Guesthouse Review: Hoan Kiem Hostel – Hanoi

Hotel Name: Hoan Kiem Hostel Address: 9 Hai Tuong Lane, Ta Hien Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam I stayed at the Hoan Kiem Hostel in Hanoi. I was looking for a cheapo place to stay in the old city area, and at $11 a night this was about as cheap as it gets. […]

Where I’m At: December, 2017 – Hanoi edition

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Greetings from Hanoi! It’s been a month bookended by conferences in two different fields. I average about one conference a year, so two in a month is unusual for me. I try to mix it up […]

Flight Review: Vietnam Airlines – Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 238 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Hanoi (HAN) I flew with Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. I compared flights with Skyscanner and in the end I went with Vietnam Airlines. I have flown with Vietnam Airlines from London to Saigon and return, but I have […]

An updated map of the future Saigon Metro

[HCMC Metro Map (download full resolution image here.] Out of all the megacities of Southeast Asia, Saigon is the only city without any form of metro transport. Even the traffic-dystopias of Jakarta and Manila have a few rail lines between them. This will change when the first metro line in Saigon opens sometime after 2020 […]

Where I’m At: November, 2017 – Chiang Mai edition

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Greetings from Chiang Mai! I’ve been here for nearly two weeks on a visa run from Vietnam. In that time I’ve completed a new map of current and proposed railways of Southeast Asia. [Click here for […]

Southeast Asia current and proposed railways [2017]

Current and proposed railways of Southeast Asia – every line mapped In 2016 I compiled every current and proposed railway in Southeast Asia and created the Future Southeast Asia Railway Map, which depicted all current and proposed railways as a subway map. [Future Southeast Asia Railway Map – 2016 version (Click for larger image).] I’ve […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 876 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Hong Kong (HKG) I flew with VietJet Air from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong. I compared flights with Skyscanner, and Vietjet was the cheapest option. My total ticket price with a checked bag came to 1,259,000 VND, which is about $55 […]

Singapore Airlines flight review: Sydney to Saigon with a free stopover in Singapore

Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 252 From: Sydney (SYD) To: Singapore (SIN) Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 186 From: Singapore (SIN) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) When booking flights that include a transfer of planes at an airport (a layover), it’s worth checking to see if you can turn it into a stopover (where you leave […]

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines – Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 186 From: Singapore (SIN) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Singapore Airlines from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City. I have flown with Singapore Airlines a few times before, including once already from Singapore to Saigon. This time it was the final leg of a journey, with the […]

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines – Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore

Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 183 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Singapore (SIN) I flew with Singapore Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore, which was the first of three flights to London. I compared flight options with Momondo using the multi-city flight option. This wasn’t the cheapest option but I preferred to […]