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Open Tour Bus

Posted by on Apr 10th, 2012
File Under: Bus

Long-distance bus services connect most cities in Vietnam. Open Tour buses are run by a multitude of tour companies. They cater especially to tourists, offering ridiculous low rates (Hanoi to HCMC: US$20-25) and door-to-door service to your desired hostel. Open Tour buses normally require prior day reservations. Route & Travel Time Hanoi to HCMC: 2-4 […]


Is it too crowded to trek in Sapa

Posted by on Jan 11th, 2012
File Under: Questions

Question I heard Sapa and the whole region was getting more and more crowded with tourists lately. Do you reckon Sapa and its surrounding villages are so filled with tourists that it reached an annoying level? (I know, everybody finds different things annoying…but still) Answer Sapa is indeed very popular with local and foreign tourists, […]


Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) during Tet Holiday

Posted by on Jan 11th, 2012
File Under: Questions

Question We’ll be travelling from Hanoi to Sapa during the Tet holiday, is it advisable for us to book our train ticket in advance? We planned to buy our train ticket at the train station when we arrive as it will be cheaper. We were quoted 66usd for return ticket per person. Is this price […]


Is it a good time to visit Vietnam during Tet

Posted by on Jan 11th, 2012
File Under: Questions

Question We were thinking of visiting Vietnam beginning of February. Just realized that they are also celebrating the new year. Will the shops and other places be open? Any advise? So is it a good time to visit Vietnam during Tet? Answer Since the whole country is off for about 1 week to celebrate the […]


How to Get to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) from Airport

Posted by on Nov 9th, 2009
File Under: Ho Chi Minh

By Taxi Tan Son Nhat is Vietnam’s largest international airport. There are 2 terminals – International flights departs from the newer international terminal whereas domestic flights (to Hanoi, Danang, Nha Trang, etc) are from domestic terminal (turn left). When you are going to the airport, be specific which terminal you want to go to. Otherwise […]


Where to Eat and Drink in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Posted by on Nov 9th, 2009
File Under: Ho Chi Minh

In recent years, Ho Chi Minh has become increasingly cosmopolitan and this is reflected in the large variety of Vietnamese and international food available. Prices though are a far cry from what they used to cost due to a combination of factors such as higher food prices, rising wages, and soaring real estate costs. Street […]


Getting Around Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Posted by on Nov 4th, 2009
File Under: Ho Chi Minh

Cyclos and Motorbikes Cyclo drivers are notorious for asking one price and wanting more after the ride, but it is still worth the experience to try it out. Make sure you negotiate a price before getting on. Motorbikes are everywhere- every corner in the city you will see there are motorcycle taxis available. They are […]


What to See and Do in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Posted by on Nov 4th, 2009
File Under: Ho Chi Minh

Most sights are in central Saigon and located in clusters so with some good planning you can cover most of them easily in a day. Around Dong Khoi St Dong Khoi, formerly known as Rue Catinat have gone through much transformation so it no wonder that it is now a district of colourful activity – […]


Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Posted by on Nov 4th, 2009
File Under: Featured, Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh, situated in the southern part of Vietnam, is the largest city and former capital of Vietnam. Previously known as Saigon, it was renamed Ho Chi Minh after the Fall of Saigon in 1975. The wide Saigon River, which takes a huge turn from the east links the city with the sea. Back then, this beautiful city was referred as the Pearl of the Orient by the French.


UNESCO: Phong Nha, Ke Bang National Park

Posted by on Nov 1st, 2009
File Under: Featured, Quang Binh

Phong Nha – Ke Bang is a national park in the center of Quang Binh province in north-central Vietnam. It is one of the world’s two largest limestone regions with several hundred caves and grottoes.