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 17 2013

Review: Thang Long Royal Citadel, Hanoi

Colour co-ordinated flowers.

Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi was opened to the public quite recently, but once you’ve been you’ll wonder why it was kept under wraps for so long. With attractive, shady gardens, imposing buildings, underground bunkers and numerous historic artifacts, it’s got something for everyone. And it’s free. The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was built … 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

Feb 03 2013

X-Factory laser tag and entertainment zone, Hanoi

OK then: "No"

“Are you bored? We have the cure.” So shouts Hanoi’s newest entertainment venue: X-Factory.  X-Factory is primarily a laser tag venue, but also offers X-Box Kinect, flight/racing simulators and a very cool cafe. From the moment you enter, you can see this place wasn’t thrown together overnight. A lot of thought has gone into the … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Cheap Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon

Published by under Food

MSG'd!

Finding cheap eats in Saigon is a very easy task, given some of the best food you may ever eat is served right on the street. Not everyone however is eager to dive into street cuisine and while you can find Vietnamese restaurants worth a splurge, many more affordable proper restaurants can be tourist traps. … read the full post

Jan 31 2013

The other Marble Mountains

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

The less visited Marble Mountains - Wood, Metal, Fire and Earth.

A side trip to the Marble Mountains located midway between Hoi An and Da Nang is on its own merits an awesome experience, but there is a lesser travelled path that is consistently overlooked when going to see the main big one. Marble Mountain has four little sisters, all within a five-minute walk and included … read the full post

Jan 30 2013

Getting your motorbike licence in Vietnam

Published by under Practicalities

Be wary of unlicensed road users.

Map – check, pimped up Honda Cub – check, Hello Kitty helmet with ponytail hole – check, drivers license… So you’re going to cruise the coast from Saigon to Hanoi, hoof it up the Ho Chi Minh Trail or challenge your road skills on the city streets. You’ve splashed out on the right insurance, but … read the full post

Jan 26 2013

The Hanoi Bicycle Collective (THCB)

Published by under Transport

It's all bikes bikes bikes.

Where to start with The Hanoi Bicycle Collective? This bicycle shop / rental store / cafe / bar / entertainment venue really does cover all the bases, but my write-up was inspired primarily by the rental opportunity. I’ve written before about biking around West Lake and The Hanoi Bicycle Collection is a great place to … read the full post

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