Jan 18 2012

Nha Trang’s Thap Ba Hot Springs

Published by under Nha Trang

I am a fan of taking a day out when you need a bit of rest and relaxation. I do the majority of my Saigon relaxation at the spa; but I recently had a chance to make a proper getaway from the city and headed to Nha Trang. While relaxing on the beach I happened … read the full post

Jan 17 2012

Hanoi’s villages: Cu Da, or Vermicelli Village

Published by under Hanoi excursions

After my enjoyable visit to Bamboo Village (Bang So) I was really looking forward to the trip to Vermicelli Village (Cu Da); I love food and am always keen to learn more about it. I was not disappointed, as not only was it fascinating to see and hear about the production of vermicelli but I … read the full post

Jan 13 2012

Teaching English in Hanoi: Part 2

Published by under Living in Hanoi

My previous post on teaching English in Hanoi focused on how you should prepare yourself in terms of qualifications and expectations. But what about actually finding a job? Most of the teachers I know in Hanoi found work once they arrived, rather than setting up a job in advance. As long as you have a … read the full post

Jan 12 2012

Saigon ladies’ nights

Published by under Bars & nightlife

There are places in Southeast Asia that have some pretty sweet deals on drinks. Thailand has their buckets, Hanoi has some cheap beer on the street, and Saigon is no different. While HCMC has some cool rooftop bars, and cheap drinks in general, an additional thing to keep an eye out for — at least … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

HanoiKids: City tours the fun way

HanoiKids was set up in 2006 and is a student-run organisation offering free city tours in Hanoi. The programme provides students with the opportunity to practise their English and provides visitors with a great value guide to Hanoi. The organisation says it hopes to bring to travellers insights into Vietnamese culture, tradition and sightseeing. Tempted … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Photo: Saigon skyline

Published by under Photos

Yes, this Saigon building is real. The disk you can see about three quarters of the way up is apparently a helicopter landing pad, but we like to think there’s probably a putting green, cafe and lounge bar up there as well — we’re just yet to score an invite. It’s a bit different to … read the full post

Jan 09 2012

Saigon’s top cupcakes

Published by under Food

I might be addicted to red velvet cupcakes. I spent a summer in New York, where cupcakes are a big deal, and I got hooked. Then, all of a sudden, cupcakes started becoming a big deal everywhere: now weddings have cupcakes instead of regular cakes, and cupcake bakeries have popped up all over, even in … read the full post

Jan 05 2012

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Vai and Lan Ong

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Hang Vai, which runs off Phung Hung, was traditionally Hanoi’s main textiles street. Nowadays its main attractions are twofold: firstly, it’s got a pleasant vibe about it, with few tourists and little traffic but plenty of onstreet action such as sugar cane juice spots, pho restaurants, tea stands and street vendors; secondly, it’s home to … read the full post

Jan 04 2012

Photo: Street food in Hanoi

Published by under Photos

Like many Asian cities, Hanoi has great street food — from morning pho through to late evening chicken wings — and there is always plenty of space for middle-of-the-day-grazing. Pull up a plastic stool, point at what someone else is having if it looks good (chances are it will) and enjoy the adventure.

Jan 03 2012

Teaching English in Hanoi: Part 1

Published by under Living in Hanoi

If you’re planning on doing more than just passing through Hanoi, you may have considered teaching English as a foreign language as a way to fund your time here. There’s certainly an opportunity to do that, but you do need to come prepared. Firstly, you should be prepared in terms of training. While it is … read the full post

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