Nov 24 2012

Vietnam’s most famous bahn mi?

Published by under Food

UPDATE, November 04, 2013: Phuong has now moved to a stall outside the central food hall (to the left), along with opening her first Banh Mi Phuong shop at 2 Phan Chau Trinh Street, where along with her usual selection of mouthwateringly, more-ish banh mi, she’s launched her first dessert menu: ice cream, in many … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Review: Vesper Homestay, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

Vesper Homestay's Standard room.

Pulling up outside the cheery blue three-storey family home Vesper Homestay with its windows flung open to views of far flung paddy is reward enough for the amount of trouble you will have finding this place. If you were looking for off the beaten path then you’ve come to the right place: Vesper is right … read the full post

Nov 19 2012

Review: An An Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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Look at the pretty colors.

With an easy to find, prominent location on the busy street of Bui Vien in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, An An Hotel is one of the better choices in the immediate area for flashpackers searching for that needle in a haystack of low-end guesthouses, hostels and dodgy hotels. A tall turquoise and … read the full post

Nov 18 2012

Review: Com Tam Ba Ghien, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Saigon street food

So tender you can cut it with a spoon.

Hidden away down a sidestreet in Saigon’s Phu Nhuan district, Com Tam Ba Ghien is known far and wide for their specialty com tam suon, or a pork chop served over broken rice. About a 20-minute taxi ride out of downtown, eating at this street spot will require you to overlook some grungy conditions, with … read the full post

Nov 17 2012

Street food on Ngo Trang Tien, Hanoi

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Chopsticks are easier.

If you love street food but want to try something other than pho and bun cha for lunch in Hanoi, head down to Ngo Trang Tien near the Opera House for an enticing array of goodies. Ngo Trang Tien is a narrow street running between Nguyen Khac Can and Phan Chu Trinh, to the south … read the full post

Nov 15 2012

Extending your visa in Hoi An

Published by under Practicalities

Compared with Saigon and Hanoi, extending your visa in Hoi An can be a costly and complicated process. Rules and prices change with every travel agent you speak to and prices can spiral out of control if time is not on your side. We spent a day finding out the options, from extending a first … read the full post

Nov 14 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival in Hoi An

Published by under Festivals

Party time in Hoi An

Hanoi and Saigon may be steaming ahead when it comes to modern development, but rural Vietnam and in particular Hoi An has kept a firm handle on its roots in tradition where generations of families still hold faith in myths, legends, fables and folklore which for thousands of years has formed the heart of the … read the full post

Nov 13 2012

Review: Nam Son Beefsteak, Ho Chi Minh City

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The classic beefsteak and egg.

Nam Son Beefsteak, which has two locations in downtown Saigon within short walking distance of the Reunification Palace, is a great no-frills Vietnamese beefsteak restaurant. If you can get past the barebones setting, and the limited menu, you’ll find some of the best steaks in Saigon. Both locations are surprisingly close to each other; recently … read the full post

Nov 11 2012

My Spa, Saigon

Published by under Spas & massage

Quite the menu.

What better way to take a break from sightseeing or shopping in Saigon than a massage and facial? My Spa is a well-located, mid-priced spa, and if you can make your way safely through their dark and crowded hallways you may be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the treatments. On a recent trip to … read the full post

Nov 10 2012

Eating on the cheap in Saigon

Published by under Food

That's a lot of noodles.

Saigon is a big city with plenty of high-dollar, splurge restaurants ready to take your hard-earned vacation money. Luckily for the thriftier of travellers, however, it’s still easy to eat on the cheap in HCMC. Here’s how to eat for less than 100,000 VND (US$5) a day. You can start strong during breakfast. Just head … read the full post

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