Sep 20 2011

Phu Quoc night market

Published by under Phu Quoc Island

Living the resort life on Phu Quoc can be rough. You have to hang out all day on the beach then reluctantly drag yourself somewhere for food; then it’s back to the beach. While this repetition may not actually be that bad, it can get a little boring after a couple of days. If you … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

On islands : Phu Quoc night market

Published by under Food,Shopping

Living the resort life on Phu Quoc can be rough. You have to hang out all day on the beach then reluctantly drag yourself somewhere for food; then it’s back to the beach. Over on the island blog we have a poke through Phu Quoc’s market and find some pearls too.

Sep 15 2011

Phu Quoc snorkel tour

Published by under Phu Quoc Island

Stay anywhere on Phu Quoc Island and you’ll probably see a sign, or be given a brochure, advertising a snorkel/fishing tour. Being a sucker for tours that include water, and me going into it, I was chomping at the bit to get on a boat. My first few days on the island disagreed, however, and … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

Phu Quoc’s Tranh Stream

Published by under Phu Quoc Island

The low season on Phu Quoc can mean rain, and lots of it. Sometimes it can rain for several days in a row, non-stop. The sea is rough, the winds are strong, and you may find yourself in your less than $20 a night bungalow more than you thought. But there are good things about … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

Big benefit gig at Hanoi Rock City

Published by under Events

The event covered in this post has now happened, and wow, what a night! It went fantastically well: nearly 500 people attended and we raised over $4,600. A big big thanks to all involved. If you’d like to find out more, learn about upcoming events and activities in Hanoi and the UK, or make a … read the full post

Sep 12 2011

Watching the Rugby World Cup and other sporting events in Hanoi

Published by under Events

Some options for watching the Rugby World Cup and other sporting events in Hanoi.

Sep 09 2011

Saigon Vespa Adventures

For many travellers, Saigon is a short stop on a long itinerary with many stops in Vietnam. While you can walk around, or hire a cyclo to cruise you about, it’s hard to see the city without a little help. Many companies offer short tours of the city, including Vietnam Vespa Adventures, which takes guests … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

Surviving Hanoi traffic on foot

Published by under Health & safety

Now I know Hanoi is not unique in its interesting approach to traffic control and street crossings, but from my experience — and I’m sure thousands will agree — it is one of the craziest places to be on the streets, whether on some form of transport or on foot. It starts from the minute you … read the full post

Sep 05 2011

Saigon’s Dam Sen Water Park

It can get hot in Ho Chi Minh City. With average highs of over 30 degrees Celsius every month of the year, plus an average humidity of 75%, just a quick walk down the block have you ready to call it a day. So, if the Saigon heat has you feeling a little trapped, but … read the full post

Sep 01 2011

Saigon water puppets

Once you arrive in Saigon, especially in the Pham Ngu Lao area, you are bombarded with pamphlets and advertisements for various tourist activities in the city. Among the claims of seeing the country’s beauty, the best proclamation, and maybe the most outlandish, is that you “haven’t really been to Vietnam until you’ve seen a water … read the full post

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