A big thanks to Saigon local Rae Oliver, aka @mothercityslicker, for providing this amazing guest post. Read on to find out all about the best, and cheapest, places to find vegetarian and vegan food in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam. What’s one of the best parts of setting off on a getaway around … Continue reading Where to find the best (& cheapest) vegetarian & vegan food in Saigon
Hoping to find an eco-friendly resort in Southeast Asia but not keen on giving up creature comforts? Here are some venues you might like.
It's not all about Pho, you know. Tofu Pho by the excellent MessyVegetarianCook.com ...Okay, it is a bit about Pho. But Vietnam has plenty more delicious stuff to feed you than just the classic noodle soup, whether you're a raging carnivore or a veggie/vegan plant-based fiend. Different regions have different specialities, but wherever you're headed … Continue reading 6 Things you should eat in Vietnam
Depending on who you talk to, the city of Saigon either fell or was liberated in 1975. Now renamed for the late communist leader Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City's metropolitan area is home to more than ten million people - and despite its increasing popularity with travellers from around the world, you won't … Continue reading Top 5 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon )
Different places have different customs, and expected behaviours vary as you travel. The main thing you have to remember is that no matter how many tourists and travellers pass through a place, that doesn't mean that the place should change to accommodate the traveller. You are the one who needs to adjust. Sigh. At the … Continue reading Respecting local culture.
The Han River, Da Nang city centre. I'll warn you in advance, this is going to go on a bit longer than my Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh posts. I swept through those places in a few days each, but Da Nang has beaches and mountains and a more modern, chilled-out feel to it … Continue reading Da Nang!
The Imperial Citadel Famous for its ancient Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu pagoda, Hue is a great place to spend a few days if you're into your history. From here you can easily day-trip to the underground tunnel village of the Demilitarized Zone, or explore enormous natural wonders Phong Nha cave and Paradise cave. Construction … Continue reading A brief guide to Hue
Even if you're on a tight budget, you can live a pretty luxurious life as a westener travelling around Vietnam. If you're travelling with other people, even better! Because you can split the price of private ensuite bedrooms (often starting at £12 or £13 a night for 3 to 4 people sharing) and pretend you're … Continue reading Hostelling in Vietnam
As soon as I got onto the train, it was apparent that I'd gotten pretty lucky. I hopped on the SE2 going from Hue to Da Nang- the part of this train's route that is particularly famous for its stunning views in the Hai Van Pass area. And I got a window seat, at a … Continue reading The Reunification Express Train
Ho Chi Minh City, originally known (and still known to the locals) as Saigon, is a really weird place. I was told that it has a higher rate of violent crime than other parts of Vietnam, though luckily I didn't see or experience any first-hand. After coming and going a number of times, the staff … Continue reading Saigon, aka Ho Chi Minh City