Aug 30 2012

Buying Western-sized clothes in Hanoi

Published by under Shopping

Not to be confused with restaurant chain, Gecko

Your favourite T-shirt turned pink at the laundrette in Hue, you lost your shorts somewhere between Ko Samui and Bangkok – now, where did they go? – or you’re simply bored of wearing the same tatty clothes day in day out. Sound familiar? With a little knowledge you’ll find some Western-sized clothes in Hanoi, though … read the full post

Aug 25 2012

Da Nang to Hue by train

Published by under Transport

and coastal views to your right

If you’re looking for the most memorable way to travel in Central Vietnam you couldn’t choose a more spectacular and local journey than the coast-clinging train route between Da Nang and Hue. Hugging the Hai Van Pass on one side and winding across the rugged cliffs overlooking the East Sea, this four-hour journey not only … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Fixing a Mac in Saigon

Published by under Practicalities

Maybe it's an authorized reseller, maybe it's not.

Having computer problems while travelling through a foreign city can be a heartbreaker, taking away both a means of communication and a source of entertainment. While several shops service computers around Ho Chi Minh City, only a few repair Macs. If you’re passing through here and your Apple laptop is on the fritz, here’s where … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Hoi An by foot or bike

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Helping out with the harvest

If you want to see the best locations in and around Hoi An you don’t need a tour guide. These three do-it-yourself tours can be done on foot or by bike — I’d definitely recommend a bicycle or motorbike for the last two, as 14 kilometres is a long hike in the searing heat or … read the full post

Aug 19 2012

Hoi An night market

Published by under Shopping

The stunning view back over old Hoi An Town

A few years ago market traders and food stalls were pushed out of Hoi An‘s old town in a bid to clean up the streets, leaving traders relocating outside the guarded boundaries of the pedestrian-ised zone. Then the Quang Nam authorities cleared the old central market and provided a new “cleansed zone”, in which a … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Hoi An scams

Published by under Health & safety

Local arsonists.

Having read what we’ve written here on scams in Hanoi and scams in Saigon and listened to a few sorry traveller tales of “Vietscam”, I thought maybe it was time to lift the lid on all the terrible things that go on in the sleepy little pocket of Central Vietnam where I live. So I … read the full post

Aug 06 2012

Saigon’s best hamburgers

Published by under Uncategorized

So good I couldn't wait to take a picture before I started eating.

Every now and again on your travels, even as you mostly chow down on the local street foods, you may begin to miss some of your favourite comfort foods. My turn-to food of choice is the hamburger and luckily a few places around Saigon make a good one. If you’re in the mood for a … read the full post

Aug 06 2012

Flooding in Hoi An in October and November

Published by under Health & safety

Town centre

Hoi An floods. From late October until mid-December, Central Vietnam is wet, very wet, and some areas of Hoi An’s old town are literally underwater. Oh, and there are typhoons as well. Welcome to high season in Hoi An. Here’s some advice your travel agent won’t give you: pack your wellies and if you have … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Hiring a motorbike in Hoi An

Published by under Transport

Monkey mountain, beats Clarkson's 'Deserted ribbon of perfection' hands down.

If you are a confident motorcyclist, Hoi An is the perfect base for some astonishingly good rides and the greatest thing about it is it’s really hard to get lost. There are some fantastic routes that you can easily cover in a day, from meandering along rivers fringed with coconut palms through to the magical … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Avoiding scams in Saigon

Published by under Health & safety

This is what a good taxi looks like.

We’ve recently done a few posts on common Vietnamese scams from Hanoi; one about avoiding general scams in Hanoi and the other about avoiding taxi scams. Saigon has many of the same problems, but here are some things to look out for that are specific to the city. The most common place to be scammed … read the full post

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