Chief editor and co-founder of Word Vietnam, Nick Ross was born in the humble city of London before moving to the less humble climes of Vietnam. His wanderings have taken him to definitely not enough corners of the globe, but being a constant optimist, he still has hopes.
In Vietnam I open my mouth and out of that white face of mine comes an Asian language, Vietnamese. A minority understand me straight away while others laugh at me out of embarrassment. Some just refuse to listen and then there are those (especially in Saigon) who try to talk to me in English.
With such a good selection of budget and mid-range restaurants in Saigon, top-end Vietnamese cuisine tends to be ignored. So, Nick Ross took a tour of some of the city’s best Vietnamese restaurants.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business,” wrote pioneering car manufacturer Henry Ford, and such is the sentiment echoed by prominent Australian businessman and philanthropist James Strong.
For a place that is so close to Saigon and, is in fact, within the boundaries of the big city, Can Gio gets few visitors. It’s not a surprise, really. A huge area of mangrove swamp once known as The Forest of Thieves (Rung Sat), the beaches facing Vung Tau across the sea may be nought but a hop, skip and jump from downtown Saigon, but the brown sand and the tendency for the tide to go out almost a kilometre at odd times of the day, means that few visit.
The world's great rivers hold an undying fascination. The livelihoods of millions depend upon the ebb and flow of their waters, Gods have sprung up in every eddy, and unique flora and fauna can be found along every stretch.