Apr 06 2011

Getting a haircut in Hanoi

Published by under Health & safety

Neatly groomed hair might not be a priority when backpacking, but most of us need a haircut once in a while. So where’s a good place to get a haircut in Hanoi? Plenty of options for men The most interesting option is to stop at one of the roadside barbers scattered throughout town. I’ve not … read the full post

Apr 02 2011

Saigon motorbike taxi tips

Published by under Transport

When I am in need of a ride, the quickest, and my favourite, way to get around Saigon is by using one of the many motorbike taxis, or xe oms. Drivers can be found on nearly every Saigon street corner sitting, or laying, on their bike. Catching a xe om, especially during rush hour, will save … read the full post

Mar 31 2011

Tenpin bowling in Hanoi

It’s not top of most people’s lists of things to do when coming to Vietnam, but for those seeking a taste of home or just something different to do one evening, the Star Bowl tenpin bowling centre in Hanoi can provide an hour or so of laughs. The set up is exactly as I remember from … read the full post

Mar 24 2011

Fine arts and dining: Hanoi’s Matchbox restaurant

Published by under Food

Matchbox Restaurant used to be a cosy restaurant hidden away on Nui Truc; it was one of those places I always planned to visit but never quite made it to. Then it moved to the grounds of the Fine Arts Museum, upgrading its environment and planting it more firmly in tourist land. The restaurant is now housed in a … read the full post

Mar 21 2011

Biking around Hanoi’s West Lake

I know I must have mentioned a few times how much I love West Lake. Well, now the weather’s improving — at least a bit — it’s a good time to hire a bicycle, get away from the madness of Old Quarter and cycle round the 17km shoreline of what must be one of the … read the full post

Mar 17 2011

Renting a motorbike in Hanoi

Published by under Transport

As I’m sure you’re aware, motorbikes are THE mode of transport in Vietnam, and Hanoi is the epitome of this love affair with two wheels. For many visitors, a drive from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa is the best way to see the country, but others are satisfied with just the experience of a … read the full post

Mar 10 2011

Hanoi street food: Legs, wings and feet at BBQ Chicken St

Published by under Food

So called ‘BBQ chicken street’, on Ly Van Phuc just off Nguyen Thai Hoc, is hard to miss in the evening, as the plumes of  smoke drift into the night sky and the smell of barbecueing drifts along the street. Very distinct from the “BBQ Chicken” fast food joints that are rapidly springing up all … read the full post

Mar 01 2011

Fundraiser, World Music and Jazz in March

Published by under Events

Three March events caught my eye as I was perusing Hanoi Grapevine… Fundraising event for Ta Phin The first is an event this Saturday, March 5, at Green Mango. The event is a fundraiser for Ta Phin district in Sapa and aims to address the needs of the underpriviledged ethnic minorities in the area and to raise … read the full post

Feb 24 2011

A food splurge in Mui Ne

Published by under Mui Ne

I’ve covered accommodation and drinking (albeit with a bit of food thrown in), so for my last blog on Mui Ne I thought I’d write about our dinner treat. I’d heard good things about staying at The Sailing Club but it was well out of our budget — especially over Tet — so when our … read the full post

Feb 18 2011

Accommodation off the beach in Mui Ne

Published by under Mui Ne

Although traditionally most — and certainly the most desirable — accommodation has been located on the beach side of the road through Mui Ne, on my last visit I discovered two guesthouses that made me re-think the value of a beach view. It was somewhat through chance that I contacted Mui Ne Hills Guesthouse. I … read the full post

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