Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) + The South

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Polar Regions Looking for something truly exotic? Go north. These days you can hike across Iceland’s fjords with Cunard or visit Russia’s reindeer herdsmen with MSC Cruises, Ponant, and Holland America Line. Don’t Miss: Wildlife tours (look for ...
"Actually it's livening up. and beautiful, besides." "Uh-huh." "Great food too." "Hmm. Well, it's not exactly Saigon." I've had this conversation more than once with people in Saigon. They'll tell you Hanoi, the capital,is too small (actual po...
The 1970’s The traveler’s map sure looked different in T+L’s first decade. Future hot spots like Shanghai, Prague, Moscow, and Saigon were still well beyond the pale, but Americans were heading to Burma, to Iran (then booming under the shah), and...
In the midst of last winter’s revolts across the Middle East and North Africa, I kept getting e-mails and text messages from friends and colleagues in Tripoli, Cairo, Sanaa, and Benghazi. It made me homesick for the days when I spent more than hal...
Beijing Qi The Lowdown In Chinese, Qi means "Seven"— the number of China’s provinces whose cuisines are on the menu of the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street’s new restaurant. (For more on the hotel, see T+L’s It List.) Craving the tingling...
Planning a trip to Vietnam invariably summons visions of the purchases that await: flawless custom clothing, one-of-a-kind colonial curios, high-gloss lacquerware. But high expectations often fizzle upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, to alm...
“An com chua?” If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have you eaten yet?” (The polite answer, even if you...
The urban ease and European elegance that made Saigon, well, Saigon, is helping shape present-day Ho Chi Minh City. Drawing on the talents of ambitious native and expatriate local designers, the current movement is impacting everything fro...
VIETNAM AIR FLIES THREE TIMES A WEEK FROM HANOI TO DIEN BIEN PHU. The trip takes a little over an hour, and these days the planes are large, relatively comfortable ATR's—a significant improvement, friends tell me, over the Russian Ilyushins that u...
The French, and Graham Greene, called it the Rue Catinat. Americans knew the boulevard as Tu Do, or Freedom; during the war it became a bawdy R-and-R haven for G.I.'s. In 1975 the Communists renamed the street Dong Khoi, or Uprising. Today develop...
Weaving through a crowded Saigon market, a roll of freshly changed dong in my pocket, I almost crushed a tiny old woman who had suddenly stopped to pick up her cane. Ten minutes later, I realized my money was gone. Pickpockets leave you feeling h...
Asia is filling up with tourists again, and a crop of newly hip hotel bars is welcoming them—and cocktail culture—with fanfare. Here, where to celebrate in style. —Rob Mckeown Aqua Regent Bangkok 155 RAJDAMRI RD., BANGKOK 66-2/251-6127 The Vibe ...
It was, for years, a prisoner of memory—memories of colonialism, the war, and the failures of the Communist era. Through the final quarter of the 20th century, Ho Chi Minh City was stuck in the past. Then again, so were the rest of us. Traveler...
See our slideshow of 10 of the Coolest Underground Travel Spots. While walking in the West Virginia woods in 1978, Dr. Robert Conte saw something that made him stop in his tracks: an aluminum door between green cement walls. With an ominous feeli...
It was hardly the finest hotel in Saigon— not in 1998, not by a long stretch. It had been once, back when Frenchwomen with silk parasols bustled through the lobby and Ho Chi Minh was working as a busboy in Boston. By the time I got to it, the Cont...