A Strong Drink And Another One: The Saigon Speakeasy Tour | Ho Chi Minh City | SE Asia #011

Our trip to Hong Kong unleashed a new niche interest for us: speakeasy hopping. Some research on the internet taught us that Ho Chi Minh has quite the hidden bar scene, so we’ve ranked our favourites based on atmosphere, location/entrance experience, and of course, the cocktails. So if you’re looking for a fun night out in Saigon away from the noise and debauchery of Bui Vien, this is for you!

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How to Cross The Street In China

Okay, you may think we’re being dramatic here. A ‘how-to’ article about crossing the street? Really!? But after more than a couple close calls trying to make it to the other side of the road, we can confidently say that the traffic here is not a joke. Since we’ve mastered the art of Chinese street-crossing, we’d like to share with you the top tips you didn’t even know you needed for safely navigating the treacherous Chinese roads.

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How to Use Dalian’s Buses

Fun fact: Dalian is big. And not just population big (6.7 million people), but area big–over 13 000 square kilometers. That’s double the size of New York City. Like all five boroughs. So needless to say when we arrived here without a car, figuring out how to get around became a necessity. And once we did, the whole city opened up to us.

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How to Take the Dalian Metro

Fun fact: Dalian is big. And not just population big (6.7 million people), but area big–over 13 000 square kilometers. That’s double the size of New York City. Like all five boroughs. So needless to say when we arrived here without a car, figuring out how to get around became a necessity. And once we did, the whole city opened up to us.

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The Speakeasy in a Speakeasy: Our Hong Kong Highlight

One of our favourite ways to get to know a city is doing the things the locals do. So when planning our Hong Kong trip, we did more than a little digging into the less touristy things to do in this amazing city. We soon discovered that HK is a cocktail lover’s dream! We are big fans of funky drinks and aesthetic bar designs, so when we found out about Hong Kong’s speakeasy scene, we were thrilled.

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The Cutest Café in Dalian You’ve Never Heard Of

You’ve heard of the cat cafés in Japan and may even have a dog café in your neighbourhood, but nothing can compete with Dalian’s Alpaca Treehouse Café (树洞听), offering western food, coffee, cocktails, modern décor, and most importantly… the opportunity to get cozy with two adorable and friendly alpacas.

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Visiting the Lushun Russo-Japanese Prison

Lushun, a port-side suburb of Dalian, is located about a two hour public transport ride south of the city centre. Formerly known as Port Arthur, it was an important site during the Russo-Japanese War fought from 1904-05 and is littered with historic sites, including the Lushun Prison. During a rare day off together, we made the trek to check it out and now consider it a must-see spot for anyone visiting Dalian.

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How To Make Sure Your Forbidden City Trip Doesn’t Suck

Our favourite thing about travelling is seeing how people live their daily life. We like exploring smaller, less tourist-y neighbourhoods, eating street food like the locals, and sitting in average cafes just to watch the world go by. But there are some tourist attractions that you feel like you can’t miss, like visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’ An.

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How To Go To The Movies in China

There are thousands of ways that China is different from Canada, but one of the universal activities we’ve enjoyed is going to the movies. While the selection of movies available in China is limited to family-friendly animated movies and monster flicks, there’s still something so comforting about kicking back in a dark theatre for a few hours and forgetting about the outside world.

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