Jul 27 2011

Christ of Vung Tau

Published by under Vung Tau

A 90-minute hydrofoil ferry ride or three-hour motorbike drive from downtown Saigon, Vung Tau is a decent place to relax and unwind for a local city dweller; the average tourist on the other hand may find the city disappointing, as the beach is not nearly as nice as those you’ll find in other areas of … read the full post

Jul 26 2011

Discovering Vietnamese dessert che

Published by under Food

Che (pronounced chair) is a popular Vietnamese dessert or snack found at street stalls around Hanoi. Today we aim to (partly) demystify this unusual delicacy and encourage you to give it a try. First up, find a stall. Che stalls are usually characterised by a glass cabinet housing bowls of colourful … um stuff. Sometimes the … read the full post

Jul 23 2011

Medical care in Hanoi

Published by under Health & safety

A summary of the medical care available in Hanoi

Jul 20 2011

Renting an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

When you visit a city like Saigon sometimes your initial short stay can become a more permanent re-location. With new apartment buildings being constructed at a breakneck pace, the housing market here has plenty of openings, and most are furnished, making getting set up a rather simple affair. Here are some some tips and some … read the full post

Jul 19 2011

Hiring a car in Hanoi

Published by under Transport

Problems with hiring a self-drive car and the benefits of hiring a car and driver.

Jul 13 2011

54 Traditions Gallery: Ethnic minorities in Vietnam

An overview of the wonderful 54 Traditions Gallery, where you can view, learn about and buy antiquities, antiques and art from Vietnam’s 53 minorities and the Kinh

Jul 13 2011

Renting a motorbike in Saigon

Published by under Transport

Watching traffic cruise by from the back of a xe om or the backseat of a taxi can leave an adventurous traveller wanting to join the madness and drive their own motorbike. With motorbike rental spots all over the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area there is something available for almost all motorbike needs, but with … read the full post

Jul 11 2011

Best free iPhone apps for Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Phone & internet

I love my iPhone but at first I was unsure whether to bring it to Ho Chi Minh City. Now, I’m glad I did. With free WiFi available all over the city, my iPhone has been very useful and it doesn’t leave my side. Besides its normal, built-in functions of phone calling, checking email, and … read the full post

Jul 07 2011

Things to do in rainy Hanoi

It’s rainy season in Vietnam, and though this usually just means a downpour late afternoon or overnight and shouldn’t be enough to disrupt schedules, sometimes it does set in and you’ll want something to do in miserable weather. So what to do in Hanoi? Personally, I find curling up on the sofa watching back-to-back episodes of How … read the full post

Jul 06 2011

Live music in Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Bars & nightlife

After a few nights out on the Saigon club scene, you may grow tired of the recycled house beats and ringing in your ears. An alternative? Checking out one of the many live music venues the city has to offer. Live bands, classical music, jazz: Ho Chi Minh has something for everybody. If you’re in … read the full post

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