How to setup 3G Mobile data access with Vinaphone in Vietnam

Mobile internet access in Vietnam is exceptionally cheap and relatively easy to setup on your phone. If you wish to use a USB 3G dongle, then you will need to first add credit to your account by inserting the Sim card into your mobile phone and following the instructions below. Obviously, you will need a non-simlocked handset for this, though …

The Marble Mountains, Hoi An/Da Nang

The Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) lie between Da Nang and Hoi An. Dubbed Hon Non Nuoc, meaning Mountain and Water in Vietnamese, there are actually five marble outcrops topped with pagodas. Each is said to represent one of the natural elements: Tho Son (Earth), Moc Son (Wood), Kim Son (Metal/Gold), Thuy Son (Water) and Hoa Son (Fire). Behind Van …

Eating out in Hoi An

Hoi An was awarded the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ badge in 1999 and is known as one of the most picturesque towns in Vietnam. Night view in Hoi An’s Old Town A trading port since the 2nd century BC, Hoi An reached its peak between the 16th and 18th centuries and has a rich architectural and culinary heritage. From luxurious …

Street Food in Hanoi

With the help of our trusty Lonely Planet Vietnam guide and the staff at Tu Linh Palace Hotel, we set about exploring Hanoi’s famous street food scene. Hanoi’s reputation is well-deserved and we sampled the best street food that we had tasted during our three months in Vietnam. These were our favourites: Banh Goi 52 P Ly Quoc Su, Old Quarter Banh …