Archive for the tag 'Vietnam'

Jun 09 2011

When should I go to Saigon?

Published by under Weather

Located just north of the equator and only a few metres above sea level, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) finds itself planted firmly in the tropics; its climate is constantly hot and humid, with an average temperature high of 32 degrees Celsius. The weather throughout the year can be broken into two seasons: the wet … read the full post

Jun 01 2011

Saigon market shopping etiquette

Published by under Shopping

Shopping and bargaining in markets is one of my favourite pastimes in Saigon. Here are my pointers for hunting down good deals and to make sure you don’t offend anyone. First, if you are looking for good deals at markets, early morning may not be the best time to shop. Many proprietors believe that if … read the full post

May 30 2011

Pickpocket safety tips for Saigon

Published by under Health & safety

Ho Chi Minh City is quite safe for cities of comparable size. Very few violent acts have been reported against foreigners, but it can still be dangerous to walk around flaunting your wealth. Here are a few commonsense steps you can take to ensure your safety while in Saigon. First, be cautious of wearing jewellery. … read the full post

May 26 2011

Blind massage in Saigon

Published by under Spas & massage

When a visiting friend whipped out her guidebook, together we stumbled upon what sounded like a magical way to spend an afternoon in Saigon: getting a blind massage. This was something a bit different from other things to do in the city; billed as a budget friendly ‘no nonsense’ spa, it sounded great and I … read the full post

May 18 2011

Accessing Facebook in Vietnam (for Mac)

Published by under Phone & internet

In my last post I looked at how to access Facebook in Vietnam from a Windows operating system. Mac users: it’s your turn today. Your first option is to change your Domain Name System number, or DNS, which is just like a phone book; it organises computers by replacing their host names with numerical IP … read the full post

May 16 2011

Accessing Facebook in Vietnam (for Windows)

Published by under Phone & internet

Here it is, the answer you have all been waiting for to easily the most asked question I receive living here in Vietnam: ‘Is it possible to access Facebook in Vietnam?’ The answer, in short, is ‘Yes!’ Although it will take a few more steps, on your part, to make your photo/status updating dreams come … read the full post

May 04 2011

Saigon street smoothies

Published by under Food

Cold drinks seem to always taste better in hot places, and HCMC is no exception. From iced beer to coffee, the streets here offer a huge variety of cold drinks to choose from. My favourite cold, roadside drink in Saigon is the smoothie. Smoothie stands usually offer a wide variety of fruits, from standard strawberry … read the full post

Apr 25 2011

Taxi tips for Saigon

Published by under Transport

Taxis in Saigon are easy to find and cheap to ride, but they can be a trap for the unknowing tourist. Here are a few tricks of the trade for you to know about the Saigon taxi business. Choosing the right taxi company is very important and will save you money. I stick to Vinasun … read the full post

Apr 02 2011

Saigon motorbike taxi tips

Published by under Transport

When I am in need of a ride, the quickest, and my favourite, way to get around Saigon is by using one of the many motorbike taxis, or xe oms. Drivers can be found on nearly every Saigon street corner sitting, or laying, on their bike. Catching a xe om, especially during rush hour, will save … read the full post