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Small Group Tours
From the cool calm of rural villages to the steaming chaos of thriving cities, experience the diversity of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam...
Observe the contrast between Vietnam’s urban and rural regions while taking in cultural highlights of the south...
Always full of Indian diners, this shiny, long-running restaurant sprawls up over several floors...
The Rex Hotel’s decor is several shades of camp: life-size elephants, birdcage lanterns, topiary draped in fairy lights and, to cap it all off, a giant, rotating, golden crown. There’s also live music most nights.
The name says it all – British pub meets French cafe-bar – and the pomegranate-coloured result, ranging over three floors, is a hit...
It may be the leading noodle-soup chain in the country, but this is no McPho. Choose your cuts of meat and enjoy a steaming bowl accompanied by a veritable jungle of herbs. Plenty of other locations around the city.
With a winning line in perfectly done skewered meats, the Mediterranean menu here takes in all stops from the Maghreb to Marseilles. It's strong on atmosphere with an open-plan kitchen and draws a crowd, so book ahead.
Surely a candidate for the longest bar in town, this friendly spot in the centre of town serves some regional beers like Huda and generous measures. Has classic indie anthems on the MP3, plus a couple of dart boards.
For a taste (and then some) of Brazil, head to Au Lac...
Nirvana for the serious meat-lover, El Gaucho matches hearty serves of fall-apart lamb shanks, tender skewers and juicy steaks to a fine dining environment...
With its meandering waterways and flourishing farms, the Mekong Delta is a place not to be missed...
Perfect for the active adventurer, this trip will have you hiking, biking, and paddling through the best of Vietnam...
This charming cafe in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker ghetto has excellent smoothies, doughy cinnamon rolls, home-made cookies, other sweet treats, bags of style, and trains and employs disadvantaged Vietnamese.
Bakeries & Patisseries
Style isn’t this Pham Ngu Lao bakery's trumpcard, but there’s loads of elbow room on the open-air terrace, the meat pies are rich and filling, and the scones, tarts, bread, cakes are all fresh and tasty.
Museums & Galleries
This is one of the best-known galleries in the city – probably the place for Vietnamese contemporary art. Don’t turn around thinking you have missed this place, as it is located in a very backstreet part of town.
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