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Best Options for Dancing in Saigon

Best Options for Dancing in Saigon September 28, 2011 | Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Saigon is not known as Vietnam’s party town for nothing. The southern hub is generously laden with venues in which to get your groove on. Music snobs probably won’t feel at home in most of the clubs in town – commercial chart music and ear-splitting house tunes rule the roost in this part of Southeast...

Late Night Dining

Late Night Dining September 26, 2011 | Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Saigon is one of the world’s great foodie cities and therefore it is almost impossible to go hungry even at the most unlikely time of night. You won’t find really gourmet fare at the witching hour but it is easy to find a steaming cauldron filled with soup or stew, a sandwich seller packing baguettes...

Some Steakhouses in Saigon

Some Steakhouses in Saigon September 18, 2011 | Food, Nightlife, Travel Tips | Read More
Beef looms large in Saigon’s food scene.  A common preconception (I had it myself) is that fragrant herbs and subtle taste combinations dominate Vietnamese cuisine.  To a certain extent that is true, but you don’t have to look very hard to encounter a more direct approach. That is especially true...

How to Get From the Airport To the City

How to Get From the Airport To the City September 12, 2011 | Nightlife, Travel Tips | Read More
Getting from Ho Chi Minh’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to the business end of town – that’s District 1 to you and me folks – should be cinch. The airport is located a mere 6km from the centre of town and transportation options are myriad. The impression that some travellers form of Vietnam as a nation...

New Openings In Saigon

New Openings In Saigon August 28, 2011 | Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
The ultimate cliché about Saigon is that it is a city ‘on the move’. The phrase may be hackneyed and overused, but the truth is that it is actually a fairly accurate summation. New bars and restaurants materialise with the velocity of a speeding motorbike taxi driver – so much so that it is often...

The Best Pizzas In Saigon

The Best Pizzas In Saigon August 26, 2011 | Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
It is a measure of just how cosmopolitan Saigon has become in the last decade that the question of what are the best pizzas in town is actually one worth asking. These days the debate over which outlet does the crispiest crust and provides the tastiest toppings is as vociferous and noisy as the clamour...

How to Spend $50 In a Day in Saigon

How to Spend $50 In a Day in Saigon August 26, 2011 | Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
I’ll admit it. In choosing to tackle this subject here in the Ho Chi Minh City category, I’ve got a far simpler task than some of my fellow Local Experts in other, pricier cities. Whereas in Tokyo, London or Rome, you’d be lucky to get more than a couple of derisory meals and perhaps a bunk in...

Saigon’s Best Rooftop Bars

Saigon’s Best Rooftop Bars August 15, 2011 | Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Not the most attractive of conurbations at ground level, Saigon is transformed when viewed from an elevated perch. A growing contingent of skyscrapers – including the iconic Bitexco Tower – offer prime viewing opportunities, but the best venues to truly savour the city’s visual allure are its...

Vietnam’s Music Event of the Year Is Upon Us

Vietnam’s Music Event of the Year Is Upon Us May 24, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Vietnam, it has to be said, is not a place you come to seek out musical diversity. It is fine if your idea of eclecticism is a scene that encompasses crappy Asian pop pap, Filipino cover bands and acoustic guitar-toting hoary old white blokes catering to other hoary old white blokes, but for those weaned...

High Times In Saigon’s Badlands

High Times In Saigon’s Badlands May 24, 2011 | Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Reputation counts for a lot in Vietnam. Perhaps that is why District 4 retains a shady, freewheeling mystique no longer applied to the rest of Ho Chi Minh City’s districts. The tiny island – the smallest of the city’s 19 urban quans (districts) – has long been regarded as a black sheep: a...
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