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 […]

Flight Review: EVA Air – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Taipei (Taiwan)


Flight: EVA Air BR 392 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Taipei (TPE) EVA Air is a Taiwanese airline based out of Taipei (TPE) airport. This was my first time to Taiwan, and by extension my first time flying with EVA Air. EVA Air is a member of Star Alliance so I used United […]

Metro construction, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Metro Construction - HCMC

I took this photo as a historical reference to the changing face of Ho Chi Minh City. The city is finally getting a sorely needed metro system and there are numerous blocks in district 1 that are now boarded up in preparation for construction. The building in the foreground is the Saigon Tax Trade Centre; […]

Where I’m At: Ho Chi Minh City – Upcoming travels

Temple - Ho Chi Minh City

[Temple in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam.] Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City. My three month visa expires in a few days so rather than extending it I will be getting back on the road. Here is what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. On sunday I will be […]

Where I’m At: Ho Chi Minh City – Getting my digital house in order

Chicken Pho

Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City. Another three month visa is about to expire which means I will be back on the road again soon (more on upcoming destinations next week). While it’s easy enough to extend your Vietnamese visa without having to leave the country, I use the three month time frame as a […]