Articles Tagged ‘Saigon’

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...

A Few Useful Vietnamese Phrases

A Few Useful Vietnamese Phrases September 28, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
For most visitors – and long-term foreign residents for that part – the Vietnamese language is a tricky beast to get a handle on. With six tones and a bewildering plethora of vowel sounds and nuances to grasp, it is hardly surprising that many foreigners opt not to throw themselves wholeheartedly...

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...

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...

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...