Apr 06 2011

Getting a haircut in Hanoi

Published by under Health & safety

Neatly groomed hair might not be a priority when backpacking, but most of us need a haircut once in a while. So where’s a good place to get a haircut in Hanoi? Plenty of options for men The most interesting option is to stop at one of the roadside barbers scattered throughout town. I’ve not … read the full post

Apr 02 2011

Saigon motorbike taxi tips

Published by under Transport

When I am in need of a ride, the quickest, and my favourite, way to get around Saigon is by using one of the many motorbike taxis, or xe oms. Drivers can be found on nearly every Saigon street corner sitting, or laying, on their bike. Catching a xe om, especially during rush hour, will save … read the full post

Mar 17 2011

Renting a motorbike in Hanoi

Published by under Transport

As I’m sure you’re aware, motorbikes are THE mode of transport in Vietnam, and Hanoi is the epitome of this love affair with two wheels. For many visitors, a drive from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa is the best way to see the country, but others are satisfied with just the experience of a … read the full post

Mar 01 2011

Fundraiser, World Music and Jazz in March

Published by under Events

Three March events caught my eye as I was perusing Hanoi Grapevine… Fundraising event for Ta Phin The first is an event this Saturday, March 5, at Green Mango. The event is a fundraiser for Ta Phin district in Sapa and aims to address the needs of the underpriviledged ethnic minorities in the area and to raise … read the full post

Feb 24 2011

A food splurge in Mui Ne

Published by under Mui Ne

I’ve covered accommodation and drinking (albeit with a bit of food thrown in), so for my last blog on Mui Ne I thought I’d write about our dinner treat. I’d heard good things about staying at The Sailing Club but it was well out of our budget — especially over Tet — so when our … read the full post

Feb 18 2011

Accommodation off the beach in Mui Ne

Published by under Mui Ne

Although traditionally most — and certainly the most desirable — accommodation has been located on the beach side of the road through Mui Ne, on my last visit I discovered two guesthouses that made me re-think the value of a beach view. It was somewhat through chance that I contacted Mui Ne Hills Guesthouse. I … read the full post

Feb 14 2011

Sankara: Changing the face of Mui Ne

Published by under Mui Ne

Mui Ne is often referred to as “quiet” and is considered to lack the buzz and nightlife of Nha Trang, a fact that can be off-putting to party-seeking travellers. While this may be true, the new kid on the block — Sankara — has certainly injected a bit of style and life into the bar scene. When … read the full post

Feb 10 2011

Cabaret in Hanoi

Published by under Events

For those itching to to show off their vocal talents beyond a karaoke performance, L’Espace, the French Cultural Centre in Hanoi, is giving you just that chance. On 12th February and 5th March at 8.30pm they are having ‘Cabaret Nights‘ when song-writers and singers are invited to perform on stage. Anyone can participate but the organisers … read the full post

Feb 08 2011

The cheapest way to get around Hanoi

Published by under Money & costs,Transport

Firstly: walking! The Old Quarter itself is reasonably small and it makes more sense to walk as then it’s easier to pop into shops, stop for a drink, take photos and generally observe. From the Old Quarter it’s not too far to the French Quarter and although the the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex is … read the full post

Feb 01 2011

Buying paintings in Hanoi: from copies to works of art

Published by under Shopping

Copying is rife across Vietnam, and art is no exception. Hanoi’s Old Quarter is littered with art shops selling life-size copies of a wide range of artists’ work: from Van Gogh to Da Vinci to Klimt. These aren’t prints; they’re freshly-painted by talented copy artists whom you can often see tracing and painting away in the shops. They’re generally sold … read the full post

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