Feb 24 2012

Saigon street food: Hu tieu

I’m trying not to be too repetitive, but I’m pretty much in love with the street food in Saigon. I don’t think I’ve tried many dishes that I wouldn’t want to have on a regular basis; I just can’t get past the mental block for a daily hot vit lon yet. One thing that surprises … read the full post

Feb 22 2012

Hanoi people: The chef

Published by under Hanoi people

Tracey Lister, co-owner of Hanoi Cooking Centre, first came to Hanoi in 2000. Hoping to find voluntary work she was rebuffed by NGOs who didn’t “need chefs” but she came anyway, accompanying her husband, Andreas Pohl, who was working on an AusAid project. When she arrived in Hanoi she met Jimmy Pham, founder of Koto … read the full post

Feb 20 2012

Saigon’s Jade Emperor Pagoda

Saigon is a city filled with places of worship; it seems that every street has at least one pagoda or church — from the roof of my old house in District 3 I could see at least seven. Most of these spots are nothing particularly special in terms of architectural or historical significance but Saigon … read the full post

Feb 18 2012

Weddings in Hanoi: Before the day

If you’ve seen a tent being erected on the pavement in the middle of Hanoi and wondered what on earth is going on, it’s likely that there’s a wedding in the offing. Let me backtrack a little and give you a whistle-stop guide to marriage in Vietnam. To give you a full understanding of the … read the full post

Feb 16 2012

Enjoying street food at Saigon’s markets

Published by under Food

I’ve mentioned before that I think the greatest thing about my city is the food and the best food is usually on the street. Obviously, I talk a lot about street food but honestly I get most of my “street food” from markets. The problem is that besides Ben Thanh Market, and maybe Binh Tay, … read the full post

Feb 15 2012

Hanoi people: The travel agent

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As a way to bring you an insight plus some useful information about Hanoi, I’ve been interviewing people who can offer different perspectives on the city. Given that travel agents get a lot of negative press, I met with Lai, a travel agent well known and trusted within the expat community. Lai is from a … read the full post

Feb 13 2012

Saigon Cyclo Challenge

Published by under Events

Although Saigon has many forms of transportation, like motorbikes and taxis, one of the most unique ways to travel the city’s streets is by cyclo. You sit in the front, kind of like royalty, and you are peddled to your destination. I would almost say that your trip to Saigon wouldn’t be complete without taking … read the full post

Feb 08 2012

Flying domestically in Vietnam

Published by under Transport

An often-asked question on the Travelfish.org Vietnam forum is, “Should I book my flights in advance or when I get to Vietnam?” The answer depends on a number of factors, most notably when and where you want to fly, how flexible your flight times are and what your budget is. So it’s not an easy … read the full post

Feb 08 2012

Saigon street food: Com tam

A few posts ago when I was talking about banh xeo, I brought up the fact that I have neglected to write about some of the common popular street dishes in Saigon that I take for granted. One such popular dish is com tam, a popular food for anytime of the day. It looks like … read the full post

Feb 06 2012

Saigon Pub Crawl

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Besides having cafes and street food, Saigon also has a fair share of bars and clubs, I guess you need something to do once the cafes close. Since there are so many bars sometimes it can be hit and miss to find a place with people without walking all over town. The best way is … read the full post

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