Jun 23 2011

Buying fruit in Hanoi

Published by under Food

If you’ve managed to walk around Old Quarter in Hanoi and not be accosted by a lady in a conical hat trying to put her shoulder pole, supporting baskets of fruit, on your shoulder for a photo, you’re in the minority. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been approached and have yet to say … read the full post

Jun 20 2011

Accessing Facebook in Vietnam via iPhone and iPod Touch

Published by under Phone & internet

Facebook is still blocked in Vietnam. Previously, I have explained how to access Facebook from Windows and Mac based computers, but we don’t always want to lug our laptops around town. Here’s how to get on Facebook with an iPhone or iPod Touch. The easiest way to access Facebook is to change your phone’s Domain … read the full post

Jun 09 2011

Books and book talks in Hanoi

Published by under Shopping

The Bookworm is the self-proclaimed “best little book cafe in Southeast Asia” and while some may argue, I see no reason to dispute the fact. The cool, tidy interior — though not spacious — is a pleasant spot for browsing and the choice of more than 10,000 new and used English-language books and friendly staff ensure … read the full post

Jun 09 2011

When should I go to Saigon?

Published by under Weather

Located just north of the equator and only a few metres above sea level, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) finds itself planted firmly in the tropics; its climate is constantly hot and humid, with an average temperature high of 32 degrees Celsius. The weather throughout the year can be broken into two seasons: the wet … read the full post

May 30 2011

Pickpocket safety tips for Saigon

Published by under Health & safety

Ho Chi Minh City is quite safe for cities of comparable size. Very few violent acts have been reported against foreigners, but it can still be dangerous to walk around flaunting your wealth. Here are a few commonsense steps you can take to ensure your safety while in Saigon. First, be cautious of wearing jewellery. … read the full post

May 26 2011

Blind massage in Saigon

Published by under Spas & massage

When a visiting friend whipped out her guidebook, together we stumbled upon what sounded like a magical way to spend an afternoon in Saigon: getting a blind massage. This was something a bit different from other things to do in the city; billed as a budget friendly ‘no nonsense’ spa, it sounded great and I … read the full post

May 24 2011

Pho: Not just noodle soup

Published by under Food

Vietnam’s favourite dish, pho, takes its name from the type of noodle that is used in its preparation, and this noodle is used in numerous other dishes. I’ve recently moved to a new apartment and find myself living in the epicentre of pho-land: within a few minutes’ walk I pass half a dozen restaurants selling … read the full post

May 18 2011

Accessing Facebook in Vietnam (for Mac)

Published by under Phone & internet

In my last post I looked at how to access Facebook in Vietnam from a Windows operating system. Mac users: it’s your turn today. Your first option is to change your Domain Name System number, or DNS, which is just like a phone book; it organises computers by replacing their host names with numerical IP … read the full post

May 16 2011

Accessing Facebook in Vietnam (for Windows)

Published by under Phone & internet

Here it is, the answer you have all been waiting for to easily the most asked question I receive living here in Vietnam: ‘Is it possible to access Facebook in Vietnam?’ The answer, in short, is ‘Yes!’ Although it will take a few more steps, on your part, to make your photo/status updating dreams come … read the full post

May 11 2011

How to get a Cambodian visa in Hanoi

Published by under Visas

Getting a visa on entry to Cambodia from Vietnam at one of the international border crossings is straightforward. It’s also possible to arrange an e-visa in advance if you are entering through either airport or certain land crossings: from Vietnam the only land crossing where e-visa is supported is Bavet (Svay Rieng). However, if you prefer … read the full post

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