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

Nov 06 2011

Bia hoi in Hanoi

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Bia hoi: fresh and cheap and sometimes half decent, sometimes well… just fresh and cheap. Served straight from the metal kegs into distinct bia hoi glasses, it’s an iconic Vietnamese drink. Most visitors to Hanoi are familiar with International Bia Hoi corner: the junction of Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien and Dinh Liet. When I … read the full post

Nov 02 2011

How to get an airport taxi in Saigon

Published by under Transport

The flight to Ho Chi Minh City can be a tiring one — from my hometown of Seattle for instance, it takes about 17 hours. And once you land, you still have work to do: getting through immigration, which may include a wait at the visa on arrival desk, collecting your bags, and then stepping … read the full post

Nov 01 2011

War sights in Hanoi

A few places in Hanoi worth a visit if you’re interested in its military history

Oct 31 2011

Saigon’s 48-Hour Film Project

Published by under Events

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say I’m a bit of a film buff. One of the great things about living in Saigon is that between cheap movie theatres, which usually charge less than 100,000 VND for a ticket, and street DVDs, which cost about 10,000 VND a disk, I can pretty much get my … read the full post

Oct 27 2011

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Ma and Hang Chieu

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Our 36 streets series looks at streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, originally settled by artisan guilds, to see what is produced there today. Coming through the arch of Hanoi’s Old City Gate, the road straight ahead is Hang Chieu. A dozen or so shops have stayed reasonably true to the street’s original wares – Vietnamese grass tatami mats — … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

Halloween in Saigon

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Halloween is an interesting holiday in HCMC. For the most part, locals don’t celebrate and if they do they usually keep it on a lower key. The celebration, however, isn’t discouraged and being a city with an active nightlife, dozens of events and parties will give you an outlet to release your inner ghoul. Instead … read the full post

Oct 24 2011

Saigon street food: Make friends with a drink vendor

Published by under Food

Street food in Saigon: it basically makes life here worth living. If you walk down any street in HCMC you will probably find some food, but the problem is that you can’t be guaranteed much of a selection. For this reason I say that the best place to get street food in Saigon is by … read the full post

Oct 20 2011

Western goodies in Hanoi

Published by under Food,Shopping

As I stood at the bar of one of several popular backpacker venues in Hanoi on Sunday afternoon I overheard some customers discussing how they missed cheese and red wine, so I thought a blog about where to buy those goodies from home that you miss while travelling was in order. Of course, wine is … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Fix your iPhone, or any phone, in Saigon

Published by under Phone & internet

For my generation, cell or mobile phones are like extensions of our bodies. Thus, even when I moved half-way across the globe, I could not be separated from my iPhone. I tried, but I couldn’t do it. If you’re anything like me, you too will have your phone in hand when you stroll off your … read the full post

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