Aug 19 2012

Hoi An night market

Published by under Shopping

The stunning view back over old Hoi An Town

A few years ago market traders and food stalls were pushed out of Hoi An‘s old town in a bid to clean up the streets, leaving traders relocating outside the guarded boundaries of the pedestrian-ised zone. Then the Quang Nam authorities cleared the old central market and provided a new “cleansed zone”, in which a … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Review: Commune, Hanoi

Published by under Food

Let's start with the view

Located on the narrow but often busy Duong Ven Ho, which runs along the southern edge of West Lake, Commune has an enviable position overlooking the lake, and, while not the most convenient location, has a lot else going for it besides: good food, WiFi and a relaxed ambiance. Set-up as a joint work/cafe space … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Review: Vy Khanh Guesthouse, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

Not sure why it says hostel.

Down a busy, narrow alley, filled with dozens of other hotels and guesthouses in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, Vy Khanh Guesthouse has quietly become one of the area’s standout places to stay with their reputation for stellar service. At Vy Khanh you will find two types of rooms: 350,000 VND standards and … read the full post

Aug 16 2012

Review: Long Life Riverside Hotel, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

The brand new night market, the cheapest place in town to buy a silk lantern.

The traditional yellow-fronted, wooden-shuttered frontage of the Long Life Riverside Hotel blends in so well with Hoi An‘s ancient town ethics that it’s very easy to discount this as yet another tailor/restaurant/spa. But this is a place to stay, and the hotel’s quiet riverside location on the An Hoi islet offers some of the best … read the full post

Aug 15 2012

Saigon’s best street soups

Published by under Saigon street food

Seriously, that's crab meat.

Saigon has no shortage of street food but the city’s selections of soups are where you will find some particularly impressive dishes. Here are a few soups that you should give a try while trawling the streets of the city. The most famous of Saigon’s street soups is easily pho, and the vendors on the … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Review: The Sushi Bar, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Food

Everything is better tempura-ed.

Situated on the busy intersection of Le Thanh Ton and Ton Duc Thang, The Sushi Bar has been the standard by which all other Saigon sushi is measured. Open since 1999, the consistent quality delivered by the Sushi Bar has made it a favourite among locals, expats and tourists alike. Stepping inside the large restaurant, … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Manh

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Also available as a fish

A search for “Hang Manh” unsurprisingly brings up a raft of sites which mention the well-known bun cha joint at number 1. Well-known it may be, but good value it is no more: the dish under-delivers on flavour and it’s seriously over-priced compared to other bun cha places. Thankfully, there’s a more to Hang Manh … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Hoi An scams

Published by under Health & safety

Local arsonists.

Having read what we’ve written here on scams in Hanoi and scams in Saigon and listened to a few sorry traveller tales of “Vietscam”, I thought maybe it was time to lift the lid on all the terrible things that go on in the sleepy little pocket of Central Vietnam where I live. So I … read the full post

Aug 10 2012

Splurge Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon

Published by under Food

Served family style so you can try more dishes.

It’s true that in Saigon you can get some of the world’s best food right on the street; on the other hand, plenty of tourist-trap fancy restaurants are poised ready to pounce and charge you ridiculous prices for average dishes. But if you’re interested in sampling a variety of Vietnamese dishes in better surrounds than … read the full post

Aug 08 2012

Cua Dai Hotel, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

All tropical landscaped gardens and a jacuzzi!

The striking French colonial façade of the Cua Dai Hotel sits well back from Hoi An’s busy Cua Dai Road, sheltered by a beautifully manicured, walled tropical garden which gives a tantalising hint of the hotel’s stylishly designed interior. Set a good 10-minute walk from the old town on the road to Cua Dai beach, … read the full post

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