Sep 13 2013

Hanoi street food: Bo bia ngot

Published by under Food

Of course her hands are clean...

You’d be forgiven for assuming that bo bia ngot has something to do with beer, but it doesn’t: it’s a delicious sweet snack worth interrupting your Hanoi sightseeing for. The snack is made to order, streetside. First, two very thin and small pancakes are laid flat, then a sheet of honeycomb is placed on top, … read the full post

Sep 10 2013

Pizza in Saigon

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You get to cut the cheese.

If you’ve tired of Saigon’s street food and you’ve a hankering for some decent pizza, the city has more than just the big chains — here’s where to head. If you’re stuck in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area or tight on cash, basically any restaurant you walk into will have some sort of cheap pizza on … read the full post

Sep 04 2013

Hanoi on a splurge

Published by under Hanoi

A treat for the tastebuds.

We’ve covered Hanoi on a tight budget, but what if you’ve got a few extra dong to rub together during your visit to the Vietnamese capital? If you want to mix some luxury in with your Hanoi exploring, here are some suggestions. Firstly, you’ll want to check in somewhere beautiful. We have two favourite five-star hotels … read the full post

Aug 30 2013

Han Market, Da Nang

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The food court. From market to table in seconds!

Cho Han is located in the heart of Da Nang city and offers 28,000 square metres of noisy shopping opportunities. Though Han Market is easily accessible, it’s not for the fainthearted or those looking for olfactory pleasure — it’s a bit stinky. Han Market opened during the French occupancy of Da Nang in the early … read the full post

Aug 28 2013

What to eat in two days on a budget in Hanoi

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It's not just about the pho.

So you’ve read our post on what to do in two days on a budget in Hanoi, but what are you going to eat? Here’s our rundown of some of the dishes and places we reckon it’s worth squeezing in. Starting with breakfast, if it’s not included at your hotel or you can stretch to eating … read the full post

Aug 25 2013

Review: Vietnam Inn Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

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Backpackers are so tidy.

Vietnam Inn Saigon is among a new breed of hostels blowing in to Saigon, offering more stylish digs and traveller friendly atmospheres, and adding some much needed competition to the backpacker end of the accommodation market. While technically not in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area, it’s just on the opposite side of 9/23 Park on Le Lai, … read the full post

Aug 23 2013

Review: Topas Ecolodge, Sapa

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View from the room.

Topas Ecolodge is a fancypants accommodation option outside Vietnam’s Sapa town, overlooking the valley, and is a perfect choice if you want to savour the scenery from the comfort of a balcony chair. The lodge is located 18 kilometres from Sapa town in the Hoang Lien mountains. Its 25 bungalows sit atop two hills, which jut … read the full post

Aug 21 2013

Review: Ngoc Mai seafood restaurant, Ha My Beach, Hoi An

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Cheesy grilled clams!

Ha My beach, a five-kilometre amble north from beautiful An Bang, offers up a swathe of stunning castaway coastline, so perfect that the little A-lister more commonly known as the most luxurious hotel in Vietnam – the Nam Hai – slunk its perfectly manicured toes in to the sand and chased all the scraggy seadogs from … read the full post

Aug 20 2013

Review: Mayana Hotel, Da Nang

Published by under Da Nang

The grand lobby.

Mayana is a relatively new Da Nang hotel and will be a certain hit for those looking for a cheap bolthole in the city but still with plenty of amenities and an occasional flourish — who doesn’t love velvet wing chairs, after all? Right in the heart of town — you’re just  a few minutes … read the full post

Aug 19 2013

Bac Ha market, Lao Cai

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All dressed up... now where?

Bac Ha, in the northeast corner of Vietnam’s Lao Cai district, is home to one of the most lively ethnic minority markets in Vietnam. Every Sunday, from the early hours, the town comes to life as hundreds of Flower Hmong flood the small town. Get there at 06:30 to watch the market come to life as … read the full post

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