Dec 06 2012

How to haggle — or avoid haggling — in Hoi An

Published by under Shopping

Hit the streets of Hoi An for anything from a tailored suit through to a banh mi and you will be thrown into a state of confusion over what really is a fair price. With very few traders working to a fixed price it’s not too uncommon to sometimes feel like you’ve been had. Ask … read the full post

Dec 05 2012

Saigon’s best nightclubs

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Party time!

Saigon has an active and relatively cheap nightlife. If you’re wound up from your travels and want to unwind, you’ll find plenty of places where you can get the party started; here are a few places to kick back. Open since the early 90s, HCMC’s most famous, or infamous, nightclub is Apocalypse Now. Hidden on … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Can I get food delivered in Hanoi?

Published by under Food

Want rice and pork chop delivered? Done.

Getting a delivery meal to your hotel room might not be what travelling and a holiday in Hanoi is all about, but sometimes a quiet night in front of the TV with a pork chop and rice is a welcome break from shopping and sightseeing. Now getting a delivery in Hanoi is as easy as … read the full post

Dec 02 2012

Hotels in Tam Dao

Published by under Hanoi excursions

A decent view from Gia Le Hotel when it's a clear day.

Tam Dao, a cooler-clime retreat you can easily get to from Hanoi, is so chock-full of hotels that it can be difficult to know where to start. Here’s our guide to a few places that might fit the bill. Although Tam Dao prices are on a par with, if not pricier than, Hanoi hotels, there … read the full post

Dec 01 2012

Review: Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

A sweet bowl of soup.

In the midst of Saigon’s downtown areas of interest, walking distance from the Reunification Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral, you might suspect Nha Hang Ngon is a highly priced tourist trap. However, with surprisingly low prices and a large selection of well-made Vietnamese dishes, it’s a good spot to introduce you to the city’s … read the full post

Nov 30 2012

Getting to Tam Dao from Hanoi

Published by under Hanoi excursions

Quite a view.

At 80 kilometres northwest of Hanoi, Tam Dao hill station makes for a good overnight or one-day respite from the chaos of the Vietnamese capital. You can get to the cooler area, where there are plenty of hiking trails and pretty scenery, by bus, motorbike, taxi or private car; here’s a little about how to … read the full post

Nov 29 2012

Review: Quan Nem, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

This is what the inside looks like.

You don’t have to head north from Saigon to enjoy quality renditions of specialty dishes from that region, as proper northern establishments have set up shop in the big city down south. One such joint is Quan Nem, a restaurant specialising in the crispy, northern crab spring roll nem cua be. Occupying a two-floor building, … read the full post

Nov 29 2012

Banh bao in Hoi An

Published by under Food

The full moon 'Buddhist' Bahn Bao

If like me you were once one of those neanderthals where the best nights out you ever had somehow always ended up at a kebab stall then you will thank me for this heads up on late-night food snacking in Hoi An. I’ve researched this article with perhaps a little too much enthusiasm after taking … read the full post

Nov 26 2012

Where to get a SIM card in Saigon

Published by under Practicalities

Get your SIM and some cigarettes.

Purchasing a SIM card is a top priority for many visitors on arrival in HCMC. While the cards are readily available, prices and options can vary wildly and many sellers have set themselves up to take advantage of the less than savvy travellers. If you can manage to steer clear of purchasing an overpriced SIM … read the full post

Nov 25 2012

Hanoi’s French Quarter

The centrepiece of Hanoi's French Quarter.

If you need a break from the chaos of Old Quarter, wander down to Hanoi’s French Quarter, where wide open streets, majestic buildings and high-end hotels, restaurants and shops await. Hanoi’s French Quarter lies to the southeast of Hoan Kiem lake. In the late 19th century, when the French occupied Hanoi, they demolished many of … read the full post

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