Category Archives: News

Film: Saigon, My Saigon [Redux]

First published June 2021 | Words, photos and film by Vietnam Coracle CONTENTS: What is ‘My’ Saigon? Why the Redux? Film Background FILM: Saigon, My Saigon Related Posts & Videos [Back to Contents] What is ‘My’ Saigon? Most of the things that make Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) special to me are not in the downtown area: […]

Khmer Temple-Hopping Motorbike Loop | Tra Vinh

First published May 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | GUIDE | MAPS | RELATED POSTS This motorbike loop connects over 50 Khmer temples in Tra Vinh Province, via quiet rural back-roads, lanes and pathways passing through large swathes of rice paddies, hay fields and fruit orchards, crisscrossed by channels and canals, dotted with palm-thatched […]

First Rains: An Ode to the Monsoon

First Published May 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle More than a mere meteorological phenomenon, the first rains of the monsoon have symbolic associations and practical implications. Historically, the rains represented change and transition. But there’s also a cathartic element to the first rains; breaking the heat of the dry season and the […]

Camia Resort, Phu Quoc | Independent Review

First published April 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | REVIEW | MAP | RELATED POSTS One of several excellent mid-range resorts spread along Ong Lang beach on Phu Quoc Island’s west coast, Camia is a lush, tasteful property with a narrow but beautiful beachfront and two elegant infinity pools. At the moment, ‘pandemic rates’ at […]

Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam: All 8 Episodes Reviewed

First published April 2021 | Written by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | CONTENTS | RELATED POSTS At the time I’m writing this, it’s almost three years since Anthony Bourdain took his own life at Le Chambard Hotel Restaurant Alsace in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France, on June 8, 2018. Following Bourdain’s death, there have been many reviews and compilations of his […]

Amiana Resort Nha Trang | Independent Review

First published March 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | REVIEW | MAP | RELATED POSTS Ten kilometres north of Nha Trang city centre, along an excellent coast road as it bends around a rocky bluff, Amiana Resort is a large but low-rise oceanfront property with a high standard of comfort and amenities, several excellent infinity […]

Motocamping South-Central Vietnam in the Dry Season

First published February 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | GUIDE | MAP | RELATED POSTS Motocamping (‘motorbike-camping’) is one of the most rewarding and deeply satisfying travel experiences I’ve had in over a decade of travelling in Vietnam. Motocamping in Vietnam is thrilling, challenging, fulfilling, and still a fairly niche activity as not many […]

11 Most-Read Posts in the Year of the Rat

First published February 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | GUIDE | MAP | RELATED POSTS Happy New Year! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Exit the Rat; Enter the Buffalo. In Vietnam, the Year of the Rat was defined by the pandemic: the first cases of Covid-19 were detected here in late January, 2020, when most of […]

Food Trip: Be An Bistro Saigon

It’s been a while since we ventured out in Saigon to try out new restaurants. With the COVID crisis still hovering, we were still pretty careful about going out. Although, I have to say, it has been relaxed here in … Continue reading → Source link Brought to you by Vietnam Visa Letter | […]

The Can Gio→Vung Tau Car Ferry

First published January 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | GUIDE | MAP | RELATED POSTS A great boon to travellers, particularly those on motorbikes, the new Can Gio↔Vung Tau car ferry connects two of the most popular destinations near Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio mangrove forest and Vung Tau beach. This new ferry route is […]