A dragon protects a gate at Hue's citadeI

Catfish, no Mandala

Short-changed, shoo-ed out of shops and fleeced by taxi drivers: Vietnam can be hard to like, but why should that matter?

Hotel Metropole's Graham Greene Suite

Hotel Metropole: A Hanoi Legend

Tucked away behind Hoàn Kiếm Lake, beyond the most frantic part of the Old Quarter, where the streets bustle with fruit sellers in conical hats, [...]

Real Darling Cafe Guesthouse, Hanoi

Cheapest rooms in the Old Quarter Real Darling Café encourages a love-hate relationship in its quirky, thoroughly penny pinching array of guests. It must be [...]

Minh Quang Guesthouse, Hue

Out of the trap, on the cheap This friendly, family-run guesthouse is a five minute walk from the train station, on Hue’s south bank, and [...]

Thanh Noi Hotel, Hue

Local flavour within Hue’s walls Thanh Noi Hotel’s location in the heart of the citadel, close enough to the palace walls to evoke a sense [...]

Madame Cuc Hotel, Saigon

At home with the Madame The newest of three branches in Saigon, Madame Cuc’s 184 became our home for three weeks while Iain’s broken arm [...]

Thuan Loi Hotel, Chau Doc

A vagabond’s river view Thuan Loi Hotel is the only budget accommodation in Chau Doc with a river view, so it was an obvious choice. [...]