Vietnam guide by AdventureFaktory

We lived two years in Vietnam. We have gathered the best tips & tricks for travellers and residents through that experience and still update our secrets of Vietnam gems. Get ready for the best Vietnam guide ever!

Saigon Cafes

One of the best places around the world to find hip and beautiful cafes. Make sure to go try as many Ca Phe Sua Da you can during this coffee shop hunting journey! Scroll Down

Saigon Cafes: The Loop

Once in a while we go to The Loop to do some work. It’s never crowded when we go so it’s perfect to do some work done! The Loop Address: 49 Thao Dien, District 2, Ho…

Vietnam: List of Best Cafes of Saigon

I know all you travellers that are coffee shop chasers could appreciate this list and trace a map of which to visit from the locations’ pictures. For the visuals I decided to use Instagram. Nothing…

Saigon Cafes: She Cafe

She Cafe is a great hideaway. If you want to relax this is the place. To work, a few hours is fine too, but as it is dark, you tend to fall asleep, so not…

Saigon Cafes: Loft Cafe

That big clock you see in Instagram pictures in #somewhereinsaigon… well it’s at Loft Cafe. Tucked in this block on Ly Tu Trong greeted by an Art gallery, once you get in, go to up…

Saigon Cafes: Kujuz

Kujuz is a cute cafe at 3A Station. It’s like a cafeteria, self served and pay at the counter type. Makes you get out of the routine, so I quite like it! They have two…

Kokois

Vietnam: Kokoïs in District 2

Mitch has decided to surprise me by taking me to new locations that I haven’t yet discovered in HCM. He brought me to Kokoïs on a Monday. Despite the good nature of his gesture, I…

Street Food

The essence of visiting this beautiful country is its food. Rich in taste, you can't get any better anywhere else on the planet. Make sure to try street eateries.

Street Food Tour in Saigon

Discovering street food on your own without guidance can be a challenge. You don’t know which are the good ones that won’t make you sick. One thing that everyone who visits Vietnam mentions how good…

Saigon Street Food: The Lunch Lady

A different soup everyday. Meet Nguyen Thi Thanh, The Lunch Lady that got extremely popular due to Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations. Every now and then she does something different from her “soup schedule”. Here…

Saigon Street Food: Bo Kho

Bò Kho isn’t the most well-known soup for visitors of Vietnam. Same broth color as the Bun Bo Hue, Bo Kho is beef stewed with tomato, star anise and lemongrass, served in 3 different ways. The origin of the…

Saigon Street Food: Bun Bo Hue

I miss my mom’s Bun Bo Hue, but while visiting Vietnam, it is definitely the spot to try all kinds of variation of it! This soup is from my hometown Hue, in Central Vietnam. It…

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Vietnam Articles

Le Meridien Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is quickly picking up speed as a place not only for tourists, but also as an economic hub. We have found a place that caters for both tourists and business people alike at the…

Street Food Tour in Saigon

Discovering street food on your own without guidance can be a challenge. You don’t know which are the good ones that won’t make you sick. One thing that everyone who visits Vietnam mentions how good…

Sim Cards in Vietnam

How to get a SIM card in Vietnam

Here are clear instructions for getting a SIM card in Vietnam and how to do it properly and set it up properly. Good for expats & travellers! So many blogs, so many random articles, questions in…

AdventureFaktory x District 2

Saigon: Places you must go in District 2

Check out the beautiful places, nice architecture, cute designs, hipster or aka Instagram photo-op places in District 2. Living in the area for a year made us discover every little eatery and coffee shops. Here…

Saigon Cafes: The Loop

Once in a while we go to The Loop to do some work. It’s never crowded when we go so it’s perfect to do some work done! The Loop Address: 49 Thao Dien, District 2, Ho…

Transportation in Vietnam - Xit Lo

Transportation in Vietnam

We hate scammers. Nothing makes us more angry when a friend or family member gets scammed. When we catch someone out on a scam, we are very quick to remind them about the negative impact…

ANZAC Day footy in Vietnam

I wont write too much regarding the day, I will let the photos do the talking. A big thanks to Thuymi Do  @thuymi27 for taking the majority of quality pictures. April 25 is a very…

Vietnam: The bible of HCMC for expats

City Pass Guide is currently is publishing this June 2015 its second edition of the HCMC Resident Guidebook. It’s the “must have” guide that expats often forget exists and will save you a lot of time…

Vietnam: List of Best Cafes of Saigon

I know all you travellers that are coffee shop chasers could appreciate this list and trace a map of which to visit from the locations’ pictures. For the visuals I decided to use Instagram. Nothing…

Saigon Cafes: She Cafe

She Cafe is a great hideaway. If you want to relax this is the place. To work, a few hours is fine too, but as it is dark, you tend to fall asleep, so not…

Vietnam: 3A Station in Saigon

Mecca of Artists, Photographers, Posers, Designers, etc. 3A Station is a great space filled with offices, shops and graffiti! It is around 2000 square meters and was formerly 3 abandoned warehouses built in the 19th century during French…

Vietnam: Fashion Boutiques in Saigon

In Saigon, or let’s say Vietnam, there’s no Zara, no Forever 21, no “not bad” shops following the trends at a cheap price. Other than Mango or Top Shop, alternatives are the little shops by…

Vietnam: Shop at Mayhem Saigon

Mayhem Saigon is one of my favorite shops in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the first vintage and thrift stores in town that does it properly! I try to not always go there unless it…

Saigon Cafes: Loft Cafe

That big clock you see in Instagram pictures in #somewhereinsaigon… well it’s at Loft Cafe. Tucked in this block on Ly Tu Trong greeted by an Art gallery, once you get in, go to up…

Meet the AFL Viet Nam Swans

Things could have been a lot different for me. Moving away from home is difficult enough for even the most hardened person, and moving from foreign country to another is not much easier. You have…

Vietnam: Running The Dragon Dash Race

After a month or so of getting up early for interval running workouts and grueling high intensity weight and circuit sessions, the day was finally upon us to attack the Dragon Dash – Vietnam’s first…

Vietnam: Saigon Soul Pool Parties

The Saigon Soul Pool Parties has slowly become an institution in Ho Chi Minh, with many expats, locals and travelers making the weekly pilgrimage for a Saturday afternoon of fun. We went to see what…

Dragon Dash training Part Two

We have been training for the Dragon Dash for several weeks now and as the race approaches, the intensity within the group has been lifting. We are now at a stage where we are training…

Kokois

Vietnam: Kokoïs in District 2

Mitch has decided to surprise me by taking me to new locations that I haven’t yet discovered in HCM. He brought me to Kokoïs on a Monday. Despite the good nature of his gesture, I…

Training for the Dragon Dash Race

Since I have stopped playing Football in Australia, I have been struggling with motivation to keep training hard and remaining in the best shape possible. I love my social cricket and footy, but they do…

Saigon Street Food: The Lunch Lady

A different soup everyday. Meet Nguyen Thi Thanh, The Lunch Lady that got extremely popular due to Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations. Every now and then she does something different from her “soup schedule”. Here…

Oktoberfest in Saigon

Having a strong German heritage, it is important that I understand and respect the history and culture the great nation has to offer. Unfortunately there are very limited opportunities to do this while living in…

Vietnam: Lunar new year

Vietnam: Lunar new year

Let’s agree on the fact that Asians, especially Vietnamese people are very supertitious and Tet, the Lunar New Year, is a particularly superstitious occasion filled with a bunch of dos and don’ts. Many made funny…

Saigon Street Food: Bo Kho

Bò Kho isn’t the most well-known soup for visitors of Vietnam. Same broth color as the Bun Bo Hue, Bo Kho is beef stewed with tomato, star anise and lemongrass, served in 3 different ways. The origin of the…

Saigon Street Food: Bun Bo Hue

I miss my mom’s Bun Bo Hue, but while visiting Vietnam, it is definitely the spot to try all kinds of variation of it! This soup is from my hometown Hue, in Central Vietnam. It…

Vietnam: Australia Day in Saigon

There are few guarantees in life. Death, Taxes and Aussies all over the globe celebrating our favourite day of the year, January 26 – our Australia Day. When I think of Australia Day, it reminds…

Vietnam: Play Cricket in Saigon

Living away from home is difficult for someone who loves and plays sport as much as me. Especially in a place where English is not the first spoken language. But when I first arrived here…

Saigon Cafes: Lubu

  At Lubu in District 2, Thao Dien for some relaxing coffee & Detox shots. We had breakfast in bed before so we did not get to try their breakfast. We had a little go with…