48 Hours in Saigon for Under 20 Bucks

Is it possible to spend a weekend in Vietnam’s largest city for 20 dollars? Yes. Yes, it absolutely is. Words & photos by Simon Stanley. First published by VnExpress International, May 2017 Despite a surge in tourism, a recent survey by Forbes suggests that Vietnam is still one of the world’s most affordable countries to…

Mind Your Step in Saigon

Has one tourist’s misfortune opened the doors to improved safety on Saigon’s streets? by Simon Stanley. Eyebrows were raised this week after a foreign tourist was awarded $1,000 in compensation by a Saigon-based firm after she tripped over a metal U-shaped fixing — part of a nighttime light installation — embedded in a District 1…

Saigon’s Book Street

A brand new book street brings an added touch of culture to downtown Saigon. By Simon Stanley. Photo by Vinh Dao.   -1- In 2014, a series of photographs taken in a Bangkok airport passenger lounge and published on Chinese news website Zhejiang Daily, apparently revealed a growing difference between Southeast Asian and Western cultures. While most of…