Temple of the Hung Kings in Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City Activities

Monument to the Hung Kings, Saigon

The Moment to the Hung Kings is a small shrine to the first Kings of Vietnam located in Tao Dan Park in Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City), near to the Independence Palace. [Read more…]

Thailand Life
Asia Life

Thailand Life

The importance of the concept of ‘Thainess’, and the difficulties and contradictions in defining that term, are key to understanding Thai culture and as a background to understanding how contemporary Thailand functions. Thailand is a [Read more…]

Central tower at Po Nagar
Nha Trang Activities

Po Nagar Temple

Po Nagar temple, known locally as Thap Ba, is an ancient temple of historical significance located in Nha Trang near the city centre. Po Nagar is a temple complex the most prominent parts of which are [Read more…]

Adding up the cost of living in Vietnam
Vietnam Living

Cost of living in Vietnam

By comparison with other large South East Asia countries, people in Vietnam are overall relatively poor. In 2017 the average monthly wage in Thailand is estimated to be around $438 USD (13,877 THB) whilst in [Read more…]

Leaf cake is a popular dish in Vietnam
Vietnamese Food

Leaf cake

There are many different types of leaf cake (banh la) which are eaten in Vietnam. The Vietnamese leaf cake is similar to the Thai dish Khao Tom Mud and is made with sticky rice and other [Read more…]

Take a boat around Halong Bay
Travel from Hanoi

Travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay

By bus or minivan the 160 km journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay is scheduled to take 4 hours 30 minutes. Bus Times from Hanoi to Halong Bay There is currently 1 direct bus service a [Read more…]