Nov 08 2012

Boat tours on Hoi An’s Thu Bon river

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Sunset on the Thu Bon river.

Cheesy though it may sound, a cruise down the Thu Bon river is one of the best ways to idle away an hour or two when in Hoi An, and although you can do it the posh way by jumping aboard a tourist boat, it’s far better to go local; and by local I mean … read the full post

Nov 06 2012

Review: Thanh Van 2 Hotel, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

If the 10 minute ride to An Bang is a bit too much like hard work..

If you are one of those travellers with a tendency to lose your bearings, the towering Thanh Van 2 with its illuminated rooftop sign screams “I’m here!”, making it an easy hotel to find your way back to. But even if you’ve got an inbuilt compass, Thanh Van 2 packs a punch with its huge … read the full post

Nov 05 2012

Review: Cha Ca La Vong, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

The finished product.

Cha ca, a fish dish of legendary reputation made famous by the Cha Ca La Vong restaurant in Hanoi, has been listed as one of the 1,001 dishes to eat before you die. If you’re in Vietnam though, you don’t have to go all the way to Hanoi to get a taste; a restaurant of … read the full post

Nov 03 2012

Hanoi’s streets: Au Trieu

Oh so pretty.

Au Trieu is one of my favourite spots in Hoan Kiem and thus, despite not being one of the 36 streets, deserves its very own post; spend a few hours here enjoying the shopping, eating and activities for an enjoyable Hanoi experience. Au Trieu was the nickname of Le Thi Dan, a female revolutionary of … read the full post

Nov 01 2012

Review: The Amigo Hotel, Hue

Published by under Hue

Those lovely mattresses!

Towering over the heads of a tightly packed alley of guesthouses, the aptly named Amigo Hotel is slap bang in the centre of the bright lights of Hue’s backpacker district, just a phenomenally busy road away from the Perfume River and a 15-minute walk from the Imperial City walls. And just in case you need … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

The best way to visit Vietnam’s My Son

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

A little more than a pile of old bricks.

One of the most popular half-day trips from Hoi An is a visit to the Cham ruins of My Son, approximately 35 kilometres from the old town. Now, the hype surrounding the UNESCO-protected Champa temple complex built in the years between the fourth to 14th century, generally makes for a rather disappointing trip if you … read the full post

Oct 29 2012

Saigon’s best hostels

Published by under Accommodation

Looks like people actually stay here.

A relatively new craze sweeping Saigon’s accommodation scene, particularly in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, is the hostel –  it seems that every month a new one opens its doors. With similar prices, amenities and general location it may be difficult to pick one hostel from another. Here are our nominees for the … read the full post

Oct 28 2012

Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake

Taken from Ho Guom Plaza on another grey day.

A visit to Hanoi would be incomplete without a wander around Hoan Kiem Lake, the centrepiece of the city. Whether early morning, an afternoon stroll or after dark, the lake is surrounded by activity and points of interest — not to mention, it’s really pretty. Ho (lake) Hoan Kiem means “Lake of the Returned Sword” … read the full post

Oct 27 2012

Review: Koniko Backpackers Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

I'm still in shock over the hardwood floors.

Packed onto the busy street of Bui Vien in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Koniko Backpacker Hostel, also known as Binh An Hostel, is one of the only hostels in town not located down a narrow alley. With its low prices and overall cleanliness, you may not want to hunt the others down. … read the full post

Oct 27 2012

The best spots for a Hoi An sunset drink

Published by under Uncategorized

The view from Son - Slow food, slow living.

We’ve done our homework to bring you the most inspiring locations to watch the sun set over Hoi An. Each one has a wow factor, will take you away from the hustle of the streets and serves up a mean cocktail, with most offering up an hour or two of buy one, get one free … read the full post

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