Resources & Compilations

  1. Weather Guide to Vietnam: When & Where to Go

    Vietnam Weather Guide: When & Where to Go

    Weather is an important consideration when planning a trip to Vietnam. Here’s a month-by-month guide to weather conditions across the nation, including recommendations of where to go (and where to avoid) at different times of year…

  2. Rice Terraces of Northern Vietnam

    Rice Terraces of Northern Vietnam

    An annual spectacle of colour & beauty, the shimmering rice terraces of northern Vietnam are one of the country’s most iconic sights…

  3. Plants, Flowers & Trees of Vietnam

    Plants, Flowers & Trees of Vietnam

    The colours, shapes, sizes, smells & variety of flora in Vietnam is mesmerizing. In this guide I’ve compiled an illustrated index of some of the flowers, plants & trees I regularly see in Vietnam’s countryside & cities….

  4. 23 Differences Travelling South to North Vietnam

    23 Differences from South to North Vietnam

    One of the most fascinating aspects of travelling through Vietnam is observing & experiencing the changes that occur from region to region

  5. Vietnam Reading List & Book Reviews

    Vietnam Reading List & Book Reviews

    A categorized reading list including personal reviews of over 50 books about Vietnam, ranging from Vietnamese authors in translation to travel writing, journalism, history, poetry, politics & more…

  6. Travel Fitness

    Travel Fitness

    Travellers often neglect their fitness. I practice exercise routines, methods & activities that are suitable for travel & help to maintain my fitness while on the road…

  7. Edible flowers in Vietnamese Cuisine

    Edible Flowers in Vietnamese Cuisine

    Vietnamese cuisine utilizes edible flowers in myriad ways. Flowers are healthy and aromatic, adding colour, flavour and texture to many dishes…

  8. 101 Images to Inspire a Road Trip by Motorbike in Vietnam

    101 Images to Inspire a Road Trip by Motorbike in Vietnam

    An independent motorbike road trip in Vietnam is one of the most exhilarating & memorable travel experiences available anywhere in the world today…

  9. Ha Giang, Vietnam: A Picture Book

    Ha Giang Province | Picture Book

    One of the most visually arresting regions in the nation, Ha Giang is Vietnam’s northern-most province. This gallery features 50 images showcasing the beauty of Ha Giang in order to inspire wanderlust…

  10. Fresh herbs & spices in Vietnamese Food

    Fresh Herbs & Spices in Vietnamese Food

    A gardener & home cook walks you through the most commonly used fresh herbs & spices that are fundamental to Vietnamese cuisine & culture…

  11. Island-hopping in Vietnam: A Guide for Independent Travellers

    Island-Hopping in Vietnam: A Guide

    From north to south, the Vietnamese coast is flecked with thousands of islands; hundreds of which are inhabited & dozens of which can be visited by island-hopping. A handful of these islands are already well-established tourist destinations, but many are only just emerging as potential attractions….

  12. Sustainable Travel: Single-Use Plastic in Vietnam

    Sustainable Travel: Single-Use Plastic in Vietnam

    By making some simple changes to way I travel & live in Vietnam, I’m trying to reduce the amount of single-use plastic I consume. Here’s my experience….

  13. The Southern Dry Season in Vietnam: Travel Guide

    The Southern Dry Season: Travel Guide

    A period of glorious, warm, sunny weather in the lower regions of Vietnam, the southern dry season lasts from November to May. Here are some of the best places to travel & stay during this time of year.

  14. Don't Miss the Dawn in Vietnam

    Don’t Miss the Dawn

    Dawn is the best time of day in Vietnam. Yet most travellers and expats never experience it. Wake up before sunrise and you’ll witness exquisite skies and the ‘roots’ of Vietnamese daily life. Rising early should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Vietnam….

  15. 23 of the Best Beaches in Vietnam

    23 of the Best Beaches in Southern & Central Vietnam

    With a coastline of over 3,200km & thousands of islands lying offshore, Vietnam is a great beach destination. Blue bays, hidden coves, white sands, swaying palms & dramatic cliffs, Vietnam has it all….

  16. Vietnam Coracle Video Library

    Vietnam Coracle Video Library

    A categorized archive of over 30 short films shot during my travels in Vietnam & intended to inspire wanderlust.

  17. The Vietnam Coracle Map

    The Vietnam Coracle Map

    An interactive map of Vietnam with all my guides, posts, articles, reviews, and videos marked on it, including direct links from the map to all my content. The Vietnam Coracle Map will help readers navigate the content on my website, in order to get to the information they are looking for….

Ha Giang

  1. Tu San Canyon, Ha Giang, Travel Guide

    Tu San Canyon Boat Trip | Ha Giang

    The deepest gorge in Vietnam, boat trips through the Tu Sản Canyon offer spectacular views…

  2. Ha Giang City Guide

    Ha Giang City Guide

    A guide to the capital of Vietnam’s northernmost province & gateway to the Ha Giang Loop…

  3. The Ha Giang Loop: Extreme North Motorbike Guide

    Ha Giang Loop: Extreme North Motorbike Guide

    Hà Giang is a mystical borderland that’s home to a legendary motorbike loop through otherworldly landscapes…

  4. Sky Path Hike, Ha Giang, Vietnam

    Sky Path Hike | Ha Giang

    A soaring walkway clinging to the cliffs hundreds of metres above the legendary Mã Pí Lèng Pass in Hà Giang…

  5. Ha Giang, Vietnam: A Picture Book

    Ha Giang Province | Picture Book

    One of the most visually arresting regions in the nation, Ha Giang is Vietnam’s northern-most province. This gallery features 50 images showcasing the beauty of Ha Giang in order to inspire wanderlust…

  6. Dong Van Cafe Scene, Ha Giang, Vietnam

    Dong Van Cafe Scene | Ha Giang

    A rich & exciting cafe culture in an ancient market town on the Hà Giang Loop…

  7. Auberge de Meo Vac Mountain Lodge, Chung Pua, Ha Giang

    Auberge de Meo Vac Mountain Lodge, Ha Giang

    A timber, tile & rammed-earth structure encircling a stone courtyard surrounded by a stone wall with haunting limestone peaks looming all around, the Auberge de Meo Vac is a remarkably atmospheric place to stay in Vietnam’s northernmost province, Ha Giang….

  8. Breakfast in Ha Giang

    When I had breakfast at a noodle house in Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northernmost frontier, it was one of those occasions when food, people and place come together perfectly…

  9. Pan Hou Village Ecolodge, Ha Giang, Vietnam

    Panhou Village Ecolodge, Ha Giang

    Deep within the folds of steep mountains & plunging valleys, Panhou Village Ecolodge is set in the middle of a remote & seldom-visited part of Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northernmost province….

  10. Sapa to Ha Giang by motorbike on borders & back-roads, Vietnam

    Borders & Back-Roads: Sapa to Ha Giang by Motorbike

    Connecting two of the most mountainous provinces in Vietnam, this motorbike route straddles the Chinese border, passing through some of the remotest parts of the country…

  11. Ha Giang-Ba Be Lake-Cao Bang, road trip, Vietnam

    High Roads: Ha Giang→Ba Be Lake→Cao Bang | 3 Routes

    The roads between the northern provinces of Ha Giang & Cao Bang travel through some of the most spectacular & remote regions of Vietnam. Here are three highly scenic (but not always easy) motorbike routes linking Ha Giang, Ba Be Lake & Cao Bang….

Beaches & Islands

  1. Phu Quoc Island Beach Guide, Vietnam

    Phu Quoc Island: Beach Guide

    This guide covers all 21 beaches on Phu Quoc Island, including tips for accommodation, food, drink & things to see & do on each one of them…

  2. Con Dao Islands, Travel Guide

    Con Dao Islands: Travel Guide

    With wild & beautiful beaches, jungle-covered peaks & a fascinating but tragic history, the Côn Đảo Islands is a remarkable destination…

  3. Dai Lanh Beach, Travel Guide, Vietnam

    Dai Lanh Beach

    A broad sweep of sandy beach squeezed between two headlands in a dramatic bay enclosed by green mountains…

  4. Vung Ro Bay and Bai Mon Beach, Phu Yen, Vietnam

    Vung Ro Bay & Bai Mon Beach

    A gorgeous promontory on the south-central coast yet to be developed & remaining virtually untouched by mass-tourism…

  5. Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay, Travel Guide, Vietnam

    Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay: Travel Guide

    An island of dramatic coastlines & jungle-clad limestone pillars, Cat Ba is one of Vietnam’s star natural attractions & part of world-famous Halong Bay….

  6. Ly Son Island, travel guide, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam

    Ly Son Island: Travel Guide

    A volcanic island surrounded by a ring of reefs, Ly Son is a striking, stark & geologically fascinating destination. Easily reached by regular fast ferries, Ly Son Island is located off the coast of central Vietnam….

  7. Con Dao: Boat Trips to the Outlying Islands

    Con Dao: Boat Trips to Outlying Islands

    The smaller islands in the archipelago can be reached by speedboat, offering remote beaches, hiking, snorkeling & swimming…

  8. The beaches of Quy Nhon & Phu Yen, Vietnam

    The Beaches of Quy Nhon & Phu Yen: A Guide

    The beaches of Phu Yen Province & Quy Nhon have been laying low, but their popularity is on the rise: now is the time to visit this seductive coastal region, full of hidden bays, beaches & coves. This is an extensive guide to Vietnam’s next big beach destination….

  9. Pirate Islands (Dao Hai Tac), Travel Guide, Vietnam

    Pirate Islands (Đảo Hải Tặc) | Travel Guide

    Lying in the Gulf of Thailand, just off Vietnam’s southwest coast, Pirate Islands is a rugged archipelago, only recently opened to foreign visitors…

  10. Nam Du Islands, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam

    Nam Du Islands: Travel Guide

    A glistening archipelago of small tropical islands off the southwestern coast of Vietnam, Nam Du is beautiful & undeveloped. With mesmerizing beaches & bays, a jungle-clad interior, and over 20 outlying islands, Nam Du is a treat…

  11. 23 of the Best Beaches in Vietnam

    23 of the Best Beaches in Southern & Central Vietnam

    With a coastline of over 3,200km & thousands of islands lying offshore, Vietnam is a great beach destination. Blue bays, hidden coves, white sands, swaying palms & dramatic cliffs, Vietnam has it all….

  12. Hon Son Island, travel guide, Vietnam

    Hon Son Island: Travel Guide

    Hon Son Island is a gem. It’s a rugged yet green & exceptionally beautiful isle. With jungle-covered mountains rising from the ocean, peaceful fishing hamlets in picturesque bays, and palm-fringed beaches, Hon Son has got it all…

  13. Phu Quoc Island, North & East Coasts

    Phu Quoc Island: North & East Coasts

    Newly completed roads have opened access to the beaches, bays, forests & hamlets of the north & east coasts of Phu Quoc Island. Previously difficult to get to, these parts of Phu Quoc are the least developed, most characterful & charming on the island….

  14. Hiking the Con Dao Islands

    Hiking the Con Dao Islands

    One of the most pristine natural environments in Vietnam, several hiking trails traverse the Con Dao Islands offering sensational views…

  15. Phu Quy Island, travel guide, Vietnam

    Phu Quy Island: Travel Guide

    A new & exciting destination, Phu Quy Island is but a drop of green land in the vast blue ocean, and has only very recently opened its doors to domestic & foreign travellers. A fascinating place with a real sense of isolation, this is my comprehensive guide to Phu Quy Island….

  16. Dam Tre Bay, Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago, Vietnam

    Dam Tre Bay | Con Son Island

    Turquoise water & abundant coral rimmed by forested hills & dramatic cliffs, Đầm Tre is one of Vietnam’s most pristine, remote & utterly magical bays…

  17. Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

    Video: Con Dao Islands

    From the moment you step off the plane on the Con Dao Islands, you know you’re somewhere special. The main island of Con Son has a tragic past as a penal colony, set up by the French colonial administration. But today, it is the gorgeous natural beauty of this archipelago that’s attracting attention.

  18. Tam Hai Island, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

    Tam Hai Island: Travel Guide

    A small & tranquil island at the mouth of a river, Tam Hai is within easy reach of Hoi An & Danang. This little island is a self-contained, peaceful world, with its own beauty, its own festivals, and its own resort….

  19. Cam Ranh Bay, Cam Lap Promontory, Vietnam

    Cam Ranh Bay: Cam Lap Promontory

    Cam Lap Promontory is one of those rare places that’s easily accessible yet largely undeveloped and utterly beautiful. It’s the kind of place you fall in love with, and one that really does deserve the overused epithet of ‘hidden gem’….

  20. Diep Son Island & Sandbar, Van Phong Bay

    Lying in the calm, warm waters of Van Phong Bay, just an hour north of Nha Trang, Diep Son is a mini-archipelago of small green islands. At low tide, a curving sandbar is exposed, linking three of the islets via a ‘sand bridge’….

  21. Ho Tram & Ho Coc beaches, Vietnam

    Ho Tram & Ho Coc Beaches

    Just 120km from the city, Ho Tram & Ho Coc are by far the best beaches within easy reach of Saigon. Forget Vung Tau, Long Hai & Can Gio, this is where you should head for sun, sea & sand when you don’t have time to go to Mui Ne or Phu Quoc.

  22. Bai Rang Beach, Quy Nhon, Phu Yen, Vietnam

    Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

    A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It’s still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped….

  23. Hon Gom Sandbar, travel guide, Vietnam

    Hon Gom Sandbar

    Stretching 30km out to sea, like a giant causeway to a sunken castle, Hon Gom Sandbar is a beguiling peninsular on the south-central coast. A road leads along most of its length, offering access to deserted beaches, sheltered coves & isolated fishing hamlets…

  24. Long Thuy beach village, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam

    Long Thủy Beach Village, Phu Yen

    More than just a lovely white sand beach & glistening sea; Long Thủy is also a charming network of narrow backstreets, lined with crumbling homes, small temples & cowsheds. Wandering through its tangle of alleyways is like stepping back several generations…

  25. Vung Bau Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Vung Bau Beach: Go Now

    Vung Bau beach is one of the last vestiges of ‘old’ Phu Quoc. Located in the northwest of the island, the largely undeveloped sands are lapped by a sapphire-coloured sea, a reminder of what Phu Quoc’s western shore was once like…

  1. Cham Temples near Quy Nhon, Vietnam

    9 Cham Temples Near Quy Nhon

    Scattered across the coastal plains are the impressive yet rarely visited ruins of the ancient kingdom of Champa….

  2. The Last Emperors: Nguyễn Dynasty Sites in Hue

    Last Emperors: Nguyen Dynasty Sites in Hue

    Vietnam’s last imperial line left behind a rich legacy of cultural attractions in and around the former royal capital of Huế…

  3. Châu Đốc: Religious & Spiritual Sites in An Province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Chau Doc: Religious & Spiritual Sites in An Giang Province

    Exploring the multiple faiths & religions of the Mekong Delta via a selection of places of worship in the western corner of the region…

  4. Kim Liên: Ho Chi Minh's Homeland

    Kim Liên: Ho Chi Minh’s Homeland

    Born in 1890, Ho Chi Minh spent his early, formative years in Kim Liên village, now preserved as an attractive & peaceful outdoor museum…

  5. Thap Co Yen Hoa Tower and Cong Phu Tuong Gate, Nghe An, Vietnam

    Yen Hoa Tower & Phu Tuong Gate

    Deep in the mountains & jungles of remote north-central Vietnam, lie two mysterious historical sites in a state of romantic decay…

  6. Ho Ancient Citadel, Thành Nhà Hồ, Thanh Hóa Province, Vietnam

    Ho Citadel

    Rising from the rice paddies of north-central Vietnam, the impressive ruins of this 14th century former royal capital were designated a World Heritage site in 2011, yet few foreign travellers pay a visit to Ho Citadel.

  7. Pac Bo: Ho Chi Minh's Cave

    Ho Chi Minh’s Cave: Hang Pác Bó

    In the winter of 1941, Ho Chi Minh returned to Vietnam for the first time in 30 years. For several weeks he lived in Pac Bo Cave. Right on Vietnam’s northeastern frontier with China, Pac Bo is an important historical site in an enchanting location…

  8. Bell tower at the General Võ Nguyên Giáp's tomb

    The General’s Tomb | A Memory

    Sometimes referred to simply as ‘The General’, Võ Nguyên Giáp is a giant of Vietnamese history. Following his death, in 2013, millions have made the pilgrimage to his tomb in Central Vietnam, myself included…

  9. Phuong Boi hill & forest, the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh's retreat, Vietnam

    Phương Bối Hill: The Buddhist Monk Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Retreat

    In the misty forests on the slopes of the B’lao mountains, the young Buddhist monk, Thích Nhất Hạnh, came to build a retreat in the late 1950s. Now a world-famous spiritual leader, Thich Nhat Hanh was forced to abandon the retreat in the 1960s, but the site still exists….

  1. Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam: All 8 Episodes Reviewed

    Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam: Retrospective & Review

    Anthony Bourdain felt a special attachment to Vietnam. Over the course of his TV career, he filmed multiple episodes in the country. I’ve pulled together & reviewed all 8 of his Vietnam shows…

  2. Vietnam Coracle 10 Year Anniversary

    10 Year Anniversary of Vietnam Coracle

    To celebrate its 10th anniversary, I’ve written an account of my website’s conception and development and an evaluation of its ‘success’.

  3. A Year of Contributing Writers on Vietnam Coracle

    A Year of Contributing Writers

    To celebrate 12 months of publishing content by other writers on Vietnam Coracle, I look back at what they’ve produced so far…

  4. An Interview with Vietnam Coracle

    An Interview with Vietnam Coracle

    A written interview featuring long-form, detailed answers to questions ranging from the evolution of Vietnam Coracle to its purpose and function, and the nature of travel writing in the Internet age…

  5. Bell tower at the General Võ Nguyên Giáp's tomb

    The General’s Tomb | A Memory

    Sometimes referred to simply as ‘The General’, Võ Nguyên Giáp is a giant of Vietnamese history. Following his death, in 2013, millions have made the pilgrimage to his tomb in Central Vietnam, myself included…

  6. Phuong Boi hill & forest, the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh's retreat, Vietnam

    Phương Bối Hill: The Buddhist Monk Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Retreat

    In the misty forests on the slopes of the B’lao mountains, the young Buddhist monk, Thích Nhất Hạnh, came to build a retreat in the late 1950s. Now a world-famous spiritual leader, Thich Nhat Hanh was forced to abandon the retreat in the 1960s, but the site still exists….

  7. Year of the Cat Q&A with the Vietnam Coracle Team

    Year of the Cat: Q&A with the Coracle Team

    To celebrate the Lunar New Year, I put several questions to all members of the Vietnam Coracle team to find out their thoughts about Vietnam in the Year of the Cat…

  8. Quarantine in Vietnam during COVID-19 virus

    The Quarantine of Taz in Vietnam

    My friend, Taz, was quarantined for 17 days in Vietnam as part of the government’s strategy to contain COVID-19. After her release, I interviewed Taz about her experiences at the quarantine facility, just outside Ho Chi Minh City….

  9. Vietnam Coracle on the Untold Pacific Podcast with James Bradley

    Podcast: Vietnam Coracle on Untold Pacific with James Bradley

    A discussion with New York Times best-selling author, James Bradley, about my website & present-day Vietnam…

  10. Contributing Writers on Vietnam Coracle

    Contributing Writers

    I’m excited to introduce the new writers on Vietnam Coracle. Together, we’ll create great content from across Vietnam…

  11. Farewell to my neighbourhood: Ward 25, Binh Thanh District, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Farewell My Neighbourhood

    After nearly 9 years, I’m leaving my neighbourhood in Saigon’s Binh Thanh District, where I have many memories of many people, places & experiences…

  12. The Pandemic Sessions: Interviews from Vietnam

    The Pandemic Sessions | Interviews from Vietnam

    A series of long-form interviews with people in Vietnam focusing on their experiences & opinions of the pandemic, and how their lives have changed as a result of Covid-19

  13. Portrait of Ms Ca, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam

    Portrait of Ms Ca

    This is Ms Ca. Born sometime in the 1930s (she can’t remember the exact year), I met her sitting in the shade of a cashew tree, sheltering from the midday sun….

  14. Kim Liên: Ho Chi Minh's Homeland

    Kim Liên: Ho Chi Minh’s Homeland

    Born in 1890, Ho Chi Minh spent his early, formative years in Kim Liên village, now preserved as an attractive & peaceful outdoor museum…

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

  1. 11 Fresh Produce Local Markets in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    11 Fresh Markets in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

    Local markets exist in another dimension to the rest of the city. Vibrant, bustling, fresh & organized, there’s magic in these markets…

  2. Film: A Day in Saigon, Redux

    Film: Saigon, My Saigon [Redux]

    Revisiting my short film of a day in the life of my local neighbourhood in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), where I’ve tried to capture the rhythm of life over 24 hours in the rainy season

  3. Saigon Waterbus, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Saigon Waterbus: Guide & Itinerary

    The Saigon Waterbus should be near the top of every visitor’s itinerary for Ho Chi Minh City. As a way of seeing the city’s skyline, of experiencing its many different neighbourhoods & for sheer value for money, the Saigon Waterbus is practically unbeatable…

  4. The Cafe Apartment at 14 Ton That Dam Street, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    The Cafe Apartment at No.14 Ton That Dam, Saigon

    The old apartment block on Ton That Dam Street, in downtown Saigon, has been colonized by cool cafes, hipster bars & fashion boutiques. Gritty & intriguing architectural vestiges lurk in every nook & cranny of this enigmatic French colonial-era complex….

  5. Farewell to my neighbourhood: Ward 25, Binh Thanh District, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Farewell My Neighbourhood

    After nearly 9 years, I’m leaving my neighbourhood in Saigon’s Binh Thanh District, where I have many memories of many people, places & experiences…

  6. Noodle Street: Nguyễn Qúy Đức, An Phú, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Noodle Street: Nguyễn Qúy Đức, District 2

    A wide variety of noodle dishes from across Vietnam all within a few steps of each other on a tree-lined street in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City…

  7. La Vela Saigon Hotel, Independent Review

    La Vela Saigon Hotel | Independent Review

    A contemporary, stylish 5-star hotel in Saigon’s District 3 featuring one of the largest rooftop infinity pools in the world…

  8. The Best Street Food Streets in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

    7 Great Streets for Street Food in Saigon

    Saigon is arguably the best place to explore Vietnam’s extraordinary street food scene. The city boasts so many street food outlets that it feels like a gigantic open-air restaurant. This is my guide to 7 of the best streets for street food in Saigon…

  9. Sketches of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Sketches of Saigon: 5 Scenes

    Over the course of a week, I sat & wrote for half an hour on five separate occasions at five random locations in Saigon, and described the scenes as they appeared to me, in the hope of capturing something of the spirit of the city….

  10. The Cafe Apartment on Nguyen Hue Street, Saigon

    The Cafe Apartment on Saigon’s Walking Street

    Boasting over 30 independent coffee shops & fashion boutiques, the old apartment block at No.42 Nguyen Hue is the coolest address on Saigon’s Walking Street. I call it the Cafe Apartment: this is my complete floor-by-floor guide…

  11. Saigon's Street Food Ghettos, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Saigon’s Street Food ‘Ghettos’

    Throughout Saigon, there are clusters of crumbling old apartment complexes, all of which are on the verge of either collapse or demolition. Living conditions appear cramped and grim but, outside on the sidewalks, the street life and street food is among the best and most vibrant in the city…

  12. Top 5 Swimming Pools, Saigon

    13 Public Swimming Pools in Saigon

    If you’re not lucky enough to be staying at one of the smarter hotels with a pool, or if you’re an expat looking to escape the heat & clamour of the city, Saigon has plenty of good & inexpensive public swimming pools to choose from…

  13. Saigon's other Lunch Lady

    Saigon’s other Lunch Lady

    Everyone knows who Saigon’s Lunch Lady is, right? Well, probably not this one. Ms Nga is 43 years old. She serves a different soup each day of the week, from her cramped, ramshackle soup stall. Originally from Thai Binh (a northern province famous for producing excellent cooks), she moved to Saigon in the mid-90s…

  14. Saigon Midnight Motorbike Loop, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Saigon Midnight Motorbike Loop

    At night, Saigon is at its best: temperatures are cool, humidity is low, and traffic is light – it’s the perfect time to see the city. The Midnight Loop is an urban motorbike route designed specifically for riding after dark: a night out on two wheels…

  15. Cà Phê Bệt, Saigon

    Cà Phê Bệt: Saigon’s Street Coffee Scene

    At 5 o’clock in the afternoons in Saigon, high schools and universities disgorge their students into the busy streets. Dusk is one of the coolest times of day, and many of these students head for one of the city’s parks, where they buy food and drink from street vendors and sit on the grass talking into the evening hours – this is Cà Phê Bệt.

  16. Exploring life along Saigon's railway line, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Exploring Saigon’s Railway Tracks: A Guide

    Lined with intriguing architecture, temples, shrines, pagodas, fruit trees, flowers, cafes, casual dining & other such urban miscellanea, exploring the lanes alongside Saigon’s railway tracks, on foot or on two wheels, is a fascinating experience….

  17. Best Phở in Saigon

    The Best Phở in Saigon

    It’s surprisingly difficult to find a truly outstanding bowl of phở (beef noodle soup) in Saigon. But, after 8 years living & eating in this city, I’ve finally found a place that, in my opinion, serves the best bowl of phở in Saigon…

  18. Ngõ Ngách, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Ngõ Ngách: Hanoi Snacks on a Saigon Alley

    A diminutive eatery hidden down a narrow alleyway in Saigon, Ngõ Ngách is a simple but atmospheric place specializing in Hanoi snacks…

  19. The Saigon River, Vietnam

    The Saigon River: A Guide

    Many cities are closely associated with a major waterway that runs through them: Saigon has the Saigon River. Currently, the city is in the process rediscovering and redeveloping its river. This is my personal reflection & guide to the Saigon River…

  20. Hotel Nikko, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Hotel Nikko, Saigon

    Ever since it opened a few years ago, Hotel Nikko has set the standard for modern, sleek, chic, high-end accommodation in Saigon. Its success has spawned many decent imitators in the city, but Nikko still has the edge over its competitors…

  21. Grilled chicken corner, Binh Thanh District, Saigon

    Grilled Chicken Corner, Saigon

    At night, a scented fog hangs over a busy intersection in Saigon. The aromatic haze is the ‘Chicken Mist’ resulting from a dozen roadside barbecues hissing, smoking and grilling hundreds of fresh chicken carcasses. This is Chicken Corner, and this is where you come to get your poultry fix of crispy, tasty, delicious, grilled chicken in Saigon…

  22. The Lunch Lady's Menu

    The Lunch Lady’s Menu: An Illustrated Guide

    The Lunch Lady in Saigon is famous for serving a different soup every day of the week. Here’s her weekly menu, illustrated with tantalizing images of each of the dishes…

  23. Saigon's Parks & Open Spaces

    Saigon’s Parks & Open Spaces

    Saigon might be known as a burgeoning city full of motorbikes and exhaust fumes, but it still has a great many green spaces in which to escape the heat, noise and pollution. From lush gardens dating from French colonial times to sleek, modern, waterfront promenades, here are Saigon’s best parks and open spaces…

  24. Budget Sushi in Saigon, Vietnam

    Saigon’s Budget Sushi Scene

    The last few years has seen an explosion of good-quality yet reasonably-priced sushi joints in Saigon. Décor is cheerful, ambience is informal, and customers are young & convivial: welcome to Saigon’s budget sushi scene….

  25. Eating in Văn Thánh Market, Bình Thạnh District, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

    Văn Thánh Market Food Guide | Sài Gòn

    Every Saigon neighbourhood has a local fresh produce market. Mine is Văn Thánh, where there are dozens of good, inexpensive street food vendors, cafes & juice stalls…

  26. Mì Quảng 85 Noodle House, Saigon

    Defined by its thick yellow noodles, crunchy rice crackers, quail eggs, fresh mint & salty-sweet sauce, mì quảng is a much-loved dish from Central Vietnam. The version at Mì Quảng 85 in Saigon is full of texture & colour, if a bit too sweet….

  27. Rooftop Cocktails

    TOP 5: Rooftop Cocktails in Saigon

    Saigon is at the heart of Vietnam’s economic boom: new high-rises and five-star hotels go up every year. On the upper storeys there are stylish bars with views over the city, catering to the country’s nouveau-riche and wealthy foreign visitors. But, with the price of drinks still relatively low, rooftop cocktails are affordable for travellers on all budgets, especially if you make the most of Happy Hours.

Waterfalls, Springs & Caves

  1. Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang Province, Vietnam

    Ban Gioc Waterfall: A Guide

    Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights, yet very few foreign travellers make it here. Located right on the Chinese border in a beautiful pastoral landscape, Ban Gioc is the widest & most scenic waterfall in the country…

  2. Hang Bua & Tham Om Caves, Nghe An Province, Vietnam

    Hang Bua & Tham Om Caves

    These intriguing limestone caverns are the site of the earliest known evidence of human activity in Vietnam…

  3. Bao Dai Waterfall

    Bao Dai Waterfall

    Bao Dai Waterfall is one of the most spectacular but least-visited of all the cascades within reach of Dalat…

  4. The Spring-Hopping Loop, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Spring Hopping Loop | Phu Quoc Island

    Several refreshing streams run cool & clear off the spine of jungled mountains along Phu Quoc Island’s eastern flank, all linked by quiet back-roads…

  5. Khe Kem Waterfall, Nghe An Province, Vietnam

    Khe Kem Waterfall

    Plunging through the thick jungles of Pù Mát National Park & cascading over a vertical rockface, Khe Kèm is an impressive natural sight…

  6. Bo Bla Waterfall

    Bo Bla Waterfall

    80km southwest of Dalat, Bo Bla is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the area. Once a popular tourist attraction, it’s now in an attractive & spooky state of decay: it’s like entering the abandoned theme park in ‘Spirited Away’.

  7. Pac Bo: Ho Chi Minh's Cave

    Ho Chi Minh’s Cave: Hang Pác Bó

    In the winter of 1941, Ho Chi Minh returned to Vietnam for the first time in 30 years. For several weeks he lived in Pac Bo Cave. Right on Vietnam’s northeastern frontier with China, Pac Bo is an important historical site in an enchanting location…

  8. Dalat's Waterfalls

    Video: Dalat’s Waterfalls

    A vicarious tour of the region’s best cascades…

  9. Dambri Waterfall

    Dambri Waterfall

    Description | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Dambri waterfall is 130km from Dalat, but it still makes this list because the falls lie within Lâm Đồng Province. This impressive waterfall is, by some accounts, the highest in the province. Clear, cold water runs off the mountains of the […]

  10. Núi Dinh Mountain, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Vietnam

    Núi Dinh Mountain & Springs

    Some 90 minutes from Saigon, Núi Dinh Mountain is an unexpected swell of high ground rising above flat floodplains. The mountain offers a peaceful retreat into trees & streams on its rocky slopes, upon which perch dozens of temples & pagodas….

  11. Dalat's Waterfalls

    Dalat’s Waterfalls: A Guide

    Dalat is located in Lâm Đồng Province, a mountainous region that boasts lots of waterfalls. I visited them all, in order to compile this list & guide to the waterfalls of Dalat & the surrounding area. Many of the falls are truly spectacular, while some are ruined by tourist development…

  12. Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

    Minera Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

    Just a couple hours’ drive from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa has improved it’s facilities and aesthetics in recent years: it’s now a lush, relaxing and satisfying retreat from the city….

  13. Datanla Waterfall

    Datanla Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Datanla waterfall is only 6km from Dalat city centre. It’s no surprise then, that this is the most touristy and developed of all the falls in this list. Just off the pine-studded Prenn Pass, Datanla’s entrance tells you […]

  14. La Nga River & Thac Ba Waterfall

    The La Nga River and Thac Ba Waterfall offer freshwater bathing, lush jungle, mountain scenery and opportunities for wild camping, all within a few hours’ drive of Saigon. It’s a great inland escape for city-dwellers with their own wheels….

  15. Pongour Waterfall

    Pongour Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Pongour is one of the most famous waterfalls in the province. It’s much loved and much visited by Vietnamese of all ages. As a result, the falls are developed to cater to large amounts of visitors, but, unlike […]

  16. Camping on Trong Veo Stream, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

    Camping on Trong Veo Stream

    Wild camp by a cool, clear, freshwater stream amidst pine-studded hills & a beautiful waterfall near Dalat in the Central Highlands

  17. Elephant Waterfall

    Elephant Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Elephant waterfall is in a heavily farmed valley at the bottom of a mountain pass, 30km southwest of Dalat. It’s a popular excursion for travellers on Easy Rider tours around the Central Highlands, which means there are some […]

  18. Tiger Waterfall

    Tiger Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Tiger waterfall is situated deep in the pine forests surrounding Dalat. Only 15km east of the city, these falls are easily reached but feel far more remote than they really are. Like many of the waterfalls in this […]

  19. Lien Khuong Waterfall

    Lien Khuong Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Liên Khương is a dusty, busy, and unattractive town, 20km south of Dalat. From the horrible highway that passes through town, you’d never guess there was an imposing waterfall here. But Liên Khương is, like most towns in […]

  20. Prenn Waterfall

    Prenn, Ankroet & Cam Ly Waterfalls

    Prenn Waterfall | Ankroet Waterfall | Cam Ly Waterfall First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle I’ve put these three small waterfalls – the least attractive in my list – together, because they are all within easy reach of Dalat, and, although they are pretty enough, they’ve all been spoiled, in […]

  21. Gougah Waterfall

    Gougah Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle The once mighty falls of Gougah have been tempered by the construction of a dam and reservoir nearby. As the water has subsided so too have the visitors. Today, Gougah is yet another abandoned tourist site: picnic tables […]

Con Dao Islands

  1. Con Dao Islands, Travel Guide

    Con Dao Islands: Travel Guide

    With wild & beautiful beaches, jungle-covered peaks & a fascinating but tragic history, the Côn Đảo Islands is a remarkable destination…

  2. The Secret Con Dao Resort, Independent Review

    The Secret Con Dao | Independent Review

    Featuring minimalist décor & contemporary design, The Secret is a luxury resort on the beautiful & elegant seafront road on Côn Sơn Island…

  3. Hiking the Con Dao Islands

    Hiking the Con Dao Islands

    One of the most pristine natural environments in Vietnam, several hiking trails traverse the Con Dao Islands offering sensational views…

  4. Con Dao: Boat Trips to the Outlying Islands

    Con Dao: Boat Trips to Outlying Islands

    The smaller islands in the archipelago can be reached by speedboat, offering remote beaches, hiking, snorkeling & swimming…

  5. Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

    Video: Con Dao Islands

    From the moment you step off the plane on the Con Dao Islands, you know you’re somewhere special. The main island of Con Son has a tragic past as a penal colony, set up by the French colonial administration. But today, it is the gorgeous natural beauty of this archipelago that’s attracting attention.

  6. Vung Tau→Con Dao New Big Ferry

    Vung Tau→Con Dao Express Ferry

    A new, modern ship with capacity for over 1,000 passengers is now operating on the sea crossing from Vung Tau to Con Dao…

  7. Soc Trang to Con Dao Express Ferry, Vietnam

    Soc Trang→Con Dao Express Ferry

    The fastest, cheapest & most reliable boat connection from the mainland to the islands, the Sóc Trăng→Côn Đảo ferry takes just 2 hours…

  8. Can Tho→Con Dao Islands Express Ferry

    Can Tho→Con Dao Express Ferry

    A fast ferry route connecting the largest city in the Mekong Delta with Con Son Island in the Con Dao Archipelago…

  9. Dam Tre Bay, Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago, Vietnam

    Dam Tre Bay | Con Son Island

    Turquoise water & abundant coral rimmed by forested hills & dramatic cliffs, Đầm Tre is one of Vietnam’s most pristine, remote & utterly magical bays…

  1. Nui Da Bia Mountain, Climbing Guide, Vietnam

    Núi Đá Bia | Mountain Hike

    A steep ascent to a giant freestanding boulder at its peak, the hike up Núi Đá Bia Mountain offers mesmerizing views…

  2. Sky Path Hike, Ha Giang, Vietnam

    Sky Path Hike | Ha Giang

    A soaring walkway clinging to the cliffs hundreds of metres above the legendary Mã Pí Lèng Pass in Hà Giang…

  3. Hiking the Con Dao Islands

    Hiking the Con Dao Islands

    One of the most pristine natural environments in Vietnam, several hiking trails traverse the Con Dao Islands offering sensational views…

  4. Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak | Phu Quoc Island

    Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak | Phu Quoc Island

    Ascending steeply through thick rainforest, a pathway leads to a nest of giant boulders atop Đỉnh Tiên Sơn, from where there are stunning 180-degree views…

  5. Núi Đá Bạc Mountain Trekking Guide, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Núi Đá Bạc Mountain Trek | Phu Quoc Island

    Offering stupendous views, this is a fun & rewarding hike to the top of one of the jungle-clad escarpments lining Phu Quoc’s eastern flank…

  6. Into the Wild Hike, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Into the Wild Hike & Camp | Phu Quoc Island

    A short, rewarding hike through thick jungle & down steep wooden ladders to a remote beach…

  7. Travel Fitness

    Travel Fitness

    Travellers often neglect their fitness. I practice exercise routines, methods & activities that are suitable for travel & help to maintain my fitness while on the road…

  8. Climbing Fansipan mountain independently, without a guide, Vietnam

    A Guide to Climbing Mount Fansipan Independently

    Known as the ‘Roof of Indochina’, Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. At 3,143m (10,312ft) it’s a ‘real’ mountain. But Fansipan can be climbed independently, without a guide or porters or any specialist climbing equipment, in one day…..

  9. Exploring life along Saigon's railway line, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Exploring Saigon’s Railway Tracks: A Guide

    Lined with intriguing architecture, temples, shrines, pagodas, fruit trees, flowers, cafes, casual dining & other such urban miscellanea, exploring the lanes alongside Saigon’s railway tracks, on foot or on two wheels, is a fascinating experience….

  10. Camping, Hiking & Cloud Hunting in Cau Dat Highlands, Vietnam

    Camping, Hiking & Cloud-Hunting in Cau Dat

    Wild camp above the clouds in a haunting & beautiful landscape near Cầu Đất village in the Central Highlands…

  11. Exploring Saigon's alleyways, Vietnam

    Walking Saigon’s Alleyways

    Between all the busy main roads, Saigon is riddled with narrow alleyways, which are quiet, cool, charming and great for walking. Here are some of my favourite areas in the city for alley walks….

Transportation Guides

  1. Vung Tau→Con Dao New Big Ferry

    Vung Tau→Con Dao Express Ferry

    A new, modern ship with capacity for over 1,000 passengers is now operating on the sea crossing from Vung Tau to Con Dao…

  2. Tuan Chau to Cat Ba Island Car Ferry

    Tuan Chau→Cat Ba Island Ferry

    The most scenic public ferry in Vietnam & the cheapest way to cruise through the limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay…

  3. Vietnam to Cambodia by Boat: Chau Doc to Phnom Penh

    Vietnam to Cambodia by Boat

    An express boat service from Châu Đốc, in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, across the international border to Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital…

  4. Saigon Waterbus, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Saigon Waterbus: Guide & Itinerary

    The Saigon Waterbus should be near the top of every visitor’s itinerary for Ho Chi Minh City. As a way of seeing the city’s skyline, of experiencing its many different neighbourhoods & for sheer value for money, the Saigon Waterbus is practically unbeatable…

  5. Train Travel in Vietnam

    Train Travel in Vietnam: A Guide

    A richly rewarding travel experience, rail journeys in Vietnam are exciting, affordable, comfortable & a great way to see the country…

  6. Soc Trang to Con Dao Express Ferry, Vietnam

    Soc Trang→Con Dao Express Ferry

    The fastest, cheapest & most reliable boat connection from the mainland to the islands, the Sóc Trăng→Côn Đảo ferry takes just 2 hours…

  7. Can Tho→Con Dao Islands Express Ferry

    Can Tho→Con Dao Express Ferry

    A fast ferry route connecting the largest city in the Mekong Delta with Con Son Island in the Con Dao Archipelago…

  8. Phu Quoc Island by ferry boat, Vietnam

    Phu Quoc Island by Boat

    Taking the boat between the Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc Island is fun, cheap, convenient & relatively hassle-free. A huge increase in fast boats & car ferries operating on several routes, means it’s now easier than ever to reach Phu Quoc Island by sea….

  9. Fanxipan Express, sleeper train, Hanoi to Lao Cai, Vietnam

    The Fanxipan Express: Hanoi to Lao Cai by Train (Passengers & Motorbikes)

    Rattling through the night from the capital city, along the Red River Valley, and into the northwest mountains surrounding Lao Cai on the Chinese border, the Fanxipan Express is a romantic rail journey that’s cheap, comfortable & easy to organize….

  10. Saigon to Vung Tau by Ferry Boat

    Taking the boat between Saigon & Vung Tau is one of Vietnam’s most underrated journeys. It’s a fascinating voyage from downtown Saigon, along several rivers, and across open sea to Vung Tau. New, comfortable & more reliable boats now ply this route…

  11. The New Can Gio-Vung Tau Car Ferry

    The Can Gio→Vung Tau Car Ferry

    A great boon to travellers, this new ferry connects two of the most popular destinations near Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio mangrove forest and Vung Tau beach…

  12. Thien Thanh Limousine bus, Saigon to Rach Gia, Vietnam

    Beach Bus: Saigon↔Rach Gia Limousine | Passengers & Motorbikes

    Thien Thanh Limousine runs luxury buses between Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) & Rach Gia in the Mekong Delta, gateway to Vietnam’s islands in the Gulf of Thailand. This is a great service for passengers & motorbikes…

  13. Saigon to Phan Thiet by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    Saigon to Phan Thiet by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    The daily, non-stop express train between Saigon & Phan Thiet/Mui Ne is a cheap, easy, fun, fast & efficient way to get from the city to the beach. Put your motorbike on the train with you & let the rails carry your wheels….

  14. Hanoi to Hai Phong by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    The Hanoi↔Hai Phong train is a brilliant option for travellers with motorbikes looking to get from the capital city to Cat Ba Island (or vice-versa), without having to negotiate the horrible highways….

  15. Car Ferry from Cần Giờ (Ho Chi Minh) to Cần Giuộc (Long An)

    The Can Gio→Can Giuoc Car Ferry

    This ferry enables travellers with their own wheels to bypass Saigon completely when travelling between the southeast coast & the Mekong Delta…

  16. Hanoi→Lang Son→Dong Dang by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    A train runs once daily in both directions between Hanoi, Lang Son & Dong Dang, on the Chinese border. Linking Vietnam’s capital with its mountainous northeastern provinces, this is a scenic rail journey & passengers can carry their motorbikes on board

  17. How to Send a Motorbike on a Train in Vietnam

    How to Send a Motorbike on the Train

    Put your motorbike on the train & send it from one destination to another. This is a convenient, reliable & efficient service for riders in Vietnam…

Writing & Articles

  1. Lonely Planet Experience Vietnam

    Lonely Planet Article

    For the new Lonely Planet ‘Experience Vietnam’ book, I explore the joys, history & practicality of motorbiking Vietnam…

  2. Tet Lunar New Year, Year of the Dragon, Vietnam

    Enter the Dragon | Lunar New Year

    On the eve of the Year of the Dragon, Vietnam prepares to welcome another year of growing prosperity, opportunity & modernity…

  3. My Green Hoodie: A Mongolian Sketch

    My Green Hoodie: A Mongolian Sketch

    The origin story of a piece of clothing I’ve worn for 20 years…

  4. The Odes: A Collection

    The Odes | A Collection

    Over the years, I’ve written ‘odes’ in praise of aspects of Vietnam: from natural phenomena to types of food to specific places & personalities…

  5. Farewell to my neighbourhood: Ward 25, Binh Thanh District, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Farewell My Neighbourhood

    After nearly 9 years, I’m leaving my neighbourhood in Saigon’s Binh Thanh District, where I have many memories of many people, places & experiences…

  6. First Rains: An Ode to the Monsoon in Vietnam

    First Rains: An Ode to the Monsoon

    Monsoon downpours & tropical storms are the quintessential expression of the tropics, representing the exotic & the mysterious. For me, the monsoon embodies the excitement & romance of living far from home….

  7. Sketches of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Sketches of Saigon: 5 Scenes

    Over the course of a week, I sat & wrote for half an hour on five separate occasions at five random locations in Saigon, and described the scenes as they appeared to me, in the hope of capturing something of the spirit of the city….

  8. Ode to a Banyan Tree

    Ode to a Banyan Tree

    Temples of the forest, banyan trees are great, natural edifices rich in cultural, spiritual & folkloric symbolism. A bridge between the human, natural & spirit worlds, banyan trees are found all over Vietnam…

  9. Ode to the Ocean, A personal meditation on the sea

    Ode to the Ocean

    Throughout human history, the sea has been both dangerous and generous: a cause of destruction and death, but also a source of food, fun, wealth and beauty…

  10. Vietnam Coracle 2022 End of Year Review

    2022: Year-End Review

    I reflect on a significant year, focusing on post-pandemic travel and life in Vietnam…

  11. Don't Miss the Dawn in Vietnam

    Don’t Miss the Dawn

    Dawn is the best time of day in Vietnam. Yet most travellers and expats never experience it. Wake up before sunrise and you’ll witness exquisite skies and the ‘roots’ of Vietnamese daily life. Rising early should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Vietnam….

  12. Instant Pot Noodles in Vietnam

    Instant Noodles: Pandemic Staple

    A national comfort food, a convenience, an indulgence & in some cases a necessity, instant noodles are a staple of the Vietnamese diet. During the pandemic, however, national consumption rose by 30%…

  13. 'Fourth Wave': The Covid-19 Pandemic in Vietnam

    ‘Fourth Wave’ | The Pandemic in Vietnam

    A long-form personal narrative & travelogue describing my experiences during the ‘fourth wave’, Vietnam’s worst outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic…

  14. Trash in Vietnam's beauty spots

    Trash Talk: Litter in Vietnam’s Beauty Spots

    Vietnam is an extraordinarily beautiful country, but thousands of scenic areas across the nation are increasingly ruined by trash. A major catalyst for litter in beauty spots are picnickers, who neglect to clean up after themselves….

  15. Pandemic Season in Vietnam, Covid-19

    Pandemic Season in Vietnam: Pre-Covid, Lock-Down, Post-Virus

    Part travelogue, part personal narrative, part analysis of Vietnam’s containment of Covid-19, this is a long-form account of the pandemic….

Dalat

  1. Dalat's Waterfalls

    Video: Dalat’s Waterfalls

    A vicarious tour of the region’s best cascades…

  2. 19 Coffee Shops in Đà Lạt With a View

    19 Coffee Shops in Dalat With a View

    Dozens of cool, cosy, photogenic, independent coffee shops with countryside views form one of the most exciting coffee scenes in Asia…

  3. Ana Mandara Villas Resort, Dalat, Vietnam

    Ana Mandara Villas, Dalat

    17 beautifully restored French colonial villas on a pine-studded hillside, Ana Mandara Resort & Spa keeps the romance of Dalat alive. Luxury accommodation in the Central Highlands doesn’t get more atmospheric than this…

  4. Hotel Du Parc, Dalat

    Hotel Du Parc, Dalat

    The Hotel Du Parc offers excellent value mid-range accommodation in the Central Highlands’ city of Dalat. Housed in a French building from the 1930s, this hotel has colonial ambience with modern amenities at very reasonable prices…

  5. Camping on Trong Veo Stream, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

    Camping on Trong Veo Stream

    Wild camp by a cool, clear, freshwater stream amidst pine-studded hills & a beautiful waterfall near Dalat in the Central Highlands

  6. Wild camping in Dalat, Vietnam

    Camping in Dalat: A Guide

    One of the best travel experiences in Vietnam’s Central Highlands is wild camping under a canopy pine trees in the misty mountains north of Dalat….

  7. Pongour Waterfall

    Pongour Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Pongour is one of the most famous waterfalls in the province. It’s much loved and much visited by Vietnamese of all ages. As a result, the falls are developed to cater to large amounts of visitors, but, unlike […]

  8. The Pine Tree Road, North of Dalat by Motorbike, Vietnam

    The Pine Tree Road | Motorbike Guide

    North of Dalat, an enticing road plunges deep into the pine forests of the Central Highlands before dead-ending in the beautiful Krông Nô River Valley…

  9. Dalat by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    Dalat by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    Many of Dalat’s most famous & impressive attractions lie within a 10-40km radius of the city centre. Linked by good roads through pretty scenery, these sights are best visited by motorbike…

  10. Bao Dai Waterfall

    Bao Dai Waterfall

    Bao Dai Waterfall is one of the most spectacular but least-visited of all the cascades within reach of Dalat…

  11. Camping, Hiking & Cloud Hunting in Cau Dat Highlands, Vietnam

    Camping, Hiking & Cloud-Hunting in Cau Dat

    Wild camp above the clouds in a haunting & beautiful landscape near Cầu Đất village in the Central Highlands…

  12. Saigon to Dalat, back roads, Vietnam

    Saigon to Dalat: the ‘Back Ways’

    There are many ways to ride from Saigon to Dalat, but if you want a relatively direct route that avoids highways, there are several great options. These ‘back ways’ to Dalat utilize new, quiet & scenic roads to make the journey as fun as possible…

  13. Dalat's Waterfalls

    Dalat’s Waterfalls: A Guide

    Dalat is located in Lâm Đồng Province, a mountainous region that boasts lots of waterfalls. I visited them all, in order to compile this list & guide to the waterfalls of Dalat & the surrounding area. Many of the falls are truly spectacular, while some are ruined by tourist development…

  14. Grilling on hot rocks at Chu Quán

    Grilling on Hot Rocks: Chu Quán, Dalat

    One of Dalat’s new & exciting places to eat, Chu Quán is run by a young Vietnamese couple with a passion for good food & inventive decor. A smoky, open-sided BBQ-grill restaurant, this place has been buzzing since it opened…

  15. Elephant Waterfall

    Elephant Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Elephant waterfall is in a heavily farmed valley at the bottom of a mountain pass, 30km southwest of Dalat. It’s a popular excursion for travellers on Easy Rider tours around the Central Highlands, which means there are some […]

  16. Tiger Waterfall

    Tiger Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Tiger waterfall is situated deep in the pine forests surrounding Dalat. Only 15km east of the city, these falls are easily reached but feel far more remote than they really are. Like many of the waterfalls in this […]

  17. New Year's Camping in the Pine Forests, Dalat, Vietnam

    New Year’s Camping in the Pine Forests

    To mark the end of 2020 (the ‘Lost Year’), my friends & I went on a wild camping trip in the pine forests of the Central Highlands: an activity that’s possible in Vietnam, even as many countries continue to endure lock-downs & social-distancing

  18. Datanla Waterfall

    Datanla Waterfall

    Description | Image Slideshow | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Datanla waterfall is only 6km from Dalat city centre. It’s no surprise then, that this is the most touristy and developed of all the falls in this list. Just off the pine-studded Prenn Pass, Datanla’s entrance tells you […]

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