Jan 02 2012

Tet in Saigon

Published by under Festivals

Now that Christmas and New Year are all wrapped up most of the world tidies up and gets on with their lives. This isn’t quite the case in HCMC, where the start of a New Year on the Gregorian calendar signifies a soon-to-come even bigger celebration: Tet, the Lunar New Year, celebrated this year between … read the full post

Dec 30 2011

Where to buy classy souvenirs in Hanoi

Published by under Shopping

While the standard Hanoi souvenirs available all over Old Quarter offer plenty of options for take home pressies for pals, if you want something more special, or just want to avoid the haggling and trooping around, Hanoi also offers some good little shopping spots. Tan My Design on Hang Gai is one of the most … read the full post

Dec 29 2011

A good Saigon spa

Published by under Spas & massage

Let’s face it: sometimes you need a day away from all of life’s hustle and bustle. The daily grind of traffic and a constant state of busyness can really get you down if you don’t steal away for some ‘me’ time. This is especially true when you’re travelling and more so if you’re travelling in … read the full post

Dec 23 2011

Dong Xuan night market

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I have a confession to make: it’s taken me nearly two years to get round to fully exploring Hanoi‘s Dong Xuan night market. I’ve wandered in half-heartedly before but never have I explored the depths of its wonder. But now all that has changed. The night market runs along Hang Ngang and Dong Xuan streets, … read the full post

Dec 23 2011

Photo: Incense at Thien Hau pagoda

Published by under Photos

Ho Chi Minh City‘s many pagodas are renowned for their evocative burning incense, but none quite so much as Thien Hau Pagoda in the heart of Cho Lon — Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown. Dozens of slow-burning incense coils hang from the ceiling while yellow slicks smoulder at waist-level by the fistful. While the temple … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

Canyoning in Da Lat

Published by under Dalat

When you’re travelling in Vietnam, taking tours can become a common theme of your trip. Tours can be great, but after you’ve done a few they can get a little repetitive. Lately I’ve been looking for a little more adventure in my travels around Saigon so when my friend recommended I take a quick weekend … read the full post

Dec 19 2011

December getaways: Hanoi to Sapa

Published by under Hanoi excursions

If you end up in Hanoi at Christmas but don’t want a city-based festive season, what are your options? With no good beaches within easy travelling distance – and the weather not likely to be good enough for lazing on a beach anyway — why not go in the opposite direction and head for the … read the full post

Dec 19 2011

New Year’s Eve in Saigon

Published by under Festivals

Christmas in HCMC is a bit of an extravaganza, with fantastic decorations everywhere and people making an evening out of just hanging out around them. But as crazy as Christmas gets it has nothing on New Year’s Eve in Saigon. Ringing in the New Year right is a high priority for the city; decorations line … read the full post

Dec 16 2011

Christmas in Saigon

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Saigon is in the grips of the Christmas spirit. Everywhere you go, something will be there to remind you that the happiest time of the year is right around the corner. Large streetside decorations, cafes pumping out your seasonal favourite songs, and tin foil snow is everywhere. A Saigon Christmas is a different sort of … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

A Christmas day in Hanoi

Published by under Festivals

Despite Christmas not being traditionally celebrated in Vietnam, the Christmas spirit has certainly arrived this year, with decorations proudly lacing many an office and apartment building. I celebrated early on Saturday, as I’ll be in the UK over Christmas this year: Santa hats and decorations were purchased on Hang Ma, Secret Santa (anonymous) gifts were … read the full post

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