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A review of Kink: a BDSM Porn Studio Tour in San Francisco

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

**NSFW** **NSFW** **NOT SAFE FOR WORK** NOTE: The following post contains sexually explicit images and links. If you do NOT want to see this, do NOT continue reading or scrolling.   SEE CUTE ANIMALS HERE INSTEAD . . . . . A peek in the SF Armory of porn site’s Kink BDSM Porn Studio Tour […]

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Vietnam: Saigon + Food with XO Tours

Vietnam: Saigon + Food with XO Tours


Generic Dreams

Riding & Eating with XO Tours + I spent a few days in Saigon or now officially called Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). + On the first night, I knew I wanted to go around Saigon and get FOOD. I arranged…

VIETNAM - Ho Chi Min City food tour on a motorbike; delicious street food – Chris Travel Blog

VIETNAM - Ho Chi Min City food tour on a motorbike; delicious street food – Chris Travel Blog


Chris Travel Blog

Visiting Ho Chi Min City? Do a Ho Chi Min City food tour with XO Tours. They take you on a motorbike around the city for the best food. Tasty!

Solo Travel Destination: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Solo Travel Destination: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Solo Traveler

This Solo Travel Society member offers her top ten things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City.

No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

Terrific experience and great young guides. Highly Recommend!

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

This is the best way to experience Saigon. Just like all the other locals, on two wheels and Thanh and his crew of young guides couldn’t be better. We went on a customized tour and asked for guides to take us to local shopping boutiques while stopping to experience some of the local street food […]

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Tips on going to a Nationals game in Washington DC

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

Going to a Nationals game in Washington DC is something I LOVE to do when the weather gets nice! If you’re a tourist or a local that’s never been, I totally recommend going to a Nationals game a least once (at Nationals Park). Yes, yes you must – if only for the drinking. Seriously. I’ve been […]

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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...

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

XO Tours Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City

XO Tours Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City


Eating Saigon!

XO Tours Vietnam OK, I admit it. I’m not normal! Now I’m not admitting to some serious mental deficiency. I mean this, of course, only in the statistical sense – you know, the &#8…

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

The best motorbike tour in Saigon

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

This is in regards to the night food tour. Also, this is a completely honest and unbiased review. I did this tour last night and it blew my mind. I have done other companies and other cities and this was certainly the best without a doubt. We were taken to parts of Saigon that you […]

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Food, Fun & Motorbikes - Second Breakfast

Food, Fun & Motorbikes - Second Breakfast


Second Breakfast

In this post, I’m going to tell you about an incredible night we had recently, and one of the most fun things we did in our two months in Vietnam: The SAIGON FOODIE tour with XO Tours, a company that runs all female driven tours in the city. XO tours is not your average tour …

Touring Saigon on Vespas

Touring Saigon on Vespas


vietnampictorial

City tours using old Vespas provided by Vietnam Vespa Adventures have recently become a favourite selection of tourists to discover beautiful places in Ho Chi Minh City, such as the City’s Theatre, the  Post Office, Independence Palace and Nha Rong Wharf. 

Eating Your Way Through Vietnam - Taste The Style

Eating Your Way Through Vietnam - Taste The Style


Taste The Style

Vietnam had me at hello…“Ăn cơm chưa?” which translates to “have you eaten yet?” Any place that starts a conversation this way is a place where...

How to make the most of one week in Vietnam

How to make the most of one week in Vietnam

by Megan Van Groll @ Blog - travel. paint. repeat.

What to do, see and eat. (7 min. read)

Phang Nga Bay Speed Boat Day Tour (Honeymoon Pt. 2)

by Adrienne @ Will Wander For Food

While in Phuket, we went on a fun speed boat tour of the very scenic Phang Nga Bay. In eight hours, we hit up six diverse stops in the Bay, including canoeing, caving, and of course beaching. Oh yes, we also did a sail-by of the famous James Bond Island, but thankfully didn’t go ashore… Read More Phang Nga Bay Speed Boat Day Tour (Honeymoon Pt. 2)

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XO Foodie Tour

XO Foodie Tour


Girl Tries Life

Girl Tries Life reviews one of the most popular tours in Saigon, combining both sightseeing and local food - XO Foodie Tours.

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

2017’s Top Three Restaurants

by Adrienne @ Will Wander For Food

It’s time to reflect and pick my top food experiences of 2017! This year, I had a fun variety of meals – from high end tasting menus to bun cha served on the side of the street. My Vietnam trip was a major highlight – how cool to experience my favorite cuisine in its country… Read More 2017’s Top Three Restaurants

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Vespa Adventures - Tipping in Vietnam

Vespa Adventures - Tipping in Vietnam


Vespa Adventures

We often get asked about tipping etiquette in Vietnam. Here are some "tips".

A taste of Lima with Food C’s Barranco food tour

by kelleyjanelowry@gmail.com @ Pondering Perth Girl

If I had a guiding principle when travelling, it would be that the best way to get to know a country is by its food and people, and there really is no better way to do this that with a foodie walking tour, hosted by a local. Enter… Food C’s Barranco Foodie Tour with the lovely […]

Vegan’s Guide to Saigon Visitors

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

A Vegan’s Guide to Saigon Vegetarian/Vegan in Vietnam On the surface, Vietnam – famous for her pork and beef dishes – doesn’t seem like the friendliest of destinations for vegan travelers. However, one might be surprised to learn that Vietnam is actually one of the more vegan-friendly destinations in Southeast Asia.  Though infrequently marketed to […]

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Ten reasons to visit  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Ten reasons to visit Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam


Stuff

With news that Air New Zealand will be flying to Vietnam, we take a look at some top travel tips for visiting this enchanting country.

Maison Marou – Best Chocolate in Saigon, or Anywhere?

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Maison Marou 167-169 Calmette Street District 1 +84-873005010 09:00 am – 22:00 pm ************************************************************************ Fifteen years ago, when I first began traveling back and forth between Vietnam and California, there were two predictable requests by my Vietnamese friends about what items I must buy in the USA and bring back for them upon my return [Read on ...]

Want to be a better or smarter traveler? Here are 4 ways to help!

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

There are a few things that travelers do or don’t do that really gets my knickers in a twist. I know. There’s many ways to travel and see the world. Call us tourists, travelers, backpackers, flashpackers, nomads, whatever! There’s just some things that I do and don’t recommend doing if you’re exploring the whole wide […]

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Bun Dau Mam Tom

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

BUN DAU MAM TOM (Vermicelli with Fried Tofu) Have you ever wondered what to eat when first coming to Vietnam? Probably, popular dishes like Pho, Banh Mi or spring rolls, will pop up in your head but then you decide to get out of your comfort zone, looking for something new. Perhaps, friends, Bun Dau […]

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The culinary secrets of Vietnam | Forbes India

The culinary secrets of Vietnam | Forbes India


Forbes India

A culinary trail through the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City uncovers many layers of Vietnam's bustling city

3 of the best travel tours we’ve ever done

3 of the best travel tours we’ve ever done


Little Grey Box

Little Grey Box regulars among you will have heard me speak about my long-suffering and very sweet husband, Matt. Well, today’s post has been written for you by Matt and it is his guide to th…

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.

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

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

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.

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

by Lena @ XO Motorbike tour – ramonadetravels

March 6 to March 9, 2012 March 6: HCMC-XO Motorbike tour Flight to HCMC from Siem Reap takes a little over an hour. Thanks to TripAdvisor contributors we know exactly to proceed to Landing Visa for VOA, Visa on Arrival, upon arriving in Saigon airport. … Continue reading

Two Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Two Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Earth Trekkers

Best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon: tour the Cu Chu Tunnels, shoot an AK-47, War Remnants Museum, motorbike tours, and food tours.

Two Days in Saigon - A Food Guide to Ho Chi Minh City | Will Wander For Food

Two Days in Saigon - A Food Guide to Ho Chi Minh City | Will Wander For Food


Will Wander For Food

What to eat when you have 48 hours in Saigon - review of the motorbike XO Tours and where to get Banh Mi, Pho, and much more!

Outstanding

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

We booked our tour for 8 people by email with less than 24 hours notice. We requested female drivers for the teenage girls in the group, and we mentioned that our group consisted of one vegan, one vegetarian, one carnivore and one cautious teenager (plus 4 adults who would eat and drink anything!). We had […]

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New York! These streets will make you feel brand new!  Big lights will inspire you!

New York! These streets will make you feel brand new! Big lights will inspire you!

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

New York Soundtrack Empire State of mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys: The A train So I arrived in New York one early afternoon mid-week and took the A train to Harlem. Apparently it’s the quickest way. I’ve planned a whistlestop tour of some of New York’s finest restaurants, bars, markets and street food. I’ve […]

First Arival Event, tnooz & PR Tips

by JP @ Trip Whisperer

Last week, I packed my bags and took my tired self to Vegas to check out the new Arival Event, focusing on unifying the tours, activities and “in-destination” industry

Xo Tours - Vietnam Motorbike Tours, Ho Chi Minh City - TripHobo

Xo Tours - Vietnam Motorbike Tours, Ho Chi Minh City - TripHobo


TripHobo

Xo Tours - Vietnam Motorbike Tours, is one of the best things to see in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Check out reviews, ratings, photos & more at Triphobo.Com

Wine Tasting at Grgich Hills Estate Winery

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

While abroad the Wine Train in Napa Valley, my sister and I decided to disembark to enjoy a wine tasting & tour since a few were along the tracks and were able to stop for passengers. We chose the wine tasting at Grgich Hills Estate Winery for none other than the history background of this fine winery. As you […]

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THAILAND – Koh Samui restaurant guide: best food & craft beer bars

by Chris W. @ Chris Travel Blog

Koh Samui is one of the most touristic islands of Thailand and a great place to finish a 3.5-week Thailand road trip. I enjoyed Koh Samui with my family. I went diving with my kids; [...]

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Experiencing Saigon by Motorbike with XO Tours - The Atlas Heart

Experiencing Saigon by Motorbike with XO Tours - The Atlas Heart


The Atlas Heart

XO Tours only made me appreciate the foodie scene and nightlife in Saigon even more, it was one of the best tour experiences in Vietnam! Read about it here.

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...

7 Great Streets for Street Food in Saigon

7 Great Streets for Street Food in Saigon


Vietnam Coracle

Saigon is arguably the best place to explore Vietnam's extraordinary street food scene. The city boasts so many street food outlets that it feels like a gigantic open-air restaurant. This is my guide to 7 of the best streets for street food in Saigon... Continue reading →

No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

Egg Coffee

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

Coffee was first introduced to the Vietnamese people by Catholic French priests in 1857 and was gradually adopted by the Vietnamese people across the entire country. And because Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, a cup of coffee is the last thing you want to miss when you visit this beautiful […]

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HCMC: Foodie Tour

HCMC: Foodie Tour

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

Later in the evening of the HCMC sights tour, I joined XO tours again for their night time foodie tour. I had already had Pho, pronounced (Fah), arguably the national dish of Vietnam, in Ha Noi but it was at the mini-chain, Pho 24.  It was nice but not great.  Fortunately, my colleague Jason had […]

Sapa-Y Ty Scenic Motorbike Loop

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Sapa's dramatic mountainous landscape continues north of town, via Y Ty Village, all the way to the Chinese border. Several small roads penetrate deep into steep, terraced valleys & climb high above ferocious rivers creating a scenic loop.... Continue reading

HO CHI MINH CITY | XO Foodie Tour: Saigon's Food and Culture on Two Wheels - iWander. iExperience. iKwento

HO CHI MINH CITY | XO Foodie Tour: Saigon's Food and Culture on Two Wheels - iWander. iExperience. iKwento


iWander. iExperience. iKwento

XO Foodie Tour, is one of the most trusted tours when it comes to night food tour in the city. The company promotes the intriguing bike culture of Saigon.

Ayutthaya Day Trip and River Cruise from Bangkok (Honeymoon Pt. 3)

by Adrienne @ Will Wander For Food

We enjoyed a day-long Ayutthaya tour and river cruise while visiting Bangkok, Thailand. Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam Kingdom back in the 14th-18th centuries, and the impressive ruins hint at the grandeur this once was! The city is located 80 km north of Thailand – about a 90-minute drive, which made for an easy… Read More Ayutthaya Day Trip and River Cruise from Bangkok (Honeymoon Pt. 3)

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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...

Seeing Saigon on Two Wheels

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

I thought I would be terrified on the back of a scooter. Now, I kind of want one. One thing that never fails to disappoint about travel is how much it helps me to overcome my fears. I discovered XO Tours while I was still back in England. They’re mentioned on Lonely Planet and a […]

Ho Chi Minh City in 24 Hours

Ho Chi Minh City in 24 Hours


Travel Noire

In Saigon, Vietnam for a day? Here's a guide on how to get the most out of your 24 hours.

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

Night dining adventures with Seoul O’ngo Food Tours

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

My first trip to Korea could NOT be complete without a Seoul food tour. I teamed up with local Seoul O’ngo Food Tours for a night dining adventure to experience four different restaurants and drink the night away. The night of the tour, we made our way to the O’ngo’s Food Tours office location which wasn’t […]

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Touring Seoul, Korea

Touring Seoul, Korea

by Bucket List Traveler @ TravelUpdate

Seoul is the capitol city of South Korea with a metropolitan population of 25.6 million people.  It contains a mix of ancient temples and palaces with highly modernized buildings and infrastructure.

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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6 Best Nightclubs in Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon’s Most Popular Nightclubs

6 Best Nightclubs in Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon’s Most Popular Nightclubs


vietnam-guide.com

The best nightclubs in Ho Chi Minh City are mostly found within close proximity to more renowned hotels and tourist attractions – great for first-time visitors looking to party the night away during their holiday here. No two nightclubs are the same, ranging from District 1’s swanky establishments

Wat Rong Khun aka white temple: a tourist trap?

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

Wat Rong Khun aka the White Temple – is it a tourist trap? Wat Rong Khun is a modern Buddhist temple located in Chiang Rai and to be honest – just randomly in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road.When Linda and I visited, there were A LOT of people there as […]

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Motorcycles Empower Vietnam's Women -

Motorcycles Empower Vietnam's Women -


The Good Men Project

Cameron Conaway endures jeers and glares as he tours Saigon on the back of a motorcycle driven by a female tour guide.

SINGAPORE | Must-Rides in Universal Studios Singapore

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

I have a confession to make, Universal Studios Singapore was my first legit theme park experience. Yes, I haven’t been to Enchanted Kingdom or Star City but I visited Carron Dream Park in Nueva Ecija during a familiarization tour. Considering the facilities, having your first theme park experience outside the Philippines is indeed more exciting. […]

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Vietnam: Cu Chi Tunnels

Vietnam: Cu Chi Tunnels

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

Towards the end of my trip to Vietnam, I joined a group tour of Saigon and Cambodia.  On our last day in Vietnam, the group headed about 70km North West from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cu Chi tunnels.  The Cu Chi tunnels are an underground network of tunnels built in the 1940s when […]

Touring Vietnam - TravelUpdate

Touring Vietnam - TravelUpdate


TravelUpdate

My favorite kind of city to visit is the kind that has unique sounds, smells, and tastes. Saigon is that kind of city.

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...

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

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

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...

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The Sights

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The Sights

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

XO XO Having learnt from my time in Ha Noi, when I found the city difficult to penetrate, I decide to sign up for two half day tours in HCMC with XO tours (http://xotours.vn/).  XO Tours are a small company, whose tours usually include a lead tour guide, with detailed and in-depth knowledge, an assistant […]

Vietnam Ho Chi Minh XO Food Tour - Glamorous Glutton.com

Vietnam Ho Chi Minh XO Food Tour - Glamorous Glutton.com


Glamorous Glutton.com

Discover Ho Chi Minh like the locals on the back of a scooter, taking in all the local street food. You'll have a ball and learn a bit too.

Review Hike Maui Tours: A day chasing waterfalls

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

If you’re into hiking like I am, you’re going to love going this post: Review Hike Maui Tours. Hike Maui Tours offers a few different hikes & packages (some include zip lining for example).  I ended up choosing the East Waterfalls hike – their most popular one on the Hike Maui Tour website. Making reservations […]

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XO Foodie Tour – Ho Chi Minh City

XO Foodie Tour – Ho Chi Minh City


Pondering Perth Girl

Given our love of food and exploring off the beaten track, I searched high and low for a different kind of tourist experience to undertake while we were in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, depending wh…

Vietnam by motorbike: Touring bustling Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a two-wheeler

Vietnam by motorbike: Touring bustling Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a two-wheeler


National Post

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) has a population of 12 million and 7 million motorbikes — most of which seemed to be on the road at one time

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...

Food for the Soul: Eating Your Way Through Vietnam | Vietnamese Food Lovers

Food for the Soul: Eating Your Way Through Vietnam | Vietnamese Food Lovers


Vietnamese Food Lovers

You’ve probably seen this many times: a person sitting at a metal table at a hole-in-the-wall eatery, face held parallel to the plate or bowl in strong focus. In Vietnam, food isn’t just nutrition, it’s a philosophy – beautiful, complex and simple all at once. And lucky you – you can experience it yourself. A Family Affair Vietnamese food is not just an assortment of ingredients made in a specific manner. That’s a recipe, not a cuisine. At its most fundamental, Vietnamese food is both an idea and an experience. First and foremost, it’s a cuisine that celebrates the idea of family. As the writers of Golden Spoon & the Quintessence of Vietnamese Cuisine point out, “In Vietnamese culture, the family meal is always something holy. It is not only a place for reunion, but also a moment for connection, sharing [and] warmth that everyone saves for each other.” Walk around Saigon’s streets at night, and you’ll see this happy communion of souls at many a bia hoi and sidewalk restaurant: large groups laughing, shouting and cheersing over gigantic, family-style spreads of stir fries or communal hot pots. The Spice of Life However, what is most integral to Vietnamese food? For renowned Vietnamese chef Chiem Thanh Long,

XO Motorbike Tours In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

XO Motorbike Tours In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Phuket Travel Secrets

During our most recent adventures throughout Asia, we decided to explore parts of Vietnam. In the process we came across a unique motorbike tour in

XO Tours Vietnam | Necessary Indulgences

XO Tours Vietnam | Necessary Indulgences


Necessary Indulgences

XO Tours Vietnam is a highly ranked motorbike tour company in Vietnam. This is the best way to see the sights in Saigon.

Taking The Foodie Motorbike Tour In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Taking The Foodie Motorbike Tour In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Travel Happy

Get a unique view of night time Ho Chi Minh City from the back of a bike on the Foodie Motorbike Tour with XO Tours' elegant female guides.

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!

Tea Break Thoughts: Wishes in Hoi An

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

The sky’s an inky blue, lanterns form necklaces adorning the yellow buildings, and the river is filled with wishes. This is Hoi An, a small town near the coast in central Vietnam. Once a busy fishing port, the town languished into obscurity when the river silted up , meaning that the buildings have remained fairly […]

Xo Tours   Vietnam Motorbike Tours: Guide and Advice for Tourists, Photos, Links and Tips - AOL UK Travel

Xo Tours Vietnam Motorbike Tours: Guide and Advice for Tourists, Photos, Links and Tips - AOL UK Travel


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Eating Amsterdam Tours Review: Twilight De Pijp Tour

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

Eating Amsterdam Tours Review: Twilight De Pijp Food Tour If you know me, you know I cannot visit a city without experiencing a food tour of some kind! In Amsterdam, I linked up with Eating Amsterdam Tours to experience and do a review. I decided upon the Twilight De Pijp tour (out of the three offered). The Twilight […]

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One Day in Saigon

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon is a vibrant and hectic city. To really absorb the culture and lifestyle of Vietnamese people in this city requires travelers to spend at least a month here. However, not everyone has that kind of time and sometimes, visitors can only spend a day in this urban jungle. Fear […]

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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

5 Affordable Destinations Worth Visiting This Summer

by Shontel Horne @ Travel Noire

Summer travel isn’t always kind to the budget traveler that values an affordable experience. The beautiful weather that many destinations experience between June and September often lead to an influx of tourists crowding streets, restaurants, landmarks, and museums around the world, with the rise in demand leading to high-priced flights and hotels in the process. The […]

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.

Review: A day with Holo Holo Maui Tours

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

With half a day left to explore Maui, I didn’t waste any time connecting with Jasmine from Holo Holo Maui Tours for some sightseeing with a local. There really isn’t anything better than going with someone that knows the secrets of their home and happily shows it to you. Upon meeting Jasmine, I knew immediately […]

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War Remnants Museum Saigon

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

A place to learn about the war War Remnants Museum is currently one of the most popular museums in Vietnam. Every year, it attracts approximately half a million visitors, two-thirds of whom are foreigners, coming to study about the Vietnam War. History of the War Remnants Museum Opening on September 4, 1975, the museum was named […]

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How to make the most of one week in Vietnam

How to make the most of one week in Vietnam


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Saigon Street Food – XO Tours

Saigon Street Food – XO Tours


Mr & Mrs Lemon

At 6pm we wandered downstairs from our Hostel to be greeted by our 2 tour guides kitted out in traditional Vietnamese dress waiting by their mopeds ready to speed us through the city to the first s…

Explore Portland’s Food Carts with EAT ADVENTURES

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

Portland is such a foodie city that I absolutely had to do a  (Portland Eat Adventures) food tour during my visit and not only that, but a food cart tour since Portland is the birthplace of food carts with over 700 currently existing. I paired up with local tour company Eat Adventures Food Tours to enjoy […]

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5 Reasons Why Death Valley Should be the Next National Park You Visit

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

When you think of Death Valley, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A barren desert landscape, crawling with scorpions and rattlesnakes? Yes, you can find that here, but there is so much more to Death Valley than a forbidding desert landscape. We spent several days touring the park and fell in love with this place. Out of ...

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Ultimate Whale Watch: Chasing whales in Maui

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

Chase whales with Ultimate Whale Watch Tours while you’re in Maui. My friend and colleague, Amy Tan from Planet Hoppers and I flew to Maui for a few days and had a hell of a time. Besides, it being a “work retreat” (lots of both work & play!), Amy scored us comped tickets with Ultimate […]

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Two Days in Saigon – A Food Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

by Adrienne @ Will Wander For Food

We found ourselves with just two days in Saigon so we crammed the food in, starting with a motorbike food tour from XO Tours. In 4.5 hours, we zipped through 6+ districts in Saigon and ate at three restaurants. We also (separately) sought out the most famous pho and banh mi spots in Saigon, tried… Read More Two Days in Saigon – A Food Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

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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

Vietnam airport transfer | Cu Chi Tunnels

Vietnam airport transfer | Cu Chi Tunnels


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Broken Rice

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

Cơm Tấm [kʌm tɑm] is how you say Broken Rice in Vietnamese. The Viet live on rice Should you ever have a chance to come to Vietnam, try asking the locals what kind of food they are proud of. We assure, 90% of the answers you get will be RICE. Because Vietnam is an agricultural country, […]

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Tour de York

Tour de York

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Yorkshire dales recently – well the “dale” of York in particular. This is an unusual area in terms of food culture. Jay Rayner, in his review of Le Langhe restaurant, (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/23/la-langhe-york-restaurant-review) described York as an area punching below its weight and that, for the most part, […]

Ride an open door Jack Harter Helicopter Tours in Hawaii

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

If you’ve never been on an open-door helicopter ride, you MUST DO so. With Jack Harter Helicopter Tours. Specifically – on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. SERIOUSLY. I thought about going on a helicopter ride in Kauai when a friend told me about Jack Harter helicopter tours. It’s a helicopter ride but with the doors OFF. […]

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VIETNAM – Must do day trip: Cu Chi tunnels and Cao Dai Temple from Ho Chi Min City

by Chris W. @ Chris Travel Blog

Ho Chi Min City is a great city to stay several days but a day trip to the Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels is a must do too. The Cao Dai religion was [...]

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Humantay Lake Hike with FlashPacker Connect

by Amy @ Generic Dreams

So you may have read about my rainbow mountain tour already. This is a review of my day trip to Humantay Lake hiking with FlashPacker Connect. The Humantay Lake Hike Tour: I had a different tour guide this time with Flashpacker Connect. His name was Jacob and his brother was our driver! Today’s tour with […]

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SINGAPORE | Singapore Tourist Pass and Why You Need One

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

Developed countries in Asia have an efficient mass transportation systems and EZ-link cards are convenient ways of navigating these networks. Japan has its famous Japan Rail Pass while other countries promote their train passes. Since Singapore is a major tourism destination in Southeast Asia, they also created their own, the Singapore Tourist Pass. The card […]

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My Top Picks from a 5-Day Feast in South Vietnam

My Top Picks from a 5-Day Feast in South Vietnam


I Live in a Frying Pan

The year is off to a blazing start, and I hit the ‘go’ button by…going on vacation. I scuttled off to Vietnam right about the time when people were finalizing New Year’s resolutions. Vietnam it wou…

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.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The Sights

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The Sights

by ncma69 @ XO Tours – Greedy Gyal

XO XO Having learnt from my time in Ha Noi, when I found the city difficult to penetrate, I decide to sign up for two half day tours in HCMC with XO tours (http://xotours.vn/).  XO Tours are a small company, whose tours usually include a lead tour guide, with detailed and in-depth knowledge, an assistant […]

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