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Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors... Continue reading

Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It's still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped.... Continue reading

Cave exploring with Gaymoo, a local Karen jungle guide, in Mae Hong Son

Cave exploring with Gaymoo, a local Karen jungle guide, in Mae Hong Son

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

We tagged along with a group of 5 other explorers who came from Pai for the adventure. Our group was picked up in the morning and we were loaded into the back of a pickup and dropped off at the forest with our Karen Village guide, Gaymoo. We then trekked through the forest for an hour trying random fruits along the way, saying hi to some mud bathing water buffalos, blowing bubbles through the leaves of bubble plants and finally making it to our first cave. It had rained the night before so entering this first cave was quite slippery in the mud as we had to nearly crawl on hands and knees for 10 meters. Once in we walked around the beautiful cave seeing all the untouched formations.

Vespa Adventures: The Insider's Phnom Penh Tour

Vespa Adventures: The Insider's Phnom Penh Tour

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

The Insider’s Phnom Penh, a day full of exploring this busy city and its bustling culture thanks to Vespa Adventures. We love street art and got to see an entire neighborhood filled with unique and colorful creations. We strolled through famous monuments, pagodas and one of our favorite local markets thus far. In 4 hours, we learned so much about Cambodia, its history, people and culture. The highlight of the day? Receiving a traditional Krama scarf from Silk Island from our awesome tour guide, Kunthul. 

Saigon Zoom Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - Compare Deals

Saigon Zoom Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - Compare Deals


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Saigon Zoom Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - Find the best deal at HotelsCombined.com. Compare all the top travel sites at once. Rated 7.0 out of 10 from 443 reviews.

Saigon River - Ho Chi Minh Attractions

Saigon River - Ho Chi Minh Attractions


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A boat tour round Ho Chi Minh City on the Saigon River offers the chance to see the varied lifestyles surrounding this busy metropolis. The Saigon River flows from Cambodia through South Vietnam before merging into the South China Sea close to the Mekong Delta. In Ho Chi Minh

Vespa Adventures: Siem Reap Countryside Tour

Vespa Adventures: Siem Reap Countryside Tour

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

Our first Vespa Adventures in Cambodia exploring the countryside in Siem Reap. We were blessed by monks in the beginning of our trip, explored Buddhist temples, learned about a local food market, went on a boat cruise towards the restoration of a temple in the middle of a reservoir, stopped at a local's house for lunch with traditional Cambodian dishes, saw a local woman's basket weaving, ate traditional Krolan, sticky rice steamed inside of a bamboo and stopped at a traditional herbal medicine shop towards the end of our trip. We saw true local life in the countryside on the outskirts of Siem Reap and learned an incredible amount about Cambodian culture and traditions.

Visa Vietnam while cruising from Phnom Penh to Vietnam onboard Jahan, Jayavarman

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

It is an advice from an experienced cruise traveller on board the Heritage Line River Cruise like Jahan and Jayavarman. What you should pay attention to Vietnam visa while travelling downstream Mekong River from Cambodia to Vietnam (likely from Phnom Penh to Tan Chau- Chau Doc). If you are to book a downstream Mekong River […]

Liberty Central Hotel, Nha Trang

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Liberty Central Nha Trang is a contemporary, stylish, high-rise hotel just a block from the beach. Featuring elegant, minimalist decor, extraordinary sea views, rooftop bar & its own section of beach, Liberty Central is a solid place to stay in Nha Trang.... Continue reading

Drone photography in New Zealand – a new perspective

by Petra @ The Global Couple

New Zealand has some spectacular landscapes, and we think that there's no better way than to photograph it from the air with a drone!

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Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes

Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes


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Thinking about riding the length of Vietnam by motorbike? Here are 5 great routes between Saigon and Hanoi, each one specifically designed to suit the needs of different travellers, based on scenery and time frame among other things.... Continue reading →

Hải Đăng Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Hải Đăng is a simple, local, informal vegetarian restaurant in Saigon's Binh Thanh District. The sheer variety and freshness of vegetable dishes on offer (not just tofu and 'fake meat') sets it apart from other Vietnamese vegetarian eateries in the city.... Continue reading

Top Hotels in Southern Asia: Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

by Yega Thiyagarajan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

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About Zoom Zoom - Zoom Zoom’s Let’s Go To The Countryside

About Zoom Zoom - Zoom Zoom’s Let’s Go To The Countryside


Zoom Zoom’s Let’s Go To The Countryside

Zoom Zoom is based in Hanoi, Vietnam. We provide private/personalized day trips and multi-day trips from Hanoi for small groups.  These trips operate on a first come first served basis. Explore northern Vietnam, travel off the beaten path, meet the …

Cruises between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in promotion

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

Chau Doc Travel would like to announce a special deal for Mekong River in Cambodia. This special short cruise focuses on the less discovered Cambodian heartland along the lower Mekong River and the unique Tonle River in Cambodia. The Serenity Cruise offers a wonderful opportunity to cruise off-the-beaten-track between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh (or […]

Zoom With A View

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caver's paradise at Cave Lodge in Mae Hong Son

Caver's paradise at Cave Lodge in Mae Hong Son

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

The Cave Lodge was a true Northern Thailand forest experience with some of the most unique caves we have explored. We only saw a handful of caves during our stay but there are at least 200+ in the area. It is a caver's paradise.

Luxurious Hotel Wedding Venues | Villa Song Saigon Hotel

Luxurious Hotel Wedding Venues | Villa Song Saigon Hotel


Villa Song Saigon Hotel

Among luxurious hotel wedding venues, Villa Song offers unforgettable experience for your special day: by the flowing river; amidst lush gardens.

Saigon (HCMC) | Tonkin Travel

Saigon (HCMC) | Tonkin Travel


Tonkin Travel

In less than a decade, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has transformed itself into Asia’s most dynamic boomtown—the epitome of the Wild, Wild East.  Discover it’s transformation with these tours: SAIGON (Full day) SAIGON (Half day) SAIGON EVENING STREET FOOD TOUR VESPA TOUR – THE INSIDER’S SAIGON ON MORNING VESPA TOUR – THE INSIDER’S SAIGON …

Eating Bánh Khọt in Vũng Tàu

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Bánh Khọt are delicious gems: crispy discs of rice flour batter & coconut milk, fried until they’re crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside, then wrapped in herbs & dipped in a sweet-spicy sauce. Here are 7 places to eat bánh khọt in Vũng Tàu... Continue reading

Another dull shopping mall

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

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

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

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

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

Free transfer from port to Chau Doc hotels

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

An update promotion from Chau Doc Travel in 2018: we offer a free dropping off for speedboat bookings from Phnom Penh Cambodia to Chau Doc Vietnam. Chau Doc Travel will have the local transportation like tuk-tuk, xe loi, shuttle buses to transfer you from Con Tien floating port to the following hotels/ guesthouses in Chau […]

Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: A Two-day Itinerary – Villa Song

by Lan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

Villa Song Hotel Saigon is featured in WanderLuxe’s Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: A Two-day Itinerary – as the main accommodation on their exploring journey. “The once war-torn Saigon — renamed unofficially to Ho Chi Minh City in honour of their late leader — is now comparable to the metropolitan giants like Bangkok […]

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Appropriately Unspectacular

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

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

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

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

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

Soaking in local hot pools and sipping on meerkat poop coffee (kopi luwak)

Soaking in local hot pools and sipping on meerkat poop coffee (kopi luwak)

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

Our first full day in Bali we decided to cruise down the street with Putu, our driver to some local hot pools. Feeling elated and completely zen, we decided to pick up our energy by sipping on meerkat poop. That’s right… drinking coffee produced from a meerkats digestive system. Similar to Vietnamese weasel coffee, kopi luwak (meerkat coffee) in Indonesia is made from roasting the coffee beans that meerkats run through their system.

Sampling the best of Ho Chi Minh City's food with XO Tours

Sampling the best of Ho Chi Minh City's food with XO Tours


The Global Couple

What could be better than riding motorbikes and sampling some of the city's best street food? The Ho Chi Minh City food tour run by XO Tours is fantastic!

5 reasons why you should include the Philippines in your travel list

by Petra @ The Global Couple

The Philippines mesmerizes tourist and locals alike with its beauty. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit the Philippines.

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FAQs: Chau Doc – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

Question: We are planning a trip in the end of November – beginning of December. We’ll be arriving to Vietnam from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc by speed boat. We then want to visit the Mekong Delta for about 3-4 days and end up in HCMC. I’d love to get some advice on transport. I read […]

All free for passengers to get to Chau Doc port in 2018

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

In 2018, Chau Doc Travel will free the transportation services from the following hotels/ guesthouses in Chau Doc to speedboat port to travel to Phnom Penh Cambodia It is free of charge Travel to Phnom Penh Cambodia with Chau Doc Travel Victoria Chau Doc Hotel Address: 1 Lê Lợi, Tp. Châu Đốc, An Giang Phone: […]

Discovering Hong Kong's best cheap eats, art galleries and film camera shops

Discovering Hong Kong's best cheap eats, art galleries and film camera shops

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

We spent our first few days exploring the massive city on Hong Kong island admiring all of the street art we could find, including a piece by Shepard Fairey. We explored all the art galleries we could (most were closed on the days we tried) and shopped in camera stores, Summer’s favorite pastime. We ate some of the best dumplings and stuffed our faces silly every chance we had, As we are truly now traveling on a budget, we did not get to eat at some of the best places HK has to offer but we did find some amazing cheap eats. We of course got our bubble tea every chance we could.

Christmas Party 2017 at Villa Song!

by Lan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

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Grantourismo – Villa Song Saigon as one of best boutique hotels in Ho Chi Minh city

by Lan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

Villa Song Hotel Saigon was picked as one of best boutique hotels in Ho Chi Minh city by travel and food writer and photographer Lara Dunston and Terence Carter. See full post on Grantourismo website’ s Best Ho Chi Minh city boutique hotels from chic city stays to riverside retreats.

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Free pick up to Sisowath International Quay Phnom Penh

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

When you book the speedboat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc Vietnam, we have free picking up services from the following hotels and guesthouses in Phnom Penh Cambodia. We use the local transportation like tuk-tuk or local shuttle buses. The pick up time is about 11:40 A.M to be in time for embarkation at 12:30. […]

The oddest place on Nguyễn Trãi

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

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

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

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

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

Bamboo rafting through Tham Lot cave

Bamboo rafting through Tham Lot cave

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

At certain times of the year, you can kayak on the Nam Lang river that runs through the cave but this time around we could only ride the bamboo raft. You must have a guide take you through the cave so we paid our fees and set off to explore all 3 caves within, all of which had something different to offer. They all blew our mind and we wish we had hours to spend exploring each little crevice. We arrived at the exit of the cave during the perfect time to see the hundreds of birds and bats swarm around in circles returning home from a day outside. It was one of our favorite caves and right in our backyard of Cave Lodge.

Summer hot deal 2017: Stay 4, Save 25%

by Lan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

This summer, treat yourself to a luxurious stay at our boutique hotel and enjoy all the fun and excitement of a vacation in beautiful Saigon with our great deal: Book a minimum of 4  consecutive nights from April 1 to October 31, 2017 to save 25% on your room rate! We are also offering extra benefits for […]

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Indochine week promotion

by Yega Thiyagarajan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

Villa Song Saigon is very happy to welcome you back to our newly renovated hotel and restaurant, from 1st October 2016 onwards, with a special food promotion that showcases Vietnamese and International culinary talents, coupled with the freshest produce that Vietnam has to offer.   New and exciting dishes such as Wok-Fried Nha Trang Tiger […]

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Vespa Adventures: After Dark Foodie Tour in Siem Reap

Vespa Adventures: After Dark Foodie Tour in Siem Reap

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

We cruised through the streets of Siem Reap to get a taste of all local delicacies and dishes. We began the night with drinks and appetizer at FCC Angkor and nightcapped at Asana, a trendy place to get cocktails and food. The highlight was eating insects and some of the best BBQ chicken at Road 60, where locals hang out after work at a outdoor style carnival with heaps of food, vegetable and fruit booths. Not to mention, the fireants we ate later in the night for dinner at a local restaurant. Yes, fireants. Don't worry, they weren't alive, just spicy and bitter tasting. 

Beers & free frames

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

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

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

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

Terrific Asian-fusion

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

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

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

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

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

The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Beyond

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Thanks to new coastal roads, it's now possible to ride from Saigon to Hoi An, and beyond to Dong Hoi, following the coast all the way & avoiding the busy main artery of Highway 1 for the vast majority of the route. This is a salty, sunny, sandy & scenic road trip.... Continue reading

Kim Huong bus from Chau Doc to Saigon

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

Kim Huong Bus Chau Doc (An Giang) to Binh Tay (Ho Chi Minh) Fleet: 16-seat minivan Type: seat Rate: US$ 8/person/ one way Telephone #: 0296 3858585 Time: 8:00 departure from Chau Doc Bus Stop (National Highway 91, Chau Phu B, Chau Doc City, An Giang Province 9:30 arrival in Long Xuyen Bus Stop (414 […]

Top 10 Travel Essentials

Top 10 Travel Essentials

by Summer Luu @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

One of the most difficult parts about planning for long term travel is knowing exactly what to pack and what you should leave behind. After completing our 6 month travels, we finally mastered what exactly we need and could've left behind. We've created a list of our top 10 essentials for traveling around Oceania and Asia for long term.

A delight from Delhi

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

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

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

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

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

A Tavern for lamb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relaxing in a paradise villa in northern Bali, Indonesia

Relaxing in a paradise villa in northern Bali, Indonesia

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

Our 8 days in paradise were spent sunbathing by the pool, sipping on espresso martinis, stuffing our faces full of amazing home cooked meals, watching the glowing sunrises and sunsets, getting in-house massages, soaking in nearby hot pools, hiking to 5 waterfalls, drinking lemak (meerkat poop) coffee, snorkeling on nearby islands, watching a traditional Balinese dance, riding motorbikes along the ocean to play with some abandoned newborn puppies and one of my highlights, watching a family of 20+ dolphins travel through the calm waters at sunrise.

Exploring Australia's East Coast waterfalls

Exploring Australia's East Coast waterfalls

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

While Queensland is infamous for being home to the natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, we decided to make a road trip inland for a little bit to explore the beautiful nature on land in the Queensland national parks and waterfalls. We would’ve explored them all if we could but we managed to at least squeeze in four majestic ones in four days.

A peaceful park

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

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

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

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

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

 

Treasures of the Mekong - Scenic

Treasures of the Mekong - Scenic


Scenic

Embark on a luxurious 13 day journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Cruise the Mekong river on board the all-inclusive 5-star Scenic Spirit.

Has travel helped you conquer a fear?

Has travel helped you conquer a fear?


Traveller

Travel is about get out of your comfort zone. Sometimes you need to be blasted out of it.

Vespa Adventures: Nightlife Experience in Phnom Penh

Vespa Adventures: Nightlife Experience in Phnom Penh

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

From classy upscale bars where Jackie Kennedy drank her famous femme fatale cocktail to local joints serving buckets of Angkor beer, we got a glimpse into nightlife of Phnom Penh. We visited a local night market, followed by eating delicious and fresh oysters at a local restaurant, we saw the famous Wat Phnom and Independence Monument lit up in the dark, ate the best peppered banana chips at Hotel Le Royal where we felt like royalty itself, consumed more food at a local restaurant with live music and had a night cap in a hidden alleyway full of trendy and chic bars. 

Vespa Adventures: Angkor Wat Temple Tour

Vespa Adventures: Angkor Wat Temple Tour

by Kayli Stix @ Journal - Get Busy Exploring

We explored the most famous temple in the world: Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. We also cruised over to 4 other temples, including Ta Phrom temple in which the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film made famous. Instead of the usual route throughout the temples, Vespa Adventures took on a more adventurous route through the jungle to each temple. At each ruin, we heard historical stories behind each one including the majestic markings on the walls. At Angkor Wat, we explored through the temples' ruins, climbed the steps towards the King's Tower and Kayli even got to do a couple yoga poses inside Angkor Wat and the other temples. 

Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A comfortable & aesthetically pleasing synthesis of the exotic & the familiar, the modern & the traditional, and Asian & European elements, Lasenta Boutique Hotel is yet another addition to Hoi An's list of excellent value, mid-range accommodation... Continue reading

Foodie tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Vespa: review

Foodie tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Vespa: review


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If you want to delve into Saigon’s (as the locals still call it) best food spots, the way to do it is on a guided tour by vintage Vespa, a drive-by feast that takes in barbecued mussels, fried crab claws and Vietnamese pancakes

New Year’s Eve Party at Villa Song!

by Lan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

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Exploring the Craft Beer scene in Saigon with Vespa Adventures

Exploring the Craft Beer scene in Saigon with Vespa Adventures


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4 Vespas, 5 breweries, 17 beers later and we were feeling pretty good. Or you could say we were feeling nearly nothing as the alcohol blanket consumed us. To say we had a good time on the Vespa Adventures Saigon Craft Beer tour would be an understatement. With the guidance of Lunar, our amazing tour

Saigon to Hanoi: A Food Diary

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

On a recent road trip between Saigon & Hanoi I made a record of some of the meals I ate along the way, to try and illustrate the variety of food available, and what a delight it is to eat your way from one end of the country to the other... Continue reading

Hello world!

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A lovely place

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

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

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

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

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

FAQs a proof of onward travel to enter Vietnam

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

Questions: I am holding an UK passport. I’m going to use the Hang Chau boat to get from Phnom Penh Cambodia to Chau Doc Vietnam. I will not need a Vietnamese visa as I will be in Vietnam for less than 15 days. I will have proof of onward travel. I understand the boat crew sort […]

Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Just a couple hours' drive from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa has improved it's facilities and aesthetics in recent years: it's now a lush, relaxing and satisfying retreat from the city.... Continue reading

Business set lunch

by Yega Thiyagarajan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

Whether you are out for a relaxing day or having a business meeting or simply looking for a quick lunch, our Business Set Lunch Menu suites every taste. Priced at VND 265,000 ++  for three courses per person Reservation : ( 028) 37446090 Villasong team,

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Problems with Vietnam E-visa when travelling Chau Doc

by admin @ ChauDocTravel.com Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam

Our beloved guests, Claudia + Marcel Pfleghart, from UK, had problems with their Vietnam E-visa when travelling from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh using speedboat tickets. They booked the night in Victoria Chau Doc Hotel and would like to exit Vietnam via speedboat to Phnom Penh. Before that, they did enter Vietnam in Noi Bai Airport […]

2017 Summer Saving Promotion: 20% discount off published rate!

by Lan @ Villa Song Saigon Hotel

Book direct with us and save up to 20% off published room rates this summer! Start your next journey at Villa Song with our Summer Saving Promotion: 20% discount off published rate for bookings from 1st April to 31st October 2017.  Additional benefits when booking direct with us. 25% discount off any Spa treatment a complimentary […]

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Saigon Zoom Hotel: UPDATED 2017 Reviews, Price Comparison and 35  Photos (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) - TripAdvisor

Saigon Zoom Hotel: UPDATED 2017 Reviews, Price Comparison and 35 Photos (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) - TripAdvisor


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(R̶M̶6̶7̶) RM63 for Saigon Zoom Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City. See 103 Hotel Reviews, 35 traveller photos, and great deals for Saigon Zoom Hotel, ranked #204 of 476 hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and rated 4 of 5 at TripAdvisor

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