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

Jan 22 2013

Getting jewellery made in Hoi An

Published by under Shopping

48 hours later and worth its weight in gold!

Hoi An may very well be most known for its tailors but if you really want to get something designed that’s going to last longer than the first wash then jewellery is a very safe and surprisingly affordable option. Scattered among all the tailors, shoe makers and spas you will find a multitude of tiny … read the full post

Jan 21 2013

Saigon for museum-goers

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

This is where the Thunderbirds could live.

HCMC has a fair share of museums giving the city’s, and the Vietnamese government’s, side of its historical story. Here are a handful of museums you’ll find around town which are worth a visit. A little outside of downtown, on the edges of District 3, the War Remnants Museum is probably the most popular of … read the full post

Jan 17 2013

Escaping the cold in Hanoi

Published by under Food

Blankets are one option.

For a city that’s cold and grey for a few months of the year, Hanoi has an unfortunate lack of venues to get cosy in. But in the absence of open fireplaces and comfy sofas, here are a few places we’ll be spending time this winter. Drinking tea or coffee might be great for warming … read the full post

Jan 06 2013

Getting to Sapa from Hanoi

Published by under Transport

Walking is not recommended.

Sapa is a one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations, but with no nearby airport the only option for getting there is to travel by road or rail and, despite being only 380 kilometres from Hanoi, it’s a time-consuming exercise whichever route you take, so choose carefully. Most visitors choose to get from Hanoi to Sapa … read the full post

Dec 31 2012

Can Tho’s Cai Rang floating market

Published by under Mekong Delta

Crowded waters.

Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Saigon wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than the Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market. Here’s what to expect on a basic tour of the market. The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market … read the full post

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