Dec 28 2012

Travelling between Hoi An and Da Nang

Published by under Transport

Easier to track down than the free Big C bus.

Da Nang is Vietnam’s fastest growing city, a sprawling metropolis of modern high rise mixed with a sprinkling of French colonial architecture lounging between the Bach Dang river and My Ke, one of the longest stretches of beach in Vietnam. It’s very much a Vietnamese city — as bewildering and as it is beguiling, and not for … read the full post

Dec 23 2012

New Year’s Eve in Hanoi

Published by under Events

You might get lucky.

It may be the lesser celebrated new year’s eve in Vietnam — with lunar new year taking the headlines — but if you’re after a celebration in Hanoi on December 31 here are a few ideas of where to start (now that you have Christmas in Hanoi totally sorted, right?). Celebrations are likely to be … read the full post

Dec 19 2012

Christmas in Hanoi 2012

Published by under Events

Ding dong merrily on high.

Christmas may not be a Vietnamese holiday, but you’d never guess it: Hanoi is already decked with holly and baubles, and for those of you from the northern hemisphere the weather’s the right side of 20 degrees Celsius as well. Enjoy your Christmas in Hanoi at one of the hotels or restaurants or attend a … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Review: The Hill Station, Sapa

Published by under Sapa

Take it easy on the wine if you sit upstairs.

Sapa hasn’t changed much over the last few years, but one new addition that stands out is The Hill Station. Located near the junction of Cau May and Muong Hoa Roads, it’s in the thick of things, but provides a cosy respite from the streets and hawkers outside. Set on two floors, with a narrow … read the full post

Dec 13 2012

The Ho Chi Minh Trail with Hoi An Motorbike Adventures

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Ba Hom accommodation might not come with room service, but who needs it with views like that!

With almost 1,000 miles of remote backwater paths and trails, paddy, narrow mountain passes, isolated hill tribes and dense jungle, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most rewarding and directionally challenging rides in the country. Unless you have a penchant for getting lost somewhere near the Lao border or breaking down on … read the full post

Dec 09 2012

Christmas in Hoi An

Published by under Festivals

We couldn't resist!

If you are reading this from somewhere predominantly Christian in the West another mention of Christmas is quite possibly the last thing you need to hear; but for those of you lucky enough to be on the road, Christmas can be a tough time to be away from family and friends. But if you’re in … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

Overnighting in Tam Dao

Published by under Hanoi excursions

Not recommended in winter.

While not a must-visit destination, if you’re not in a rush and are keen to explore less touristy spots in Vietnam, Tam Dao hill station is worth an overnight from Hanoi, especially to escape the capital’s summer heat. Here’s some advice on how to spend your time there. Leave Hanoi after breakfast — by bus, … read the full post

Dec 06 2012

How to haggle — or avoid haggling — in Hoi An

Published by under Shopping

Hit the streets of Hoi An for anything from a tailored suit through to a banh mi and you will be thrown into a state of confusion over what really is a fair price. With very few traders working to a fixed price it’s not too uncommon to sometimes feel like you’ve been had. Ask … read the full post

Dec 05 2012

Saigon’s best nightclubs

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Party time!

Saigon has an active and relatively cheap nightlife. If you’re wound up from your travels and want to unwind, you’ll find plenty of places where you can get the party started; here are a few places to kick back. Open since the early 90s, HCMC’s most famous, or infamous, nightclub is Apocalypse Now. Hidden on … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Can I get food delivered in Hanoi?

Published by under Food

Want rice and pork chop delivered? Done.

Getting a delivery meal to your hotel room might not be what travelling and a holiday in Hanoi is all about, but sometimes a quiet night in front of the TV with a pork chop and rice is a welcome break from shopping and sightseeing. Now getting a delivery in Hanoi is as easy as … read the full post

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