Who is the Tanktop Romeo?
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.