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 ciy.] 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


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 […]

Where I Stayed: 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, […]

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

Saigon Construction

[Leaving Saigon in a mess of reconstruction.] 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 […]

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 […]