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27 Things to do in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

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27 Things to do in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City shows you the secret places to shop, amazing street art to see, and the best bars to view the electric skyline. 

‘A Transformative Disguise: Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng’ at Sàn Art

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

‘Transformative Disguise’ is Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng’s first solo exhibition. Composed of 9 new paintings and 5 ceramic sculptures, this exhibition plays with ideas of reflection, transparency and transformation, inviting the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of their behavior … Continue reading

Dinner with Lisa

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Today has been the second day of my new beginning- six weeks by myself in the house- since Jessica departed for Taipei, and then the United States, yesterday morning. I have resolved to begin a new work schedule, in which I will concentrate most of my work into the morning and have a more relaxed afternoon. I aim to write one thousand words towards my book before lunchtime every weekday, and after lunchtime send emails, read my book and do other tasks towards my project. Yesterday I wrote zero words; today I wrote 350, which is an improvement if not yet quite on target.

After lunch I went for a little walk around the neighbourhood, a daring venture to undertake at midday in April, even with one of Jessica's massive hats on for shade. Recently we have been having sporadic rain which has cooled the air to a reasonable temperature most days. Today was not one of those days. I took a rest in the shade by one of the ponds in the neighbourhood parks and enjoyed the serenity.

The afternoon was spent sending out some email interview questions, and god knows whatever else I idle my time away on. In the early evening I took the bus into town. Five-thirty is a really interesting time of day to see the city, with the setting sun casting a beautiful golden light, the streets bustling with people finishing work and school, and everywhere full of life. It is something that can be appreciated from the comfort of a bus, when you don't have to negotiate through these streets yourself. I had made plans with Lisa, who taught some Vietnamese classes to me when I first arrived in the country, to meet up for dinner. I hadn't seen Lisa in a long time and remembered that she had bought me a Vietnamese language textbook once, and I had yet to return the generosity. I went to the Artbook bookstore on Dong Khoi and picked up a brilliant photo book called Welcome to Britain, something I believed would be a great introduction to British culture for somebody learning English, with its illustrations of fish n chips, caravans, derelict buildings, humorous sign boards, the English seaside and fat people. I wondered whether she would 'get it' or not, but I liked this book myself so much that I felt compelled to buy it.

I met Lisa at the bottom of the Sunwah tower, where she works. This used to be Jessica's headquarters when she worked for Towers Watson, and I remember her telling me that when she first arrived in Vietnam fifteen years ago, the Sunwah tower was the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Looking at the skyline today, it is difficult to conceive this. Sunwah is now totally dwarfed by the magnificent Bitexco building that stands next door. We ate at Central Cafe outside the entrance to Sunwah, with Bitexco and other giants looming over us. Or rather I ate, as Lisa had eaten earlier. It was essentially a fast-food restaurant, and I ordered deep fried fish in a fluorescent orange sweet-and-sour sauce with rice, which I unashamedly enjoyed. Lisa promised to take me out again before I leave for some real Vietnamese food, something I look forward to. I presented my gift, and it was quite clear that she really didn't 'get it', despite my feeble attempts to explain the British sense of humour to her. Lisa invited me to practise my Vietnamese with her, but I was far too shy to do so and was also ashamed at how very, very little I know. She showed me up with her confidence in speaking English, and in fact led the conversation. We mostly talked about her preferred topic, marriage. One of her first questions to me after we sat down was 'So, when will you get married?'. I told her that I won't be thinking about that for a long time yet. Lisa is thirty-three and considers herself to be getting on a bit. Her problem, it seems, is not in meeting men but in developing any interest in them. Our conversation became more interesting when she told me about how she doesn't like Vietnam and wants to move away. Salaries for graduates are too low, she said, to match the cost of living. It is almost impossible to buy a house. Even more, it is hard to get away as it is very difficult to apply for visas to travel overseas. The government is inefficient at solving problems, the traffic is dreadful, the men are useless and, most disturbingly, she thinks that life is given little value here. There are so many traffic accidents, and the compensation offered for those who die is meagre.

Life is not all doom-and-gloom for Lisa though. At the end of the month she will be making use of the national holiday (to mark Victory day on 30th April), to travel to Taiwan with some friends on holiday. In October she hopes to go to Hong Kong, and after telling her about my recent trip to Laos, she has added that to her list too.

HAPPY VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR! CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour wishes you a Happy Vietnamese New Year. May the year of the horse be your most beautiful year yet! Please scroll down for more information about the tour or choose from the tabs above.

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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Fansipan Summit full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

This Fansipan Summit full day is offered for anyone who likes adventures. It is a memorable experience with conquering the Roof of Indochina – Fansipan peak in Hoang Lien Son range and enjoying fully the emotion of the winner when you reach the top of the mountain at the height 3143m.

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“Sealed Time”: Nadia Kaabi-Linke on historical memory and the legacy of colonialism – interview

by Art Radar @

Nadia Kaabi-Linke's sculpture practices often engages with the materiality of historical memory, particularly in relation to the legacy of colonialism as it exists in relation to the European nation state’s bureaucracy systems. Art Radar talked to Nadia Kaabi-Linke about her latest retrospective exhibition "Sealed Time".

Happiness and a few nerves

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Yesterday and today I have been working on my PowerPoint presentation for Saturday's leaving do. The first step of this was to have a major panic when I realised that I didn't have the PowerPoint software on my computer; the next was to download a free trial and get cracking. My foolish belief that the presentation could be completed in the best part of a day was my reason for not starting this task earlier and now, into day two, I am starting to get a little edgy. Of course, I do not want to put doubt in the minds of the people who will be attending; I am really fairly confident that it will be successful. I am just a little bit nervous, particularly as a friend who couldn't attend has generously offered to pay for a cameraman to film the event- an offer I couldn't really refuse but which I has now doubled the pressure for me!


Today we had an unplanned power-cut in the afternoon and it quickly became uncomfortably warm in the house. I took my laptop and headed to Phu My Hung to work in a cafe, but was surprised to find that the power-cut had extended to there too (I was later to learn that it affected friends across district seven and in district one and Bin Thanh). Luckily the electricity returned not long after I had arrived and the giant fan behind me charged into life with a massive gust. I really enjoyed my few hours sat in the cafe relaxing and working on my slides and I felt in an altogether good mood. This was only extended by my Zumba class in the evening, which would be was my last ever at the Tavern, and the drinks and cake I invited everyone for afterwards.


Netflix adds a record 8 million subscribers

by CNN @ GantNews.com

Netflix’s recent price hike isn’t denting its subscriber numbers. Netflix said Monday it added more than 8 million net subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2017, marking the strongest quarterly subscription gains in its history. The company credited the “stronger than expected” gains in new customers in part to its “original content slate.” That likely […]

Swimming

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

The past days have been spent ambling away in a familiar vane. I have done a lot of swimming recently; on Saturday afternoon I went to the local pool to swim some lengths and was asked for some tips from a girl a similar age to me who was struggling with her front crawl- something to feed my little ego. On Sunday I went for a splash around at another pool with my friend Nga, her boyfriend Josh, the manager of the Tavern, and Josh's dad and sister. The only other vaguely notable thing I have done since I last posted was to visit the LIN Centre on Friday morning, where I will be hosting my leaving do presentation. The centre is in Bin Thanh district, down a little alleyway off a main road. LIN is an organisation that supports networking between non-governmental, not-for-profit organisations in Ho Chi Minh City. Their office is a tiny place and I was met by Phuong Anh, who showed me the room I will be able to use and gave me instructions about turning on and off the electricity and water supplies, as there will not be any staff on the premises at the weekend. I am a little bit daunted about having to take responsibility for the building by myself, and am especially haunted by the prospect of not being able to get the projector to work and therefore scuppering the entire purpose of the meeting. But there is plenty of time yet to worry about such things. After my visit to the centre I headed back into district one and made a stop at the Saigon Square shopping mall where, thinking about my imminent return to cold and bleak England, I made a sensible purchase of a knock-off twin-layered North Face jacket for a bargain 800,000 dong (about £25). Filling my suitcase with souvenirs is a happy prospect for the weeks ahead.

How to get to Ihwa Mural Village in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Just a ten minutes uphill walk along Seoul city wall near Daehakno district  sits the Ihwa Mural Village. Climbing away from the city, the air clears, the noise stills and suddenly as you reach the very top of Mount Naksan you find a village dedicated to something quite unexpected; street art. Eleven years ago, Ihwa ‘moon village’ (so called because of it’s fantastic hill-side views of the moon) had been destined for destruction, due to it being rather run down and slum-like. Historically, moon villages were homes to the working class, who couldn’t afford housing down in the flatter, central parts of the city. The village was saved in 2006 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, who decided to transform the village as part of their ‘Art in the City’ initiative. Artists selected by the committee were commissioned to design 64 installations under the theme of ‘Mix, Connect and Get Together’. Over the course of six months, 70 painters (including local volunteers, art college students and visiting artists) covered the village from schools to homes, underpasses to stairways, walls, fences and rooftops with beautiful and diverse murals. After having become something of a tourist attraction the once slum-like […]

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Commentaires sur À propos par sabrina1974

by sabrina1974 @ Commentaires pour sabrinainsaigon.com

Merci pour tes encouragements! A vrai dire, je ne sais pas quand aura lieu le prochain. Il faut que tu te connectes sur FB le New District Saigon. Cela fait un moment que je ne suis pas allée...

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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Sapa Motorbiking full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

With this tour, you will sightseeing Sapa’s amazing scenery of mountains and rice paddy fields on terraces as far as the eye can see home of the H’Mong people with scenic landscape of the mountain. In Ta Phin, you will witness the daily life of the Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities.

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Romancing Vietnam

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Finally I have come to the end of the book I have been reading, and have completed my first book review in almost a month. In part this delay has been due to my recent travelling; in part it is due to the fact that I really struggled to get through this book, for reasons I have explained in my review of it. Romancing Vietnam is a journal written by Justin Wintle, English writer and journalist, of his travels in Vietnam in late 1989 and early 1990. This is a period of recent Vietnamese history that I knew little about before, and have not covered in my book reviews before now. Please click here to read my review.

It has been an insufferably hot day today- I have known this without having to leave the house, as I was sweating at lunchtime even with a fan blowing into my face. I would have liked to have gone to the outdoor swimming pool but I didn't think it was a good idea, as I have to cycle there and face a good chance of getting sunburn, even after applying suncream. That is the last thing I need, as I am going out this evening and my fair hair doesn't suit a red face. The heat has forced me to stay inside and do work on a Saturday. But at least I can enjoy myself tonight.

Sophie’s Art Talks: Vietnamese History in Colour

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour is now offering lectures in Vietnamese art history. The talks are an engaging and alternative way to understand Vietnamese history. Using images of artworks, photographs, footage and the personal stories of artists, Vietnam’s fascinating history is illuminated. … Continue reading

7 exhibitions to see during Singapore Art Week 2018

by Art Radar @

Art Radar brings you 7 highlights not to miss during Singapore Art Week 2018. Singapore Art Week 2018 runs from 17 to 28 January, concurrently with Art Stage Singapore, and presents a rich programme of events across the city. The … Continue reading

River of Time

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

I made another trip to town yesterday and did a little more souvenir shopping for presents to give to friends and family on my return. I also got my suitcase out from under the bed for the first time since I had pushed it under there after unpacking my things eight months ago. It had gathered dust. I realised how I may have trouble packing nine months' worth of life into this piece of baggage. In only eighteen days it will have to be filled and closed ready for my departure.

Today I have been dreaming of rolling green hills and sheep and dry-stone walls. I am looking forward to being back in beautiful Yorkshire, God's own county.

In the meantime, I have completed another book review, this one of Jon Swain's 1996 memoir, River of Time, which recalls his five-year love affair with Cambodia and Vietnam where he worked as a freelance reporter between 1970 and 1975. Although he experienced a very different Indochina to the one I am living in now, Swain's tender nostalgia for those lost times resonates with me, and I understand how much I will miss this corner of the world after I have left. I already feel nostalgic for places I visited in the past months- Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hue, and especially Hanoi- and I know I will miss the Indochina countries searingly after I have left, despite the longing that I feel for my own home right now.


The Handsome Hanbok & Where to Buy One in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Hanbok is the traditional dress of Korea, worn by men and women, rich and poor, across the north and the south for over 1600 years. Throughout this time, its general design was similar to the sloping eaves of the Korean traditional house – the hanok – with a soft division of lines and angles. Throughout the centuries, it’s obviously maintained its popularity for good reason. It’s a garment of pure beauty, synonymous with Korean aesthetics and tradition. Thoroughly theatrical and distinct, it’s hard to not admire the strong visual structure of the hanging sleeves, bulging full-length skirt, floral detailing and pretty bows. Women’s Hanboks are comprised of two elements: the jeogori (cropped blouse) and the chima (skirt). It’s said that the wide curved arms of the jeogori represent the warmth of the embrace of the Korean people, and the wide flowing chima symbolises space and freedom. A sad representation, given the borders that now divide the Korean people. Under neath the dress is special type of (adorable) Hanbok underwear and a petticoat which adds the fullness to the silhouette. The whole look is completed with accessories such as a Norigae (hanging good luck charm) and hair accessories. The loose cut of the style […]

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Ho Chi Minh City in three days: holiday itinerary

Ho Chi Minh City in three days: holiday itinerary


the Guardian

Discover fascinating history, fantastic food, art galleries and a year-round party scene in one of Asia’s most exciting cities … once you’ve mastered the art of dodging the motorbikes, that is

Sapa trekking and homestay tour by bus 2D1N

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Explore and experience Sapa by road via the new Noi Bai highway, Lao Cai, with length of 245km. This new road shortens the travel time and distance from Hanoi to Sapa. Moreover, you will have chance to admire the beautiful scenery as you travel the longest highway in Vietnam before enjoying yourself in Sapa – the city in cloudy. Let’s come and join with us!

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

Langkawi: Rescuing a reef

by Ben Lerwill @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Play a part in saving the reef around one of Langkawi’s most luxurious resorts — one coral cutting at a time

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Winter walk around Haarlem- Elswout

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Walking against diabetes Last september I started getting a bit more serious about walking. “Who? You???” Yes, that’s right, me, notorious couch potato, I know. Changing your diet, doing more exercise, and taking medication are the main three ways to get your diabetes under control. Since I did not want to get even more strict [...]

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Commentaires sur Les Cafe RuNam par L’immeuble RuNam – sabrinainsaigon.com

by L’immeuble RuNam – sabrinainsaigon.com @ Commentaires pour sabrinainsaigon.com

[…] Les café RuNam, j’en ai déjà parlé. Ce sont des lieux à la déco très soignée et chic. On aime ou on n’aime pas le concept mais je trouve que c’est particulièrement réussi. […]

The World of Sound and Surface 1st June – 5th July 2012

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Dewey Ambrosino and Tam Van Tran are friends from L.A, practically neighbors Dewey tells me at the opening reception of their collaborative exhibition at Sàn Art. The exhibition comprises of a conversation between their works, Ambrosino’s is metallic, pulsing and … Continue reading

Choosing Effective Photos for Your Website (with Examples)

by joshzukas @ Dulichable

Choosing the right photos is vital when it comes to marketing your travel products. It’s also one of the hardest things to get right. In this article, Erika Braeger talks to the experts, breaks things down, and presents some case studies to make things easier. Stunning landscapes and gleeful families on the beach have held […]

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L’immeuble RuNam

L’immeuble RuNam

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

Après le café RuNam, voici l’immeuble RuNam dans lequel vous pourrez non seulement aller boire un café chic, mais aussi désormais, goûter à la cuisine de rue (mais pas dans la rue…) et shopper de beaux accessoires ou des vêtements de créateurs au dernier étage.   Les café RuNam, j’en ai déjà parlé. Ce sont des … Lire la suite

Essential Books for Cocktail Enthusiasts – From Spirited Histories to Recipe Books

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

These essential books for cocktail enthusiasts make fab gifts for the concoctors of cocktails and drinks mixers in your life if you’re still stuck for last minute gift ideas. Most of these recommendations have come from professional mixologists and bar owners we’ve meet and are...

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Sophie’s Choice: Telling Vietnamese History Through Art

Sophie’s Choice: Telling Vietnamese History Through Art


Khiri Travel

Join an innovative small group tour in Hanoi and HCMC that traces a unique journey through Vietnamese modern history as told through the eyes of local artists.

Le Sophie’s Art Tour

Le Sophie’s Art Tour


sabrinainsaigon.com

En 2011, la Britannique Sophie Hugues lance le Sophie’s Art Tour. Une visite d’Hô Chi Minh Ville à travers l’art et la culture. En écho à l’histoire du Vietnam…  …

The Best Tours in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog

The Best Tours in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

We have compiled a list of the best and most unique ways to experience Vietnam's landscape, environment and culture.

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: Two quirky ways to see Saigon |

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: Two quirky ways to see Saigon |


Expat Living Singapore

Sidecar sightseeing and an art history tour in the city of Ho Chi Minh Vietnam.

A flourishing Iranian art market: Tehran Auction of Contemporary Art 2018 – round-up

by Art Radar @

The 8th edition of the Tehran Auction of Contemporary Iranian Art took place on 12 January 2018, breaking auction records.

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

It's as if Cusco was built for the travelling artist. A group of sunlit squares lined with whitewashed and red brick porticos and connected with cobbled streets...

Family travel: Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds

by Pat Riddell @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

An eco-friendly, lakeside stay in the heart of England offers tranquil, peaceful wilderness

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Mai Chau 2 Days Classic Group Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Within 2 days, tourists will visit some villages of Mai Chau including Lac Village and Poom Coong village by biking and a hiking to visit 1000 Steps Cave, optional to stay overnight in a homestay of Thai people or bungalow.

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3 Reasons we Love Saigon

3 Reasons we Love Saigon


Together in Lu Lu Land

Ho Chi Minh City, or as the locals and the old timers call it “Saigon”, is situated in Southern Vietnam, not too far from the border of Cambodia. It is the commercial hub of Vietnam, and is famously known for its role in the Vietnam War (or as they call it here: The American War). Behind the rundown

3 Indian Abstractionists to see: “Troika” at Art Musings, Mumbai

by Art Radar @

Art Musings brings together the works of Ram Kumar, Prabhakar Kolte and Laxman Shreshtha in a compact group exhibition.

Butterflied Roast Turkey with Stuffing Recipe by Chef Neil Perry and Christmas Tips

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This butterflied roast turkey with stuffing recipe comes from another of Australia’s best chefs Neil Perry, who helms the Rockpool group of restaurants, which have long been some of our favourites. Here Neil shares his recipe for Butterflied Roast Turkey with Chestnut, Herb and Bread...

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“Art, Ritual and the Everyday” at M+ REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia – Part I – Interview with Doryun Chong

by Art Radar @

Art Radar finds out more on the occasion of M+ Deputy Director and Chief Curator Doryun Chong’s conversation with acclaimed Indian artist Sheela Gowda.

XO Tours in Hanoi

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi, and it’s unlikely we ever will. So why the misleading blog title? We felt the need to write this blog post to protect our brand, so that when our valued guests search for XO Tours they will know that XO Tours only operates out of Ho Chi Minh City…

Ghost Money: American artist retraces his steps through Vietnam

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Artist and filmmaker Lawrence Johnson was based in Vietnam in the 1970′s, his candid sketches, portraits and raw paintings reveal an entirely different side to the war. In 2012 the artist returned to Vietnam to retrace his steps through a … Continue reading

How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

Le Thao Dien Coffee

Le Thao Dien Coffee

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

Le Thao Dien Coffee est un petit café-restaurant plein de charme dans le quartier de Thao Dien, district 2. Tout y est soigné: de la décoration intérieure ou extérieure à la vaisselle japonaise en passant par la qualité de la nourriture.  Le Thao Dien Coffee est tenu par une Japonaise et les goûts s’en ressentent. Dans … Lire la suite

White Peach Bellini Recipe and Christmas Tips from Chef Peter Gilmore

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This White Peach Bellini recipe is courtesy of one of Australia’s best chefs, Peter Gilmore, who helms the kitchens of Quay and Bennelong in Sydney, arguably two of the city’s and Australia’s finest restaurants. Here he shares his recipe for his go-to Christmas Day drink...

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Up and Running!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour is now up and running and has been taking good folk around the hotspots of Saigon’s art scene. Here are some testimonials: “I’ve learnt so much today, it’s really surprised me what an active role artists have … Continue reading

A Comprehensive Guide to Vietnam Visas

by Scott Jones @ XO Tours Blog

*** Disclaimer: We believe all the information in this article was correct at the time it was published however, regulations in Vietnam change often so we urge travelers to not rely solely on the information in this blog post when planning their trip to Vietnam. We cannot be held responsible for any lost monies or travel time due to any…

Alienated Bodies: two young Russian artists investigating the Mirror Stage

by Art Radar @

Russian artists Elena Artemenko and Elena Yamlikhanova take over Moscow’s Fragment Gallery in a comprehensive exhibition about the body and human corporeality.

Grilled Pipis, Garlic and Karkalla Recipe by Chef Lennox Hastie of Firedoor

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

This grilled pipis, garlic and karkalla recipe comes courtesy of Chef Lennox Hastie of Firedoor restaurant in Sydney, Australia, from his wonderful cooking with fire cookbook, Finding Fire – along with some sides of Christmas tips and grilling advice. Every festive season we share Christmas tips...

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Yuki Terase Appointed Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art, Asia

by Art Radar @

Yuki Terase will lead Sotheby’s auctions and private sales of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western Contemporary art in Asia, based in Hong Kong.

Review Sophie's Art Tour Saigon - Curly Traveller

Review Sophie's Art Tour Saigon - Curly Traveller


Curly Traveller

Review Sophie's Art Tour Saigon. I loved this very informative tour about Vietnam's recent art, history and art history. Great tour guide and high quality.

Sophie’s Art Tour Launches Today!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Cut the ribbon! pop the champagne! Sophie’s Art Tour launches officially today! Whether you are passing through HCMC or you have lived here for years this tour is a fascinating exploration into Vietnam’s visual history. For more details about the … Continue reading

L’art du tatouage de Mai-Loan Tu

L’art du tatouage de Mai-Loan Tu

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

Mai Loan Tu, 28 ans, vient de fêter sa première année d’expatriation à Saigon. Artiste et tatoueuse, elle porte ses origines vietnamiennes paternelles avec élégance et discrétion. Rencontre dans le salon où elle travaille le tatouage comme un art graphique aussi singulier que multiple.  Elle a cette douceur dans la voix et cette simplicité qui … Lire la suite

Trump slaps tariffs on foreign solar panels and washing machines

by CNN @ GantNews.com

The Trump administration is imposing tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. The announcement marks President Trump’s first major trade action of 2018 and follows his campaign promise to get tough on America’s trading partners. A tariff, or tax, of 30% will be applied to imported solar panels, most of which come from China. […]

Art internships and opportunities | MOMA, Guggenheim, Pékin Fine Arts, Site and Space in South Asia… and more

by Art Radar @

Looking for new career options in the arts? Art Radar Opportunities is an archive of openings in the visual art world.  Whether you are an artist or an aspiring curator, a market analyst or a scholar, Art Radar Opportunities has listings that will pique your interest. Every week … Continue reading

CONTEMPORARY ART AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN HANOI AND HO CHI MINH CITY - Dulichable

CONTEMPORARY ART AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN HANOI AND HO CHI MINH CITY - Dulichable


Dulichable

By no means large in scale, the contemporary art world in Vietnam is responsible for some of the most exciting and unusual cultural events and activities.

Off the beaten track tours in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Off the beaten track tours in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.


mrlinhhomestay

Mr Linh’s Adventure is a professional, enthusiastic travel company, specialising in off-the-beaten-track and jungle adventure tours in remote areas Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

The Most Popular Places of 2017 on Grantourismo – From Siem Reap to the Isaan

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Our 10 Most Popular Places of 2017 on Grantourismo included the Southeast Asian destinations we love and frequently cover – Cambodia’s main cities and towns, Thailand’s capital and most off the beaten track region, Vietnam’s key destinations, and lovely Luang Prabang in Laos. As 2017...

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Hero Day

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Today has been a national holiday here in Vietnam. Lisa told me that this is in remembrance of the nation's heroes, although I haven't found anything on the internet to confirm this. I spent my morning at my friend Huyen's apartment. She has been something of a heroine herself in spending all of last night preparing three saucepan-fulls of grated vegetables to fill eight hundred spring rolls, to be given to the poor next full moon. As everybody had the day off work a group of us assembled at her apartment to help out- namely by doing the rolling. Huyen taught us how to do so, with her 'twenty years' rolling experience'. As well as being a charitable thing to spend my morning on, I now know how to make spring rolls and am pretty pleased with that. For lunch Huyen prepared some of the fruits of our labour deep fried and served with noodles, salad and peanuts in a big bowl. A great example of lovely fresh, simple, tasty and (mostly) healthy Vietnamese home cooking. The rest of the spring rolls were bagged up uncooked to be delivered to Huyen's friend, who will fry them and then distribute them in poor areas with her family.

I had taken the things I needed for the rest of the day with me to Huyen's so I decided to stay in Phu My Hung until my Zumba class in the evening rather than cycle the fifteen minutes' home in the unforgiving heat. I went to my favourite cafe/lounge and enjoyed a fresh coconut while reading my book. What I love about this place is that I can order one drink and nurse it for three or four hours and none of the waiting staff will even slightly pressure me to buy a second. In fact they refill my complimentary glass of iced tea any time it is less than two-thirds full, and change it if the ice has melted too much.

After idling my day away as thus I hopped over the road to the Tavern for Zumba. Our teacher, Kate, is going home to Hungary for her wedding at the start of next week and won't return until I have already left the country. So today was my last class with her. I will see her again, however, tomorrow, for her hen party, which I am really looking forward to but which I am sworn not to divulge any information about until after the event. I will report back.

Cambodian Num Pang Recipe — How to Make Num Pang Barang

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Our Cambodian num pang recipe is a recipe for what I have called num pang barang – ‘barang’ means ‘foreigner’ in Khmer. Cambodia’s banh mi is similar to Vietnamese banh mi — a Vietnamese sandwich or technically a baguette packed with pork, pate and salad....

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Turkey Avocado Club Sandwich with Sriracha Mayo – How to Use Xmas Leftovers

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This turkey avocado club sandwich with Sriracha mayonnaise is a twist on the classic Club Sandwich. Over the festive season it’s an excellent way to use those Christmas turkey leftovers you have in the fridge but the rest of the year you can use chicken....

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The Fresh List 2018: Utsav Batra

by Amit Patil @ Verve Magazine

Known for running several start-ups, Utsav Batra now plans to establish a language school in Gurugram

Getting soppy

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

This morning I went to Hang's house as I did this time last month to help her and her neighbours to prepare food to give out at a local hospital. I took a taxi at 6.30am and found myself getting emotional looking out of the window and trying to absorb the surroundings that I will be leaving behind in two days' time. The narrow streets and tall buildings, the dark webs of telephone lines, the stacks of red pastic stools set beside peeling yellow walls, the faces of people drinking coffee on the streets, and even the motorbikes; this is the scenery I have grown to love and will soon feel millions of miles away from.

I had pulled myself together by the time I reached Hang's home in district three; it was nice to see her again. The boxes being prepared this month were rice, beancurd and vegetables served with a hot, oily plastic bag of sweet and sour soup. I helped at various points on the amateur production line that was assembled on the street outside the house, but I did struggle with the strain of sitting on a low stool in a cramped spot, leant over and working at a fast pace with the sun on my back. Hang could see I was tired and set me to the easy task of serving the food parcels from a makeshift stall set on the back of a row of motorbikes to the street workers, elderly people and children who approached us. Later I went with a few others to the same hospital in district five we visited last time to hand out some of the 750 meals that had been prepared. The experience was slightly tainted by the suspicion of Hang and her friends that a nurse who had taken a box of twenty meals to deliver to bed-bound, disabled patients had in fact taken them for the hospital staff; Hang thought the food should go to the patients and not the staff, but there was little she could do. Her friends seemed disappointed; "Charity is difficult," said Minh.

I spent the afternoon back home, working on my PowerPoint slides for tomorrow's presentation. I spent some time working in the cafe at the end of my street where I indulged in a Ca Phe Sua Da (iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk), one of my favourite culinary discoveries. In the evening I met up with Gretchen at Crescent Mall for a farewell dinner at Boomerang, an Australian/international restaurant. She can't attend my leaving do tomorrow as it coincides with her school prom. This farewell dinner was not at all emotional, as yesterday's with Yvonne, Jessie and Jasmine was somewhat; it was a nice, casual meal and a last chance to hang out together.

However, I got a little emotional again at home after Thuy had come to my room to present me with a little gift she had made for me, the second thing she has made for me on her sewing machine in recent weeks. I feel really close to Thuy, particularly so in the last six weeks while Jessica has been away, and I will be so sad to say goodbye to her.

Commentaires sur À propos par Sanny

by Sanny @ Commentaires pour sabrinainsaigon.com

Coucou Je suis actuellement à ho chi minh et quel bonheur de te lire!!! Le new district m'attire énormément !! Peux tu me dire quand aura lieu le prochain événement ? Merciiiii

VIETNAM – Ho Chi Minh City – Sophie's art tour - Easia

VIETNAM – Ho Chi Minh City – Sophie's art tour - Easia


Easia

An art tour with Sophie, who has worked in the Ho Chi Minh City arts scene since 2009, is one of the best choice in Saigon to approach the Vietnamese Art.

Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Sophie’s Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour


Travelfish

What began as a personal research project has morphed into an informative, insightful half day tour. Sophie’s Art Tour tells a story about Vietnam’s t

HOW CAN VIETNAM BENEFIT FROM FILM-INDUCED TOURISM?

by Trang Nguyen @ Dulichable

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Asia's backpacker heavens also offer cheap luxury

Asia's backpacker heavens also offer cheap luxury


Traveller

Cambodia and Vietnam are far from being destinations most suited to backpackers.

Fine Arts Museum

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Get Inspired with 6 Effective Travel Websites

by joshzukas @ Dulichable

When building a new website or refreshing an old one, it’s best to start with a hunt for inspiration. In this article, Josh Zukas talks to the experts to round up six of the most eye-catching and effective travel company websites from around the world. Authentic Asia This continental tour company focusing on bespoke luxury […]

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5 Tips for that Perfect Luxury Weekend in Saigon - Travelogues from Remote Lands

5 Tips for that Perfect Luxury Weekend in Saigon - Travelogues from Remote Lands


Travelogues from Remote Lands

Saigon's luxury offerings have been on the up for years, and for a truly opulent weekend these are the spots you need to hit

Looking for things to do?

by Lindsay Yap @ Expat Living Singapore

Mark these fun things to do down in your diary – theatre, concerts, tours and more

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Change of Plans

Change of Plans

by Jessica Lu @ Blog - Together in Lu Lu Land

In the end, what started as a pipe dream wound up being a no-brainer. We booked tickets to Sydney and in 2 weeks time we were touching ground in the land down under to visit our buddies from Absolute Africa and camp our way around New South Wales.

Âm Binh ‘The Undead’: Pioneering Vietnamese Theatre

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Âm Binh took a long hard cathartic look at the human side of war. A visceral Vietnamese drama of two soldiers from the north and the south, both saved by the same women whose only child has just been killed … Continue reading

Sophie's Art Tour in HCMC - Feet on Foreign Lands

Sophie's Art Tour in HCMC - Feet on Foreign Lands


Feet on Foreign Lands

Viewing and engaging with the art of any destination adds an extra dimension and texture to your experience of that place. And Sophie's Art Tour in HCMC is the perfect way to come to terms with Vietnamese art.

Art jobs and opportunities | Palestinian Museum, Setouchi Art Triennale, Oslo National Academy of the Arts… and more

by Art Radar @

Looking for new career options in the arts? Art Radar Opportunities is an archive of openings in the visual art world.  Whether you are an artist or an aspiring curator, a market analyst or a scholar, Art Radar Opportunities has listings that will pique your interest. Every week … Continue reading

Ho Chi Minh City: The Reverie Saigon - Outlook Traveller

Ho Chi Minh City: The Reverie Saigon - Outlook Traveller


Outlook Traveller

Take the Pearls of Saigon day-tour to know more about the city’s cultural history

Siem Reap Hospitality Training Restaurants – Meals that Make a Difference

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

These Siem Reap hospitality training restaurants serve up some of the most tantalising meals in the city – and they’re meals that make a difference. The money you spend contributes to training young Cambodians, helping to lift locals out of poverty. Located in Cambodia’s northern...

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A room of one’s own: Iranian-American Afruz Amighi – artist profile

by Art Radar @

Sophia Contemporary Gallery in London presents "Echo’s Chamber", the artist’s first solo show in the UK.

The 6 Best Shopping Destinations in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Shopping in South Korea is a serious business. In fact, it might seem that all South Korean’s do is shop. But having explored the shopping districts of the city, I can sympathise. The diversity found in Korean design is exhilarating, as are the multitude of markets selling fabrics, haberdashery and handicrafts. There are way too many to mention them all, but these six destinations were particular favourites of mine. Within them I found everything that is integral to contemporary Korean style, from antiques to Hanboks, vintage fashion to cultural crafts, and stylish concept stores to sensational street food. Exploring the city in this style will serve you well. If you love shopping you’re gonna love Seoul, so let yourself get sucked into the mad but exciting consumerist culture that South Korea has to offer. Dongdaemun Market Dongdaemun market is one of the biggest haberdashery and fabric markets that I’ve ever had the joy to visit. There are over 50,000 manufacturers selling wholesale clothing, fabric, trimming and unique fashion items. The maze-like mini-metropolis is spread over two buildings and six floors. Give yourself plenty of time to explore this cave-of-wonders. The crowd here is mixed; expect to bustle your way through […]

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Trinidad, Varadero, Havana and home!

Trinidad, Varadero, Havana and home!

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

In the end I spent five nights in Trinindad. Although very touristy in Cuban terms it's a lovely little town but in my opinion it has nothing in Havana. I spent a happy few days pottering around...

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

If I had to describe Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is more commonly known, in three words they would be hot, busy and noisy...

Sophie's Art Tour - Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Guide

Sophie's Art Tour - Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Guide


Tour Guide - Vietnam tour guide

Depart at 0900 from your hotel to a café to enjoy traditional Vietnamese sweet coffee and have an overview of the art tour

Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella, Sri Lanka

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

I have to admit my heart sank as I arrived in Ella. After the isolated nirvana of Haputale...

Want a fun way to keep fit?

by Anthia Chng @ Expat Living Singapore

Here's how to kickstart your New Year's resolution!

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De la Bretagne à Saigon sans billet de retour

De la Bretagne à Saigon sans billet de retour

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

Ils ont posé leurs valises à Saigon. Thomas et Amélie Huynh Le Maux se sont installés au Vietnam en 2016 où ils assurent vivre une expérience unique. Ils vivent d’opportunités et d’envies dans une ville en plein boom économique. Ils ont manqué l’édition 2016 du festival Art Rock à Saint-Brieuc. C’était bien la première fois … Lire la suite

Purépecha Style, An Indigenous Identity Stitched With Pride

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Purépecha are an indigenous group of people located in Michoacán state Northwest of Mexico city. They speak their own language and reside predominately in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range on a volcanic plateau surrounded by forests and lakes. The women of this region dress in a style soaked with Spanish influences and stitched with stories of folk life. The Purépecha people were a considerable pre-columbian civilization that maintained their independence from Aztec Empire despite numerous failed conquest attempts. It wasn’t until the 1530s when the Purépecha were eventually overruled by the Spanish conquistadors and their armies. Despite being converted to Catholicism the region has managed to maintain it’s rich traditional customs, as well as it’s reputation for producing folk art and fine crafts. Copper, carpentry, painting, ceramics and textiles have been traded by the same towns for over a thousand years, making Purépecha products some of the finest and most sought after in Mexico and beyond. The Purépecha people have a well earned sense of passion and pride about their artist ancestry and culture. This can be witnessed on the local women who strut their textile skills daily on their traditional dress. Purépecha women have a distinctive ethnographic dress adapted from […]

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Transforming an artist’s studio for prayer: Studio Jum’ah at Tate Modern – event alert

by Art Radar @

Studio Jum’ah will take place at London's Tate Modern this Friday 19 January 2018.

10 Most Popular Recipes of 2017 – from Winter Comfort Food to Asian Specialities

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2017 on Grantourismo are an interesting mix of winter comfort food and Southeast Asian specialities – from a hearty Rabo de Toro and aromatic Cote de Boeuf to a refined Five-Spice Crispy Pork Belly and rich Cambodian Fish Amok. As 2017...

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3 Reasons we Love Saigon

3 Reasons we Love Saigon

by Jessica Lu @ Blog - Together in Lu Lu Land

Ho Chi Minh City, or as the locals and the old timers call it “Saigon”, is situated in Southern Vietnam, not too far from the border of Cambodia. It is the commercial hub of Vietnam, and is famously known for its role in the Vietnam War (or as they call it here: The American War). Behind the rundown buildings, generic signs, cluttered store fronts, and swarms of motorbikes we found some of the most delicious food in the world, a spectacular art scene, loads of modern history, coffee, live music, craft beer, and a cafe culture that could only rival that of Paris. Here’s what we fell in love with!

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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3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

Capturing working life in Kefalonia

by Nick Warner @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

The photographer for our Kefalonia In Pictures feature, explains how he tackled language barriers to capture life on a goat farm

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Thien Duong cave – kayak and zipline Dark Cave

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

A special day tour in Quang Binh will give you the most interesting experience.Your journey is a discovery trip in Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park with two famous attractions: Paradise Cave and Dark cave with the beauty of the natural creation. Taking part in many exciting activities with a boat trip on Chay River. Join us for a lifetime experience.

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Commentaires sur De la Bretagne à Saigon sans billet de retour par Alain

by Alain @ Commentaires pour sabrinainsaigon.com

Je les connais .... oui oui

Come and Join the Party!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour has got off to a fantastic start, I’ve met some lovely people this week and really enjoyed showing them a side of HCMC that doesn’t always make itself apparent. I am currently taking bookings, for more information … Continue reading

“Gateway”: Chinese Xuan paper artist Lin Yan at Fou Gallery, New York

by Art Radar @

Art Radar reviews the site-specific exhibition in the Brooklyn apartment gallery.

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City – An Itinerary for Food Lovers

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City – An Itinerary for Food Lovers


Grantourismo Travels

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City dedicated to cooking and eating Vietnamese food – browsing the markets, grazing at streets stalls on food tours, and savouring Vietnamese cuisine in restaurants – is our idea of a weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, as Vietnam’s

Corners of Arts in Saigon - Sophie's Arts Tour

Corners of Arts in Saigon - Sophie's Arts Tour


Saffron Travel

The tour provides a truly fascinating and thoughtful introduction to the development of contemporary art in Vietnam, introduced to you by Sophie, a warm and fun host whose knowledge of Vietnamese Arts is just amazing.

A big loss for Schumer and the Democrats

by CNN @ GantNews.com

All anyone needed to know about how the #SchumerShutdown was going to end could be found in the votes of five red-state Democrats who, on Friday night, bailed on their party’s leader and supported President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s position to keep the government open. Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Claire McCaskill […]

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Bangkok is the most visited city in the world, and in our opinion it’s one of the region’s most exciting capitals. It’s a bustling, vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis where countless adventures await. There’s so much to experience in Bangkok it can be hard to know where to start. There are temples to visit, markets to shop,

Read 27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go on Backyard Travel.

An Authentic Cuban Mojito Recipe from Old Havana – With a Cambodian Twist

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This authentic Cuban mojito recipe is based on the mojitos we sipped in Old Havana on our first trip to Cuba in the mid-Nineties. It’s a refreshing drink that is a perfect sip for a sultry day in the tropics. As we live in Siem...

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A SHORT FILM ABOUT SOPHIE’S ART TOUR FROM RUSTY COMPASS.

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Watch a short film about Sophie’s Art Tour by clicking on THIS For great tips, stories and recommendations about traveling in Southeast Asia have a look at Rusty Compass: www.rustycompass.com

Sophie's Art Tour - Vietnam's History, Through Artists' Eyes - Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Sophie's Art Tour - Vietnam's History, Through Artists' Eyes - Ho Chi Minh City Highlights


Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Sophie's Art Tour provides a unique perspective on 200 years of Vietnamese History. A journey in time through the eyes of Vietnam's artists. Enthralling.

HOW VIETNAM CAN WIN THE TOURISM GAME

by Trang Nguyen @ Dulichable

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The Old Compass Cafe

The Old Compass Cafe

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

Voilà probablement l’endroit qui cumule tout ce que j’aime. A la fois un joli café, dans un vieil immeuble où vit encore une grande famille vietnamienne, qui se transforme en bar à vins le soir. Tout en proposant régulièrement des conférences et des concerts. What else?     Comme tout ce qui se mérite ici, … Lire la suite

Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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An Insider View Of Saigon's Burgeoning Art Scene

An Insider View Of Saigon's Burgeoning Art Scene


Verve Magazine

For a country where freedom of expression has not always been nurtured, Vietnam boasts a thriving collection of riveting art

“Crash Dig Dwell”: intersecting art and architecture with Indian artists Asim Waqif and Yamini Nayar – in conversation

by Art Radar @

“Crash Dig Dwell” features sculpture and photography by Indian artists Asim Waqif and Yamini Nayar at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai.

Sophie’s Art Tour launching in 2012

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

After many months of research, Sophie’s Art Tour of Saigon is getting ready to launch in 2012, year of the dragon. It has been an intriguing journey gathering together the strands of this story. Along the way I have consulted … Continue reading

Belgo: l’esprit belge à Saigon

Belgo: l’esprit belge à Saigon

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

La Belgique a désormais son espace à elle, à Hô Chi Minh Ville. Si vous voulez déguster une bonne bière belge dans un endroit où la culture, l’humour et la convivialité ne font qu’un, allez faire un tour du côté de Da Kao, au restaurant -pub Belgo. Vous serez séduit par l’esprit attachant et moderne … Lire la suite

Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Saigon Central Post Office

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1000s of La Catrina Parade Through The Streets of Mexico For Día de Muertos 2017

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Over 1000 costume lovers paraded through Morelia in Mexico yesterday dressed as the cultural icon of death, La Calavera Catrina.  Held on the first day of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), families, friends and foreigners flooded the city’s streets for the second year running to see the spectacular congregation of elegant skeletons march towards the central Cathedral. “Death is democratic, because in the end, the mother, the brunette, the rich or the poor, all the people end up being skulls” – José Guadalupe Posada La Calavera Catrina was an illustration created by the Mexican political print maker Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913). Published in local papers the early 1910’s at the start of the Mexican Revolution, the elegant looking skeleton was designed to mock Mexico’s Euro-centric elite, who were believed to be abandoning their indigenous heritage by starting to emulate the fashions and mannerisms of Europeans from Paris and London. Today La Catrina has been fully absorbed into Mexico’s annual festival of the dead and can be seen on everything from t-shirts to porcelain dolls, reminding everyone that no matter how beautiful we are on the outside, we will all end up looking the same in the grave. The costume […]

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Sophie’s Art Tour on CNN Go

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour has been listed on CNN Go’s ‘Insider Guide: What to do in Vietnam’. Click on this link to read more. Sophie’s Art Tour is currently taking bookings, please get in contact to find out available dates. For … Continue reading

Supercars in Singapore

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Almost tripping over supercars in Singapore When you walk around in Singapore, it’s inevitable that you will spot at least one and probably multiple so-called supercars. Per day. Maybe even per hour. In my hometown, Haarlem, I NEVER see one. During the yearly F1-weekend you come across even more of them! ‘Super-cars’ or ‘hyper-cars’ are [...]

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Sapa Trekking full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes, cool climate and colorful markets of ethnic minorities. With Sapa Trekking full day, you will visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority and have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom.

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You are still more likely to die in a hospital on the weekend

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Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten […]

Sweet ‘Art on the road part 4: Sophie’s Art Tour, Vietnam – by Corrina Eastwood

Sweet ‘Art on the road part 4: Sophie’s Art Tour, Vietnam – by Corrina Eastwood


Sweet 'Art

As sad as we have been to finish our travels, London is where we belong so back to sunny (yes sunny!!) London we have come with so many travel related inspirations. These are primarily surrounding …

5 Of The Best Dressed Destinations To Get Your Freak On This Halloween

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Halloween or All Hallows Eve is by far our favorite annual celebration. Traditionally a Pagan turned Christian holiday for remembering the dead, today Halloween is a fully fledged festival treading the fine line between fun and fearsome. It’s a wonderful holiday that encourages people to embrace creativity, let go of your inhibitions and celebrate inner fears. Here’s Haute Culture’s top five global Halloween parties on our blood filled bucket list.  1. GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE, NEW YORK CITY, USA The NYC Halloween parade is the biggest in the world. Sexuality, politics and pop culture infuse through many of the costume designs and all combine to create a hedonistic spectacle of epic proportions. This year, 60,000 participants are expected to attend. The 2016 parade included a papier mache Trump, whilst the 2001 parade was themed ‘Phoenix Rising’. A phoenix puppet led the parade to represent the strength of New Yorkers in the wake of 9/11. A troupe of dancing rod-puppet skeletons always lead the way, dancing through the streets of the city for one day of the year, celebrating the life and soul of NYC.  31st October 2017 http://halloween-nyc.com/ 2. DIA DE MUERTOS, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. Whilst The Day of the Dead is […]

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Taipei Biennial 2018 “Life-support, Living, Survival System” announces co-curators

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Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) has announced Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda as co-curators for 2018 Biennial edition. The 11th edition of the Taipei Biennial, titled “Life-support, Living, Survival System”, will open on 17 November 2018 and will focus on … Continue reading

Classic Negroni with Spices – Our Recipe for a Warming Christmas Negroni

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

A classic negroni with spices has become our new Christmas drink. You need a really good reason to mess with a classic negroni recipe and as far as we’re concerned there are few better reasons than Christmas. This is the first in a series of...

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14 Reasons Vietnam Is The Best Destination For Textiles Right Now

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Call me biased, but I say with conviction that Vietnam is the most unique and authentic country in South-East Asia. It has 54 distinct ethnic groups, many with their own language, lifestyle and long traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Between the tribal traditions, natural beauty of the landscape, incredible food and hospitable hosts, Vietnam is a must visit country worthy of anyones travel list.  However. Vietnam is rapidly changing, and the changes affect all of it’s diverse people. Increased access to technology, media and mass produced goods are making the world a smaller, more generic place. In Vietnam, this is as evident amongst the younger generations of indigenous ethnic groups whom are now being exposed to a new way of life and opportunities previously unknown to their elders. Naturally, these young people are affected by what they see happening across the country, and they strive to fit in to a culture that was never their own in order to earn their place in the new world encroaching on them. As a result, traditional visual identities through dress are rapidly beginning to evolve, or worse, becoming extinct. This makes Vietnam one of the best destinations for anyone […]

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Saigon Retro

Saigon Retro

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

C’est mon petit dernier. J’avoue ne pas avoir pris beaucoup de temps pour sortir et découvrir ces dernières semaines. Mais j’ai tellement apprécié cet endroit que j’y ai emmené ma petite famille un week-end. Saigon Retro n’est pas dans le quartier touristique mais si vous devez vous rendre au marché de Tan Dinh, n’hésitez pas … Lire la suite

The Walker – A Group Exhibition

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

On Friday 30th March the White Building of HCMC Fine Arts Museum was pulsing with life, throngs of people milled around drinking icy beer from disintegrating paper cups to the multifarious sounds of elfin pop singer Thảo Trang, Saigon punk … Continue reading

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City | Tourism - Cathay Pacific

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City | Tourism - Cathay Pacific


Cathay Pacific

Discover the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Find Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing tours, the latest shows, most talked about restaurants and local attractions.

Frites Atelier Antwerpen

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Crazy about fries! Remember my blog post about the beautiful railway station of Antwerpen? Visiting the station was part of a day trip to that city, together with my father and brother. My mother passed away shortly before the 62nd wedding anniversary of my parents, so my brother and I decided to take my father [...]

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The end of an adventure and the start of a new one

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Finally, I completed the work I needed to do to complete my A Year in Indochina project and the whole experience remains an incredibly valuable one to me. I often look back on the time I spent in Vietnam and am overwhelmed by the things I did and the opportunities I had there. It has been an incomparable experience for me and one that I am incredibly grateful for. I finished the book I was working on, thereby completing the project, in the first few months of starting a History degree at the University of Liverpool; now I am half-way through that degree.

But obviously I couldn't stay in one place for too long. Through my desperation to travel again, some hard work and some good fortune, I was granted the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Melbourne, Australia. My new adventure begins in just under a week when I set off on a journey across the world, and I have created a new blog called Backpacker Student with which I will record my travels, studies and new experiences Down Under. I hope that those people who took interest in this blog will be equally interested in my new one, and I hope I will have some interesting stories and new discoveries to share from a totally different part of the world!

Welcome to Sophie’s Art Tour

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour is based in Ho Chi Minh City and looks at Vietnam’s fascinating history through the lives and works of it’s artists. For bookings please contact Sophie via email – sophiesarttour@gmail.com or via telephone – +84(0)121 830 3742. … Continue reading

The Youth of Today!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Tours for Families, Young People and Working with Schools. Sophie’s Art Tour has been having a lot of fun recently engaging with children and young people, art is subjective and it can be wonderful to look at it through a … Continue reading

“Homecoming”: Eminent Indian-American artist Natvar Bhavsar – artist profile

by Art Radar @

Curated by Kishore Singh, the exhibition is on display at the Mumbai gallery of DAG Modern until 25 January 2018 and is the first retrospective of the artist in his native India.

Commentaires sur De la Bretagne à Saigon sans billet de retour par Sylvie Moulherat

by Sylvie Moulherat @ Commentaires pour sabrinainsaigon.com

Beau parcours de jeunes gens qui foncent dans l'avenir avec beaucoup d'audace ! J'aurai plaisir à les rencontrer lors de mon prochain séjour en octobre a Saigon.

Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe with a Tropical (Dragon) Fruit Twist

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This classic Champagne cocktail recipe with a tropical fruit twist is a recipe for fun. Serve this exuberant champagne cocktail at the beginning of a meal or social gathering over the holiday season and I guarantee you’ll kick-start the revelry. Champagne is a drink for...

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Best of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

Best of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

by Jessica Lu @ Blog - Together in Lu Lu Land

Singapore and Malaysia were the most logical places to begin our tour of Southeast Asia, as flights run most frequently through Singapore, and it makes for a great launchpad into the rest of the region. We were lucky enough to have friends in Singapore to stay with and spend time with, and to get some local secrets. While our other Malaysia plans were tanked by both weather and lack of accommodations (because we happened to land in the country during a locals vacation week), we were lucky enough to spend a few days in Kuala Lumpur. There we stayed in a lovely Airbnb with another sweet family who helped us find our way. So what did we do?  

As Larry Nassar faces accusers, USA Gymnastics leaders step down

by CNN @ GantNews.com

As one brave, young gymnast after another took the podium to lambaste serial molester and former gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, the national governing body for the sport announced Monday that its top executives were stepping down. USA Gymnastics, which counted Nassar as part of its medical staff or as national team doctor through four Olympic […]

Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon is looking to the future

Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon is looking to the future


The Independent

'It's 40 years since the end of the American war," says Vu Vo," but in Saigon people have a way of looking forwards, never backwards."

Russian Recipes, Holiday Memories, Homesickness, and Nostalgia

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

My family Russian recipes make an appearance every January when Terence and I can often be found in the kitchen rolling out dough for Russian dumplings and making baboushka’s pink beetroot potato, while I recollect the summer holiday family feasts of my childhood, and miss...

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Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie's Art Tour


Sophie's Art Tour

A journey through Vietnamese art history

Hotel Post St. Anton perfect location

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

After explaining to you why winter sports is not my thing, let me continue on a more positive note. Starting with the fantastic hotel that we stayed in: Hotel Post St. Anton. Hotel Post St. Anton perfect location The hotel is really located in the heart of St. Anton, with the main pedestrian street at [...]

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A taste of Mumbai

by Chetna Makan @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Take a street food tour of India’s most lively city with former Bake Off finalist and rising star food author, Chetna Makan

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“Translating Images”: Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri goes West

by Art Radar @

Art Basel Miami Beach hosted the conversation “Translating Images” in conjunction with "Farhad Moshiri: Go West", curated by José Carlos Diaz for the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Australia: Land of the six seasons

by David Whitley @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Rough and remote, the Top End in Australia’s Northern Territory may have thwarted British settlers, but it’s home to an Aboriginal community with stories to tell — and more than a few crocodiles

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Watermelon Mint Cooler Recipe – A Refreshing Cocktail For a Warm Day

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This watermelon mint cooler recipe is super easy to mix and makes for a refreshing light cocktail to drink on a stifling summer afternoon or a sticky day in the tropics. If you’re in the chilly northern hemisphere turn up your heating and pretend you’re...

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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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Paradise of the Blind

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Today we are in the middle of a five-day national holiday to mark Victory Day, which is tomorrow. Thirty-eight years ago on this day, NVA tanks entered Saigon and famously rolled over the gates of the presidential palace, reunifying the country under a communist government after decades of war. Many of my friends have gone away to pass their holiday on the coast in Nha Trang, in the highlands of Dalat or overseas, in Thailand. I myself have been invited on a daytrip to the seaside at Vung Tau tomorrow with some friends. We will depart at 3am, in order to see the sunrise... Well, at least we will make the most of the day.

It is interesting that in the run-up to this huge national celebration, I have been reading a book that is banned in Vietnam for its political message that criticizes the Communist Party. Paradise of the Blind (Duong Thu Huong, 1993) is the story of a Vietnamese family that is torn apart by the Viet Minh party's land reform programme in the 1950s. The novel acts as a commentary on the devastating impact of political upheaval on the lives of ordinary Vietnamese. Considering this, I will have plenty to think about tomorrow as the country celebrates Victory Day. Please click here to read my full review of this book.


Commentaires sur De la Bretagne à Saigon sans billet de retour par mrlaurentazoulay

by mrlaurentazoulay @ Commentaires pour sabrinainsaigon.com

Bravo les P'tits

STATIC FRICTION – THE PROPELLER GROUP

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Last night artist collective ‘The Propeller Group’ spoke about their solo exhibition Static Friction. The event took place at Galerie Quynh; one of the two spaces to host the exhibition, the other being Sàn Art. The exhibition comprises entirely of new … Continue reading

Christina's Saigon

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Tamay’s Textile Workshops, Ta Phin Village, Sapa, Vietnam.

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Are you captivated by the stunning traditional dress of the Red Dao hill tribe people? Would you like to learn more about their symbolic motifs, complex embroidery and elaborate embellishment? Come and immerse yourself in a one on one workshop with Tamay and friends. Nestled high in the hills of Ta Phin village, just 20 minutes drive from Sa Pa town. During you workshop you will… Hear about the significance of textile skills in Red Dao culture today. Discover the meaning behind the symbolic motifs used in the elaborate stitches. Get the opportunity to study various items of the Red Dao traditional dress up close, such as; the coat, trousers, jewelry and children’s hats. Participate in either a hand embroidery, natural dyeing or embellishment workshop with Tamay by your side helping you every step of the way. Who is this textile workshop for? This amazing workshop is suitable for anyone interested in fashion, textiles and ethnic culture.  It will give you real insight and appreciation into the amount of creativity and skills required to maintain this invaluable aspect of Red Dao culture. How to Book Prices start at 800.000 VND per person, per day (5 hours), including all materials and […]

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Winter walk around Haarlem- Oosterplas

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

I recently wrote a blog post about a winter walk that lead me and my friend Saskya from my house in Haarlem, via restaurant De Stinkende Emmer, to the beautiful estate Elswout. Today I am taking you along on another beautiful winter walk around Haarlem. Actually; two walks in the same area, but in different [...]

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The Privatization of Art Journalism: Journalist Talk at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 – video summary

by Art Radar @

Content writers and art reporters Sarah Douglas, Ossian Ward and Mary Louise Schumacher contemplate the future of art journalism in the uncertain times ahead.

Sophie’s Art Tour Gift Voucher – give a thoughtful gift to a curious mind.

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Gift vouchers are 950,000vnd or $45 per person and can be purchased for individuals or groups. If you would like to book a private tour please get in contact for rates and availability. For HCMC residents the vouchers will be … Continue reading

Escape Hunt Experience Ho Chi Minh City

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Commentaires sur De la Bretagne à Saigon sans billet de retour par Bry-Garrigue Marie-Laure

by Bry-Garrigue Marie-Laure @ Commentaires pour sabrinainsaigon.com

Génial, quel parcours et quels beaux projets vous portez! Le Vietnam est vraiment super pour cela aussi. Je regrette seulemene de vous découvrir maintenant! Ma fille aînée est venue 2 mois faire un stage avant son master de médiation et d'ingénierie culturelle et recherchait ce type de projets et de gens comme vous! À quand les prochains events? Merci encore pour cette belle énergie. Marie-Laure

Mai Chau Adventure 2 Days Group Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

This 2-day adventure group tour offers tourists the chances to visit the best of Mai Chau with many exciting activities such as biking to villages to see the rice fields, weaving scarves, trekking to visit remote villages and having special BBQ party in the garden, watching traditional music show and tasting local wine.

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NEWS: Artist in Residency Programme: San Art: Laboratory

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

San Art, an independent, artist-run exhibition space and reading room located in Ho Chi Minh City, recently set up Laboratory, the first first home-grown ‘studio/residence’ programme in Vietnam. A nationwide call for applications resulted in three candidates being chosen. For … Continue reading

Phong Nha – Ke Bang adventure: kayaking and zipline

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

The Phong Nha – Ke Bang Adventure tour is the perfect option for visitors who would like to get to know more about the National Park and its geology, biodiversity and history rich environment within full day. Especially, It is the first time you experience a great feeling when taking part in zipline to discover Dark Cave, and other adventure activities.

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“Sub-Plots: Laughing in the Vernacular”: Exploring Indian contemporary art with a sense of humour – curator interview

by Art Radar @

Curated by Meena Vari and supported by Sakshi Gallery, this exhibition is on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai until 14 January 2018.

Textile Tribes of Vietnam: The Ha Nhi’s Traditional Textiles & Rapunzel-esque Hair

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Ha Nhi are one of the most decoratively dressed but elusive ethnic groups in Vietnam. The various sub groups that encompass this diverse culture reside in mud clad houses, sloping up the mountain sides of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Each Ha Nhi village dons differently styled traditional attire, showcasing a multitude of textile skills across the region.  In 2017 Haute Culture visited the Ha Nhi of Y Ti village numerous times and built relationships with artisans there. Together, we developed a textile workshop for our annual Hill Tribe Textile Tour of Vietnam. In Y Ti, the residents wear a unique black cotton ensemble meticulously appliquéd with motifs made of coloured cording and a stunning head dress braided from black acrylic yarn and real human hair.  Who are the Ha Nhi The Ha Nhi are a collective of different ethnic sub groups living in the north of Vietnam. They speak their own language, which is said to be similar to the Akha people living in Thailand and Laos. Before 1986, the Ha Nhi were known to farm poppies for the opium trade. The Vietnamese government have since illegalised the trade, so they now live off the rice they grow on their terraces and keep […]

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Alice Boggis-Rolfe

If I had to describe Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is more commonly known, in three words they would be hot, busy and noisy...

Les Cafe RuNam

Les Cafe RuNam

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

Le premier Cafe RuNam est apparu voilà environ deux ans sur la rue Mac Thi Buoi. Assez petit, chic, avec une jolie terrasse et en plein coeur du centre-ville. Et puis, comme cela se passe de plus en plus souvent à Saigon quand un concept marche, il en est apparu d’autres, petit à petit. Faisant … Lire la suite

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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A Tête-à-Tête With Shriya Saran

by Amit Patil @ Verve Magazine

In vibrant hues and edgy and feminine silhouettes, Shriya Saran walks a gastronomic trail through High Street Phoenix. The star who has earned her share of the spotlight continues to live life on her own terms

Phu Quoc Adventure Boat tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Spending a day to discover Phu Quoc Island is really an enjoyable trip. With Phu Quoc Adventure Boat tour, you take part in exciting activities: snorkeling, swimming & visit the islands, and join an interesting itinerary.

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The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

by Graham Stein @ XO Tours Blog

We wrote a very popular shopping article focused on Ho Chi Minh City 2 years ago, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for Hanoi. Shopping posts are difficult to do however, because there are so many unique things that you can buy in Vietnam that it’s impossible to include everything in a single article. We…

Fashion Icon Saloma – Marilyn Monroe of the East

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Seeking shelter at National Museum Kuala Lumpur It was heavy rain that unexpectedly drove me inside Kuala Lumpur’s National Museum that day. I walked past it, heading for the nearby Lake Gardens, totally ready to skip the museum. From the outside it looked boring and dated and the gardens appealed more to me. But the [...]

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Salon Saigon

Salon Saigon

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

Dans la série des derniers nés sur la place des galeries d’art et des rendez-vous culturels, voici Salon Saigon. Dirigé par Sandrine Llouquet, elle-même artiste franco-vietnamienne basée à Hô Chi Minh Ville, le lieu propose de visiter la collection privée du propriétaire, un Viêt-Kieu américain passionné d’art contemporain, ainsi que des expositions temporaires. En ce moment, découvrez Bittersweet … Lire la suite

Heaven and Earth

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

This weekend has been predominantly spent reading Le Ly Hayslip's 1989 memoir, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace, the hugely moving and gripping story of Hayslip's return to the country she fled in 1970 to escape the unfortunate life that befell a peasant girl surviving during the war. Her memoir is her testament to the spiritual and emotional significance of returning to her home country and seeing her family again in a new, post-war era. I also watched Oliver Stone's 1993 film adaptation of Hayslip's life story, Heaven and Earth, which I found to be much less compelling. Today I completed a review of the book; please click here to read it.

Regrettably, there has been little to report besides this since my last book review, which was the last time I posted on this blog. The days have been going by very quickly, which is mostly encouraging but somewhat disconcerting too. The pattern of my life at the moment is of doing some reading or writing and a certain amount of procrastination during the day, watching my favourite sitcoms over mealtimes and doing exercise in the evening, whether Zumba, running, swimming or just a walk around the area. Going for a walk is one of my best opportunities to give my mind some air and think things over. I often think about how many days have past since the last time I went for a walk, what I was thinking back then, and how close it will be to my departure the next time I tread these same streets. Counting down the days is always on my mind.

Saigon Riding and Dining Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

The Saigon Riding and Dining tour is designed to get you out on the road when Saigon really comes alive. Eating, drinking and spending time with friends out on the town is a big part of the social fabric of being Saigonese. From restaurants, bars, street stands to the many parks, people like to get out and relax.

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Suggested seven (7) day Vietnam Itinerary Hanoi and Saigon

Suggested seven (7) day Vietnam Itinerary Hanoi and Saigon


Mad Monkey Hostels

7-day Vietnam Itinerary - a complete plan, schedule and agenda for traveling to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Saigon in seven (7) days, things to do, places to stay

High 5 Art And Weekend

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

We got completely lost trying to reach our destination last night: the final night of High 5 Art And Weekend. After snaking along HCMC’s district 8 canal system for a good hour and a half and looking like we weren’t … Continue reading

How To Be a Better Traveller – 18 Ways to Travel Responsibly in 2018

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

How to be a better traveller is something I constantly ponder, particularly after a year in travel that saw a rise in anti-tourism sentiment across Europe, the emergence of beg-packing in Asia, and an explosion of naked tourism and public pooping. No wonder locals have...

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The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

Spectacular Costume & Dance at Korea House in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Korea House is a stunning traditional venue in the center of Seoul promoting the arts, culture and cuisine of Korean people.  The beautiful house and grounds sits on the former residence Paengnyeon Park, who was one of the most highly respected royal subjects during the Joseon Dynesty in the 1400s. The traditional Hanok house was inspired by Jagyeongjeon (Queen Sinjeong residence) from Gyeongbokgung Palace and designed by Eung-soo Shin as a “important intangible cultural property” to showcase Korea’s artistic architectural carpentry. The interior is decorated with ornate painted ceilings and carved wooden panels, and the gardens and courtyards regularly host traditional weddings and ceremonies due to their immaculate beauty. For costume and culture lovers the sites main attraction is The Folk Art Theater. Offering twice daily performances the incredibly talented dancers and musicians showcase their countries cultural heritage through traditional dress, instruments and variety of different dances. The Buchaechum fan dance and the Pungmaul ribbon and drum dance are some of the many highlights during the show will leave you in no doubt about Korea’s contribution to the world of performing arts. The cultural performance at Korea House in Seoul is to date the most spectacular show for traditional costume, dance […]

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PI bistro for vegan

PI bistro for vegan

by sabrina1974 @ sabrinainsaigon.com

Je vous voir venir… Encore un restaurant végétarien? C’est qu’il en existe beaucoup à Hô Chi Minh Ville. Et qu’en plus, personnellement, je mange de moins en moins de viande. Par goût et aussi sans doute parce que j’ai trop lu la presse vietnamienne et les scandales alimentaires qui y sont régulièrement relatés! Mes amis … Lire la suite

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