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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 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...

Hot New Pizza Restaurant

Hot New Pizza Restaurant September 26, 2011 | Food, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
As someone who likes to share the love as much as possible, it kind of pains me to single out just one place for praise in a round up of hot new restaurants. Nevertheless (and especially as I hadn’t familiarised myself with the venue when I wrote last month’s pizza round-up) that’s just what I’m...

The Basics of Banh Mi

The Basics of Banh Mi September 7, 2011 | Food, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
New York subs, Italian Panini or Lebanese shawarma might have their advocates, but Vietnam can lay strong claim to be the head of the bread when it comes to sandwiches. The French colonial era may have been largely disastrous for the people of Vietnam, but the bread culture it bequeathed upon the country...

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...

Tips on How to Deal With Scams and Emergencies

Tips on How to Deal With Scams and Emergencies August 28, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
All countries have their fair share of scamsters and Vietnam is no exception. Indeed, the voraciousness and cunning of the con artists in Saigon leaves many tourists with a nasty taste in their mouth about the city and its parent country. It doesn’t have to be this way. Exercise caution, savvy and...

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...

Romantic Spots in Saigon

Romantic Spots in Saigon August 22, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Love is permanently in the air in Ho Chi Minh City. With Vietnam’s strict parental guidelines limiting the amount of time unmarried couples can spend together in the household, the streets of Saigon are perpetually thronged after dark with young lovebirds whispering sweet nothings to each other while...

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...
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