Jon Aspin

Jon Aspin

Over the last 10 years, staff editor Jon Aspin has been producing ‘sparkling’ copy for everyone from mega rich beer companies and consumer electronics giants to local caravan dealers and Swedish Phd students. Born in the North East of England but raised in Australia, Jon has now worked on three continents, and remains curious about the others. Arriving in Vietnam 'on sabbatical' sometime during 2013, Jon soon got appointed ‘captain’ on a movie about a war and has tried not to look back since.

Monday, 23 May 2016 16:35

Saigon Pool Tour

Sofitel Saigon Plaza. Photo by Rodney Hughes

During a hot month, Jon Aspin set himself a challenge; visit as many hotel pools as he could in one day. It wasn’t easy, but somebody had to do it. Photos by Rodney Hughes

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 02:46

Giang Dien Park

Photo by Rodney Hughes

With a public holiday at his disposal, Jon Aspin jumped at the chance to swim in a waterfall 40km out of town.

Saturday, 07 May 2016 08:43

Martini Bar

Photo by Bao Zoan

If you haven’t dared step foot in the Park Hyatt for fear of being immediately relieved of all your hard-earned cash, fear not. The hotel’s Martini Bar, officially called 2 Lam Son, has a 51 percent off happy hour on all drinks between 5pm and 8pm, every day of the week.

Sunday, 01 May 2016 15:03

Songkran Madness

Songkran. Photo by Bao Zoan

This year’s celebration of Thailand’s Water Festival in Saigon was hell. Words by Jon Aspin

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 08:34

La Habana

La Habana. Photo by Francis Xavier

A 12-year veteran of the Saigon scene, La Habana maintains its charming, Spanish-terrace-inspired premises in District 1. Any night of the week, just off the main drag of Hai Ba Trung and along Cao Ba Quat, you’ll hear live music floating from its cavernous entertainment area. On the Thursday night we visited, it was ballad night, and a regular band from the Philippines were filling the place.

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