Feb 19 2013

Greyhound racing in Vung Tau

Published by under Saigon excursions

The VIP section seems surprisingly small.

The coastal city of Vung Tau, a relatively short hydrofoil boat ride from Saigon proper, makes for a relaxing weekend trip from the bustling city. Although it’s most popular for its somewhat average beach, a way to get a taste of Vietnamese local life is to head downtown to watch the greyhound races at one … read the full post

Feb 17 2013

Review: Thang Long Royal Citadel, Hanoi

Colour co-ordinated flowers.

Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi was opened to the public quite recently, but once you’ve been you’ll wonder why it was kept under wraps for so long. With attractive, shady gardens, imposing buildings, underground bunkers and numerous historic artifacts, it’s got something for everyone. And it’s free. The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was built … read the full post

Feb 16 2013

Review: Alto Heli Bar, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Gaze upon the bustling streets below.

Bitexco Financial Tower is in a league of its own when it comes to Saigon’s skyline. When the tower first opened, the only way to the higher floors without paying rent was to hit Skydeck, Bitexco’s high-priced 50th floor observation room. Now you have more options, one of which is grabbing a drink at Alto Heli … read the full post

Feb 15 2013

Review: Lau Rieu Cua at 66 Pho Duc Chinh

Published by under Food

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By day a centre for disabled children, by night a buzzing lau restaurant: 66 Pho Duc Chinh, near Truc Bach lake, serves up delicious lau rieu cua: a tasty broth with loads of Vietnamese goodies to throw in. And with the weather a bit chilly in Hanoi, now is the perfect time to enjoy it. … read the full post

Feb 14 2013

Review: Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort

Published by under Da Nang

One of the two bedrooms in the villa.

Manicured gardens being tended by uniformed staff in pith helmets are perhaps the only clue as to what lies behind the facade of the five-star Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort which was previously known as the Lifestyle Resort located on beautiful Bac My An beach on Vietnam’s most famous coastal stretch. It’s a few kilometres from … read the full post

Feb 12 2013

Photo essay: Getting lost in Hoi An’s old town

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Just tucked behind Nguyen Thai Hoc.

If there ever were a destination worth throwing away your map for, Hoi An’s old town is the place to do so with gay abandon. For most visitors a wander through town consists of shoving out their elbows and trawling their way up and down the main drag, ticket in hand while muttering “No, I … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

Review: The Artisan Boutique Hotel, Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

The lake is there, honest.

Does The Artisan Boutique Hotel in Hanoi live up to its name and art deco-style business card? First impressions don’t disappoint: the reception area is spacious and stylishly decorated — Tiffany-style lamps always go down well – and the rooms follow through. The hotel was refurbished in 2012, rather than being a new build, and … read the full post

Feb 09 2013

Review: Co Ngu, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

The rice is on the side.

Rice is a Vietnamese staple but many restaurants in HCMC don’t really give it the attention it deserves, serving tired rice dishes seemingly as an afterthought. Although many carts on the street sell rice dishes, and some cheap Vietnamese restaurants focus on a single rice dish, it can be hard to find a restaurant that … read the full post

Feb 06 2013

Hoi An Cloth Market

Published by under Shopping

How he slept through the chorus of 'BUY SOMETHING' is beyond doubt a miracle.

UPDATE, July 2013: Hoi An cloth market has moved to the main market building further along Bach Dang Street towards Hoang Dieu for several months while the old cloth market building is renovated. The traders expect the renovation to be complete in three months, which translates to a year in Hoi An, so we’ll update you … read the full post

Feb 04 2013

Review: Liberty 4 Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

A view from the kind of top.

One of the bigger buildings in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, the Liberty 4 Hotel is among a small group of midrange accommodation options in an area dominated by smaller guesthouses and hostels. Compared to its neighbours, the extra wide, cream-coloured hotel has well-dressed doormen ready to grab your luggage as soon as … read the full post

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