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 […]

Phu Quoc Travel Guide

Long Beach - Phu Quoc

Travel Guides > Vietnam > Phu Quoc Travel Guide Phu Quoc is an island of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Cambodia. It’s Vietnam’s largest island, covering 515 sq km (199 sq mi). To compare, that’s about the same size as Phuket in Thailand, which is 543 sq km (210 sq […]

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 […]

Notes on Phu Quoc Island – Southeast Asia’s next big thing

Long Beach Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is an island of Vietnam in the deep south of the country, off the coast of Cambodia. I had never heard of it until I came to Vietnam, and having been in Vietnam for much of the past two years I’ve since heard varying opinions about it. For my first visit I combined […]

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 […]

Fishing fleet in Duong Dong, Phu Quoc – Vietnam

Duong Dong

Duong Dong is the main town of the island of Phu Quoc and it is worth a visit if you can drag yourself off the beach. Phu Quoc is famous for its fish sauce, hence the big fishing fleet in the harbour. Travel Photos: Phu Quoc photo gallery