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 16 2013

Review: Banyan Bar, An Bang Beach, Hoi An

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Another cold and gloomy winter day at the beach..

Perfectly positioned at the furthest end of An Bang beach’s stretch of seaside eateries, The Banyan Bar deservedly pulls in the crowds with alfresco beachside dining, cosy cabanas and a traditional Vietnamese house for chilly winter evenings. Huge beanbags and loungers line the beach for guests to stretch out on, which are very welcome after … read the full post

Jan 14 2013

Hanoi street food: Pho mai que

Published by under Food

It's difficult to take an enticing photo of a couple of cheese sticks.

Street food in Vietnam is not just about breakfast, lunch and dinner; it’s also very much about snacking. And the Vietnamese like to snack. Pho mai que (cheese sticks) is a new craze to hit the streets of Hanoi and while maybe not contributing to a balanced — or gourmet — diet, it’s a cheap … read the full post

Jan 11 2013

Review: Align 3D Graphics Cafe, Hanoi

Published by under Food

Is it real? You decide.

You don’t have to walk far in Hanoi to find a coffee shop, and you don’t have to walk much further to find one with character, such as longstanding, narrow Cafe Duy. Align 3D Graphics Cafe has character in a modern, designed way and also has a wider menu than you’ll find at a streetside … 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

Jan 02 2013

Hoi An’s food

Published by under Food

Commoners food!

Hoi An’s reputation for being one of the most touristy towns in Vietnam might put some people off a visit; and yes, the 460 tailors all squabbling for your business as you stroll through the old town can be a little relentless, and yes, $5 a night accommodation doesn’t exist. Some of the best dining, … 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

Dec 30 2012

Review: The Village Noshery, Sapa

Published by under Sapa

An eclectic mix of furniture.

A new Sapa dining opening worth checking out in Sapa is The Village Noshery, which offers great coffee and Vietnamese and Western dishes in eclectic, interesting surrounds. The Village Noshery opened in mid-2012 on Cau May Street and its spacious downstairs area is inviting and stylish, decorated in similar  style to the H’mong Mountain Retreat … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

A trip to Muong Hom market, Lao Cai

Published by under Sapa

A mothers' meeting.

Many weekend visitors to Sapa opt to visit Bac Ha market, which is easily accessible on an organised day trip from Sapa. But if you want to avoid the tourist hordes, Muong Hom market is a more interesting option… if you can get there. Our trip started at 07:00 from Sapa town. It was cold … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

Travelling between Hoi An and Da Nang

Published by under Transport

Easier to track down than the free Big C bus.

Da Nang is Vietnam’s fastest growing city, a sprawling metropolis of modern high rise mixed with a sprinkling of French colonial architecture lounging between the Bach Dang river and My Ke, one of the longest stretches of beach in Vietnam. It’s very much a Vietnamese city — as bewildering and as it is beguiling, and not for … read the full post

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