Apr 17 2013

Quan Am, the bodhisattva of compassion, in Vietnam

Published by under Culture

Some stars never fade.

Anyone who spends more than a few hours in Vietnam will notice the many white statues of a divine woman usually holding an upside down vase. It’s not some feminine looking Buddha or an “Asian Virgin Mary” — it’s Quan Am (aka Kuan Yin, Kuan Shih Yin, Guanyin or Kannon), the bodhisattva of compassion. In … read the full post

Apr 15 2013

Visa on arrival at Saigon, Vietnam

Published by under Visas

This is the shortest I've ever seen the line.

Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, getting into Vietnam is slightly more difficult, requiring most foreign travellers to apply for a visa weeks before visiting. Instead of visiting their nearest Vietnamese embassy, many fliers opt for Vietnam’s visa on arrival. However, the visa on arrival process at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat can be confusing, especially … read the full post

Mar 06 2013

Hoi An: Stay in the beach or town?

Published by under Accommodation

Sunrise swim.

In an ideal world, breaking a Hoi An stay in two, with a few days at the beach and a few in town, seems like the perfect solution. But what most travellers don’t realise is that Hoi An’s Cua Dai and An Bang beach are just five minutes’ from the old town. Every resort outside … read the full post

Feb 25 2013

Vung Tau’s Ho May Cultural and Eco-Tourism Park

Published by under Vung Tau

The city below.

On top of the hill referred to locally as Big Mountain, the Ho May Cultural and Eco-Tourism Park in Vung Tau, also known as Cloud Lake Resort, is a sprawling park, zoo and amusement park rolled into one — it may remind you of a smaller scale Nha Trang’s Vinpearl Land. From the top of … read the full post

Feb 24 2013

Review: Binh Minh Cable Car Resort, Vung Tau

Published by under Vung Tau

A room with a view.

The coastal city of Vung Tau, 90 minutes from Saigon by way of hydrofoil, is a popular destination for those looking to escape the big city. Although it’s a beach town, getting off the beach can lead to some interesting finds, including the Binh Minh Cable Car Resort, just up the hill from Vung Tau’s … read the full post

Feb 23 2013

Noodle dishes in Hanoi

Published by under Food

You might not want to eat them once you've seen them made.

You could easily eat noodle dishes in Hanoi for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week and still not have the same meal twice. Here’s our quick guide to what’s what when it comes to noodles in the Vietnamese capital. Let’s start with the most well-known: pho. As we highlighted some time ago, pho is … read the full post

Feb 21 2013

Hanging out like a rock star in Hoi An (on a budget)

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Kick back by the pool as the sun sets over the Sunrise!

We’ve all done it, dragged a skuzzy backpack through some pretty skanky hostels, got so used to washing with a bucket of cold water that a dip in a highly chlorinated pool makes us feel unusually clean, trading conditioner for dreadlocks and razors for a patchy beard, because when you’re on the road anything goes … read the full post

Feb 19 2013

Greyhound racing in Vung Tau

Published by under Vung Tau

The VIP section seems surprisingly small.

The coastal city of Vung Tau, a relatively short hydrofoil boat ride from Saigon proper, makes for a relaxing weekend trip from the bustling city. Although it’s most popular for its somewhat average beach, a way to get a taste of Vietnamese local life is to head downtown to watch the greyhound races at one … read the full post

Feb 12 2013

Photo essay: Getting lost in Hoi An’s old town

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Just tucked behind Nguyen Thai Hoc.

If there ever were a destination worth throwing away your map for, Hoi An’s old town is the place to do so with gay abandon. For most visitors a wander through town consists of shoving out their elbows and trawling their way up and down the main drag, ticket in hand while muttering “No, I … read the full post

Feb 06 2013

Hoi An Cloth Market

Published by under Shopping

How he slept through the chorus of 'BUY SOMETHING' is beyond doubt a miracle.

UPDATE, July 2013: Hoi An cloth market has moved to the main market building further along Bach Dang Street towards Hoang Dieu for several months while the old cloth market building is renovated. The traders expect the renovation to be complete in three months, which translates to a year in Hoi An, so we’ll update you … read the full post

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