Travel Report: Cha Tam Church – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Exterior Cha Tam Church Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

May 2018. Another church? I hear you cry. Yes, it’s yet another church, although this one has quite the backstory and features as an essential moment of Vietnam’s long, rocky road to peace. Dating back to 1902, Cha Tam Church (Church of St. Francisco Javier) was built in a gothic style with Chinese temple flourishes throughout […]

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Travel Report: Nguyen Van Binh Book Street – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Nguyen Van Binh Book Street Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

May 2018. Literature lovers in Ho Chi Minh should set aside an hour or so of their city wanderings for a stroll down peaceful Nguyen Van Binh Book Street. Opened in early 2016, this cosy little stretch is home to a modest row of bookstores and art shops. It’s also the place to come for […]

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Travel Report: Saigon Central Post Office – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Exterior Central Post Office Ho Chi Minh

May 2018. For a genuinely fascinating slice of Ho Chi Minh history that isn’t steeped in turmoil, war and killing, don’t miss the city’s beautifully preserved Central Post Office, a French colonial building that today stands proud as one of the oldest structures in the city. It was built over a five-year period from a […]

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Travel Report: Saigon Kitsch – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Entrance Saigon Kitsch Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

May 2018. Just about everyone travelling Vietnam will pick up a bunch of t-shirts along the way to commemorate their trip. Go to any of the big markets and such items are dirt cheap and often come with further discounts if you buy in bulk. But most of the time it’s the same design over […]

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Travel Report: Ben Thanh Market – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

May 2018. They say Ben Thanh Market is not only the most famous shopping area in Ho Chi Minh, but also probably the most impressive covered market in all of Vietnam. Dating back to the 17th century this is the city’s definitive daily life focal point, with just about everything locals eat, wear and use more […]

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Travel Report: The War Remnants Museum – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

The War Remnants Museum Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

May 2018. While I think I prefer Hanoi as a city, I would say Ho Chi Minh is still an unmissable part of any Vietnam travel itinerary thanks to a handful of truly world-class museums. One of these must-sees is The War Remnants Museum on Vo Van Tan Street. Be warned though, this is one […]

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Travel Report: Tao Dan Park – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Tao Dan Park Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

May 2018. It was a sunny morning in Ho Chi Minh as I loaded up an Apple Maps walking route from Lotus Boutique Hotel to the War Remnants Museum. My twenty-two minute course took me right alongside Tao Dan Park, downtown Saigon’s largest and most popular green space. So I dipped in to have a […]

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