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How to Order Coffee in Vietnam Like a Local

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Vietnam is a country that runs on coffee. There is a cafe on just about every block in Saigon and Hanoi and they’re packed most of the day with a mix of locals leisurely sipping away enjoying the day and others grabbing a quick fix on their way to wherever they’re headed. The cafe culture in Saigon is why it’s one of our favorite cities in the world. To see the list of our favorite Saigon cafes, check out our post on it.

Coffee is brewed differently in Vietnam. It’s sort of a mix between the French press and pourover methods and despite producing great coffee, it’s surprisingly “low tech”. You won’t see any chem-lab looking siphons or giant blown-glass drip towers. Coffee is brewed in a little metal filter called a “phin”. Grounds go in, water goes in, and coffee ... Read More »

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Chocolate Glazed Paleo Donuts

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

These are hands down my favorite donuts in the entire world. Unlike the sugar headaches I inevitably get from “regular” donuts, I can devour these suckers guiltlessly with the only

Travel to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) - The Complete Guide

Travel to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) - The Complete Guide


Sapore di Cina

The complete guide to visit Saigon, in Vietnam: How to get there, where to stay, what to see, do, eat, drink and much more!

The St. Regis Hong Kong to Open in Wan Chai (2019) - Interiors by André Fu

The St. Regis Hong Kong to Open in Wan Chai (2019) - Interiors by André Fu

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

The first St. Regis-branded property in Hong Kong (St. Regis Hong Kong) is slated to open in early 2019 in collaboration with China Resources Property. Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong currently and the introduction of the St. Regis brand in Wan Chai will make it the perfect luxury accommodation for business travellers and leisure guests.

Shangli Ancient Village // This is Sichuan, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Shangli Ancient Village in Sichuan Province Shangli has been through a lot, but you wouldn’t know it from the peaceful feeling you get while walking its lanes. It’s one of 10 Chinese ancient villages in Sichuan province, but unlike its counterparts the village has been able to keep its authentic charm. How to get [...]

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A Tavern for lamb

by Charles Snowdon @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

A Sunday roast is a tradition in the UK & as it had been so long since I had partaken in such a great ritual, I decided to seek out the best for a Sunday roast. The suggestion that kept coming forth was The Tavern in district 7.

As usual, Sunday arrived & off we went to The Tavern for the anticipated roast dinner sensation. On arrival I was informed that today’s roast was lamb for 245,000đ. Without hesitation, my order was placed & my friend ordered the all-day breakfast.

After about 20 minutes 2 large plates crammed with steaming grub arrived at our table. My roast was more than substantial & smelt like a Sunday at home in the UK. The plate was covered with lamb, roast & mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables & a Yorkshire pudding. Mint sauce & gravy were the side-kicks for this dish of splendour.

Not to be out done, the breakfast was also vast with eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, bacon, toast & butter. At a price of 155,000đ, this is without a shadow of doubt the best I have set eyes on in Asia.

Taste wise, the roast was exactly as it should be with everything properly cooked & served at just the right temperature, a truly pleasing roast that would not be out of place in London’s finest pubs. My only gripe is that the Yorkshire pudding was a rather heavy consistency, this has to be due to the available ingredients in Vietnam. The breakfast was faultless, I sampled some & can vouch for my friends testimonial.

So 4 well earned stars for The Tavern, highly recommended & I shall return in the not too distant future.

Food prices at Vietnam’s largest airport to be slashed after complaints - Tuoi Tre News

Food prices at Vietnam’s largest airport to be slashed after complaints - Tuoi Tre News


Tuoi Tre News

Prices of essential products including bottled water, instant noodles and rice at stores inside the country’s largest airport must be cut, the head of the Southern Airports Authority said Monday

Suite

by FSSG Editor @ Fusion Suites Saigon Hotel

As an studio apartment, Suites offer intimate accommodation for couples or solo travelers. All rooms feature large floor-to-ceiling windows offering plenty of natural light and views to the city or across the park, with the added convenience of a integrated kitchenette.

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Adverbs 只 (zhǐ), 就 (jiù) and 才 (cái) in Chinese

by Armando Turturici @ Sapore di Cina

To out emphasis on a small quantity, you can insert one of the following three adverbs: 只(zhǐ), 就 (jiù) and 才(cái), translatable as “only”. Here are a few examples: 今天上课的人很少,就/只/才十一个人。 jīntiān shàngkè de rén hěn shǎo, jiù/zhǐ/cái shíyī gèrén. Today there were few in class, only eleven people. 我才/只/就睡了两个小时。 Wǒ cái/zhǐ/jiù shuìle liǎng gè xiǎoshí. […]

I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece. Rhodes  (pronounced rho-dos) is an odd little place, with a highly controversial history. Visi…

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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) - The Hungry Suitcase

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) - The Hungry Suitcase


The Hungry Suitcase

VIETNAMThe Scene: Forget your images of defensive, agrarian Vietnam. The sexy, colorful, neon-lit streets of booming Saigon are abuzz with a young, exotic flair. The food in Vietnam is exciting, fresh, bright, and much healthier than that of most of its Southeast Asian neighbors. Talent from throughout Vietnam is flocking here for new opportunity. Good news: these newcomers are bringing their local recipes with them and setting up shop on the street corners of Vietnam’s largest city. In Saigon, you can eat Hanoi-style chicken soup (pho ga) for breakfast, shrimp-covered rice cakes from Hue (banh beo) for lunch and southern-style seafood-stuffed crepes (banh xeo) for dinner. Throughout the day, be the architect of your own snack at one of the countless banh mi carts (French baguettes expose the city’s colonial history) and nibble on fresh spring rolls handmade on nearly ... Read More »

Fast Track to Hilton Honors Gold with 2 Stays or 4 Nights by 30 June 2018 - Visa Signature Cardholders too?!

Fast Track to Hilton Honors Gold with 2 Stays or 4 Nights by 30 June 2018 - Visa Signature Cardholders too?!

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

Last year there was the opportunity to fast track into Hilton Honors Gold status with just 2 stays or 4 nights for all eligible Visa Infinite Cardholders. It appears that Visa has officially extended this offer to 30 June 2018 and eligible cards now include not only the top-tier Visa Infinite cards but also Visa Signature cards (which is shocking, considering how easy it is to get!). Similar to the previous offer, a Hilton Honors member must complete 2 eligible stays or 4 eligible nights in 90 days upon successful registration - status earned should be valid until March 2020

Orchid Lounge

by ninja @ Ho Chi Minh City – Diners Club Airport Lounge

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Escape Hunt Experience Ho Chi Minh City

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Corner suite

by xavier @ Fusion Suites Saigon Hotel

Spacious studio apartment with integrated kitchenette, Corner Suites are perfect for those staying a few nights or needing additional space.

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7 Travel Tips For Every Hijabi

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

7 Travel Tips For Every Hijabi. Hijabi is women or girl who wears the Islamic head-covering respectfully, called Hijab. This article has been written by a guest co…

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The book market near the Temple of Confucius in Shanghai

by Gianluca Falso @ Sapore di Cina

Xuegong Jie (学宫街) and Laodaoqian Jie (老道前街) are two small streets in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. The streets are packed, full of life. There are low houses, street food, and there’s no lack of bicycles and electric bikes that weave through passersby and merchants. But what makes it special is that the two roads […]

Discover: Japan

by @ Wikitravel

Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.

Discover: Graz

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UPC Arena in Graz, Austria was renamed in 1997 to honor native son Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the old name was restored in 2005 over the governor's support of the death penalty.

Visiting Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

A screaming kid with a gold fist; a woman who looks like me first thing in the morning and yes, we were Visiting Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway.

Frogner Park is the largest p…

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Airbnb – Welcome to the world of trips!

Airbnb – Welcome to the world of trips!

by farahzulkifly @ Farah Zulkifly

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodation around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Basically Airbnb … Continue reading

Kung Fu Tour: Visit the Shaolin Temple

by Sborto Zhou @ Sapore di Cina

For anyone interested in Chinese martial arts, I’m sure that one of your dreams is to be able to visit a place as emblematic as the Shaolin Temple, and that it would be even better if you could interact with some of its masters. However, organizing a trip to the Shaolin Temple is not an […]

Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I am calling it here and now; Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination. I probably shouldn’t tell people this and ruin what is one of the most delight…

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An updated map of the future Saigon Metro

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

[HCMC Metro Map (download full resolution image here.] Out of all the megacities of Southeast Asia, Saigon is the only city without any form of metro transport. Even the traffic-dystopias of Jakarta and Manila have a few rail lines between them. This will change when the first metro line in Saigon opens sometime after 2020 […]

Discover: Seoul

by @ Wikitravel

Fans of spicy fermented cabbage from all over Korea flock to the Kimchi Museum in Seoul.

8 Muslim-Friendly Hotels In Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

8 Muslim-Friendly Hotels In Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam


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Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in Vietnam, perched on the banks of the Saigon River. Previously known as Saigon, it has developed economically and is a popular tourist destination, in Vietnam.

The Airport Hotel from $29. Ho Chi Minh City Hotels - KAYAK

The Airport Hotel from $29. Ho Chi Minh City Hotels - KAYAK


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A lovely place

by Joe Buckley @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

When I first heard about this market, I was excited to visit – Vườn chuối means ‘banana garden’, and I thought that I’d be entering into a world combining The Secret Garden with banana plantations (minus the labour exploitation).

I was quickly put right however, as friends told me that it’s not a garden or particularly related to bananas. It is, however, a market. Disappointed, I went online to see what other people thought about the market, and was met with a tidal wave of positivity – some people even declared it to be Saigon’s best market. My enthusiasm was renewed, so I set off for a snoop around.

If it isn’t Saigon’s best market, it certainly comes pretty close. Housed in a nice building, the market combines all the best bits about other markets – some busy areas, some quiet areas, some pedestrianized areas, some areas with motorbikes whizzing through, some dark areas, some light areas… the list goes on. The stalls, range from nearly looking like real shops, to nearly looking like wandering street sellers. All this diversity and variety – amazing given the market’s relatively small size - makes visiting the market a really fun experience, made even more so by the jovial and helpful people who work in the market.

The stuff for sale is just as varied – ranging from clocks and gold to raw meat and vegetables, via cloth, bakeries, tinned food, health and beauty, etc. etc. One of places to go when you want to by something, but you’re not quite sure what.

Norwegian Dreamliner Breaks JFK Speed Record

Norwegian Dreamliner Breaks JFK Speed Record

by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

While no commercial aircraft has come close to touching the record transatlantic flight time of the now-defunct Concorde, which clocked in at just under two hours and 53 minutes back in 1996, one subsonic airliner has now come closer than ever before. As The Telegraph reports, this Monday, a Norwegian 787 Dreamliner flew from New …

Vietnam lets visa-free tourists stay longer, may add more countries to waiver list

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

Foreign tourists who are already exempt from visa requirements will be allowed to extend their stay in Vietnam to up to 30 days, instead of 15 days.A new statement from the government office has instructed police and relevant agencies to cooperate with the tourism ministry to let tourists from visa-exempted countries stay longer, if they...

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How to Survive Rainy Season in Vietnam

by A Wandering Casiedilla @ A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

I moved to the coastal city of Da Nang, Vietnam for the endless summer. I came for the stunning tropical beaches, the laidback

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Recipe of the Month: Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate from Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A simple, easy recipe for gluten-free banana bread that is both moist and healthy! No butter -- just coconut oil and yoghurt, along with Oaxacan chocolate.

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Eating it Raw in the Largest Fish Market in South Korea – Jagalchi Market

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Busan’s Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장), the largest fish market in South Korea, has taken up two very different places in my memory. The first one is a very positive place, where the memories of incredible lunches, lively atmospheres, excitement and intrigue all sit. The second place is dark. It’s usually avoided at all costs. This memory [...]

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Longquan Peach Blossom Festival // This is Chengdu, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

If there’s an art to attending a Chinese festival, I’m the dumb kid who eats the paint. Give me some time and I’ll be linking to a How To Successfully Attend a Festival in China article right here. But for now, I’ll admit that my attendance at the Longquan Peach Blossom Festival was a short-lived [...]

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Spinal Taps, a Burglary, and a Legal Nomads Hiatus

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Legal Nomads is on hold for the time being.

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The Best Hotels In Vietnam

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

There’s no more alluring place to cut a dash right now than Vietnam. But where should you stay? Charlotte Sinclair has the lowdown. Vietnam had seven million tourists last year. Bangkok alone had 10 million. It’s no wonder then, despite all the chitchat, that Vietnam still feels like a secret, a place of calm and...

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Portugal - Colares (Sintra), Evora, and Lisbon

by runawaybunny @ Fodor's Forum

My husband and I are travelling to Portugal for 12 days at the end of February. What tours, classes, restaurants, museums might you suggest we...

The Arrivals Guide to Ho Chi Minh (Tan Son Nhat) Airport - The Christina's Blog

The Arrivals Guide to Ho Chi Minh (Tan Son Nhat) Airport - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

Here is all you need to know about Ho Chi Minh Airport so you can optimize your arrival process. From Visa to Duty-Free shopping, it's all here!

23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions!

23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions!


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Discover these 23 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest and busiest city in Vietnam. Don't miss these incredible attractions when you're there!

Zoom With A View

by Charles Snowdon @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

Zoom has been a haunt of mine for years & has been the venue for many reunions. I have a personal fondness for the place but shall remain impartial for the sake of a beneficial review.

Set on a busy corner near Bùi Viện, Zoom does suffer from road noise & a fairly steady flow of hawkers which can at times become testing. However, the well selected music which is played at an appropriate volume does well to counteract the traffic din. In addition the staff here are always friendly & seem to be very content in their roles as Zoom staff.

When eating here, I usually go for a burger as they are consistently good & from 115,000đ with a free beer, the price is certainly competitive. The menu is broad with everything from Mexican to all day breakfasts. I have never been disappointed with the servings here & am yet to meet anybody that has been.

It is also worth noting that there is a happy hour from 7pm to 10pm when Huda or Saigon Green beers are a mere 10,000đ. After 10pm further offers are available. The owner of Zoom also conducts Vespa tours which has proved to be very popular with tourists visiting Saigon. The appreciation for Vespa is further proven by nostalgic Vespa items adorning the walls.

Zoom gets 4 stars, really I cannot fault any aspect here, it’s a shame that there is no longer outdoor seating but that is something that is certainly beyond the bars control. I recommended a visit for an evening drink or meal whilst enjoying decent music and watching the, at times, frenzied traffic.

Kickin’ Kale Chips

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

So it’s pretty easy to eat healthy for meals but what about snacking?  How boring does a bowl of grapes get during your mid-afternoon slump when all you want is

Why is Malaysia’s Awesome Capital Forgotten in the Western World?

by A Wandering Casiedilla @ A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

Modern, gigantic skyscrapers gazing down at centuries-old Chinatown. The smell of curry wafting from a family-owned Indian restaurant, colliding with the aroma of

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The Lion Restaurant and Brewery

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Please help - Family Trip in the Summer to Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Whistler

by fuchsia @ Fodor's Forum

I am so grateful to everyone who posts travel advice on this forum. I have spent months reading your advice and fine tuning our summer trip. I have...

How to Do Mount Fansipan Right

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Hotels near Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City  - BEST HOTEL RATES Near Airports, Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Hotels near Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City - BEST HOTEL RATES Near Airports, Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam


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Discount hotels near Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City. SAVE UP TO 75% OFF hotels near Airports in Ho Chi Minh City. Rates from USD $17. Book online for instant Confirmation and 24/7 Live Support!

The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What is it about lighthouses that appeal to so many people? We live next to two lighthouses in Australia, and we love them. So maybe that has something to do with it. Check …

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Philips Warehouse Sales December 2016

Philips Warehouse Sales December 2016

by farahzulkifly @ Farah Zulkifly

Date: 2 – 3 December 2016 Time: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm Location: Axis Business Campus, Lot 13A & Lot 13B, Jalan 225, Section 51A, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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A delight from Delhi

by Charles Snowdon @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

I was in need of a food delivery & thought I would try out the ordering service of ‘foodpanda’. Clicking through what seemed like endless options, Taj Mahal grabbed my attention. The free delivery, very reasonable prices & the appeal of Indian cuisine meant my decision was made. After opening my account, which was a simple process, my order was placed. As it was my first order I received a confirmation call & was told that my food would arrive in 45 minutes.

An hour later, I received a call & my food had arrived. It was delivered by a lady, smiling & eager to hand me my food. The delivery time really did not matter as the steam filled bag confirmed that it was hot & ready to devour. On opening the individual containers, I was very pleased to see that they had included a ‘salad’, a nice touch that I have not encountered elsewhere.

With regards to the food, I was not disappointed. However, I did find the ‘garlic & cheese’ nan to be lacking in cheese, in fact it was completely absent. The biriyani was perfectly cooked & a contender to meet the best I have ever had. The paneer was also very good, although I found the consistency to be different to other paneers, still tasty but not top notch. The tikka masala I found to be a bit over salted, not unbearably so but it was apparent. However, I was unable to finish it all & once reheated the next day, it all tasted even better, the tikka had become truly sublime.

I will order from Taj Mahal again, without any hesitation, the well-priced menu, wide selection & superb taste make it a must try for any fan of Indian fare.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Traveling to Wutaishan (or Mount Wutai)

by Giorgia Borza @ Sapore di Cina

If you find yourself in Shanxi province, you can’t miss visiting Mount Wutai, located near the city of Xinzhou. Xinzhou (忻州, Xīnzhōu) is a medium-sized city located to the north of Shanxi Province, about 90 km from Taiyuan. Mount Wutai (literally “five plains” where 五 means “five” and 台 “flat”) is located to the east […]

Showdown: ThankYou Premier vs. Sapphire Preferred vs. Premier Rewards Gold

Showdown: ThankYou Premier vs. Sapphire Preferred vs. Premier Rewards Gold

by Jason Steele @ The Points Guy

While the number of premium travel rewards cards has increased dramatically in recent years, there’s still a strong case to be made for mid-tier cards with annual fees of about $100. At this price point, you can still earn great rewards on your travel, dining and more, as well as transfer your points to several …

Are You Daring Enough to Eat This Indian Food With Your Hands?

by A Wandering Casiedilla @ A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

“When in Malaysia, thy must eat Indian food. ” – the hungry prophet. Wait a minute. But what about Malaysian food? Well, like

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How I Afford to Travel the World – A Budget Breakdown

by A Wandering Casiedilla @ A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

I’m not rich. I’m not a trust fund baby, nor are my parents wiring me clandestine funds. I never won the lottery, besides

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24 hours in Dublin

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let’s face it, 24 hours in Dublin is never going to be enough time, but if that’s all you’ve got, then here is how to make the most of it. 24 hours in Dubl

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The Legal Nomads Guide to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A Puerto Escondido guide, including where to eat, the best spots to swim, where to stay, and how to get there and away from Oaxaca and elsewhere.

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Hotel Review: Hilton Auckland (Deluxe Harbour View Room) - Fantastic View of the Harbour and CBD!

Hotel Review: Hilton Auckland (Deluxe Harbour View Room) - Fantastic View of the Harbour and CBD!

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

The Hilton Auckland is one of my most anticipated hotel stays last year after visiting it briefly back in 2015 for a business meeting. I stayed in a Deluxe Harbour View Room at the Hilton Auckland as a Hilton Honors Diamond member and really enjoyed my stay there. Read more now!

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium (Executive Room) - Affordable Hotel near Robertson Quay

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium (Executive Room) - Affordable Hotel near Robertson Quay

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

While I have stayed at the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium previously, I checked-in at the property once again recently as I wanted to complete one of my Accelerate challenges for the final quarter (speaking of which, you should register for the Accelerate challenges next quarter). More importantly, I actually stayed here three years ago and I wanted to revisit it to have a more current review of this property - I also wanted to pig out at Zion Riverside Food Centre but that's a different story for another time. Check out my review of the Executive Room here at the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium!

Where I’m At: November, 2017 – Chiang Mai edition

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Greetings from Chiang Mai! I’ve been here for nearly two weeks on a visa run from Vietnam. In that time I’ve completed a new map of current and proposed railways of Southeast Asia. [Click here for […]

The best time to visit Vietnam

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

Reasons for making a trip to Vietnam in spring and autumn To be honest, it is strongly recommended that travellers should join a Vietnam tour in autumn (August to October) and spring (February to April). Why? It’s because this is the perfect time when the weather is quite good (the light rainfall and moderate temperature)...

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The Lion, Brewery and Restaurant

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Silverland Sakyo Hotel and Spa

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Paleo Chocolate Soufflés

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

What’s better than an ooey gooey chocolate soufflé with a warm dark chocolaty center? An ooey gooey chocolate soufflé with a warm dark chocolaty center that’s paleo! Chocolate soufflés used

The list of blocked websites in China

by Furio Fu @ Sapore di Cina

¿Do you want to access any website in China without restrictions? Click here and check out the comparison of the top VPNs that really work in China Latest important information VPNs continue to provide access to websites blocked in China Despite the rumors, VPNs continue to be the best way to get around the Great […]

Insider’s View. Episode 7 – Jean Ngo (The Expat Shop)

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Editor’s Note: Episode 7 of Insider’s view comes from Jean Ngo, owner of “The Expat Shop.” Jean is yet another visitor who fell in love with this crazy city while on holidays and returned to make Saigon her home. As...

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‘A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY’: THE TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE THAT EXPLORES OUR NEED TO TRAVEL

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

“a place around the bend where he could jump off”

Created during a time (1959-1964) when American television seemed eerily clean and domestic, The Twilight Zone challenged viewers to examine a possibility of uncertainty beyond the comforts and assumptions of contemporary life. It was my favorite thing on TV. One episode in particular always stuck with me- A Stop at Willoughby. It brings up questions. How could such a ‘successful’ man working in a New York tower and living in an upscale suburb be so miserable? Why would he dream of escaping to a sleepy village where the streets have no name and the children wear overalls and go fishing?

A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY is the story of an advertising executive named Gart. Gart feels endless pressure from his pugnacious boss and his minion-like coworkers at his New York City office during ... Read More »

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Trip Report: Singapore Airlines SQ947 A330-300 - DPS to SIN (Denpasar to Singapore)

Trip Report: Singapore Airlines SQ947 A330-300 - DPS to SIN (Denpasar to Singapore)

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

Bali is one of my favourite places to visit (especially for a short weekend trip) as the flights out of Singapore are typically quite affordable. More importantly, there are so many hotels to choose from (even though I always return to the same few properties in the end) and some of the most memorable ones include the legendary St. Regis Bali Resort as well as the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Since my flight from Bali to Singapore was in Business Class, I went straight to the Business Class check-in counters and quickly found myself at the Premier Lounge of the airport not long after.

Airport - Ho Chi Minh City

Airport - Ho Chi Minh City


My Guide Vietnam

Our guide to Airport - Ho Chi Minh City by our Vietnam local expert - Built by the French during the 1930&rsquo;s and then expanded into a military airbase by the ...

Visiting Saigon During TET – 2017

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

TET or Lunar New Year occurs at the end of January in 2017. The lead up to the Year of the Rooster will be very festive, but during the actual holiday period, the atmosphere around the country will change completely. The...

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Upcoming Changes to Hilton Honors in April 2018 - More Points, Elite Rollover Nights and Status Gifting

Upcoming Changes to Hilton Honors in April 2018 - More Points, Elite Rollover Nights and Status Gifting

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

Hilton Honors have undergone some changes back in 2017 where members are allowed to pool their Hilton Honors Points with up to ten members for free. Come April 2018, there will once again be changes to the Hilton Honors program to reward members who stay more often with unlimited milestone bonuses. Additionally, members who hit a number of calendar nights will be able to gift Gold and Diamond status to a fellow member.

Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

by @ Wikitravel

As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.

How to Eat Street Food in Vietnam Like a Local

by A Wandering Casiedilla @ A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

I’m sitting in a tiny plastic chair on the side of the street, accompanied with a big bowl of noodles swimming in some

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20 Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We recently published The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World, and then we received another 20 Best Lighthouses in the World. Considering that everyone loves lighthou…

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Location, Location, Location

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

The best of Vietnam is, in many ways, showcased in Hoi An, with its laid-back riverside cafés, colonial architecture, ornate temples, outlying patchwork of rice paddies and sandy beach. It has a rich hotel scene, too, with two new resorts opening this summer, on a bank of the Thu Bon River, and on the beach....

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12 Special Moments From Around the World that Sum up 2017

by A Wandering Casiedilla @ A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

2017 was one hell of a year. I wandered through three continents and nine countries. I learned how to identify the world’s best

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A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

48 hours in Helsinki, Finland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What to see, what to do, where to stay and where to eat when you have 48 Hours in Helsinki, a city that will pleasantly surprise you. As the capital city of Finland, spendin…

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Cat Ba National Park

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

Cat Ba National Park is located in Cat Hai district, Hai Phong city. The national park is centred on Cat Ba island, a 28,500 ha island, which lies 20 km due east of Hai Phong city and immediately to the west of Halong bay. The national park also incorporates some of the small islands and marine...

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Portugal - Colares (Sintra), Evora, and Lisbon

by runawaybunny @ Fodor's Forum

My husband and I are travelling to Portugal for 12 days at the end of February. What tours, classes, restaurants, museums might you suggest we...

What Really Makes a Good Hotel Room?

What Really Makes a Good Hotel Room?

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

What is it that truly defines a good hotel room? This might sound like a simple question, but it’s not always as simple as it sounds to get right, and sadly, a lot of hotels these days fail to hit the mark.

The topic-comment structure and the direct and indirect objects in Chinese

by Armando Turturici @ Sapore di Cina

The topic-comment structure The topic-comment structure is perhaps one of the most difficult peculiarities of the Chinese language to master for those who aren’t Chinese. In short, the Chinese phrase can also be structured according to a sequence that is conventionally called “topic-comment”. The topic, located at the initial position of the phrase, is a […]

Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

Geneva to Zermatt transportation advice

by alden615 @ Fodor's Forum

Hi all! I am excited to take my first ski trip to Europe at the end of Feb. I am wondering if I should buy my ticket from Geneva->Zermatt in...

Vietnam cuts airport food prices, pledges to explain flight delays

Vietnam cuts airport food prices, pledges to explain flight delays


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Vietnamese aviation officials are trying to encourage better customer service by lowering prices at airport restaurants and publishing explanations for flight delays and cancellations.

Pho Binh Noodle Shop

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The many sides of VietNam

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

Extraordinary beauty With its cascading rice paddles and misty peaks, Sapa, the main market town in northwestern Vietnam, is a sight of extraordinary beauty. The town also serves as a trailhead for hikers happy to test the area’s unpredictable weather during a walk in the mountains. Water, water everywhere A tangled network of tributaries and...

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Complements of company, means, tools, topics, and directions

by Armando Turturici @ Sapore di Cina

The complement of company The complement of company indicates the person or inanimate being with which one finds in a specific circumstance or with whom one does or undergoes an action. The complement of company is introduced by the prepositions 跟 (gēn) “with”, 和 (hé) “and/ together with”. Here are a few examples: 我不跟他说了。 Wǒ […]

Singapore Airlines' Seat Selection and Booking Management gets a Refreshed Look

Singapore Airlines' Seat Selection and Booking Management gets a Refreshed Look

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

While checking out some of my upcoming flights on Singapore Airlines, I noticed that the way flights are displayed when you Manage Booking as well as select your seats are different. Even though the changes are not drastic, it is interesting to see how Singapore Airlines now make it easier for you to know exactly which type of aircraft will you be traveling on. 

Please help - Family Trip in the Summer to Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Whistler

by fuchsia @ Fodor's Forum

I am so grateful to everyone who posts travel advice on this forum. I have spent months reading your advice and fine tuning our summer trip. I have...

Muslim visitor guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | HalalTrip

Muslim visitor guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | HalalTrip


HalalTrip

Ho Chi Minh City city guide for Muslim travelers to plan your next trip. Find out what to see, where to shop, where to find Halal food and where to find mosques. Share your reviews and comments as well.

Family Suite

by xavier @ Fusion Suites Saigon Hotel

Family apartment with integrated master bedroom, bathroom with shower and bathtub, separate kids bedroom and integrated kitchenette. It has a second bedroom making them the ideal choice for small families.

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Ho Chi Minh Airport - Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Ho Chi Minh Airport - Tan Son Nhat International Airport


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Ho Chi Minh Airport has two buildings to accommodate domestic and international flights.  The French government built the airport in the 1930s, calling it Tan Son Nhat International Airport. In 1950, the United States foreign aid added a 2,000-metre runway to the airport. Today, it

Connecting you to the local experience – My day out with Inspitrip

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Well, I haven’t been out on a trip for quite a while. (I think the last one was with Saigon Treasure Hunt) The main reason is, I’ve been totally flat out writing and editing the second edition of my book...

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How do I delete my own posts?

by Bokhara2 @ Fodor's Forum

I wish to delete a number of my own posts. Would you please advise how I do that? If I chose to delete all of my posts, over an 11 year period,...

Where to find Street Art in Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Away but within earshot of the cacophony of motorbikes and beeping horns in Hoi Chi Minh City, you will find a little alley full of Street Art in Saigon. Most things in Sai…

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Exploring Off The Beaten Path Hong Kong: Pai Tau Village

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Po Fook Hill, the 10,000 Buddha Monastery, and the hills around Pai Tau Village Sha Tin is not only great for immature puns (I Sha Tin your shoe), it also has some worthwhile attractions. You can check out the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, or the the oldest walled village Tai Wai, there’s also the [...]

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Putrajaya Weekend Getaway

Putrajaya Weekend Getaway

by farahzulkifly @ Farah Zulkifly

ABOUT MALAYSIA Timezone : GMT +08:00 Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR) Plug adapter: ACCOMMODATION Went for a short weekend getaway and stayed at Palm Garden Hotel, Putrajaya. This would be my second time staying at this hotel. Reason for … Continue reading

[VIDEO] Vietnamese Cooking Class with Da Nang Home Cooking!

by A Wandering Casiedilla @ A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

Here’s something you might not know about me: I love, love, love to cook. Back in Spain, when I wasn’t out eating tapas, I was

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Island Getaway 2016 – Bali, Indonesia

Island Getaway 2016 – Bali, Indonesia

by farahzulkifly @ Farah Zulkifly

ABOUT BALI Timezone : UTC+08:00 Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) Visa: Not required for Malaysian Plug adapter: GETTING THERE Took Air Asia flight from KLIA2, Kuala Lumpur to Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport Bali. Once touched … Continue reading

2017 Spring Getaway – Perth, Australia

2017 Spring Getaway – Perth, Australia

by farahzulkifly @ Farah Zulkifly

ABOUT PERTH, AUSTRALIA Timezone : UTC+08:00 (same as Malaysia) Seasons: Summer (December – February), Autumn (March – May), Winter (June – August), Spring (September – November) Currency: Australia Dollar (AUD) Visa: Required for everybody who is traveling to Australia, except … Continue reading

5 Useful Apps That Will Help You Perfectly Pack Your Suitcase

5 Useful Apps That Will Help You Perfectly Pack Your Suitcase

by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Even if you have a brand new suitcase, it doesn’t mean you know how to pack properly. Things like weather changes can make the contents of your suitcase irrelevant if you’re not prepared, sending you rushing to the store to pick up an umbrella, an extra clothing layer or charger and more toiletries. Or, maybe you’re …

★★★ The Airport Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

★★★ The Airport Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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Located in the Tan Binh neighborhood in Ho Chi Minh City, 3 miles from Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, The Airport Hotel features a restaurant and free...

Another dull shopping mall

by Joe Buckley @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

I’ve basically summed it up already. Parkson is just another dull shopping mall, full of people who have attached a large part of their identity to their consumerism. And people who think that buying lots of stuff makes them happy. And people who like to flash their cash with gaudy and kitschy jewellery, clothes and make-up of questionable taste.

This is where independence comes to die. An overly-clean place full of characterless tiles and characterless shoppers, shopping for characterless brands, such as Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, and lots of others with forgettable names that I’d never heard of before. Although if I said that while I was in the place I would probably have been branded a heretic.

There’s not too much fun anyone can have in this place, especially if you’re doing your best to hold back tears as you look around and realise just how hegemonic corporate late capitalism can be.

Despite all this, it’s got a great bowling alley. So if you want to do some ten pin bowling, go there. If you don’t, never ever step food inside the place. Unless, of course, you’re a completely vacuous person who just wants to buy more stuff.

Thrillable Hours: Matt Levine, Financial Journalist

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with financial journalist Matt Levine, now writing for Bloomberg View.

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Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) | Airports Worldwide | Emirates

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) | Airports Worldwide | Emirates


Emirates

From airport facilities to car rental and nearby hotels, find out everything you need to know about Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) | Worldwide Airports - Emirates

Thrillable Hours: Karen Walrond, Speaker, Photographer & Bestselling Author

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

New Thrillable Hours Q&A about life after law with Karen Walrond, a former lawyer. Now, Karen is a public speaker, photographer, and bestselling author.

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Discover: Lubbock

by @ Wikitravel

Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.

Golden Peony (Conrad Centennial Singapore) 2018 Chinese New Year Highlights

Golden Peony (Conrad Centennial Singapore) 2018 Chinese New Year Highlights

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

The rooms at the Conrad Centennial Singapore have undergone a massive refresh and they are now looking great! In fact, the Executive Lounge in the property is currently going through a series of refurbishment to ensure that it stays in line with the new brand standards and global image. In spite of these changes, one thing that stayed constant throughout is the quality of food at Golden Peony - the luxury hotel's signature Chinese restaurant. For the Lunar New Year ahead, Chinese Executive Chef Ku Keung has once again created a series of creative dishes that combines the best of traditional Cantonese cooking techniques with a much more modern presentation.

Cost of Living in China

by Furio Fu @ Sapore di Cina

The first part of this article contains a general reflection on the cost of living in China. The second part contains a table with prices of the most common goods and services in the majority of Chinese cities. We’ve included transportation, utilities, sports and entertainment, bars and clubs, groceries and salary. Notice that this data […]

Hotel Indigo to debut in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Hotel Indigo Saigon The City

Hotel Indigo to debut in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Hotel Indigo Saigon The City

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

The first Hotel Indigo that was signed in Vietnam is the Hotel Indigo Phu Quoc Starbay that is slated to open in 2021. Even though the Hotel Indigo Saigon The City is signed on a later date, it is slated to become the country's first Hotel Indigo-branded property that will open in Ho Chi Minh City come 2019.

Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Vietnam is one of the most rewarding places you can visit, but you need to be aware of these 17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam. From the frenetic cities of Ho …

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Hotel Majestic Saigon

Hotel Majestic Saigon


Hotel Majestic Saigon

Boutique Hotels in center of Saigon

Le Saigonnais Business Lounge

by ninja @ Ho Chi Minh City – Diners Club Airport Lounge

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Alaska Airlines Debuts New Employee Uniforms, Its First Combined With Virgin America

Alaska Airlines Debuts New Employee Uniforms, Its First Combined With Virgin America

by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Disclaimer: Alaska wants its employees to be the first to see the new uniforms, so photos of the custom-made garments have yet to be released to the media. We will update this story with photos once we get them. Alaska Airlines debuted the latest change to its airline in its ongoing merger with Virgin America. …

Camarones A La Diabla

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

I am a shrimp fanatic and this is my favorite recipe on the blog to date! I always order camarones a la diabla at my favorite Mexican restaurant then instantly

ibis Saigon Airport by AccorHotels opens in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

ibis Saigon Airport by AccorHotels opens in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam


The Shutterwhale

Located just five minutes away from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the ibis Saigon Airport by AccorHotels offers affordable and comfortable accommodation for both short-staying and long-staying guests. The property is also conveniently located just six kilometers away from the city center s

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN THAILAND

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand, with over 26 million foreign entries in 2016, can be a very touristic place to visit. By some accounts, 20% of the Thai GDP is based on tourism (worldwide nations average about 10%). Thailand is often an entry point for all of Asia, a constant revolving door of tourists on short or extended trips. We’re writing this article to help you avoid getting your hand caught in that often dangerous door.

Thailand is a country that can live up to its high expectations and reputation. It really can be paradise. On the other hand, it can be a disappointing place filled with drunken pub crawlers, tourist scams, empty promises and subpar made-for-tourists versions of local dishes. Pad thai made with instant noodles? You’ll find it all over Phuket and Koh Samui. If you venture past the tourists districts, the food ... Read More »

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Things to do in Saigon » A Guide to Top Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City - Love & Road

Things to do in Saigon » A Guide to Top Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City - Love & Road


Love & Road

An ultimate guide to all the top things to do in Saigon. Where to stay, transportation, attractions in Ho Chi Minh City and safe issues.

Learning about Lisbon from a local

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We spent some time with Nuno, a local Lisbon man from Lisbon Riders, a tour company where we spent our day Learning about Lisbon from a local. There is nothing like spendi…

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Saigon Central Post Office

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Visiting the Seaside Town of Weymouth in England

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Located just 20 minutes from Portland, we spent a day Visiting the Seaside Town of Weymouth in England. Weymouth is the archetypal English seaside holiday destinatio…

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Everything We Ate in South Korea

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

This is (almost) all the food we ate during our 2 weeks in South Korea. The absolute number one thing we were looking forward to in South Korea was the food. It did not disappoint. We were introduced to new dishes we had never had before, and some old dishes that we had eaten bastardized [...]

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A Study in Contrast when you visit Le Meridien Saigon

A Study in Contrast when you visit Le Meridien Saigon


Contented Traveller

Le Meridien Saigon is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most ultra-modern 5-star hotels. If you like bright and shiny things, you will love this ho

Visiting Valentia Island in Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

To be quite honest I had never heard of Valentia Island in Ireland. When we were planning our road trip of 3 weeks in Ireland, we knew we couldn’t do everything beca…

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Appropriately Unspectacular

by Joe Buckley @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

Tân Định market is a large market selling a vast array of different things, as you’d expect from any market. The outside of the place is lined with food stalls, selling an impressive variety of dishes, so it’s easy to combine a trip here with lunch.

Although the market is a great place to go if you’re in the area or live locally, there’s nothing particularly exciting or exotic about the place – although it is housed in an unusual building with a unique façade – so you do not need add it to your must visit list, or make any special effort to go there.

The really interesting thing about Tân Định market, though, is its history. In the late 19th century, the market (then known as Phú Hòa Market) was one of the most important markets in Northern Saigon. The current building, however, was constructed by the French colonial government in the 1920s – partly to improve hygiene, and partly to increase the state’s revenue. And it is in this unusual building that the market is still housed today (minus the roof, which has been replaced).

So, the market is worth finding out about for general interest, but, despite being a great local place, if you don’t ever find yourself in the area, you’re not actually missing much.

Many great reasons to visit Kilkenny, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

From the hole in the wall pub run by the towns cardiologist, who was the doctor for Metallica, to the milk bar where you can get a whisky, to the hospitable publicans at the …

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Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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Croatia Towns/Islands Suggestions

by abs004 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello all. I�m looking for thoughts on a trip to Croatia in late Sept/early Oct for 2 weeks. We are experienced travelers but have not been to...

InterContinental Saigon Residences

InterContinental Saigon Residences


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Restaurants Near Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City - Skyscanner

Restaurants Near Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City - Skyscanner


Trip by Skyscanner

Looking for restaurants near Tan Son Nhat International Airport? Find 124 nearby restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam visited by over 7,239 people.

Singapore Airlines Reverses Decision on Credit Card Surcharge after Online Criticisms

Singapore Airlines Reverses Decision on Credit Card Surcharge after Online Criticisms

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

In a curious turn of events, it appears that Singapore Airlines will no longer be implementing that Credit Card Surcharge for flights departing Singapore after all. In less than 24 hours, the national airline of Singapore has decided not to charge the 1.30% credit card fee on Economy Lite tickets from 20 January 2018 following further review. Since its announcement, the decision to charge a service fee for the airline’s lowest priced tickets has come under heavy criticisms and while I personally find the fee insignificant (especially since you can avoid it with a debit card or simply paying PayPal), the airline has decided to take a step back with regards to this decision.

5 of SAIGON’S BEST HIDDEN COCKTAIL BARS

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a place of surprises, much of them elusive to first-time visitors with just a few days on the ground. Though a bit challenging at first, Ho Chi Minh City eventually became our favorite city in the world and a base for many of our adventures in the Southeast Asian region. It’s also a pretty great place to go out and grab a drink, whether it’s a Monday or Saturday, Saigon’s music venues, breathtaking rooftop bars, and tiny neighborhood spots are buzzing.

Unlike the more world famous, easy-to-find spots of Bangkok and Shanghai, Saigon is a city of tight neighborhoods which unveil themselves only to those intrepid enough to explore the tiniest, faintest lines on the map. Saigon doesn’t have a Times Square or Pudong. It’s a megacity comprised of small, distinct districts and alleys. Perch ... Read More »

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What Mistakes Do You Meet When Applying Vietnam Visa On Arrival?

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

When you are going to visit Vietnam and would like to get visa on arrival, you can take mistakes as below. To help you avoid the same things, we have listed here a few mistakes: 1. Applying Visa On Arrival to enter Vietnam by the border crossing or the cruise ship: We are pleased to...

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LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: RENT A SHORT-TERM APARTMENT WHILE TRAVELING

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

If you want to experience the true life of a place, experience it like a local: get an apartment in a true neighborhood. Wake up to the sounds of street vendors and garbage trucks. Be recognized with a smile by your local noodle-slinger.

If a city strikes your fancy, rent an apartment for a month and stick around for awhile.

Another advantage of worldwide Internet networking is that it allows us to exchange short-term apartments without going through an agent or company. Check the New York City craigslist sublet page and you’ll find plenty of Parisians happy to exchange their Left Bank apartment for a little temporary stepping stone on the Upper West Side. Though apartment exchanges are rare in Asia, there are plenty of expats and locals alike who will be vacating their adobe and happy to have someone trustworthy in ... Read More »

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Singapore Airlines to Debut New A380 Products on London and Hong Kong Route

Singapore Airlines to Debut New A380 Products on London and Hong Kong Route

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

Following the official debut of the new A380 products on Singapore Airlines, Singapore's flag carrier has just announced that London and Hong Kong (from 16 February 2018 and 18 February 2018 respectively) will be the next two destinations that will be served by A380s featuring the new cabin products.

Staying Safe in VietNam

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

An old Asia hand I know says this: “Your best insurance policy for any trip in Vietnam is to stay off motorbikes. Don’t ride one yourself. Don’t ride on the back. And watch out for them on the streets.” He’s right, but the sad fact is that motorbikes and motorbike taxis are the best and...

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Li'l C - Big Shoe Lady

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Exploring Pham Ngu Lao in Saigon, Vietnam

Exploring Pham Ngu Lao in Saigon, Vietnam


TripSavvy

Known as the backpacker district of Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngu Lao is a convenient place for cheap accommodation, food, and nightlife.

These are the 10 Most-Liked Airbnb Listings on Instagram

These are the 10 Most-Liked Airbnb Listings on Instagram

by Jeffrey Preis @ The Points Guy

Airbnb released a list of their 10 most-liked listings on Instagram and the crowd has spoken: Everyone loves a home with a view — and it doesn’t matter if it’s a secluded forest, private terrace or amazing cityscape. Take a look at the Instagrams with the most likes and comments and you may find your …

Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

11 of my best photos this year, as decided by readers.

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Complete List of Credit Card Promo Codes (up to 15% off Hotels) for Expedia Discount

Complete List of Credit Card Promo Codes (up to 15% off Hotels) for Expedia Discount

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

While most of us elite status-chasers do not use Expedia much (since it does not earn you elite-qualifying nights which contribute towards elite status each year), it can sometimes make sense to consider using Expedia when you are planning to stay in a property that does not belong to a greater loyalty program or one that you have no interest in. What a lot of people do not realise is that most banks in Singapore offer a discount code for hotel reservations made via a specific landing page. At the time of writing, Citibank offers the most generous discount of 15% off all participating properties where the 'Expedia Rate' is available - there is also only a one-night minimum stay for this promo code.

7 Things to Know Before You Go To Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

7 Things to Know Before You Go To Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


The Points Guy

Ho Chi Minh City is the jumping off point for many people visiting Vietnam. Here are seven things you should consider before you head there.

Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I can’t say I knew a lot about this town, but I can tell you that Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain was one of those serendipitous moments. This city was amaz…

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Canceling a Flight Too Early — Reader Mistake Story

Canceling a Flight Too Early — Reader Mistake Story

by The Points Guy @ The Points Guy

Today, I want to share a story from reader Lynn, who got hit with a fee for adjusting a ticket prematurely when plans changed. Here’s what she had to say: Our family of four was booked on an American Airlines flight to Saint Thomas a few summers ago, where we were going to take a ferry …

What to do in Katakolon, Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Katakolon, Greece is a hole-in-the-wall port that is surprisingly charming. The port of Katakolon or Katakolo is a popular stop for cruise ships, offering an opportu…

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My IHG Rewards Club Account got Hacked and I have lost over 300,000 Points!

My IHG Rewards Club Account got Hacked and I have lost over 300,000 Points!

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

When you have memberships across different loyalty programs, it is always a good idea for you to keep track of it (manually or otherwise). I have previously written about AwardWallet which is free to use (but premium features can only be unlocked when you make a contribution) and today I just wanted to mention how useful it actually is because I actually discovered that my account got hacked through this very platform - 339,500 points were gone!

SIEM REAP’S 10 BEST BARS: CLASSY, HIDDEN DIVES JUST OUTSIDE OF ANGKOR

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Every year I find myself in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a week. It’s inevitable, and always enjoyable.

Angkor Wat is, along with Bagan in Myanmar, one of the two most spectacular temple sites in Asia, if not the world. I’ve come back again and again with friends, or by myself. Although lately I barely spend time in the temples of Angkor Wat, I love the cafe and bar scene of nearby Siem Reap, a charming little French colonial town adjacent to Angkor that now serves as the tourist-amenity center of the region. Though a tourist town, it’s far from a tourist trap. There is something about the clear blue sky, slow clouds and that long twilight that I love here. And, there’s the drinks.

Pub Street is famous here. It is the center of Siem Reap and the fulcrum of activity in ... Read More »

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Guide To Hanoi

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

Vietnam’s small elegant capital lies in the heart of the Red River Delta in the north of the country. While it may lack the bustling river life and physical beauty of the Mekong Delta in the south, there is a wealth of historical and spiritual sights to explore and the city is often called ‘the...

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Multigenerational Travel – Why We Do It – Contributing Writer

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Multigenerational travel is certainly one of hottest travel trends these days. Taking a trip with three or more generations of a family is making the travel ind…

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Lounge Review: Premier Lounge - Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

Lounge Review: Premier Lounge - Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

As I was traveling on Singapore Airlines' Business Class cabin from Denpasar to Singapore, I was given access to the Premier Lounge at the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). If you are traveling in coach or if you do not have lounge access, there are restaurants that you can choose from at the airport but the prices are actually quite high. There are three main airport lounges here at the airport - TG Lounge, Premier Lounge and the Garuda Indonesia Lounge (which is supposedly the best one here).

Hong Kong on the Cheap

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

How Not To Blow Your Wad In Hong Kong (it’s a poker term) The 2nd most expensive city in Asia, but there are plenty of ways to budget travel Hong Kong. While Hong Kong is generally raved about, it’s not typically a backpacker stop, mainly because it’s too damn expensive. I’ve seen a lot of [...]

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The oddest place on Nguyễn Trãi

by Joe Buckley @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

Walking into Zen Plaza is a very bizarre experience. From the outside, the building just looks like it houses the offices of innumerable boring businesses. Which, as it turns out, is exactly what it does house. Although the bottom couple of floors make some sort of claim to be a shopping mall.

And it’s a claim which the place doesn’t manage to pull off. The first thing I noticed was a sign pointing to the basement. So, like Alice going down the rabbit hole, I went down there. But it certainly didn’t lead to a Wonderland – just a grubby basement and a small Family Mart.

Back upstairs I went. I found some half empty clothes shops. A floor or two more followed, and each had a couple more ghost stores and customer-less restaurants. Then I realised that members of the public can’t go any higher, because that’s when the offices start. So I went back downstairs. And left the warped Wonderland.Which was a relief.

Taking decent photographs was also a challenge here, because there’s so little there. Nguyễn Trãi contains a lot of interesting little stores worth exploring. Zen Plaza, however, isn’t one of them. It’s odd, but not in a good way.

30 of the Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

It appears that I am not the only one with a thing for lighthouses, and here are 30 of the Best Lighthouses in the World. It all started when we visited Hook Lighthouse in Ir

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Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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How do I delete my own posts?

by Bokhara2 @ Fodor's Forum

I wish to delete a number of my own posts. Would you please advise how I do that? If I chose to delete all of my posts, over an 11 year period,...

10 THINGS I CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Recently I’ve taken a four-month break off of travel to settle into a comfortable life in a quiet town. It’s been nice, mostly.

I do miss packing and unpacking the bags. I miss tossing away ripped up socks, giving away paperback books, and moving what’s left of my big shampoo into a small little shampoo thingy.

Some things are essential to have packed and ready to grab when I’m on the road. I will not include the obvious things like a camera, computer, passport, etc. These following are the little home run hitters that are easy to forget about, but always needed:

1. DENTAL FLOSS

I like to eat. I like to eat meat. I like eating late. My teeth are spaced fairly far apart from laughing too much. Stuff gets in there and I need to get it out. I’ve often been wandering ... Read More »

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Visiting ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We visited ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, in Sweden. Gordon wasn’t really fussed, but I said, ‘take a chance on me.‘ He said well, ‘you are the danc

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Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

When you visit Vietnam, these are the Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon). Saigon is the more familiar name of this very popular city to visit. The city is beaut…

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Discover: Takaoka

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On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.

It’s Going to Be Tougher to Bring Service and Support Animals on Delta Flights

It’s Going to Be Tougher to Bring Service and Support Animals on Delta Flights

by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Delta is introducing new restrictions for service animals. Beginning March 1, Delta will require that all passengers traveling with a support or service animal provide additional documents, outlining the need for the service animal as well as proof of the animal’s training and vaccinations, 48 hours prior to departure. The carrier says that the new rules …

10 Days in Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City: A Very Detailed Itinerary

10 Days in Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City: A Very Detailed Itinerary


Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Truly, 10 days in Vietnam isn't enough, but this itinerary will insure that your 10 days will be packed with amazing food, mountains, rivers, and culture.

Geneva to Zermatt transportation advice

by alden615 @ Fodor's Forum

Hi all! I am excited to take my first ski trip to Europe at the end of Feb. I am wondering if I should buy my ticket from Geneva->Zermatt in...

Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour of Dalat, Vietnam – A Perfect Day in Dalat

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Signup for my weekly newsletter The first time I took Chopper Suey (my Chinese-made American cruiser bike) on a road trip, was to the sexy hills of Dalat. As we pulled into town, surrounded by pines and fresh cool air, I knew I was going to love the place. Formerly a retreat town for the [...]

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Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

In Saudi Arabia, you can try authentic apple-flavored Budweiser. (Non-alcoholic, of course.)

The Cow Head Taco Philosopher King of Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Oaxaca is full of great street eats, including this delightful philosophizing taco vendor who makes tacos de cabeza (cow head tacos).

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Terrific Asian-fusion

by Ouassini Fertas @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

Located right in the center of the city, Aura is a new restaurant that specializes in Asian fusion food. Opened by the owner of the well-known (and by the way excellent) Ciao Bella and Saffron, Aura has some prestigious older sisters to make proud! So, let me tell you that my expectations were high…

From the moment we entered there we knew we would be well taken care of. The very welcoming staff offered us a complementary glass of sparkling wine and appetizers while waiting for our other friends, which I truly appreciated as a good customer service is not common in Saigon…

The menu is appetizing and you would probably not find anything alike elsewhere in the city. Actually I had the feeling I could not really make a wrong choice… However, on the manager advice I chose a Salmon tartar and a five-spice Salmon while my friends ordered other house’s specialties. From the starters to the mains including drinks, not a single thing went bad, everything was perfect! Even more, they managed to surprise me with a mix of tastes I had never experienced before.

Aura has all the ingredients to become a star on Saigon dinner’s stage and hopefully I will be lucky enough to eat there one more time before coming back to France for a few months. At least it will surely be the first restaurant I will go to when I come back.

10 Days in Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

A Very Detailed Travel Itinerary Tours are for foo-ls. I tried my best to make that rhyme. While Vietnam may seem a little daunting at first, the country is not difficult to travel – especially if you have a great blog to aid you, with details on every leg of the trip, written by a [...]

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Street Food Friday: Grilled Pork with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Thit Nuong)

by A Wandering Casiedilla @ A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

Hey everyone!  AWC here dropping in with some very exciting news… I’m launching a new segment called Street Food Friday! Why? Well, if

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Christina's Saigon

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Discover: Bohinj

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Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.

Street Food in Copenhagen at Papiroen

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

If you want to sample some amazing Street Food in Copenhagen, then head to Papiroen, or more correctly Papirøe, which translates to Paper Island. If you want the very t…

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Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

The railway line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville was reopened for passenger services in 2016 after 14 years of being out of action. I’ve been to Phnom Penh numerous times and I have always admired the old train station, hoping that one day that train services would resume. If you want to ride the only […]

Thrillable Hours: Lebawit Lily Girma, Author and Photographer

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with guidebook author and photographer Lebawit Lily Girma.

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Beers & free frames

by Charles Snowdon @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

Banana bar is in a good location in D.7, it is an unimposing enterprise with a few seats available outside. I have ventured here on a few occasions & it has never been overly crowded. I like this as the main reason I go is to take advantage of the free pool table. It’s not a bad table & serves its function well although there are better tables elsewhere.

Price wise, Banana bar is a bit cheaper than alternatives in the city centre, a Heineken is 35,000đ & Beer Saigon is 30,000đ. It has a good range of beverages including some on draft such as Tiger. There is a happy hour starting at 5.30pm when draft beers go as low as 25,000đ. Snacks are also available & during happy hour these are priced as low as 40,000đ.

With regards to décor, it is fair to say that this place needs sprucing up. It just feels like it is lacking some TLC & a general polish or a coat of paint would certainly raise the whole feel of the establishment. The original owner was certainly on the right track but it seems that the current proprietors did not inherit his passion.
The service is fine, nothing great & no reason to complain. The staff are gracious enough & seemed to enjoy gawking as we played pool. That’s fair enough but I did find it rather invasive, although it meant that the replenishment of drinks was never delayed. If you are in the vicinity of the bar & need a drink with the chance of free pool then Banana bar is the place to go.

Ground Chicken & Broccoli Stir-Fry

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

I love Chinese stir-fry but I can’t afford the grease, sodium and fat that can come along with it (and nor do I want to)! If you’re not a big

SURVIVING BORACAY ALONE

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

In March of 2012, I was nearly finished with a 3-week journey moving west through the Visayas region of The Philippines. Visayas is famous for beach and diving destinations. I have never been very interested in beaches, so I was focused on the cities of Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo and Kalibo. I did, however, have a beach destination as my final stop before flying out of the country. That beach was the most famous beach in all of The Philippines- Boracay. I was all by my sad self during these weeks in the Philippines. I’d met people here and there along the way, but I didn’t join a backpacker caravan or fall in love. So, how is it traveling to Boracay alone, anyway?

Often beach destinations entice travelers of impossibly clear turquoise waters bookended by eternal sunrises and sunsets. So often, ... Read More »

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Ecotourism in Vietnam

by hiepsixike @ Beautiful Saigon Boutique Hotel

Let explore eco-tourism in Vietnam including national parks from North to South Vietnam. Give us a hand to preserve our environment, culture and traditional Cuc Phuong National Park Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Located only 120km southwest of Hanoi and nestled between the provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh...

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Croatia Towns/Islands Suggestions

by abs004 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello all. I�m looking for thoughts on a trip to Croatia in late Sept/early Oct for 2 weeks. We are experienced travelers but have not been to...

Bonsai Saigon River Cruise – Resurrection!

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Bonsai is Back!!! It’s my great pleasure to announce that as of April 2017, Bonsai Dinner Cruises has a brand new boat, “The Bonsai Legacy,” and is re-open for business. I often get queries from my readers about which night...

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West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton is Australia's First Curio Collection by Hilton Property

West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton is Australia's First Curio Collection by Hilton Property

by Mark Chua @ Blog - The Shutterwhale

Australia's first Curio Collection by Hilton property has just opened up in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) and next to the brand new waterfront leisure and commercial Barangaroo precinct. The West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton is a newly-built hotel with 182 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites.

Traveling to Dali: The complete guide

by Rita Andreetti @ Sapore di Cina

One of the entrance gates of the Dali city wall – Photo by Matteo Bosi Located in the heart of Yunnan, Dali (大理) is a picturesque town mainly inhabited by the ethnic Bai, who settled here millenniums ago. Or better, this is the Dali Old Town, the original heart, surrounded by a city wall and […]

Nick the Greek and Exploring the island of Corfu in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let me tell you about Nick the Greek and exploring the island of Corfu in Greece. I am fairly sure that when you get off a cruise ship in Greece, the waiting hordes of taxi dr…

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Where Should i Visit in Queensland

by seamuspie @ Fodor's Forum

Im currently booked to go to Airlie Beach in February but have taken a month off work and would like to visit a few places in Queensland. What do you...

The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It

The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It


Legal Nomads

Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon's streets with this guide to the best dishes and where to find them. Bonus section on visas, taxis, and more!

8 of the Best Cafes in Hanoi

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

The big cities in Vietnam have a cafe culture that is virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Don’t expect a Chemex of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with hints of blueberry and strawberry or an Aeropressed Kenyan. You might be able to locate one eventually, but not before tripping over scores of cafes serving up tumblers of coffee so dark it looks like used motor oil and smells like the most intense mocha you’ve ever had. It’s no secret that we love Vietnamese coffee and as a follow up to our very popular Saigon cafes list, we offer a list of some of our favorites in the northern capital city. Also be sure to check out our handy guide to ordering coffee in Vietnam.

So, in the event that you can’t find this guy rolling around town, keep scrolling and we’ve got ... Read More »

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Where Should i Visit in Queensland

by seamuspie @ Fodor's Forum

Im currently booked to go to Airlie Beach in February but have taken a month off work and would like to visit a few places in Queensland. What do you...

Ho Chi Minh City Food Guide: Where and What to Eat

Ho Chi Minh City Food Guide: Where and What to Eat


A WANDERING CASIEDILLA

Your Ho Chi Minh City Food Guide. An intro to Vietnamese food and where to get the best in HCMC!

Tan Son Nhat Airport Parkson Food Court

Tan Son Nhat Airport Parkson Food Court


SaigonNezumi

Last Saturday I finally visited the Parkson’s department store next to the Tan Son Nhat airport.   My friends and I went there to have dinner at the food court.  The selection of small fast f…

Gwangjang Market: South Korea’s Oldest Market is Filled with Incredible Food

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

I’ll admit, I’m a little confused about Korea’s market scene. Gwangjang Market (광장시장) is located in what I believe is the oldest market building in Korea. It opened in 1905, when it was called Dongdaemun Market, which was the name of an older market that was destroyed in the Korean War and rebuilt in 1959. [...]

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Malt - Bar and Restaurant

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Travel to Sapa – Homestays and More

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Power Out. Game On.

Power Out. Game On.

by farahzulkifly @ Farah Zulkifly

Power Out. Game On. Keep your electronics and Wi-Fi safe and working, even if the power goes out. Purchase selected range of APC UPS and received shopping vouchers worth up to RM100! Promotion location: Digital Mall, PJ: 16 February – … Continue reading

Visit Hook Lighthouse, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

An excellent day trip from the charming town of Kilkenny in Ireland is to go and visit Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.Hook Lighthouse …

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Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back)

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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Discover: Saudi Arabia

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Don't look for nightlife in Saudi Arabia: alcohol, dancing, movies and mingling with the opposite sex are all prohibited.

Discover: Kanab

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When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

How to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

As the 2017 European Capital of Culture, here is how to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark and make it a very worthwhile experience. In our opinion, Aarhus is a contempor…

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A Study in Contrast when you visit Le Meridien Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Le Meridien Saigon is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most ultra-modern 5-star hotels. If you like bright and shiny things, you will love this hotel. It is located across fro…

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Sihanoukville – The New Macau of Southeast Asia

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

“Guess how many casinos are in Sihanoukville”, my taxi driver asked as we drove from the train station. “20”, I said with confidence. I had read a news report about it recently and I felt certain with my answer, even though it seemed like a ridiculously high number. “55”, he said. I don’t know if […]

The 5 Best Night Markets in Taipei

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Taipei is inarguably one of the top street food cities in the world. Taiwan is known as the land of snacks: they have literally invented and re-invented genre after genre of snack food over the years. From pearl tea to fried chicken, the Taiwanese are all about inventing and perfecting the ultimate snack foods. Think Chinese-influenced foods created with the ingenuity and dedication to perfection that (you would think) only the Japanese would bring. While Taipei isn’t quite as famous with local Taiwanese as Tainan for their snack culture, they’ve got it covered and will most likely be your first stop in Taiwan. The sheer volume of street food options available alone are enough but, matched with the quality and price of the food available on the streets, it’s pretty much unbeatable. The catch with Taipei street food though, is ... Read More »

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Vegetarian in Vietnam - How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam) ?

Vegetarian in Vietnam - How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam) ?


A Visit in Saigon

Very easy. You may be surprised but Saigon is a good city for Vegetarians. It is much more vegetarian friendly than Bangkok in Thailand. By the way, I am a Vegetarian myself, you can visit my Vegetarian page. The word in Vietnamese for Vegetarian is “Chay”. Món Chay is “Vegetarian food”. Look at the following picture. … Continue reading How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) ? →

A peaceful park

by Charles Snowdon @ The 10 latest reviews on HCMC.COM

Tân Cảng Park is located in Bình Thạnh District, not far from District 2. It is within fairly reach of Thảo Điền Pearl Building so it is an ideal respite for residents living there.

On approaching the park, I was struck firstly by the quietness of the area then by the abundance of bright flowers. The park is not far from a main road but it does not overly suffer from the constant hum of the traffic. It is also bordered by the Saigon River. In addition to the masses of beautiful flowers, there are tennis courts, tables & ‘huts’ that I presume are used for cooking & serving food. They are quite ingenious looking & would not be out of place on a tropical island. The eating area & general layout suggest that this is a popular spot for wedding receptions and the setting for wedding photographs. Indeed the trees & flowers would undoubtedly provide a lovely back drop for a memorable occasion.

The palm trees, greenery & water features all tended to by devoted gardeners make this a peaceful place that is well worth a visit. This is the type of park that is ideal for laying back & diving into a good book, the tranquillity & lovely grounds will surely enable even the most stressed person to unwind.

Due to its location I would not make a special trip, however if passing by, it certainly deserves a stop & a meander. Five stars for Tân Cảng Park & next time I shall return with a book & a picnic.

 

#1 Hotel in Ireland – Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal has been named ‘No 1 Hotel in Ireland’ by TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row, 2017 ‘Travellers Choice’ Awards on its websi…

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The Airport Hotel from £21. Ho Chi Minh City Hotels - KAYAK

The Airport Hotel from £21. Ho Chi Minh City Hotels - KAYAK


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Find the best deal for the Airport Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on KAYAK. View 938 reviews, 32 photos and compare deals for this hotel.

Visiting Aomori Prefecture in Japan

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

Aomori Prefecture is at the northern tip of Honshu (the largest island of Japan). Like many casual visitors to Japan with no ties to the country, I had never heard of Aomori. There are 47 prefectures (like a province or state) in Japan, and Aomori is one of the lesser visited of Japan. [Map of […]

Blue River Hotel 3

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Hoa Vien Brauhaus

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Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

by farahzulkifly @ halal food ho chi minh – Farah Zulkifly

ABOUT VIETNAM Timezone : UTC+07:00 Currency: Vietnam Dong (you can also use USD. RM is accepted in most of the shops at Ben Thanh Market) Visa: Not required for Malaysia Plug adapter: Others: Saigon is another name for Ho Chi … Continue reading

Le Méridien Saigon l Ho Chi Minh City 5-Star Hotel

Le Méridien Saigon l Ho Chi Minh City 5-Star Hotel


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Discover the newly luxury 5-Star Hotel in Saigon offering 343 guest rooms and suites. Book Now and enjoy savings up to 30%!

#Throwback Port Dickson Getaway – Hotel Review

#Throwback Port Dickson Getaway – Hotel Review

by farahzulkifly @ Farah Zulkifly

ABOUT MALAYSIA Timezone : GMT +08:00 Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR) Plug adapter: ACCOMMODATION Went for a short ‘first wedding anniversary’ in 2015 (yes this is a ‘throwback’) to Port Dickson. Just me, my husband and of course our … Continue reading

The Rex Hotel

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Discover: Cranbrook

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If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

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