Dec 12 2011

Photo: Trader house Hanoi

Published by under Photos

One of the great tragedies of Hanoi’s last few decades has been the demolishing of its many trading houses and shopfronts. It’s a testament to the sad state of affairs that many of the places of architecture walks in Hanoi’s Old Quarter no longer exist. Still, some remain.

Dec 08 2011

Hanoi’s villages: Bang So (Bamboo village)

Published by under Hanoi excursions

In the past, villagers in Vietnam tended to specialise in making particular items to meet their needs, sharing their skills with neighbours and relatives. This led to individual villages becoming known for a particular handicraft. As people moved to the cities they gravitated towards others with the same trade and hence we have areas such … read the full post

Dec 07 2011

December getaways: Saigon to Nha Trang

Published by under Nha Trang

With the exception of Tet, which sees Saigon comes to a four-day screeching halt, holidays can make people here go extra crazy. Christmas sees Saigon residents jam the streets to look at the Christmas lights around the city and getting a taxi from the airport is ridiculous: last year on Christmas Day I was quoted … read the full post

Dec 06 2011

How cold does it really get in Hanoi?

Published by under Weather

With the temperature dropping notably over the last week and my friend calling me this morning to ask where she could buy a heater, I thought it was an appropriate time to comment on the frequently asked question: “How cold does it get in Hanoi?“. We arrived in Hanoi at the end of January 2010 … read the full post

Dec 02 2011

Biking Hoi An

Published by under Transport

Renting a bicycle has always been a good way to explore Hoi An and its surrounds: it’s cheap, they’re never banned from the streets (other vehicles are forbidden at various times of the day), they provide a lot of freedom and you get to feel like you’re compensating for that last portion of wontons. I spent … read the full post

Dec 02 2011

Photo: Saigon green space

Published by under Photos

Saigon must be one of the easiest cities to string cliches together for: the old colliding with the new, the cyclos under neon lights, the hypnotic traffic (we admit we’re quite as guilty of it as the next travel site…) So it’s nice to rise above it all — and we think this single snap … read the full post

Nov 30 2011

Saigon street food safety

Plenty of food in this one!

Saigon isn’t much of a city for famous world-class landmarks — though certainly there are a few, it’s really the food on the street that’s something special. But despite the street food being great some people, rightfully, are concerned about the safety of food sold on the street in a country where you can’t drink … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Finding a good tailor in Hoi An

Published by under Shopping

by Anna Heimbichner Hoi An is home to possibly the world’s highest concentration of tailors per capita, who will stop at nothing to get you to buy clothing you think you need. Having clothes custom made for you can be highly tempting; I certainly wanted to give it a shot. I met travellers who visited … read the full post

Nov 24 2011

Cooking classes in Hoi An

Published by under Food

Advice on things to think about when selecting a cookery course in Hoi An and some recommended places.

Nov 23 2011

Saigon’s top rooftop bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Saigon is filled with bars, and it seems like new bars pop up everyday. There are all kinds of bars in the city: bars with live music, bars with trivia, pubs, taverns, and even a saloon. Quite a few rooftop bars are also sprinkled throughout the city. These happen to be my favourite, because there … read the full post

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