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Visiting Vietnam

As a hub of culture, cuisine, and curiosities, Vietnam paints an exotic picture of Southeast Asian life. Hue, the country’s former political center, recalls Nguyen rule with the Imperial City, and today’s capital, Hanoi, displays cultural diversity on chaotic streets. Ho Chi Minh City, with its War Remnants Museum and Mekong Delta, presents yet another side of this blossoming country.... Read More As a hub of culture, cuisine, and curiosities, Vietnam paints an exotic picture of Southeast Asian life. Hue, the country’s former political center, recalls Nguyen rule with the Imperial City, and today’s capital, Hanoi, displays cultural diversity on chaotic streets. Ho Chi Minh City, with its War Remnants Museum and Mekong Delta, presents yet another side of this blossoming country.    Close

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Crossing The Street? Not An Easy Feat!

Written by Jodeci527 on 18 Jun, 2013

Heavy traffic is expected when one visits any of the larger cities in the world. From the pungent scent of vehicular exhaust to the ever present smog which seems to smother cities such as Hong Kong, we learn how to adapt whether we're driving or…Read More


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Shopping in Saigon

Written by Jodeci527 on 18 Apr, 2013

During my stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I did a fair amount of shopping, for grocery, clothing and souvenirs. I found the experience to be exactly what I had anticipated: A bit disorienting and frustrating, but filled with interest, awe and a myriad of…Read More


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Self Guided Tour of HCMC

Written by Jodeci527 on 10 Mar, 2012

During one of my free days in Ho Chi Minh City, I decided to attempt a self guided tour. I left my room and went downstairs to speak with one of the staff members at Saigon Backpackers. The lady at the front desk gave me…Read More


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From Vietnam to Cambodia by Bus

Written by Jodeci527 on 09 Mar, 2012

The Sinh Tourist is the most famous tour company for independent travelers in Vietnam. Their branch in Ho Chi Minh City was located right in the middle of Pham Ngu Lao, which is the largest backpacker area in the city. Many travelers use the agency…Read More


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Eating on a Budget in Vietnam

Written by Jodeci527 on 09 Mar, 2012

Ho Chi Minh City is one of those cities which backpackers flock to in South East Asia. It's possible to live there on a meagre budget of $20 a day, while maintaining a rather decent life. So, if this number seems ridiculously low, I'll break…Read More


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checking out the fruit, vegetable and fish market

Written by MichaelJM on 10 Nov, 2011

The market in Hoi Ann is an interesting place to explore as it’s much more than a place for tourists to go and buy their souvenirs. Indeed I’d suggest that’s only a small percentage of the market as the vast majority seems to be responding…Read More


Shopping - hassle free in Vietnam

Written by MichaelJM on 05 Nov, 2011

Our hotel was right at the end of Phan Boi Chau Street and the road was full of shops with a few restaurants interspersed. As we walked slowly towards town I stopped to look at a shop selling a variety of clothes and was greeted…Read More


Buying boxes on the market

Written by MichaelJM on 03 Nov, 2011

The market in Hoi Ann was only a five minute walk away from the hotel and so my wife and I decided to venture out and investigate. Now I’m a bit of a sucker for markets and just love the whole deal. I enjoy the…Read More


Off to Halong Bay - a story of Vietnamese roadtrip

Written by MichaelJM on 02 Nov, 2011

We’d stayed in Hanoi for two nights and were about to leave the Moevenpick Hotel (see separate review) to stay overnight on a boat, before returning to the Moevenpick for a final night in Hanoi. We knew that we were in for a long drive…Read More


What an interesting introduction to a country

Written by MichaelJM on 02 Nov, 2011

Our journey from Hanoi airport to the centre of town and our hotel couldn’t have been any different to the journey in Laos. In Laos the road trip was tranquil and without incident. The main Laos Road was narrow and fairly free of traffic and…Read More


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