Jul 06 2012

Massage at Huong Sen

Published by under Spas & massage

No, the metal door isn't the massage bed

It’s been well over a year since I wrote about getting a cheap and decent massage in Hanoi, and that’s proven to be a popular post, so: time for another massage-related post. In the name of research, I headed to Huong Sen Healthcare Centre. I mentioned Huong Sen II in my last post, but this … read the full post

Jun 30 2012

Saigon’s Reunification Palace

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Thunderbirds go!

In the heart of downtown District 1, just a short walk away from some of Saigon’s other famous sights such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace sits as a time capsule of the city’s past surrounded by green lawns and iron fences. Formerly known as the Independence Palace, the Reunification … read the full post

Jun 29 2012

Hanoi’s Food Street

Published by under Food

Noodles are easy to find

One could argue that all of Hanoi’s streets are food streets, in that it’s hard to find any that don’t have at least one vendor selling pho or banh my or any of the other delicious street foods on offer here. But two things make so-called “food street” different and worthy of its name: firstly, … read the full post

Jun 27 2012

Things to do in Cholon

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

What a big market you have.

Most travellers visiting Saigon stick only to the main points of interest in the city’s downtown District 1, but just a short taxi ride outside of District 1 lays one of HCMC’s most interesting areas: Cholon, or Chinatown. If you’re in Saigon, and have the time to spare, spending a day in Cholon is worthwhile. … read the full post

Jun 25 2012

Travelling from Saigon to Nha Trang

Published by under Nha Trang

So close, yet so far away.

Just over 400 kilometres away from Ho Chi Minh City, the beach town of Nha Trang makes for a great spot to grab a beach chair and soak up some sun. If you’re looking for a Saigon getaway here are your best ways to get there. If you’re in a time crunch, or you’re off … read the full post

Jun 24 2012

Review: Cha Ca La Vong

Published by under Food

Looks good yeah?

Restaurant Cha Ca La Vong recently featured in the New York Times in an article that talked about how variants of the same-named dish — a mixture of fish, turmeric, dill, shrimp paste, fish sauce, chillies, noodles and other herbs — are appearing on menus in the United States. Author Florence Fabricant notes that, despite … read the full post

Jun 22 2012

Lotus flowers in Hanoi

Spot the frog

It’s lotus flower season in Hanoi and the West Lake area is awash with the beautiful blooms. Lotus flowers hold particular significance in Vietnam, as they are considered one of four graceful flowers and plants, along with pine, bamboo and chrysanthemum. They are a symbol of purity, commitment, optimism for the future, beauty, majesty, grace, … read the full post

Jun 20 2012

Review: Delicious Wines in Hanoi

Published by under Food

Like a kid in a sweet shop

Delicious Wines opened a few months ago on Tong Duy Tan, alternatively known as food street, and is run by the same people who own Matchbox by the Fine Arts Museum. As a brand consultant, when someone names their new wine shop/wine bar something like “Delicious Wines”, I immediately doubt their promise; after all, if … read the full post

Jun 15 2012

Review: Pots n Pans

Published by under Food

Simplicity and style

About two kilometres south of Hoan Kiem Lake on Bui Thi Xuan – one of the small streets that runs parallel to Pho Hue and Ba Trieu – sits Hanoi’s latest must-go restaurant, Pots n Pans. Somewhat tucked away among the bright lights of karaoke bars, its subtle and stylish exterior is easy to miss, but … read the full post

Jun 13 2012

Dalat motorbike tour

Published by under Dalat

If you’re staying in Dalat, there is a good chance that your hotel or a member of the Easy Riders motorcycle club has offered you a motorbike tour of the surrounding highlands area. The only problem is that these trips tend to be light on details. If you’ve made the trip to Dalat and you’re … read the full post

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