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Top 5 Seafood dishes to try in Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We always recommend travelers in Vietnam to definitely try what the locals call “ốc”, which literally means “snails”, though its meaning is actually going out and enjoying seafood, including crabs, shrimps, oyster and yes, snails. However these ốc restaurants usually have only a 5 to 10...

Da Lat among 52 must-visit places in 2016: NY Times

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

The resort town of Da Lat in the Central Highlands has been named in a list of “52 Places to Go” compiled by The New York Times. The charming town, often called Vietnam’s Little Paris, is famous for pine forests, locally grown avocados, and artichoke tea. “The south-central-highlands town, a former French-colonial hill station with […] Read more

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Backstreet eats: 24 hours with chef Luke Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Backstreet eats: 24 hours with chef Luke Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Good Food

Chef, author and television star Luke Nguyen leads an insider's tour of Ho Chi Minh City.

A post for those in Saigon...ever had Housekeeper/Nanny envy?

by noreply@blogger.com (Dani) @ The Moggys Mekong Madness

If there is one thing that has made our time here amazing it is this lady.  I have just posted on Anh Phu Neighbours Quyens availability from the end of June. I'm confident she will find the right job very quickly but thought I'd spread the word.  How do you sum up my "like having a husband but only more useful" domestic godess?  I did my best.  If you live here....spread the word!


Yes, she's the one you have been waiting for.  Our nanny/housekeeper Quyen is available from the end of June.  Quyen has been with us from the moment we stepped off the plane nearly 3 and a half years ago and has become a much valued member of our household.

She had previously worked for other expat families and has proven to be an absolute Godsend for us.  We are working parents with 2 children (they were 2.5 and 5 when we arrived) and she has made our time in Saigon a dream.  Her English is excellent and she can also read english which means she can make your favorite recipes from your cook books.(She has also copied many recipes from my cookbooks to take with her)  She has a wide and varied repertoire including firm family and kid friendly dishes like spaghetti, lasagna and fish fingers!  She does fab spring rolls and a delicious Vietnamese Chicken curry.  She loves to cook and is keen to try new things.   She has in the past done some amazing cheesecakes and lemon meringue pies for special occasions.  Just give her a recipe and she'll give it a go. She has also done a cooking course specifically geared for expat families.

Quyen basically ensures that our home functions smoothly.  She does our shopping, collects the children from school or the school bus, oversees any maintenance etc in the apartment and does all of our washing, ironing and cooking.

That all being said, her strongest traits are her honesty and initiative.  You do not need to hover over her and tell her what needs to be done and then watch to ensure she does it.  If we are out of something, she will restock.  Her honesty is impeccable.  I entrust her with our food budget and she runs it perfectly.
My children adore her.  She treats them like they are her own and she has been a strong and positive influence on their lives and their time in Vietnam.  She is a gentle soul but can be firm when it is needed. She has a very happy disposition and is a pleasure to have in our home.  I don't think I have ever seen her unhappy and without a smile on her face.(Nor as far as I can recall, has she taken a sick day!)  She currently works for us 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.  She is also always readily available for babysitting/overtime.

Quyen would prefer a full time position in District 2 but tells me she would consider 2 part time positions. She would also consider working in other districts if necessary.  We would dearly love for Quyen to continue her employment in a happy home where she is as cherished as she is in ours.  Please contact her directly on 0167 733 3979.

Harmony of the Elements - 12 day Vietnam trip | VIVID Travel

Harmony of the Elements - 12 day Vietnam trip | VIVID Travel


VIVID Travel

Eat your way around Vietnam on this tasty 12 day trip exploring the street food scene, taking a cookery class and learning about Saigon’s coffee.

Vietnam - mosquitoes and soft tofu - Travel Bug Within

Vietnam - mosquitoes and soft tofu - Travel Bug Within


Travel Bug Within

Vietnam's capital Ho Chi Minh City has culture and history, but sometimes the bustle is overwhelming. Need to escape from the city? Consider the Mekong Delta.

Hello European Holiday

by Motive @ Motive Travel

It’s time to start planning your 2018 European Holiday! Explore the unique culture and historic destinations that Europe has to offer on your next holiday with Helloworld Travel.  Ask in store about the amazing holiday package deals on sale now! How about a Grand Mediterranean Cruise with Princess Cruises, a Slow Food Tour of Puglia […]

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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Bangkok, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and its biggest city by far. It's a top tourist destination which is consistently ranked among the world's most visited cities. In fact, so popular and beloved is Bangkok that it was voted the "World's Best City" by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for four consecutive years. Spend a few days there and you'll get its appeal.

The Best Value Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

After the best boutique hotels in Saigon, we decided to have a look at a cheaper selection of accommodation in our city. As always this is only based on our opinion nor this is a sponsored article/video by any of these hotels. Check out the...

Century-old postcards keep Da Lat’s charm alive

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

During the 1890s, French colonialists, including the noted bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin, protégé of renowned French chemist Louis Pasteur, asked the French governor-general, Paul Doumer, to create a resort center in the highlands. The governor approved. In 1907, Da Lat was chosen as the location for such town. The French endowed the city with villas and […] Read more

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My second trip to Vietnam was filled with fun, and a bit of guilt

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

It was a last minute decision for me to go to Vietnam. My friend Amy had been badgering me to go on a holiday with her somewhere warm, wanting to escape the gray, depressing sky and cold, bitter wind of winter in Melbourne. A combination of tax return money and a cheap air ticket made […] Read more

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Vietnam Delights Silversea Voyage

Vietnam Delights Silversea Voyage


Captains Choice

All Inclusive cruise with Silversea from Singapore to Hong Kong along the Vietnam Coast

Very Ngon Homewares

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

When Lise Nguyen-Owen came to Vietnam in 2008 to volunteer at a non-governmental organisation, she noticed a disturbing dearth of tea towels. Then she discovered ...

A feast for the senses

A feast for the senses


World of Cruising Magazine

Bright, fragrant and bursting with flavour, Vietnamese cuisine has made Luke Nguyen a big star Down Under.

travelBulletin | Luke Nguyen - "I'm just a cook"

travelBulletin | Luke Nguyen - "I'm just a cook"


travelBulletin

If there's one thing that makes Luke Nguyen uneasy, it’s the term “celebrity chef”. The softly spoken restaurateur talked to travelBulletin during a recent APT river cruise in Europe, and understatedly described the amazing journey he has taken since launching his first restaurant in Sydney about 15 years ago, at the tender age of 23.

Hoi An Vietnam bars I’d recommend

by Jennifer Johnston @ Travel Bug Within

When night time falls in Hoi An When the sun dips and night time falls on Hoi An, the streets of the old town magically transform into a labyrinth of colour from the multi coloured Japanese lanterns casting an ethereal glow.  Wander the streets to drink in the festive atmosphere and the lack of crowds and […]

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Celebrity chef rolls Việt Nam into one

Celebrity chef rolls Việt Nam into one


vietnamnews.vn

Vietnamese-Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyễn’s sublime interpretation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine is attracting diners back to Vietnam House restaurant, long revered for its elegant ambience. Mỹ Duyên reports.

Vietnam foodie tour - Motive Travel

Vietnam foodie tour - Motive Travel


Motive Travel

Have a look at this Saigon and Hoi An culinary experience! Highlights include a half day cooking class at Luke Nguyen’s Grain Studio in Saigon, a Saigon Vespa evening street food tour and a half day Red Bridge cooking experience in Hoi An!! 6 nights from $1,249* per person twin share! *Terms, conditions and travel …

9-DAY AMAZING HAGIANG VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

* Sometimes we have different options for the same destination, depending on your request, your riding skill, weather conditions or any factor which may influence client safety. So, “Total approx” might be less or more (mostly more) Description: The northwest Vietnam retains an air of adventure with rugged natural beauty and untouched culture. If you have […] Read more

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The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

While it is quite easy for anyone to look up on TripAdvisor or Agoda for the best hotels in Saigon (and get some great deals), we have decided this time to search some accommodations here that stands out (to us) for their decor and style....

The best breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you’re like us and got the Vietnamese habit of waking up with the sun and a cup of cà phê sữa đá, you probably have already your favorite Phở or Bánh Mì joint that will help you start the day in ease. For most...

Byron Bay – a backpacker’s haven

by Jennifer Johnston @ Travel Bug Within

Byron Bay has forever been a destination for beautiful beaches, stunning hinterland and a laid back casual vibe. It’s been a few years between visits and I can confirm all those enticing aspects have not changed. The tourists are still drawn to Byron in numbers, but with my most recent visit, Byron felt like it […]

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Luke Nguyen opens his first restaurant in Vietnam | Seven West Travel Club

Luke Nguyen opens his first restaurant in Vietnam | Seven West Travel Club


Seven West Travel Club

Local classics and Aussie influences are on the menu at the Vietnamese-Australian celebrity chef's first restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.

Top 5 Children Activities in Saigon, Vietnam!

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We’re quite proud to say that we had our tours customers aged from 1 to 95 years old, and they all enjoyed it! Though parents are often quite scared to let their children on a motorbike in busy Saigon, we believe that is also a...

My Vietnam: Stories and Recipes

My Vietnam: Stories and Recipes


Barnes & Noble

A stunningly beautiful love letter to Vietnam with more than 100 recipes, from best-selling author and Cooking Channel host Luke Nguyen In My Vietnam, chef,...

Luke Nguyen Shares Tales From The Mekong | Flight Centre

Luke Nguyen Shares Tales From The Mekong | Flight Centre


Flight Centre

Celebrity chef Luke Nguyen has a few tales to share from his time as an APT cruise leader on the Mekong River.

The Shelter Collection

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

The Shelter Collection was founded in 2004 by Danish national Ole Riis in collaboration with the Danish Vietnamese Association. Father of two adopted Vietnamese children, ...

FOR BEGINNERS

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

Using the clutch is not as simple as an on-off system. It takes time. So, for beginners, we recommend our fully or semi automatic motorbikes. They give you comfortable, confident and you can enjoy the scenery rather than focusing too much on riding. These are two of our options:HONDA WAVE 110i: Engine: The single cylinder, […] Read more

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The Best Lunch Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

What to eat for Lunch in Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon? Entering the world of Vietnamese food can be a daunting task for a beginner out there on their own. What is it? Where is it? Is it the best? These are the questions...

APT reveals new sightseeing experience in Vietnam | Travel Daily Asia

APT reveals new sightseeing experience in Vietnam | Travel Daily Asia


Travel Daily Asia

Tour operator APT has announced a new collaboration with its brand ambassador, celebrity chef and author…

Tour da’ South East Asia

by Kay Tran @ V' Explore Tours

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Day Spa in Hoi An

by Jennifer Johnston @ Travel Bug Within

Relaxation and pamper in Hoi An Another favourite activity in Vietnam were the spa visits for massage, facials, pedicures and manicures. Thanks to Rachel in our tour group, who did the research and initial test (after which she gave the thumbs up,) a number of us made appointments at *Palmarosa spa, located conveniently around the […]

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Food for Thought - Oi

Food for Thought - Oi


Oi

An interview with Vietnamese-Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen

Vietnam Motorbike Tours

Vietnam Motorbike Tours


Vietnam Motorbike Tours

Luke Nguyen My name is Luke Nguyen. I’m a Vietnamese, a motorbiker, not the famous chef in Australia :D. I live in Hanoi, but have been enough lucky to ride around Vietnam since 10 years ago. I love the saying “Four wheels move the body, two wh [...]

4-DAY NORTH-WEST VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

  * Sometimes we have different options for the same destination, depending on your request, your riding skill, weather conditions or any factor which may influence client safety. So, “Total approx” might be less or more (mostly more)   Description: The northern Vietnam is known as a dreamlike destination for those who want to escape […] Read more

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Cruising Vietnam with Luke Nguyen

Cruising Vietnam with Luke Nguyen


Traveller

Food, travel and storytelling are passions of Luke Nguyen, APT’S cultural ambassador for Vietnam and Cambodia, writes Julietta Jameson

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

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


Legal Nomads

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

There’s more to Hoi An than bespoke clothing

by Jennifer Johnston @ Travel Bug Within

Hoi An Vietnam The town of Hoi An was one of my Vietnam highlights. Because this year (2017) is the United Nation International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, I wanted to write about how you can travel “responsibly” in Hoi An. Situated on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An once a busy port is now […]

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Echino Cushions

by roslynruss @ Sew Delicious

  Last year on my trip to Tokyo I did some fabric shopping and picked up some gorgeous Echino prints. I love the feel of their cotton/linen blends and the bright colours they use in their fabric design. They were heavily discounted due to some small fault running through the bolt (so tiny I couldn’t…

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Top food and eating tips for Vietnam | noodlies - A Sydney food blog by Thang Ngo

Top food and eating tips for Vietnam | noodlies - A Sydney food blog by Thang Ngo


noodlies - A Sydney food blog by Thang Ngo

When booking a holiday we research airfares and hotels. But when visiting Vietnam, a little homework on food will make your visit so much more memorable.

The Best Desserts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

  It’s not always easy to explore Saigon under this unbeatable heat, and sometimes a quick ice cream stop can be the best way to refresh yourself and have enough energy for your adventures here. Fortunately, with a summer all year round, Ho Chi Minh...

17-DAY FULL VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

* Sometimes we have different options for the same destination, depending on your request, your riding skill, weather conditions or any factor which may influence client safety. So, “Total approx” might be less or more (mostly more) Description: The Ho Chi Minh Trail had grown from a rough assemblage of animal tracks and jungle paths […] Read more

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The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you are following us on our YouTube Channel (and you should!) you probably would have watched all of our top 5 already. Our goal as always is to provide travelers with the best spots, according to us, for various Vietnamese street food or activities here...

Five of the best day trips from Brisbane

by Jennifer Johnston @ Travel Bug Within

Brisbane is fast becoming the Aussie travel destination of choice Brisbane has all points of the compass covered when it comes to great day trip destinations. The Queensland capital is ideally placed as a base to explore everything Southeast Queensland has to offer, and Jennifer Johnston checks in with suggestions for top spots to visit […]

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Celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen to Showcase Blue Mountains

Celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen to Showcase Blue Mountains


Blue Mountains Australia

The Greater Blue Mountains region will be showcased to billions of potential tourism visitors when SBS airs the next Luke Nguyen cultural foodie series early next year.

Seeking New and Great Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

Seeking New and Great Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City


Back of the Bike Tours

There has been alot of buzz around the world with the new concept of the "underground" or "pop up" restaurant. The idea is that Chef's who can't afford to jump right into starting their own restaurant can have the chance to do it inside of their homes or at featured venue's. This is an exceptional idea and a unique way for Sous Chef's or Cook's to show their chops without their hard work being hidden by the name of a restaurant or the Executive chef. All of this without the risk of crippling debt that comes with a failed restaurant.

Celebrity chef, Luke Nguyen hosts APT tours

Celebrity chef, Luke Nguyen hosts APT tours


Cruise Passenger

Cruisers will be able to pick up a few cooking tips from celebrity chef and MasterChef Vietnam judge, Luke Nguyen, when he hosts two APT holidays to Vietnam in 2014. The celebrity tour is part of the line’s new Vietnam and Cambodia 2014/15 brochure. It will take guests on a 20-day cruise along the…

11-DAY NORTH VIETNAM LOOP MOTORBIKE TOUR

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

* Sometimes we have different options for the same destination, depending on your request, your riding skill, weather conditions or any factor which may influence client safety. So, “Total approx” might be less or more (mostly more) Description: Northwest Vietnam is known as an attractive destination for those who want to explore the the unspoiled […] Read more

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Luke Nguyen's Vietnam

Luke Nguyen's Vietnam


TVGuide.com

TVGuide has every full episode so you can stay-up-to-date and watch your favorite show Luke Nguyen's Vietnam anytime, anywhere.

More Options

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

Honda CRF 250L HONDA CRF 250L Compact, ergonomic and agile the Honda CRF250L is a dual-sport motorcycle that rewards you with a fun riding experience every time you jump on its back. In terms of ergonomics, the bike offers an upright seating and a comfy handlebar which keep you ready for any situation. Model name […] Read more

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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Seoul, South Korea

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

South Korea is booming. Over 17 million tourists visited the country in 2016, a number that will only grow as Korean pop culture continues to find its way into the global mainstream. Whether you're into K-pop, K-dramas, cosmetics, or kimchi, there is so much to be excited about in this burgeoning megacity called Seoul.

Ho Chi Minh City Street Food Tour - Sew Delicious

Ho Chi Minh City Street Food Tour - Sew Delicious


Sew Delicious

One of the things I was most looking forward to about our trip to Vietnam was the food. We are no strangers to Vietnamese cuisine – there is a large population of Vietnamese Australians living in Melbourne so there are many fantastic restaurants near us. The street food culture of Ho Chi Minh City (and…

1 DAY HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO COUNTRYSIDE

by Motorbike Tours @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours

* Sometimes we have different options for the same destination, depending on your request, your riding skill, weather conditions or any factor which may influence client safety. So, “Total approx” might be less or more (mostly more) 1 DAY HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO COUNTRYSIDE Description: Have you ever tried to ride to ride motorbike through […] Read more

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Vietnam Family Holiday 11 Days - Interasia Travel :: Travel Exotic Asia with Us

Vietnam Family Holiday 11 Days - Interasia Travel :: Travel Exotic Asia with Us


Interasia Travel :: Travel Exotic Asia with Us

Australia's Travel experts to China, Vietnam, India, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Taiwan & beyond. InterAsia tours China

APT to cruise the Adriatic Coast

by Bernadette Chua @ Cruise Passenger

Award-winning touring company, APT announced it would be sailing a new route on a brand new vessel – the Queen Eleganza. In partnership with Noble Caledonia, APT will be chartering the brand new Croatian made, yacht-style, small ship along one of the most popular cruise destinations. The Croatian flagged vessel sets sail on her maiden […]

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: A first-timer's guide

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: A first-timer's guide


Stuff

Amidst the heat and noise of southern Vietnam, there's both action and tranquility on offer.

Vietnam: A Taste Of Village Life In The North

Vietnam: A Taste Of Village Life In The North


Travel Associates

It was 3.30am when the cockerel first crowed, an alarm all the more bone-jangling because it was right underneath the hut on stilts in which we were sleeping. Every 10 minutes or so that darn cock-a-doodle-do split the silence, until around the time when one actually might want to be woken up, at which point it went quiet. Vietnamese village life is not without its challenges for the unsuspecting tourist. (Home-brewed rice wine the colour of pond water, anyone? More on that later.) But they are nothing alongside its many delights.

2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

by Motive @ Motive Travel

Packages available now! As you know, we love our sporting events here at Motive Travel and where we don’t have our own exclusive tours to particular events, we can certainly access some great deals for you, like these Qantas Holidays Australian Grand Prix packages!  If you’re a mad Grand Prix fan, be sure to secure […]

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Spending Christmas in Saigon, Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Christmas is nearly a month away, and can be trully a magical time in Vietnam (minus the snow). If you decided to spend our favorite holiday in the South of Vietnam, make sure to check out our video on what Xmas is really like like...

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Travelfish

A comprehensive list of things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Includes all the major sights and activities in and around Ho Chi Minh City.

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