Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Jul 15 2012

War Remnants Museum, Saigon

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Get to the chopper!

Just few blocks from the entrance to the Reunification Palace, Saigon’s War Remnants Museum offers an alternative narrative of the war. Opened in late 1975 and located on Vo Van Tan in District 3 in the former US Information Service Building, the museum was originally called The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism … read the full post

Jul 11 2012

Travelling from Saigon to Siem Reap

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You take a pretty small plane.

Saigon and Siem Reap are relatively close; as the plane flies only a little more than 400 kilometres separate the two cities. But looks can be deceiving, and travelling between the two cities can be complicated, expensive and time consuming. Here are your options. The simplest way to get to Siem Reap is by plane. … read the full post

Jul 09 2012

Review: Restaurant Bobby Chinn, Saigon

Published by under Food

Sometimes the weirdest sounding dishes are the best.

The centrepiece of the Link at the Kumho Asian Plaza, Restaurant Bobby Chinn is the Saigon version of celebrity chef Bobby Chinn’s popular Hanoi restaurant. Trying to help fill the void of luxury dining in Saigon, the restaurant does its best to impress without seeming overly stuffy. Inside the mood is relaxed, the lights are … read the full post

Jul 07 2012

Desserts in Saigon

Published by under Food

Pacey's cupcakes are smaller so you can eat more.

Saigon is a town for food lovers, and although it is better known for its pho, there’s no shortage of great shops for you to visit after dinner (or before because remember life is short) selling delicious, sweet treats. If you have a sweet tooth, here are some places you can go for dessert. It’s … read the full post

Jul 05 2012

Review: Long Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Formerly known as the Long Guesthouse, Long Hostel has moved into a new, larger building in Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area. While the location has changed, walking into the Long Hostel is still like walking into someone’s house. Long Hostel doesn’t actually look much like a hostel and in fact there is only a … read the full post

Jul 04 2012

Review: Saigon Backpackers Hostel

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Welcome to a hostel.

Tucked into the middle of Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao backpacker’s area, Saigon Backpackers Hostel is one of the few true hostels in the city. Somewhat hard to find on a first visit, the hostel is actually just a short walk down an alley hidden behind Thai Binh market. This is one of the only spots … read the full post

Jun 30 2012

Saigon’s Reunification Palace

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Thunderbirds go!

In the heart of downtown District 1, just a short walk away from some of Saigon’s other famous sights such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace sits as a time capsule of the city’s past surrounded by green lawns and iron fences. Formerly known as the Independence Palace, the Reunification … read the full post

Jun 27 2012

Things to do in Cholon

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What a big market you have.

Most travellers visiting Saigon stick only to the main points of interest in the city’s downtown District 1, but just a short taxi ride outside of District 1 lays one of HCMC’s most interesting areas: Cholon, or Chinatown. If you’re in Saigon, and have the time to spare, spending a day in Cholon is worthwhile. … read the full post

Jun 19 2012

Saigon street food: Pho

A trip to Saigon, or Vietnam for that matter, isn’t complete until you sit down for a bowl of the famous pho. Although plenty of restaurants in Saigon serve pho, you may find the best bowl right on the side of the street. Pho may seem like a simple dish of rice noodles and meat, … read the full post

Jun 16 2012

Review: Tokyo Deli

Published by under Food

Just a half block away from the Ben Thanh market on Le Thanh Ton, Tokyo Deli may have one of the most convenient locations in Saigon for a traveller in search of Japanese cuisine. Although the location is great, to look at the Deli from the outside is far from awe inspiring. The building has … read the full post

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