Aug 30 2013

Han Market, Da Nang

Published by under Da Nang

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

Published by under Food

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 19 2013

Bac Ha market, Lao Cai

Published by under Uncategorized

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

Aug 16 2013

How to overnight on the Cham islands independently

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

One of a number of deserted bays on the island.

Travellers to Hoi An looking for a little beach time typically end up on the same kilometre of nearby coast: Cua Dai, with those in-the-know tracking down the not-so-secret An Bang beach. Those curious enough to enquire about a trip to the Cham islands are given a choice between dive and snorkelling boat trips. But what about staying … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Two days on a budget in Hanoi

Published by under Hanoi

Not white bricks, but tofu.

Most people travelling through Hanoi give the city a couple of days before heading to Halong Bay, Sapa or down to the centre and south of the country. Here are our suggestions for what to do on a tight budget if you have just two days here and want to make the most of them. On … read the full post

Aug 14 2013

Staying safe on a night out in Hoi An

Published by under Bars & nightlife

This is never a good idea.

We’ve been hearing some disturbing stories from late night revellers caught off guard that suggest Hoi An is not the safe place it once was, with motorbike taxi gangs and bar-owning chancers taking advantage of the drunk and confused. Until recently, if you were looking for a misspent night dancing on the pool table till breakfast in … read the full post

Aug 02 2013

Riding Thanh Nam, Hoi An

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Fish bunting: an aromatic alternative to the endless silk lanterns of the old town.

Thanh Nam fishing village, a short bike ferry from Cua Dai harbour, is a popular stop-off for early morning bicycle tour groups and you can see why: as the sampans park laden with the day’s catch it’s a vibrant, bustling backdrop of conical hats, pyjamas and of course, fish. Fabulous for photographers, it’s well worth … read the full post

Jul 23 2013

Hanoi’s train station

Published by under Transport

As high tech as it gets.

Most visitors to Hanoi will have some occasion to use the train station, whether travelling north to Sapa or down the coast on the Reunification Express. So here’s a quick guide to where it is, how to buy tickets and what to expect when you get there. The train station is split into station A … read the full post

Jul 11 2013

Hoi An tailor shop scams: Part 1

Published by under Shopping

For the best tailor shop experience; leave the rose tinted glasses at home.

If we were to tell you that upon almost every purchase made in a Hoi An tailor shop, 40 percent of the price you pay goes straight out the door into a third party’s pocket, would you be a little bit shocked? Or that the average price on cutting and sewing a man’s suit is … read the full post

Jul 08 2013

When’s the best time to visit Hanoi?

Published by under Practicalities

Now that's when you want to be in Hanoi.

Don’t be fooled by the fact Hanoi is in Southeast Asia and think shorts and T-shirts are good to go all year round. Hanoi has four seasons, and as the city’s in the northern hemisphere, that means the chilly winter starts in December and steaming summer hovers around July and August. It’s impossible to give firm … read the full post

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