Saigon travel guide 2014. District 1 Backpacker area after dark

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Join me for a ride around the backpacker area in central Saigon. Ho Ch Minh city Vietnam 2014. Saigon travel tour guide.

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Vietnam’s animal cafes

Originally posted on Get beneath the surface - The InsideVietnam Blog:

Last year was the ‘Year of Friendship’ between Japan and Vietnam and it seems that there are some influences from Nippon, cropping up in Vietnam.

Japanese Cat Cafe

Japanese Cat Cafe

Vietnam’s greatest export is coffee, which it takes very seriously. There are plenty of cafes to sup your coffee at, but there have been some changes of late. One of these recent influences from Japan is the pet café. You have probably heard of the cat cafes / bird cafes / reptile cafes etc, where people who do not have the chance to own their own beast of choice, have the opportunity to pet one temporarily whilst sipping their green tea and chomping on cheese cake.

Not to be out done in Vietnam, there is a whole assortment of altertnative cafes opening up in Saigon these days. In fact, they are popping up all over the place.

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Have you ever fallen in love with a city?

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I do believe that if you wanna get to know a city, you gotta be right in there rushing with the life pace of its own then at the end of the day sit down at a corner to watch how the city moves in the morning, at noon, in the late afternoon, at midnight.

If you say you fall in love for a city, I would ask you how that city wakes up, how that city races with people’s different life and stories, how that city lazily shines the last light ray of the day or how that city slowly falls asleep.

I would insistedly ask you- like a real selfish kid- to tell me how you feel that city by all of your senses. I would ask you to tell me the scent of the city that you will suddenly miss when in another faraway land, the sound that makes it different from any other city, the taste…

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Daylight fades

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Cool article

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Late afternoon and early evening – when it’s not raining – is such a good time to take photographs in Hanoi at the moment. Walking around with the camera as the daylight fades is a hot and sweaty experience at this time of year, but a very rewarding one, as I think that the warm light from the low sun brings out the best in the city.

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Sons of God – third generation graffiti in Vietnam

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One assignment for this month’s issue of Oi Vietnam that I was happy to do was on a young graffiti crew called Sons of God. For details, be sure to check out the article in the June issue either by viewing it online or by downloading the PDF version.

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They were great guys and I had a nice lunch with them (their treat) after the shoot. Meeting people like these guys is one of the best things about the job – they’re nothing like the stereotype most people would have of a graffiti crew, and it’s interesting the different dynamic street art has here due to the difference in how it has developed and some of the existing cultural factors.

All in their last year of high school, graffiti has given Sons of God an outlet to express themselves and being part of the crew has given them a…

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Food Trip: German Corner

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I have been itching to write this post for a couple of weeks now after being assigned to interview Mike Thoma of German Corner for The Breakfast Club article in Oi Magazine’s June issue.
 photo IMG_1912_zpsb4079b34.jpgAm really not familiar with German cuisine so I was truly looking forward to this interview.

 photo IMG_1913_zps35b6493a.jpgThe 6 month old German Corner is found in front of Huong Vuong 1 along Nguyen Van Linh St. in Phu My Hung.

 photo IMG_1911_zpsca7ee7d8.jpgI was late for my interview but Mike was still all smiles when he met up with me (thank God!). Mike is originally from Moenchengladbach, Germany. Saigon has been his home for the past 12 years. After a failed relationship, he decided to travel to Asia and take time off work as well, as a moat builder. He literally fell in love with and in Vietnam. He and his seamstress wife, Thuy Thien run the German Corner.

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Magnificent Vietnam in pictures

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Tour leader Tara, recently finished leading the ‘Magnificent Vietnam’ tour and sent over a few photo’s to give us a taste of the trip. The tour takes in some fine accommodation whilst getting a good taste of the culture across the country from Saigon to the Mekong Delta, Hoin An to Hue and from Hanoi to Sapa and the serene Halong Bay.

Incense in Saigon

Incense in Saigon

Mekong Delta at Sunrise

Beautiful Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta local

Ship shape and Mekong fashion – Captain steers with his feet

Incense spirals in Hoi An

Hoi An Old Town – Incense spiral coils at Quan Kong Chinese temple

A girl wearing a traditional Ao Dai outfit on a bridge in the Hue countryside

A girl wearing a traditional Ao Dai outfit on a bridge in the Hue countryside

Buddhist festival in Hanoi

Buddhist festival in Hanoi

Metropole hotel in Hanoi

Happy couples in Hanoi

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Offerings of Buddha’s hand fruit at One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

Hmong girl in Sapa

“I’ve got to get to the market!” – Little Hmong girl spotted mounting a motorbike in the Sapa countryside

Young children in Sapa Happy children in the mountains…

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Ten thousand Buddhas and a smoking monk

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beautiful

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Admiring the view from my bedroom window, I often notice a temple of some kind with a small pagoda on the roof and wonder what lies inside. Well, I wonder no more.

Last week I took a wander in the general direction of the pagoda and ended up spending a couple of hours inside (thanks to a sudden Saigon downpour). I discovered that the temple – called Ten-Thousand Buddha Temple – is, despite its outside appearance, quite an interesting one.

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple

The name of the temple is no exaggeration, as there are thousands upon thousands of buddhas in the temple, most of which are in small recesses in the walls of the main room on the fourth floor. Each one is numbered and has its own individual name written in Chinese.

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple

The thing that really impressed me about the temple though, was the variety of intricate embellishments throughout the complex. Along…

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