Aug 23 2012

Hoi An by foot or bike

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Helping out with the harvest

If you want to see the best locations in and around Hoi An you don’t need a tour guide. These three do-it-yourself tours can be done on foot or by bike — I’d definitely recommend a bicycle or motorbike for the last two, as 14 kilometres is a long hike in the searing heat or … read the full post

Aug 19 2012

Hoi An night market

Published by under Shopping

The stunning view back over old Hoi An Town

A few years ago market traders and food stalls were pushed out of Hoi An‘s old town in a bid to clean up the streets, leaving traders relocating outside the guarded boundaries of the pedestrian-ised zone. Then the Quang Nam authorities cleared the old central market and provided a new “cleansed zone”, in which a … 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

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Manh

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Also available as a fish

A search for “Hang Manh” unsurprisingly brings up a raft of sites which mention the well-known bun cha joint at number 1. Well-known it may be, but good value it is no more: the dish under-delivers on flavour and it’s seriously over-priced compared to other bun cha places. Thankfully, there’s a more to Hang Manh … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Hoi An scams

Published by under Health & safety

Local arsonists.

Having read what we’ve written here on scams in Hanoi and scams in Saigon and listened to a few sorry traveller tales of “Vietscam”, I thought maybe it was time to lift the lid on all the terrible things that go on in the sleepy little pocket of Central Vietnam where I live. So I … read the full post

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 06 2012

Saigon’s best hamburgers

Published by under Uncategorized

So good I couldn't wait to take a picture before I started eating.

Every now and again on your travels, even as you mostly chow down on the local street foods, you may begin to miss some of your favourite comfort foods. My turn-to food of choice is the hamburger and luckily a few places around Saigon make a good one. If you’re in the mood for a … read the full post

Aug 06 2012

Flooding in Hoi An in October and November

Published by under Health & safety

Town centre

Hoi An floods. From late October until mid-December, Central Vietnam is wet, very wet, and some areas of Hoi An’s old town are literally underwater. Oh, and there are typhoons as well. Welcome to high season in Hoi An. Here’s some advice your travel agent won’t give you: pack your wellies and if you have … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Hiring a motorbike in Hoi An

Published by under Transport

Monkey mountain, beats Clarkson's 'Deserted ribbon of perfection' hands down.

If you are a confident motorcyclist, Hoi An is the perfect base for some astonishingly good rides and the greatest thing about it is it’s really hard to get lost. There are some fantastic routes that you can easily cover in a day, from meandering along rivers fringed with coconut palms through to the magical … 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

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