Articles Tagged ‘budget’

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hu Tieu Love Baby?

Hu Tieu Love Baby? May 24, 2011 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
As a formerly skint student used to associating soup with penury not exoticism, it took me some time to fully take to Vietnam’s stupendous array of broth-based delights. A Steaming Bowl of Southern Joy photo courtesy of Nguyen Ha/Flickr Of course I was familiar with the country’s nominal national...