Six Senses Con Dao has finally opened: 5 stars, 45 mins from HCMC, 50 villas @ $800 a pop. With a faux market ‘resembling’ a real one.
Motorcycling Vietnam’s gorgeous Ho Chi Minh Trail, via the Victoria Times: http://ow.ly/43Qbg
RT @lonelyplanet Motorbiking the Mekong: two-wheeled adventures from mountain to coast http://bit.ly/gcFfgm. They even recommend via Vespa.
RT @VNNetBridge: “Vietnam faces onslaught of magnetic storms in 2011 http://ow.ly/1brCzd.” Incredibly, only Vietnam affected….
RT @DestSaigon: “It’s Pho King Delicious” http://t.co/8QaBJ4z via @engrishfunny. These just never get old.
Vietnam’s int’l tourism growth rate explosive last year at 35%. Int’l arrivals to Southeast Asia overall? Up 12%. http://ow.ly/42jUw
Vietnam Vespa Adventures just hit #1 of 94 attractions in HCMC on TripAdvisor!! Break out the bubbly!! http://ow.ly/41HyY
Over the Top at TripAdvisor →
We’re all about tooting our own horn. It’s a necessary part of driving here in Vietnam, where motorcycle traffic gushes like water through a firehose and horns are one of the only things that let a driver trying to navigate the torrent know what his neighbors on the road are up to. But we like it even more when other people toot our horn for us — as they’ve clearly been...
We’ve reached the #2 spot on TripAdvisor for attractions in HCMC!! Thanks to all our friends & travel partners who rated & raved about us!
VDay kissing contest in Hai Phong banned last wknd as “inappropriate.” Urinating in public streets remains no problem. http://ow.ly/3XbYO
Vietnam’s limp dong is great news for expats! (Does that pun never get old or are we just far too easily amused?) http://ow.ly/3VoM6
Hilariously serious breakdown of the quality of the, um, cuisine at new Carl’s Jr. in SGN. http://bit.ly/hPnkBO
Backstreet Boys playing Saigon two weeks before Bob Dylan. Bizzare cosmic joke or sign of the impending apocalypse? http://ow.ly/3Vozx
VN students who row across a reservoir to get to school. (Note caveman-ish caption: “Many girls can row very well.”) http://ow.ly/3V6YH
Must read: travel contributor at the Telegraph pens a splendid piece about xing the street in Hanoi. http://ow.ly/3V6Uv
Gearing up for a 7-day post-Tet tour to Nha Trang departing Monday with eight guests from four countries. Weather: 29 & fine.
Hard to believe, but Bob freaking Dylan will officially be performing at RMIT University in Saigon on April 15. Troi oi.
RT @hikevietnam Many restaurants in #HCMC are still closed for #Tet, but tomorrow is a lucky day for shops to reopen for business.
Vietnam rebrands itself, ditching old slogan “Vietnam: the Hidden Charm” for newfangled version: “A Different Orient.” http://ow.ly/3TDCR
CNN offers up a bluffer’s guide to pretending you’ve traveled through Asia. Inspired. http://ow.ly/3SUU9
AP visits Hanoi, finds it “lurching into the 21st century with a swirl of unfettered street capitalism & Communist hype” http://ow.ly/3SUp6
The Vietnamese Sandwich | Banh Mi in America →
The New York Times Magazine today pulls out all the stops for a love-letter of a feature article on one of Vietnam’s humblest, most iconic menu items: the ubiquitous banh mi sandwich. The gist of the article is some goatee-stroking over where in America one can find the tastiest, most authentic versions of this traditional street fare, noting that distict regional variations can be found...
RT @DestSaigon: noodlies tv: this is what Viet pigs ear salad tastes like http://bit.ly/gsHcQe
Matador surveys 6 coffee brewing techniques around the world. The humble but sublime ‘flat drip’ is the standard in VN. http://ow.ly/3QKBx
Sydney Morning Herald today features a culinary trip through Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. For these 2, pho is a religion. http://ow.ly/3QKuO
Tet holiday 03 Feb 2011, Year of the Cat: images and video from around the world, including a Viet ‘Like a G6’ parody. http://ow.ly/3Q54y
Incidentally, you can find us in the Word’s A to Z insider’s gander of HCMC under T for Tours. http://ow.ly/1s0B04
From @DestSaigon: The Lunar New Year at a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple in Sydney http://bit.ly/eGjhDK