Nov 28 2011

Saigon’s Thu Thiem ferry

Riding on a ferry in Southeast Asia is quite an experience and unlike any boat ride you’ll go on back home. The ferries are small, a little old, and they have to fight for space on busy waterways. It’s not that I feel particularly in danger during a ride, but I don’t always feel 100% … 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

Nov 17 2011

Hoi An: Stay at the beach or in town?

Published by under Accommodation

Hoi An is best known for its town — the beautiful riverside setting, the shopping, the food — but with two beaches within easy reach it also meets the needs of the beach lover, when it’s not rainy season. So where is the best place to base yourself: the town or Cua Dai beach? The … read the full post

Nov 16 2011

HCMC to Vung Tau by hydrofoil

Published by under Transport,Vung Tau

Saigon is a big and hectic city that can wear you out. If it’s not the grinding traffic of motorbikes and taxis, it’s the hoopla of Brad and Angelina, with their kids, visiting a restaurant that you reviewed. Sometimes it’s too much and all a person feels like doing is getting away. Luckily, the beach, … read the full post

Nov 15 2011

Hanoi International Women’s Club 2011 Charity Bazaar

Published by under Events

If you’re in Hanoi on November 27 consider heading over to the United Nations International School (UNIS) in Ciputra for the 2011 Charity Bazaar, organised by the Hanoi International Women’s Club. The Charity Bazaar, now in its 20th year, is the largest fundraising event of the year held by anyone in Hanoi and a great … read the full post

Nov 14 2011

Saigon trivia nights

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Back in my college days, nearly every Monday night, my friends and I would go as a team to a local restaurant/bar to play trivia against other college students; we rarely won but still I love to play. So, when I left the comforts of home and came to Saigon I kept my eye out … read the full post

Nov 11 2011

Metropole’s old shelter re-discovered

Published by under Accommodation

A few months ago, workers renovating the Bamboo Bar at Hanoi’s historic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel hit a snag: they struck the roof of a long-buried air raid shelter that had all but been forgotten. After excavating more than two metres of earth and reinforced concrete, the workers jack-hammered through a 278mm-thick ceiling: below was around … read the full post

Nov 09 2011

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Dieu

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Hang Dieu comprises a strange melee of stores. Running north from the six-way junction at Duong Thanh until it turns into Hang Ga, it sold cigarettes in the 19th Centure and, more recently, leather shoes and sandals. Neither of these wares are in evidence anymore and now I think of it as “bedding street”, in … read the full post

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