Flight Review: Vietnam Airlines – Ho Chi Minh City to London Heathrow

VN 51

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 50 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: London Heathrow (LHR) I flew with Vietnam Airlines Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to London Heathrow (LHR) which I booked via Skyscanner. This was the return leg of a flight I took last year from Gatwick to Saigon. Originally this flight was to […]

727 Tran Hung Dao, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

727 Tran Hung Dao

The Saigon city skyline as viewed from an apartment tower in District 5, looking towards the office towers of District 1. The big concrete block that stands out in the middle of the photo is 727 Tran Hung Dao, which is said to be haunted. Looking at it from this viewpoint I wouldn’t say it […]

Visa run options from Ho Chi Minh City

Bus to Phnom Phenh

A regular tourist visa for Vietnam is available for 1 or 3 months. Once you have a visa it’s possible to extend your visa in the country and save yourself the time and money of doing a visa run. While there is no published official amount of time that you can extend your visa in-country, […]

Where I’m At: Saigon, June Edition

District 5 Saigon

Where I’m At is my monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next. [In District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.] Where I’ve Been Greetings from Saigon. Like last month, once again I have spent the whole month without leaving the city limits. I’m the worst traveller. Having said […]

Where I’m At: Saigon – wandering some of the other 23 districts

James in Saigon

[When flying into SGN get the “A” seat to get a great view of the city.] Greetings from Saigon. After arriving from Hong Kong on the first of April I found a new room within a day and got back into a routine of eating street food, meeting friends, and working from cafes. Where I’ve […]

Propaganda posters and a parade – the 40th Anniversary of the reunification of Vietnam

40 Years - Liberation Day Vietnam

April 30, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the day the North Vietnamese Army arrived in Saigon and ended the war. The day is known in Vietnam as liberation day, in the US as the fall of Saigon, and to overseas Vietnamese as Black April. In Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) there are hardly […]

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City

CX at HKG

Flight: Cathay Pacific CX 767 From: Hong Kong (HKG) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City, booking via airfare search site Vayama. This flight was the last of three flights I took to get from Windhoek in Namibia back to Vietnam. The flight […]

Hotel Review: Mifuki Boutique Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Mifuki Boutique Hotel

Hotel Name: Mifuki Boutique Hotel Address: 33-35 Le Anh Xuan Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam I stayed at the Mifuki Boutique Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. I booked it online via Agoda and booked it for its location in the Ben Thanh Area. I stayed here for a night while looking for a […]

Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Post Office Saigon

Saigon Central Post Office was designed and constructed by Gustave Eiffel (of the tower fame) and was opened in 1891. The building recently got a fresh coat of paint from and under-stated pastel creme colour to this electric yellow. There has been an uproar with this new coat of paint, but it looks closer to […]

Flight Review: AirAsia – Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur

AirAsia at SGN

Flight: Air Asia AK 529 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) I flew with AirAsia from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur, booking online via AirAsia.com. This was my first flight with AirAsia since QZ8501 so that was on my mind on this flight. I hate reading about flight crashes, […]