Articles Tagged ‘vietnam’

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...