Jul 07 2011

Things to do in rainy Hanoi

It’s rainy season in Vietnam, and though this usually just means a downpour late afternoon or overnight and shouldn’t be enough to disrupt schedules, sometimes it does set in and you’ll want something to do in miserable weather. So what to do in Hanoi? Personally, I find curling up on the sofa watching back-to-back episodes of How … read the full post

Jul 06 2011

Live music in Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Bars & nightlife

After a few nights out on the Saigon club scene, you may grow tired of the recycled house beats and ringing in your ears. An alternative? Checking out one of the many live music venues the city has to offer. Live bands, classical music, jazz: Ho Chi Minh has something for everybody. If you’re in … read the full post

Jul 05 2011

Is Hanoi’s Dong Xuan market worth a visit?

Published by under Shopping

An overview of Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi

Jun 29 2011

Hostels in Hanoi

Published by under Accommodation

A review of some of the hostels offering dorm beds in Hanoi

Jun 29 2011

Saigon rainy season survival tips

Published by under Weather

Weather in Ho Chi Minh City comes in two flavours: dry and wet. The wet season sounds like a downer, and brings with it high humidity and daily downpours. But precisely because of the rainy season’s bad reputation, this time of the year can be a great and affordable time to visit if you don’t … read the full post

Jun 28 2011

Saigon walking tour

I’m a walker. When I travel, if there is any reasonable chance for me to walk to my destination, I will. When I walk I feel like I get a better feel for a city, and I see the everyday life that I would miss from the back seat of a taxi. My love of … read the full post

Jun 23 2011

Buying fruit in Hanoi

Published by under Food,Shopping

If you’ve managed to walk around Old Quarter in Hanoi and not be accosted by a lady in a conical hat trying to put her shoulder pole, supporting baskets of fruit, on your shoulder for a photo, you’re in the minority. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been approached and have yet to say … read the full post

Jun 22 2011

The best pho in Saigon

Published by under Food

There are many reasons I recommend visiting Ho Chi Minh City, from the shopping to the traffic it is a place to be experienced. The best reason to come however is to taste the food, the most famous of which is the legendary pho. But finding a great bowl can be tricky if you don’t … read the full post

Jun 21 2011

In Hanoi: Stand-up comedy, French films and an expat band

Published by under Events

Events in Hanoi in June and July, including a stand-up comedy event, French films and saying goodbye to Hanoian stalwarts The Props.

Jun 20 2011

Accessing Facebook in Vietnam via iPhone and iPod Touch

Published by under Phone & internet

Facebook is still blocked in Vietnam. Previously, I have explained how to access Facebook from Windows and Mac based computers, but we don’t always want to lug our laptops around town. Here’s how to get on Facebook with an iPhone or iPod Touch. The easiest way to access Facebook is to change your phone’s Domain … read the full post

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