Jun 25 2012

Travelling from Saigon to Nha Trang

Published by under Nha Trang

So close, yet so far away.

Just over 400 kilometres away from Ho Chi Minh City, the beach town of Nha Trang makes for a great spot to grab a beach chair and soak up some sun. If you’re looking for a Saigon getaway here are your best ways to get there. If you’re in a time crunch, or you’re off … read the full post

Jun 24 2012

Review: Cha Ca La Vong

Published by under Food

Looks good yeah?

Restaurant Cha Ca La Vong recently featured in the New York Times in an article that talked about how variants of the same-named dish — a mixture of fish, turmeric, dill, shrimp paste, fish sauce, chillies, noodles and other herbs — are appearing on menus in the United States. Author Florence Fabricant notes that, despite … read the full post

Jun 22 2012

Lotus flowers in Hanoi

Spot the frog

It’s lotus flower season in Hanoi and the West Lake area is awash with the beautiful blooms. Lotus flowers hold particular significance in Vietnam, as they are considered one of four graceful flowers and plants, along with pine, bamboo and chrysanthemum. They are a symbol of purity, commitment, optimism for the future, beauty, majesty, grace, … read the full post

Jun 20 2012

Review: Delicious Wines in Hanoi

Published by under Food

Like a kid in a sweet shop

Delicious Wines opened a few months ago on Tong Duy Tan, alternatively known as food street, and is run by the same people who own Matchbox by the Fine Arts Museum. As a brand consultant, when someone names their new wine shop/wine bar something like “Delicious Wines”, I immediately doubt their promise; after all, if … read the full post

Jun 19 2012

Saigon street food: Pho

A trip to Saigon, or Vietnam for that matter, isn’t complete until you sit down for a bowl of the famous pho. Although plenty of restaurants in Saigon serve pho, you may find the best bowl right on the side of the street. Pho may seem like a simple dish of rice noodles and meat, … read the full post

Jun 17 2012

Review: Essence Hanoi Hotel

Published by under Accommodation

Useful when you've had an argument

Centrally located in Old Quarter, Essence Hanoi stands out along Ta Hien with its white frontage, stylish signage and uniformed doorman, which all hint at the quality within. Essence is within easy reach of the delights of the 36 streets as well as Hoan Kiem lake and the French Quarter. It’s also easy to pick … read the full post

Jun 16 2012

Review: Tokyo Deli

Published by under Food

Just a half block away from the Ben Thanh market on Le Thanh Ton, Tokyo Deli may have one of the most convenient locations in Saigon for a traveller in search of Japanese cuisine. Although the location is great, to look at the Deli from the outside is far from awe inspiring. The building has … read the full post

Jun 15 2012

Review: Pots n Pans

Published by under Food

Simplicity and style

About two kilometres south of Hoan Kiem Lake on Bui Thi Xuan – one of the small streets that runs parallel to Pho Hue and Ba Trieu – sits Hanoi’s latest must-go restaurant, Pots n Pans. Somewhat tucked away among the bright lights of karaoke bars, its subtle and stylish exterior is easy to miss, but … read the full post

Jun 14 2012

Review: The Fig Cafe

Published by under Food

A 20-minute drive from Pham Ngu Lao in Saigon, in the heart of the relatively untravelled Phu Nhuan district, The Fig Cafe sits cosily down a short alley on Nguyen Thi Huyen. Hidden from the street by high walls, once inside you’re treated to a lush courtyard filled with large-leafed plants. There are plenty of … read the full post

Jun 13 2012

Dalat motorbike tour

Published by under Dalat

If you’re staying in Dalat, there is a good chance that your hotel or a member of the Easy Riders motorcycle club has offered you a motorbike tour of the surrounding highlands area. The only problem is that these trips tend to be light on details. If you’ve made the trip to Dalat and you’re … read the full post

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