Apr 15 2013

Hanoi’s 36 streets: Hang Quat

Published by under Hanoi's 36 streets

Almost as colourful as Hang Ma.

Hang Quat is one of the most colourful streets in Old Quarter and its time for coverage in our 36 streets series has now finally come. Quat means fans, and that is of course what was traditionally made on this street, be they from bamboo, paper or palm leaves. Villagers set up shop in the … read the full post

Apr 14 2013

Asia food tours: Food on Foot

Ours came in a bowl but these are prettier.

For my final street food tour adventure I opted for a budget-priced tour, joining a lunchtime trip with Food on Foot, operated by Vietnam Awesome Travel, with a great guide and plenty of stops. Usually pick-up is at your hotel, but given I haven’t lived in a hotel since first arriving in Hanoi three years … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Negotiating Hoi An’s street food stalls

Published by under Food

Chasing the dream. Bahn Mi Sua at 20kms an hour.

Vietnam is a fast-food nation based around slow-cooked food. Breakfast and lunch is taken on the hoof — it’s pho to go and rice on the run until you sit down for dinner with the family at the end of the working day. Street food is king, with mobile snacking a close second. Here’s our … read the full post

Mar 26 2013

A O Show, Saigon

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Magic flowers!

Vietnamese “cultural” shows, whether a traditional water puppet show or a song and dance performance, can sometimes be disappointing. However, the A O Show Saigon offers something new and completely different — it’s worth checking out. The A O Show Saigon is an interesting mix of the new and the old, combining elements of Vietnamese … read the full post

Mar 24 2013

Asia food tours: Hanoi Street Food Tours

Sticky and sweet.

Continuing my exploration of street food tours in Hanoi, I booked onto an afternoon tour with Hanoi Street Food Tours, run by Mark Lowerson, of Sticky Rice fame, and Van Cong Tu, the “Vietnamese God“. Bring on three hours of snacking heaven. Mark has been in Hanoi since 2002 and writing his food blog, Sticky … read the full post

Mar 22 2013

Review: Dingo Deli, Hoi An

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Home baked Aussie meat pies!

Negotiating the potholes on a bike with no suspension or brakes down the six-kilometre-long Cua Dai Road between Hoi An’s old town and beach and you’ll probably be looking out for a stop to get the blood circulating back to your buttocks at around kilometre three — which is where you’ll find the three-storey mirage … read the full post

Mar 20 2013

Asia food tours: Urban Adventures, Hanoi

Is that an avocado I see before me?

Having enjoyed breakfast, brunch and lunch on the Street Eats and Market Tour I took with Hanoi Cooking Centre earlier in the week, it was time for dinner. So off I went to Old Quarter to join the Hanoi Street Food by Night tour, offered by Urban Adventures. Urban Adventures, part of global tour operator … read the full post

Mar 11 2013

Parks in Saigon

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Rawr.

To outsiders, Saigon is a sprawling, concrete metropolis, but the city does have its share of green spaces scattered about that are very popular with locals. If you happen to be in the mood for a shaded sit, or a quiet stroll, here are a few parks to enjoy free of charge in Ho Chi … read the full post

Mar 09 2013

Asia food tours: Hanoi Cooking Centre

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With street food being such a defining feature of Hanoi, it’s no surprise that a variety of tours here explore the world of the 10-inch plastic stool. We’ve checked out a few of the options, starting with Hanoi Cooking Centre (HCC). HCC was opened in 2009 by chef Tracey Lister, co-author of KOTO: A Culinary … read the full post

Mar 06 2013

Hoi An: Stay in the beach or town?

Published by under Accommodation

Sunrise swim.

In an ideal world, breaking a Hoi An stay in two, with a few days at the beach and a few in town, seems like the perfect solution. But what most travellers don’t realise is that Hoi An’s Cua Dai and An Bang beach are just five minutes’ from the old town. Every resort outside … read the full post

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