Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:05

Fifty Shades of Expat: The Tanktop Romeo

Who is the Tanktop Romeo?

Published in The Big Story
Thursday, 19 March 2015 17:36

Saigon Launches 24/7 Tourist Help Hotline

Foreign and domestic tourists will be pleased to learn that Ho Chi Minh City, under the leadership of the Departments of Tourism, Information, and Communications along with the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications group, has recently launched Vietnam’s first 24/7 tourist information hotline.

Published in Breaking
Thursday, 05 March 2015 18:42

The Tourist Trap

Courtesy of a stop on a cruise, Nick Ross found himself with eight hours to spare in Patong, the main beach resort in Phuket. Here’s what he found

Published in International
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:44

The Rise and Fall of The Pham

January on Bui Vien just before Tet. It’s mid-evening and the plastic chairs on the sidewalk are filling up. I park my bike neatly at the entrance of an alleyway to take photos and am greeted with irritation. Not from the hordes of cheap beer drinkers, but from the owners of one of the watering holes.

Published in Leisure
Monday, 03 March 2014 23:40

The Pod Life

It has finally happened. Living in a space capsule is now possible in Vietnam. And it only costs a minimal US$6 (VND126,000) a night in the form of Hong Kong Kaiteki Hotel’s capsule accommodation.

Published in Briefings
Monday, 10 February 2014 21:10

Before Sliced Bread

I remember in my early days, seeing a T-shirt that read “I made it to Vietnam before McDonald’s did!” I recall loving that concept at the time; I felt original, like I accomplished something groundbreaking. With my nine-year anniversary of living in Vietnam having passed in June, along with the news recently breaking of McDonald’s finally coming to the country, I started thinking of all of the other things this city didn’t have when I first arrived. Here’s my list of eight things that made it to Vietnam before McDonald’s (but not before me).

Published in Features
Friday, 10 January 2014 09:25

The Stopover

Japan Stopover

I start off my 40-hour trans-Pacific journey at 11.40pm from Ho Chi Minh City. Six hours later I’m in Japan. I’ve never been before, and I’m excited — even if it’s just for three hours.

Published in International
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 06:54

One Day in Hanoi

One Day in Hanoi trip

The French NGO, Association Autochtones, is offering a new One Day in Hanoi tourist trip that shows an alternative side to the capital, one that tourists rarely see on visits to Hanoi.

Published in Just In
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:25

Tourism Bodies Want To Keep Visa Waiver

Tourism Bodies Want To Keep Visa Waiver

In a seminar held last month in Ho Chi Chi Minh City, The HCMC Tourism Association continued to petition the authorities to retain the visa waiver scheme for nationals of seven countries — and in fact to expand it — and not to hike visa fees.

Published in In The Papers
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:21

DaNang to Safeguard Tourists

DaNang to Safeguard Tourists

Six agencies in the central city of Danang will collaborate with one another to handle accidents, robberies, fraud, rip-offs and nuisances reported by foreigners.

Published in In The Papers
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