Aug 16 2013

How to overnight on the Cham islands independently

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

One of a number of deserted bays on the island.

Travellers to Hoi An looking for a little beach time typically end up on the same kilometre of nearby coast: Cua Dai, with those in-the-know tracking down the not-so-secret An Bang beach. Those curious enough to enquire about a trip to the Cham islands are given a choice between dive and snorkelling boat trips. But what about staying … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Two days on a budget in Hanoi

Published by under Hanoi

Not white bricks, but tofu.

Most people travelling through Hanoi give the city a couple of days before heading to Halong Bay, Sapa or down to the centre and south of the country. Here are our suggestions for what to do on a tight budget if you have just two days here and want to make the most of them. On … read the full post

Aug 14 2013

Staying safe on a night out in Hoi An

Published by under Bars & nightlife

This is never a good idea.

We’ve been hearing some disturbing stories from late night revellers caught off guard that suggest Hoi An is not the safe place it once was, with motorbike taxi gangs and bar-owning chancers taking advantage of the drunk and confused. Until recently, if you were looking for a misspent night dancing on the pool table till breakfast in … read the full post

Aug 12 2013

Review: Townhouse 50, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Accommodation

They really pack you in.

Over the past few years, hostels and guesthouses with dorm beds have been popping up around Saigon. While most are on the newer, cleaner side of the spectrum, few offer the trendy digs that one can find in the fancier hostels of Singapore and Bangkok. However, at Townhouse 50, you’ll find something that raises the … read the full post

Aug 05 2013

Saigon’s Kizciti

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With enough credits they can fly Air Mekong.

Saigon isn’t the most kid-friendly spot in world; but you can find a few parks plus one place worth checking out is entirely for kids, and it’s within walking distance from Pham Ngu Lao: District 4’s Kizciti. Kizciti is basically a miniature city for kids between the ages of three and 15, where they have the … read the full post

Aug 02 2013

Riding Thanh Nam, Hoi An

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Fish bunting: an aromatic alternative to the endless silk lanterns of the old town.

Thanh Nam fishing village, a short bike ferry from Cua Dai harbour, is a popular stop-off for early morning bicycle tour groups and you can see why: as the sampans park laden with the day’s catch it’s a vibrant, bustling backdrop of conical hats, pyjamas and of course, fish. Fabulous for photographers, it’s well worth … read the full post

Jul 27 2013

Review: Garden Hills Ecological Lodge, Cham Island

Published by under Accommodation

There’s something undeniably bohemian about Garden Hills Ecological Lodge. Carved entirely out of jackfruit wood, with a wrap-around balcony perfectly positioned for soaking up sunsets and a hammock-strewn garden devoted to contemplation, it’s pure Cham Island escapism. To say we scaled cliffs to find this place is not an exaggeration. We took a the $2, 08:00 supply … read the full post

Jul 23 2013

Hanoi’s train station

Published by under Transport

As high tech as it gets.

Most visitors to Hanoi will have some occasion to use the train station, whether travelling north to Sapa or down the coast on the Reunification Express. So here’s a quick guide to where it is, how to buy tickets and what to expect when you get there. The train station is split into station A … read the full post

Jul 17 2013

Review: The Beach House, An Bang, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

And chilled, airy indoor spaces.

A terracotta-tiled roof and a bunch of banana trees sitting behind a cheerful blue stripy gate are pretty much the only clues you’ll need to track down family-friendly An Bang Beach House, sitting on a corner plot between a mishmash of newly built Vietnamese tube houses and village houses. It’s just 50 metres from the … read the full post

Jul 13 2013

Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

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Not jam packed with exhibits.

While some of Saigon’s more popular museums can draw big crowds, a few museums around town that are worth at least a quick stop seem to fall to the wayside. The Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, housed in a fine example of French colonial building prowess, is one such oft-overlooked museum. The displays inside, … read the full post

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