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Some Cheap Eats in Saigon

Some Cheap Eats in Saigon November 28, 2011 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Writing a guide to the best cheap eats in Saigon is the journalistic equivalent of building an exact replica of the Great Pyramids without the slave labour. In other words, heroically time-consuming and practically pointless. Great cheap food is everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City. From the toothless old...

Best Affordable Accommodation in Saigon

Best Affordable Accommodation in Saigon September 28, 2011 | Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
For those on a budget, Vietnam is pretty much close to the ideal destination. Banquets can be had for cents while the profusion of cheap alcohol means that you can get the party well and truly swinging for the price of what a packet of cigarettes would cost in the west. Unsurprisingly, accommodation...

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...

Day Trips From Ho Chi Minh City

Day Trips From Ho Chi Minh City September 3, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
ONE of the most common complaints about Saigon is that its sheer size makes it hard to escape from. Yet, while it is true that the urban sprawl of the city not to mention the poor condition of its arterial roads and the appalling driving standards on them present a significant barrier to spontaneous...

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...

Layover in Ho Chi Minh City

Layover in Ho Chi Minh City August 22, 2011 | Food, Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
There are far worse places to be stuck in transit in than Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s southern hub may be shortish on traditional tourist sights, but its myriad delights – culinary, sensory, consumer, holistic and otherwise – provide more than enough scope for diversion. What’s more, the city’s...

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...