Oct 27 2011

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Ma and Hang Chieu

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Our 36 streets series looks at streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, originally settled by artisan guilds, to see what is produced there today. Coming through the arch of Hanoi’s Old City Gate, the road straight ahead is Hang Chieu. A dozen or so shops have stayed reasonably true to the street’s original wares – Vietnamese grass tatami mats — … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

Halloween in Saigon

Published by under Events

Halloween is an interesting holiday in HCMC. For the most part, locals don’t celebrate and if they do they usually keep it on a lower key. The celebration, however, isn’t discouraged and being a city with an active nightlife, dozens of events and parties will give you an outlet to release your inner ghoul. Instead … read the full post

Oct 24 2011

Saigon street food: Make friends with a drink vendor

Published by under Food

Street food in Saigon: it basically makes life here worth living. If you walk down any street in HCMC you will probably find some food, but the problem is that you can’t be guaranteed much of a selection. For this reason I say that the best place to get street food in Saigon is by … read the full post

Oct 20 2011

Western goodies in Hanoi

Published by under Food,Shopping

As I stood at the bar of one of several popular backpacker venues in Hanoi on Sunday afternoon I overheard some customers discussing how they missed cheese and red wine, so I thought a blog about where to buy those goodies from home that you miss while travelling was in order. Of course, wine is … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Fix your iPhone, or any phone, in Saigon

Published by under Phone & internet

For my generation, cell or mobile phones are like extensions of our bodies. Thus, even when I moved half-way across the globe, I could not be separated from my iPhone. I tried, but I couldn’t do it. If you’re anything like me, you too will have your phone in hand when you stroll off your … read the full post

Oct 18 2011

Waxing and nails in Hanoi

Published by under Spas & massage

Here’s one for the ladies — or the hairy, callous-footed gentlemen. When you’ve had enough of attempting to shave your legs while balancing on the toilet seat in your wet-room shower, it’s time for a wax. Fortunately, reasonably priced, good quality waxing is available in Hanoi. My venue of choice is Top Spot on Au … read the full post

Oct 17 2011

Fishing in Saigon

Recently I was driving to a friend’s house on my motorbike when I caught something out of the corner of my eye that nearly made me lock the brakes: a fishing pond! I come from a family of fishermen and, since I have fishing in my veins, it was something I had to investigate. I … read the full post

Oct 13 2011

Learning Vietnamese in Hanoi

Ask any foreigner in Hanoi, particularly one who’s already tried to learn the language, and you’ll be told how difficult it is to master. Well, not just to master: even to speak more than a few words. I came to Hanoi full of positive expectations: I was top of the class at languages at school, … read the full post

Oct 12 2011

Saigon’s Back of the Bike tours

In a few weeks, my parents and brother are visiting Saigon, and Vietnam as a whole, for the first time. As I’m being a good daughter and helping with them plan their trip, I thought it would be a good idea for them to go on a tour of the city. Although I found a … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Markets in Hanoi

A few months ago I wrote about Dong Xuan Market, perhaps the best known market to tourists in Hanoi. However, Hanoi’s a city full of markets so there are a lot more worth exploring. Food markets can be found all over town. Despite the growth of the supermarket, most shopping is still conducted at local … read the full post

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