Jan 05 2013

Review: Thien Thanh Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

The deck on a rather gloomy day.

The standard exterior of Hoi An’s Thien Thanh Boutique Hotel among the backpacker joints on popular Ba Tieu Road belies the charm inside. The 16-room hotel has a new boutique feel, great service and lovely extras such as a pool and great paddy views. This is the perfect spot if you want to mix town … read the full post

Jan 03 2013

Review: Joseph’s Hang Da Hotel, Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

No neon signs here.

Joseph’s Hang Da is a no-frills hotel but has all the right ingredients to make it an excellent Hanoi flashpacker to midrange choice: convenient location, professional staff, comfortable rooms and a tasty breakfast, all at a reasonable price. Less than a year old, the bright and cheerful hotel is on un-touristy Duong Thanh Street, and … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Hoi An’s food

Published by under Food

Commoners food!

Hoi An’s reputation for being one of the most touristy towns in Vietnam might put some people off a visit; and yes, the 460 tailors all squabbling for your business as you stroll through the old town can be a little relentless, and yes, $5 a night accommodation doesn’t exist. Some of the best dining, … read the full post

Dec 31 2012

Can Tho’s Cai Rang floating market

Published by under Mekong Delta

Crowded waters.

Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Saigon wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than the Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market. Here’s what to expect on a basic tour of the market. The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market … read the full post

Dec 30 2012

Review: The Village Noshery, Sapa

Published by under Sapa

An eclectic mix of furniture.

A new Sapa dining opening worth checking out in Sapa is The Village Noshery, which offers great coffee and Vietnamese and Western dishes in eclectic, interesting surrounds. The Village Noshery opened in mid-2012 on Cau May Street and its spacious downstairs area is inviting and stylish, decorated in similar  style to the H’mong Mountain Retreat … read the full post

Dec 29 2012

Saigon street food: Mi quang

Published by under Saigon street food

The soup with yellow noodles.

Walking the streets of downtown Saigon, you may notice the street food can seem to get a little repetitive. Street carts selling soup are a dime a dozen, but they mostly sell either pho, bun bo hue or hu tieu. If you’re interested in sampling something a bit more unique, you’ll have to leave the … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

A trip to Muong Hom market, Lao Cai

Published by under Sapa

A mothers' meeting.

Many weekend visitors to Sapa opt to visit Bac Ha market, which is easily accessible on an organised day trip from Sapa. But if you want to avoid the tourist hordes, Muong Hom market is a more interesting option… if you can get there. Our trip started at 07:00 from Sapa town. It was cold … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

Travelling between Hoi An and Da Nang

Published by under Transport

Easier to track down than the free Big C bus.

Da Nang is Vietnam’s fastest growing city, a sprawling metropolis of modern high rise mixed with a sprinkling of French colonial architecture lounging between the Bach Dang river and My Ke, one of the longest stretches of beach in Vietnam. It’s very much a Vietnamese city — as bewildering and as it is beguiling, and not for … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

Hoi An’s central market food hall

Published by under Food

A little light lunch?

Hoi An’s central market food hall sits centre court in the old town, surrounded by a busy, colourful food market. This is a bustling and sociable spot to hang out with the locals and sample dish after dish of Hoi An’s best cuisine. Row upon row of sparkling stainless steel benches laden with fresh raw … read the full post

Dec 23 2012

New Year’s Eve in Hanoi

Published by under Events

You might get lucky.

It may be the lesser celebrated new year’s eve in Vietnam — with lunar new year taking the headlines — but if you’re after a celebration in Hanoi on December 31 here are a few ideas of where to start (now that you have Christmas in Hanoi totally sorted, right?). Celebrations are likely to be … read the full post

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