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.

Aug 22 2011

Mid-Autumn Festival mooncakes

Published by under Festivals

There’s nothing like a good holiday to shake you out of your rainy season blues and luckily for the Saigonese we get just that. Mid-Autumn Festival, Tet Trung Thu, the celebration of the fall equinox, occurs on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, or somewhere between September and early October … read the full post

Aug 19 2011

Putting your motorbike on the train in Lao Cai

Published by under Transport

Some tips for transporting your motorbike on a train from Lao Cai to Hanoi

Aug 18 2011

Saigon tailors

Published by under Shopping

When I travel I pack light. This helps me breeze through airports and carry fewer pieces of luggage up the stairs in my elevator-less hostel. But packing light has its drawbacks, and sometimes I don’t have room for all the outfits I may need, say for a fun night out or a fancy dinner. That’s … read the full post

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

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