Hot Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh, Heat and Hyperactive Rain

“Rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath” – Forrest Gump. Torrential Rain became a feature of the last few days we spent in Hanoi. One morning we decided to brave it, carrying only our umbrella and wearing open shoes. THIS WAS A stupid idea. We made our way down the stairs of our…

Herby Hanoi; Delicious dishes, dirty streets and dodging traffic

On a steamy hot Monday evening we emerged from our air conditioned haven into the lobby of our hotel. A smiling face greeted us, we met our foodie guide extraordinaire Ha. Over the next four hours, we would laugh, squish ourselves into small spaces of all descriptions and eat seven different street foods. Sweat started…

Sumptuous Saigon; Cyclos, Cruises and Clever Puppeteers

After a long day hard at work, it was time to let down our hair and live it up Saigon style. The lights, the entertainment, the pollution? Saigon (the original name for Ho Chi Minh City) is a city of contrasts. Tacky neon lights advertising everything from tours to motorcycles for hire wink at passers…