Sep 13 2011

Phu Quoc’s Tranh Stream

Published by under Phu Quoc Island

The low season on Phu Quoc can mean rain, and lots of it. Sometimes it can rain for several days in a row, non-stop. The sea is rough, the winds are strong, and you may find yourself in your less than $20 a night bungalow more than you thought. But there are good things about … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

Big benefit gig at Hanoi Rock City

Published by under Events

The event covered in this post has now happened, and wow, what a night! It went fantastically well: nearly 500 people attended and we raised over $4,600. A big big thanks to all involved. If you’d like to find out more, learn about upcoming events and activities in Hanoi and the UK, or make a … read the full post

Sep 12 2011

Watching the Rugby World Cup and other sporting events in Hanoi

Published by under Events

Some options for watching the Rugby World Cup and other sporting events in Hanoi.

Sep 09 2011

Saigon Vespa Adventures

For many travellers, Saigon is a short stop on a long itinerary with many stops in Vietnam. While you can walk around, or hire a cyclo to cruise you about, it’s hard to see the city without a little help. Many companies offer short tours of the city, including Vietnam Vespa Adventures, which takes guests … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

Surviving Hanoi traffic on foot

Published by under Health & safety

Now I know Hanoi is not unique in its interesting approach to traffic control and street crossings, but from my experience — and I’m sure thousands will agree — it is one of the craziest places to be on the streets, whether on some form of transport or on foot. It starts from the minute you … read the full post

Sep 01 2011

Saigon water puppets

Once you arrive in Saigon, especially in the Pham Ngu Lao area, you are bombarded with pamphlets and advertisements for various tourist activities in the city. Among the claims of seeing the country’s beauty, the best proclamation, and maybe the most outlandish, is that you “haven’t really been to Vietnam until you’ve seen a water … read the full post

Aug 31 2011

Cooking courses in Hanoi

A rundown of four places you can take a cookery course in Hanoi

Aug 25 2011

Street food tours in Hanoi

As well as being a tasty and cheap dining option, eating street food provides a great opportunity for people watching and an insight into local life. If you want to take this one step further, it’s worth considering a street food tour: not only will it take you to eateries and markets you might otherwise shy away … read the full post

Aug 24 2011

Saigon’s best cafes

Published by under Food

One thing’s for sure, Saigon loves its coffee. You can find a café on any given block in the city — more than likely, there will be more than one.  Like most major cities, Ho Chi Minh City has its fair share of chain coffee houses, such as Highlands Coffee and Coffee Bean, but you … read the full post

Aug 23 2011

Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Published by under Dong Hoi

The little visited Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park offers stunning vistas and world beating caves.

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