Nov 30 2012

Getting to Tam Dao from Hanoi

Published by under Hanoi excursions

Quite a view.

At 80 kilometres northwest of Hanoi, Tam Dao hill station makes for a good overnight or one-day respite from the chaos of the Vietnamese capital. You can get to the cooler area, where there are plenty of hiking trails and pretty scenery, by bus, motorbike, taxi or private car; here’s a little about how to … read the full post

Nov 26 2012

Where to get a SIM card in Saigon

Published by under Practicalities

Get your SIM and some cigarettes.

Purchasing a SIM card is a top priority for many visitors on arrival in HCMC. While the cards are readily available, prices and options can vary wildly and many sellers have set themselves up to take advantage of the less than savvy travellers. If you can manage to steer clear of purchasing an overpriced SIM … read the full post

Nov 15 2012

Extending your visa in Hoi An

Published by under Practicalities

Compared with Saigon and Hanoi, extending your visa in Hoi An can be a costly and complicated process. Rules and prices change with every travel agent you speak to and prices can spiral out of control if time is not on your side. We spent a day finding out the options, from extending a first … read the full post

Nov 14 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival in Hoi An

Published by under Festivals

Party time in Hoi An

Hanoi and Saigon may be steaming ahead when it comes to modern development, but rural Vietnam and in particular Hoi An has kept a firm handle on its roots in tradition where generations of families still hold faith in myths, legends, fables and folklore which for thousands of years has formed the heart of the … read the full post

Nov 11 2012

My Spa, Saigon

Published by under Spas & massage

Quite the menu.

What better way to take a break from sightseeing or shopping in Saigon than a massage and facial? My Spa is a well-located, mid-priced spa, and if you can make your way safely through their dark and crowded hallways you may be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the treatments. On a recent trip to … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

Boat tours on Hoi An’s Thu Bon river

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Sunset on the Thu Bon river.

Cheesy though it may sound, a cruise down the Thu Bon river is one of the best ways to idle away an hour or two when in Hoi An, and although you can do it the posh way by jumping aboard a tourist boat, it’s far better to go local; and by local I mean … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

The best way to visit Vietnam’s My Son

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

A little more than a pile of old bricks.

One of the most popular half-day trips from Hoi An is a visit to the Cham ruins of My Son, approximately 35 kilometres from the old town. Now, the hype surrounding the UNESCO-protected Champa temple complex built in the years between the fourth to 14th century, generally makes for a rather disappointing trip if you … read the full post

Oct 29 2012

Saigon’s best hostels

Published by under Accommodation

Looks like people actually stay here.

A relatively new craze sweeping Saigon’s accommodation scene, particularly in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, is the hostel —  it seems that every month a new one opens its doors. With similar prices, amenities and general location it may be difficult to pick one hostel from another. Here are our nominees for the … read the full post

Oct 27 2012

The best spots for a Hoi An sunset drink

Published by under Uncategorized

The view from Son - Slow food, slow living.

We’ve done our homework to bring you the most inspiring locations to watch the sun set over Hoi An. Each one has a wow factor, will take you away from the hustle of the streets and serves up a mean cocktail, with most offering up an hour or two of buy one, get one free … read the full post

Oct 22 2012

Drinking beer in Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao

Published by under Bars & nightlife

The famous Saigon Red.

In Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao you won’t have to walk far to find an ice cold beer. However, in hopping from one bar to another, you’ll quickly notice that prices vary widely from establishment to establishment. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find where, and how much you can expect to pay. … read the full post

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