Apr 12 2013

Review: Hanoi Grand Hotel

Published by under Accommodation

A headboard for very tall people.

With a name like “Grand” and a description on the website that reads “we have created this Hotel masterpiece and can safely assure an experience like no other” you might be expecting something special from Hanoi Grand Hotel. And that’s what you’ll get, though not in the way you might be thinking: it’s just simply … 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

Apr 08 2013

Review: Aston Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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It looks regal.

With a prominent location on busy Bui Vien, which runs down the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the clean facade of the 2012-opened Aston Hotel stands out among some of the dingier competition — and it represents great value compared to its neighbours as well. From the outside, the Aston looks … read the full post

Mar 26 2013

A O Show, Saigon

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

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 23 2013

Review: Le Banh Mi, Ho Chi Minh City

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Tasty.

On nearly every corner in Saigon you’ll find a street cart selling banh mi, or Vietnamese sandwiches. While these are delicious and cheap, sometimes you might hanker after something similar but of a higher quality. While you’ll find a big jump in prices when visiting most sandwich shops in the city, Le Banh Mi offers … 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

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