. Galaxy Cinema, with several … read the full post

Jul 24 2012

Review: Thien Hong Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Crafty use of the Windows logo.

In the middle of a tight Pham Ngu Lao alley in the centre of Saigon’s backpacker district, the Thien Hong Hotel has found one of the few quiet spots in the area and offers great family-style service, with better rooms the higher up the hotel you trek. About 50 metres off the main road, the … read the full post

Jul 21 2012

Review: Ngoc Phan Guesthouse, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

The room is a little empty.

A short walk down an alley off of Bui Vien, in the middle of Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area, few spots in the city could offer a more convenient location than what you’ll find at Ngoc Phan Guesthouse, a six-room flashpacker operation with great friendly service. Saying a guesthouse is down an alley in … read the full post

Jul 19 2012

Saigon motorbike driving tips: Buying a helmet

Published by under Health & safety

All the cool drivers in Saigon wear helmets.

Contrary to what it may seem, Saigon does actually have some traffic laws. If you plan on using a motorbike yourself to get around the city, we suggest brushing up on these laws as well as how to deal with Saigon’s police. One of the most important laws to abide by is HCMC’s helmet law. … read the full post

Jul 18 2012

Ho Chi Minh City’s Dong Khoi art galleries

Published by under Shopping

The finest gallery in town.

Art is sold almost everywhere in Saigon, but much of what you will find is paint-by-the-number reproductions. If you want to see quality original pieces by local artists, there are a few places to go besides the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum; to see the latest and greatest in local art, take a … read the full post

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