Nov 17 2013

Eating on Xuan Dieu Street

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Xuan Dieu: a great spot for a bite to eat.

Hanoi’s Xuan Dieu Street is a popular stretch with expats, but that doesn’t mean it should be crossed off your travel exploration list. It has a good range of dining and drinking venues, unmatched in Old Quarter, as well as shops selling Western goods and clothes that you may be after. Here are a few … read the full post

Nov 07 2013

Hidden charges at Saigon restaurants

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Refreshing but not free.

Food in Saigon is usually a bargain; even most of the city’s “expensive” restaurants are cheap when compared to similar quality in the West. But a strange thing happens to many who visit this fair city: they can develop a sense of cheap food entitlement and start to argue over small surcharges on the bill. … read the full post

Oct 07 2013

Sushi in Saigon

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When in doubt, get everything.

Although it would be blasphemous to eat anything other than Vietnamese food on a short trip to Saigon, a longer stay may eventually require a sushi fix – as Ho Chi Minh City offers plenty of affordable, high-quality spots around town. Perhaps the most well known sushi spot in town is Sushi Bar, a chain sushi restaurant … read the full post

Oct 06 2013

Rainy day activities in Hoi An

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Rainy day advice.

If you pass through Hoi An during the wet season from October till December you’ll more than likely wake up to the pitter patter of raindrops. Luckily, Hoi offers up a stack of rainy day activities though — here’s a few. When hotel rooms comes kitted out with an umbrella and every street is patrolled by … read the full post

Sep 29 2013

A tale of two day treks in Sapa

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A buffalo contemplates the scenery.

Trekking is one of the main activities to do around Sapa. But which one is the right one for you to do? We checked out two different day treks to narrow down your options. The first trek was arranged through Cat Cat Hotel and was a private walk to Silver Waterfall. Our guide was a young … read the full post

Sep 23 2013

Hoi An street food: Bahn can

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Tapas Vietnam style.

A melt-in-the-mouth, crisp nest of herb-infused, tempura-like batter, cradling a flash-fried quail egg, presented with a tangle of grated young papaya, fresh greens and a secret recipe chilli dipping sauce served on the outskirts of Hoi An’s old town; this description of banh can supplied over dinner by visiting friends frankly had us pushing our … read the full post

Sep 13 2013

Hanoi street food: Bo bia ngot

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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

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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

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