Nov 02 2011

How to get an airport taxi in Saigon

Published by under Transport

The flight to Ho Chi Minh City can be a tiring one — from my hometown of Seattle for instance, it takes about 17 hours. And once you land, you still have work to do: getting through immigration, which may include a wait at the visa on arrival desk, collecting your bags, and then stepping … read the full post

Oct 20 2011

Western goodies in Hanoi

Published by under Food,Shopping

As I stood at the bar of one of several popular backpacker venues in Hanoi on Sunday afternoon I overheard some customers discussing how they missed cheese and red wine, so I thought a blog about where to buy those goodies from home that you miss while travelling was in order. Of course, wine is … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Fix your iPhone, or any phone, in Saigon

Published by under Phone & internet

For my generation, cell or mobile phones are like extensions of our bodies. Thus, even when I moved half-way across the globe, I could not be separated from my iPhone. I tried, but I couldn’t do it. If you’re anything like me, you too will have your phone in hand when you stroll off your … read the full post

Oct 18 2011

Waxing and nails in Hanoi

Published by under Spas & massage

Here’s one for the ladies — or the hairy, callous-footed gentlemen. When you’ve had enough of attempting to shave your legs while balancing on the toilet seat in your wet-room shower, it’s time for a wax. Fortunately, reasonably priced, good quality waxing is available in Hanoi. My venue of choice is Top Spot on Au … read the full post

Oct 07 2011

A brunch for all budgets in Hanoi

Published by under Food

Many hotels in Hanoi will include breakfast in the room rate, be this an egg in a bread roll – most common in the cheaper places – or a full breakfast buffet. But what if your hotel doesn’t or you’re just not up early enough? The cheapest option is to eat with the locals and … read the full post

Oct 06 2011

Saigon motorbike driving tips: How to make a left turn

Published by under Health & safety

The best way to travel in Ho Chi Minh City is by motorbike. While it is easy to catch a xe om, and have them taxi you around, it is even cooler to drive yourself. Luckily, if you cruise around Pham Ngu Lao it is easy to find a shop that will rent you a … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

Phu Quoc night market

Published by under Phu Quoc Island

Living the resort life on Phu Quoc can be rough. You have to hang out all day on the beach then reluctantly drag yourself somewhere for food; then it’s back to the beach. While this repetition may not actually be that bad, it can get a little boring after a couple of days. If you … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Phu Quoc snorkel tour

Published by under Phu Quoc Island

Stay anywhere on Phu Quoc Island and you’ll probably see a sign, or be given a brochure, advertising a snorkel/fishing tour. Being a sucker for tours that include water, and me going into it, I was chomping at the bit to get on a boat. My first few days on the island disagreed, however, and … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

Phu Quoc’s Tranh Stream

Published by under Phu Quoc Island

The low season on Phu Quoc can mean rain, and lots of it. Sometimes it can rain for several days in a row, non-stop. The sea is rough, the winds are strong, and you may find yourself in your less than $20 a night bungalow more than you thought. But there are good things about … read the full post

Sep 12 2011

Watching the Rugby World Cup and other sporting events in Hanoi

Published by under Events

Some options for watching the Rugby World Cup and other sporting events in Hanoi.

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