Tips and Articles for Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) + The South

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You’ll find there are many sides to the vibrant Vietnamese metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City—still often called Saigon by visitors and locals from the... Read More

Post offices often get a bad rap these days, but in earlier times, they were vital urban institutions that often inhabited grand buildings. ... Read More

"Actually it's livening up. and beautiful, besides." ... Read More

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... Read More

Planning a trip to Vietnam invariably summons visions of the purchases that await: flawless custom clothing, one-of-a-kind colonial curios, high-gloss... Read More

The urban ease and European elegance that made Saigon, well, Saigon, is helping shape present-day ... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

See our slideshow of 10 of the Coolest Underground Travel Spots. ... Read More

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... Read More

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