Best of Saigon food for backpackers in Vietnam

Best of Saigon food for backpackers in Vietnam

Best of Saigon food for backpackers in Vietnam

The title of my article is probably pretentious … I do not pretend to have all tested cuisine in Saigon ! But during some days, I had a glimpse Thanks to this website … so here’s my best of food !

We start with a small night market along Pham Ngu Lao street … there are many stalls that sell a bit of everything , including fried skewers with sausage, shrimp and other donuts … all accompanied by a juice of freshly squeezed sugar cane , and why not some popcorn , it’s delicious !

The first good  restaurant is a place called Huong Lai, located on Ly Tu Trong . In addition to excellent food, is staffed by former street children recruited by a boss who has trained and helps them out … a quiet atmoshpere , great service and smiling ! It was the best spring rolls of stay , that is, they were good! And salad with lotus leaves … hmm …

Another top restaurant: Bo Tung Xeo

Under this sort of shed , the specialty is barbecue beef with garlic. Accompanied by rice , salad and grilled corn, it is a delight … not to mention the local beer ( 333 !) , Obviously. And all for … less than $ 10 per person. This is the right place to est in Saigon !

And if you’re brave , you can try other specialties of the local street restaurant  … There are crocodile, rat, and also the ” beef penis sauteed with Chinese herbs ” … uh, any volunteers?

One last small restaurant , if you still a little hungry . Stuck in a small alley near the Ben Thanh market , a very local (and cheap ) restaurant , which is called Nam Giao . It serves including rice cakes in banana leaves ( you never know what you eat too , but it’s good !) And excellent beef soups  !
Practical details:

– Huong Lai : 38 Ly Tu Trong . Booking in advance is reccommended because it’s often full. Tel: 8226814 . Menu 10  USD .
– Bo Tung Xeo : 31 Ly Tu Trong . 10USD for a BBQ + beer.
– Nam Giao : 136/15 Le Thanh Ton.  from 6 USD .

You can find many Sources in internet about Vietnam , but i love this one :, in french ( as i can read in french )

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Prado Museum

Posted by Daniel Lee on January 22, 2016 in Destinations | Short Link
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The Museo Nacional del Prado is one of the world’s most important art galleries.  The collection has accumulated over the years from the possessions of Spanish Kings.  The museum now houses well over 4,000 pieces of art.

 Prado Museum

Prado Museum


In the 18th century, King Carlos III commissioned the architect Juan de Villanueva to build a Neo-Classical style building and a botanical garden. Carlos III was responsible for much of the city’s urban renewal and he was nicknamed “King Mayor – the King of Enlightenment”. The building was originally the Natural Science Museum. King Fernando VII converted it into a museum to house the royal art collection and it became the Prado.

In addition to the main building, there are two annexes: The Palacio de Villahermosa annex was recently remodeled by Rafael Moneo. He redesigned the interior space that now houses the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection. This private collection is the second only to that of Queen Elizabeth II of England. The other Annex is called the Casón del Buen Retiro, and resembles a Greek temple. This building was once the great ballroom of the Royal Retiro Palace that was destroyed during the French occupation. It now houses the Museum of 19th century Spanish Paintings.

Important works of art here are by the Spanish artists El Greco, Zurbarán, Velásquez, Murillo, Ribera and Goya. Some of the more famous paintings are El Greco’s Adoration of the Shepherds, and Ribera’s Martydom of St. Bartholomew. The ground level of the museum houses a special section dedicated to Goya.  Included among them are the Naked Maja, the Clothed Maja, his not very flattering but “truthful” royal portrait of theMarquesa de Santa Cruz, his most famous Second of May and the Fusillade of Moncloa also called the Third of May, all  paintings depicting the suffering of the patriotic people of Madrid during Napoleon’s attack in 1808. Other museum show pieces are Velásquez’s Surrender of Breda and his most famous work, Las Menias which is in a room of its own. The museum also houses many great works of art by several great European masters.


Travel tips for choosing a short vacation accommodation in Europe

Travel tips for choosing a short vacation accommodation in Europe

Travel tips for choosing a short vacation accommodation in Europe

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Extreme Sports Tips

Posted by Daniel Lee on January 22, 2016 in Adventure travel | Short Link
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Lets just admit it: everyone wants to be raw. You want to be a badass. You want to rock a slammin Tom Selleck stache, tattoo every living inch of your body, and ride a Harley with no hands because they’re too occupied bench pressing European lingerie models. You want to be extreme, with a capital X, and nothing is more extreme than extreme sports. (Hell, its in the name. How much more extreme can you be?) But you know what’s NOT extreme? Slings, casts, and fannypacks. All of these unfortunate things are preventable. Here are some Extreme Sport tips to help you to avoid two of the three.

1. Wear a helmet:

No matter how much you train, how many years of experience you have, or how superior you feel while belittling the courage of the chrome-dome gumbies, protective gear is a non-negotiable must. Accidents don’t always result from lack of preparation. Even the best-made plans of mice and men can topple under a fluke incident, and the horror stories of the results thereof could fill libraries. Risk of serious injury is part and parcel with extreme sports, and the single simplest way to mitigate that risk is slapping on a proper brain-case. Further protective gear varies from sport to sport, and is highly encouraged, but at the bare minimum, the bottom line is this: in dealing with hard, ground-like objects at a gravity-induced speed, no record exists of anyone ever thinking “Damn, I’m so glad I don’t have a helmet on right now.” Why no such record exists, is for you to draw your own conclusion.

2. Modernize your views on warmups:

We can all agree that walking off the street into a 200lb deadlift will cause you nothing but painful regret, but the tides may be changing on how best to prepare yourself. Contrary to widely-held belief, recent studies suggest that classic touch-your-toes stretching before exercise not only may do nothing to decrease risk of injury, but may in fact increase injuries while exercising. (citation link: Many professionals now agree that the best way to warm up to a training session is a full-body exercise to raise your body temperature and wake up muscles through light use, such as yoga, ab training, or a short jog. For actual game days, gradually build up to full performance by loosening up with sport-specific workouts – ride a few small waves, take a few powder runs and bop some small jumps, crush a few short climbs within your threshold.

3. Learn how to fall:

We’d like to call it flying. Gravity begs to differ. Whether it’s the moment your lactic-soaked muscles finally peel you off the face of a 400ft. cliff – or the moment you realize that while hitting that jump at full speed felt so fuxin sick bro, you are currently watching the landing jump swiftly disappear behind you – falling happens. What matters is learning to make sure you can walk away from it. Suppress the urge to reach your arms out to catch your fall, because as much as individuality is normally encouraged, you may disagree with your fingers, wrist, and elbows’ newfound decision to “go their own way.” Relax as you approach the ground: a supple body absorbs and distributes shock far better than a rigid one. When you hit, its time to tuck and roll – shoulder-roll if you’re going headfirst, log-roll if you’re landing sideways. Remember that whatever goes into the air with you, is coming down with you, so once you gain a little bit of control try to angle yourself out of the way of your descending motorcycle, skis, or ill-fated flying machine.

4. Don’t ignore your body:

If your knee is giving you trouble after that digger you took in the racecourse last week, know what’s probably not going to help it? Doing an Empire State Building’s worth of stairs. It may seem counter-intuitive, but not exercising may be the best thing for your immediate physical success. A twinge will heal eons faster than a tear. Soreness and muscle fatigue are truisms of pushing your body to the limit – learn what feels normal so that when something does feel off, you’ll notice. Listen to your body, and when it seems like it may have something to say, don’t ignore it. Giving a part of your body a break doesn’t mean that you’re cursed to a week of Doritos and TrueBlood, either – if your knee is feeling wonky, focus this week on upper body endurance. Either way, continuing to push your body when it’s protesting is the fastest way to the sidelines. What your body says matters, so remember – no means no.

5. Prepare. And prepare correctly:

Few of us dedicated enough to pursue a sport that regularly threatens to rob us of our health or even our lives are also narcissistic enough to convince ourselves that we don’t need proper preparation to perform at our best. (It’s sort of self-selecting that way.) Any time you are going to go ‘all in’ with your health at stake, make sure you’re making an informed gamble. Check the weather to make sure you’re not walking into the greatest storm of the century. Exercise regularly and don’t ignore inconspicuous but important muscle groups (like the nefarious ACL) and in addition to sport-specific workouts, cross-train to ensure that your body can handle anything Fate throws at it. Eat well – both in terms of proper nutrition and just plain enough – and if you’re going to be isolated, make sure that someone knows where you’re going, when you’re going to be back, and who to contact if you’re not.


Adventure travel tips: basic guidelines that you should keep in your mind when travelling in adventure

Adventure travel tips

Are you thinking of going on a trip? So why not try adventure travel? You could be going on a vacation you’ll never forget! Adventure travel is an exciting way to spend your holidays and a great way to expand your horizons, meet new people, experience other cultures and learn new skills.

Traveling, particularly when you would choose a dangerous destination, it always deals with adventure, uncertainty and speculation. Those who are seeking more of adventure and uncertainty by choosing a destination quite different to visiting the routine places that provides one with a great change of location and views. There is a passion for excitement beyond ordinary and a lust to experience the increased flow of adrenalin in the body of the traveler. Of course you will feel excitement by going to such places even this think can also make many of us nervous. This is why excitement for adventurous journey is the motive behind choosing such risky destinations.

It can always be risky when you moving away from your homeland and going to unfamiliar places but it can be challengeable and excitable. In fact you are so familiar with the customs, traditions, law and order of the ruling government and also the common dangers at your hometown. But at overseas these things are different and ignorance about the communal system and laws predominant in there country can lead a person in terrible situations. However there is nobody in a foreign land to help the person who trapped in unsafe circumstances. This is why you need to prepare before hand for all the dangers to get rescue from such situations in course of traveling. You need to collect all sort of information about the place where you are traveling. There may be chance of hazardous nature like whether the destination is prone to political instability issue, frequent communal riots or worst a strange disease outbreaking in that area.

Many people want to travel dangerous destinations as a part of their business trip rather than for their joy and adventure. Employees need to travel long distances to overview and manage the situation at places that are remote from the main working area of the company. There are also many organizations those who provide rating for the degree of threat involved at a particular place based on the political factors, crime rate, terrorism, communal volatility and other similar dangers. So as a traveler you need to practice extra alertness, precaution and cautiousness for such destinations.

You need to take precautionary measures beforehand by knowing about the potential risks of the unknown place. In fact the best way to avoid such conflicts is to stay away form them. You should not involve yourself in any controversies in a foreign soil when there is any political discrimination issue or any rivalry between local leaders. You have to stay away from local demonstration groups formed for protest against any current issues. Except from these, you need to protect from diseases by taking proper good meal and even you need to avoid raw food also there. Moreover the areas with inadequate hygiene and sanitation should be avoided. Even you need to consume the water that has been properly treated with chlorine and other disinfectants. The best way is to consume bottled water where you will not find any infection. These are some basic guidelines that you should keep in your mind while you are at a dangerous destination. This will make a cool place to travel.

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