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, […]

Notes on Ho Chi Minh City – things I love about life in Saigon

Saigon Sunset

[Saigon River] I’ve been coming to and from Saigon for over two years now. It has become so familiar to me that I haven’t thought to do a big write up. I did a cost of living summary for my first full month here, and I also maintain a cafe list, so now it’s time […]

Where I’m At: Saigon – packing up for another roadtrip

Post Office Saigon

[The freshly-painted old Saigon post office.] Greetings from Saigon. I’m constantly tinkering with my publishing format so this year I will endeavor to publish a monthly update of Where I’m At, featuring future travel plans, and what I’ve been up to for the past month. Where I’ve Been I’ve been in Vietnam on a three […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh City

VietJet Air

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 323 From: Phu Quoc (PQC) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with VietJet Air from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh City, booking directly via VietJet Air. VietJet Air are a low cost airline from Vietnam that are expanding their reach in Southeast Asia. Like AirAsia, they offer lots […]

Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Ben Thanh Market

Saigon is collecting a fair selection of rooftop bars, and one of the best views of the city can be found at OMG, next to the Ben Thanh Market. Get here around 5pm for happy hour and you can watch the skyline light up as the evening approaches. It’s also a good spot to do […]

The changing face of Saigon

Old and new Saigon

[Old and new Saigon: Bitexco Financial Tower and a French colonial-era building.] I’ve been basing myself in Saigon off-and-on for the past two years, and my first visit here was in 2005. In this time I’ve been watching the city transform as it catches up from decades of underinvestment. It’s an interesting time to be […]

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Picking where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City is relatively simple compared to where to stay in Bangkok. There are 24 districts that make up Greater HCMC, but for visitors you will only need to worry about finding a place in district 1. This is a guide for short term visitors in mind. If […]

Vietnam Railways Building, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Vietnam Railways Building

I’ve been wandering around Saigon taking photos of old buildings that are fast disappearing. The latest building that is marked for demolition is the Vietnam Railways Building at the Ben Thanh roundabout. My previous featured photo in Saigon was of the Tax Trade Centre which is also due to be demolished. Travel Photos: Ho Chi […]

Lan Phuong Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Lan Phuong Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Lan Phuong Hotel Address: 47 Nguyen Trai street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam I booked the Lan Phuong Hotel online via Agoda. I booked it for its location as I was apartment hunting nearby. It’s centrally located without being in the tourist streets of Pham Ngu Lau and Ben Thanh. I arrived early […]

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

Vietnam Airlines

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 50 From: London Gatwick (LGW) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Vietnam Airlines from London Gatwick to Ho Chi Minh City, booking online via Skyscanner. This was the only direct option available, and it also happened to be the cheapest, so it was an easy decision. Other options […]