Aug 17 2011

Staying outside Old Quarter in Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

When visiting Hanoi, most tourists stay in Old Quarter, and for good reason: it’s here that the majority of the hotels, Westernised restaurants and souvenir shops are located and of course it has heaps of character, local life and the attraction of Hoan Kiem Lake. But if you’re the sort of traveller who likes to buck the trend other … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Phong Nha farmstay

Published by under Dong Hoi

An overview of Phong Nha Farmstay in rural North Central Vietnam

Aug 10 2011

YKC spa & hair salon

Published by under Spas & massage

Saigon boasts several salons throughout the city, offering a wide range of services, prices, and quality. My favourite, only a 10-minute taxi or xe om ride away from the heart of downtown on the busy street of Dien Bien Phu, is YKC in District 3. I go here for all my hair, nail, and facial … read the full post

Aug 09 2011

Dentists and dental care in Hanoi

Published by under Health & safety

Whether you’re struck with toothache or looking for some cheap repair or enhancement work, Hanoi has its fair share of dental clinics willing to help. Firstly, what’s available? From a cosmetic point of view, teeth whitening is popular and is certainly much cheaper than in Western countries. The problem with teeth whitening is that you … read the full post

Aug 04 2011

Delicious Vietnamese at AZenh

Published by under Food

A new restaurant in Hanoi that’s serving up delicious, good value Vietnamese food

Aug 02 2011

Renting in Hanoi: Types of housing and prices

Published by under Living in Hanoi

Types of accommodation available in Hanoi along with estate agent recommendations

Jul 28 2011

Renting in Hanoi: Location

Published by under Living in Hanoi

An introduction to the districts in Hanoi that you might want to explore if deciding to live here

Jul 27 2011

Christ of Vung Tau

Published by under Vung Tau

A 90-minute hydrofoil ferry ride or three-hour motorbike drive from downtown Saigon, Vung Tau is a decent place to relax and unwind for a local city dweller; the average tourist on the other hand may find the city disappointing, as the beach is not nearly as nice as those you’ll find in other areas of … read the full post

Jul 26 2011

Discovering Vietnamese dessert che

Published by under Food

Che (pronounced chair) is a popular Vietnamese dessert or snack found at street stalls around Hanoi. Today we aim to (partly) demystify this unusual delicacy and encourage you to give it a try. First up, find a stall. Che stalls are usually characterised by a glass cabinet housing bowls of colourful … um stuff. Sometimes the … read the full post

Jul 25 2011

Saigon’s Monkey Island

Published by under Saigon excursions

Roughly 60km from the centre of Saigon — a beautiful two-hour trip by motorbike and ferry away — sits Can Gio, an island formed where the Saigon River hits the sea. Over the last few years this island has become a popular getaway day trip for savvy locals. Tourists to Can Gio don’t come for … read the full post

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