How to Make the Most out of Great Food in Penang

How to Make the Most out of Great Food in Penang

Authored by Anitha Thanabalan

Penang is considered to be a diverse city filled with locals, expats, and travellers alike. Because of that, there are so many different types of cuisines in Penang. It’s probably one of the most famous places for the ample amounts of street food. Because of the mix of cultures, it is also possible to find restaurants and hotels all over, but you don’t really get to know the culture of the place do you?

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Food in Penang, you know you wanna try it.

One of my personal favourites is Hainan Chicken Rice. It is a dish that has been adapted from early Chinese immigrants from Southern China. The chicken itself is prepared by poaching the chicken in boiling temperature and the stock is skimmed off and the chicken is roasted or steamed with garlic, ginger, pandan leaves, and other seasonings to produce a delicious treat. One of my favourite places to get Chicken Rice is Goh Thew Chik Hainan Chicken Rice on Chulia Street. There are so many places to get chicken rice, but this place is amazing. They only serve chicken rice, you ask for anything else they will look at you in a very strange way.

If there is something that you must try, it’s definitely Wantan Mee from Ah Ngau, he has been selling Wantan Mee at the very same spot for over 30 years and before that his father sold the same noodles. The noodles themselves are homemade from a local noodle maker but that is the only thing that has changed over the past few years, they are flavoured with lard, light soya sauce and it is served with minced pork wantans with pickled sliced green chili with sesame oil and pepper. He is also known for his beef noodles which is not something I am even used to. It is from an old Guangzhou recipe and made with beef brisket and rather than it being a clear soup it is a dark broth and is served with the same wantan noodles but they have a very distinct taste.


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Fresh chillies will play a part with food in penang.


Something that seems to be an acquired taste. Assam Laksa is a very famous Penang dish and it is something that most locals swear by. But, for someone who doesn’t quite enjoy the taste of anything too fishy it isn’t really something for you. The traditional dish is generally a thick broth but the broth is thinner. It is a made with poached mackerel, tamarind, lemongrass, chillies, and shrimp paste. The tamarind makes it have sour undertones and topped with rice vermicelli noodles. However, if Assam Laksa is not the thing for you, you should definitely try Curry Laksa which is a coconut-based curry soup. In Penang however, it is known as curry mee due to the different noodles that they use. However, the ingredients are the same which includes bean curd puffs, fish sticks, shrimps, cockles, and shredded chicken. Curry mee in Penang uses congealed pork blood which is a delicacy to the Malaysian Chinese community but obviously you don’t need to have that at all.

Another famous dish in Penang is the Penang Char Kway Teow. Traditionally it is made with flat rice noodles and stir fried with dark and light soy sauce with prawns, cockles, bean sprouts, and chopped chives. Every street vendor serves it differently but the concept is still the same. There are some places that serve it on banana leaf so that it absorbs the flavours. While it has a reputation of not being the healthiest dish because of its high saturated fat content, historically it was perfect because it was sold to fishermen, farmers, and cockle-gatherers because of its cheap source of energy and nutrients.



One of my favourite dishes is Nasi Lemak. It can be served as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Translated into English, it is “Fat rice” because its rice is flavoured with coconut milk and arranged on a plate with sambal, which is a hot sauce or paste which is made out of a mixture of chili peppers such as shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallots, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar. It is also added with fried anchovies, peanuts, and hard-boiled eggs. As traditional as the dish is, there are other variations with can include fried chicken or chicken rendang. Which is a dish that involves meat pieces that are slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices until almost all the liquid is gone and allowing the meat to become tender and absorb the condiments.

As much as all separate dishes are incredible and you would need to walk around Georgetown to find these dishes, the mecca for street food in Georgetown is Red Garden. You can get anything that you could possibly imagine at this food court. It is also a beer garden so you can enjoy an ice cold beer while you eat your food and there is also live entertainment every day after nine in the evening.

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4 Awesome Things to Do in Penang – Malaysia

4 Awesome Things to Do in Penang – Malaysia

Authored by Anitha Thanabalan

If someone were to ask me about a country that is multi-cultural and multi-ethnic, the first that comes to mind would be Malaysia.

Penang is a very good example the idea of being multi-cultural and multi-ethnic. It is considered to be the most populous island city in Malaysia and because of its magnificent buildings; its capital, Georgetown was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The history of Penang is very interesting because it was the first British possessions in Southeast Asia.

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4 Awesome Things to Do in Penang - Malaysia

4 Awesome Things to Do in Penang – Malaysia


4 Awesome Things to do in Penang – Malaysia

 Just walking around the city of Penang, you realize and can breathe in the history and culture of the place.

 1.      Sample the streets

 Penang is considered to be a diverse city filled with locals, expats, and travellers alike. Because of that, there are so many different types of cuisine in Penang. It is probably one of the most famous places for the ample amounts of street food.

However, for people that are not used to eating on plastic chairs and on the side of the road the concept may seem daunting. However, street food is the way of life for most Malaysians because its inexpensive and easy. It is possible that there may even be restaurants that move around, and they are not in the same place ever, so it is necessary to try those places because they are the most popular.

Because of the mix of cultures, it is also possible to find restaurants and hotels all over, but you don’t really get to know the culture of the place, do you?



Sample the streets and see brilliant culture.


2.       Where East meets West

Because of the influx of expats and travellers, there have been an abundance of Western restaurants and cafes all over town. Georgetown is one of those places that has influences from all over the place. If you are like me and enjoy sitting at a coffee shop all day working on your laptop there at a few places. 

Chulia street is one of the main roads in Georgetown and just on that road you can find so many different types of coffee shops where they serve brunch. You can even do a coffee shop tour and try out the different places and believe me there are so many tours going on in Penang!


Penang, Malaysia

Capture the best of Penang, Malaysia


3.       Rent a bicycle or motorbike  

 Sometimes the best way to explore a new place is just using your own two legs. However, in Penang there are so many ways that you can explore this great place. You can rent a bicycle or motorbike for a day and take it around the whole island for a very cheap price.

The average rate for a motorbike rental is around 35RM a day with a 150RM deposit. To rent a bike, you just need to pay about 15RM and there are even electronic kiosks set up around the city where you can just put some coins in and borrow a bike for about an hour.

There are so many shops that let you rent the bikes all you have to do is ask and they will give you the right bike so that it won’t hurt your bum at the end of your ride. The one thing that you need to be careful about is that it is completely necessary to have an international driver’s license unless you are from the UK or anywhere that drives on the left side of the road.


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Bike for rent, Penang style


4.      Trip to the beach

 If your idea of a relaxing time is to relax on the beach, one of the best places to do that is Monkey Beach or Turtle Beach. When I went there I was genuinely surprised that there was a beach like this in a place like Penang. I always knew that Penang was an idea but the fact that you could just take a boat or walk an hour and a half through the national park to get there baffled me.

The best way to get to the beach is to either take the bus to the national park, take a Grab, or if you’ve rented a motorbike, drive from Georgetown and head down to Batu Ferrighi. From the national park entrance you can either decide to hike for about one and a half hours or you can take a boat for around 50RM one way and if you are with a big group the price is ideal.

Once you get your group, you just go to any boat trip kiosk and ask them to take you over to the beach. It is around a 15-minute boat ride and beware you will get splashed!

Once you get there you won’t even think you are in Penang anymore.


Capture the beauty of Penang.



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Top Attractions to Visit in Miri, Sarawak – Malaysia

Top Attractions to Visit in Miri, Sarawak – Malaysia

Miri City is a place full of mystery and surprises. As the second largest city in Sarawak – Malaysia, Miri is known for interesting and exciting tourist attractions. As an important tourist destination, it offers a journey from historical to a modern site. The fishing village was just a sleepy town until oil was discovered in 1910.

Today, the booming oil town has undergone rapid transformation and attracts many people from Sarawak and other parts. Miri is easily accessible by air, land and also water. Look for cheap hotel booking within the city.



Well known a s a fishing village.


Interesting sights in and around Miri City

One can explore the Miri City that is filled with exciting spots and shops selling a vast variety of goods. Fish Market on Jalan Bendahara is where one can get fresh fish and seafood. Taman Selera is a popular food centre where one not only buys fresh seafood but can also watch the sun setting on the horizon. Visit the unique seahorse lighthouse in the distance. Tua Pek Kong Temple and the award-winning urban park complex is ideal for jogging or just sitting around. This hundred-year-old temple dates back to earliest days of the city and is dedicated to a deity.

Botanical Garden and Islamic Garden are other attractions. One can enjoy concerts at the Amphitheatre. The tour of Miri city is not complete without visiting the Grand Old Lady, which is the number one oil well and offers an excellent view of Miri city. Visit the Petroleum Museum that offers a historical background of Miri City and the rise of the oil industry. One cannot miss the San Ching Tian Temple with its elegant lotus design motif. It is the largest Taoist temple in Southeast Asia and is an impressive place to visit.


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A beautiful sunset can be found in Miri.


The Taman Awam Miri is a huge family park with the botanical garden, jogging trails, and an observation platform. There are several picnic casuarina-fringed beaches such as Bungai Beach, Peliau Beach, Sibuti Beach among others. The Tusan beach is a popular picnic area because of those series of cliff sides and sandy beach. There are a number of beautiful diving site offshore of Miri. Miri City Fan is a landscaped park with Chinese- and Malay-style gardens.

There are a library and an indoor stadium in the complex. Taman Bunga contains a topiary and bonsai garden, the conifer garden, ornamental garden, succulents, and orchids. Miri Crocodile Farm boasts of more than a thousand crocs plus some other creatures. Niah Caves and Mulu Caves are rated as one of the leading attractions in Miri. Lambir Hills National Park houses a number of trails that can be easy as well as challenging.

Miri Handicraft Centre on Jalan Brooke is loaded with beautifully crafted ethnic arts and crafts such as Orang Ulu beadworks, the Penans Mats, woodcarvings, and basketry. There is a massive variety of textiles from around Sarawak. The saberkas weekend market is one of the most colourful markets in Sarawak and sells tropical fruits and vegetables, satay and handicrafts. One can enjoy traditional shopping on the streets or go to the modern malls. Visitors from Brunei offers a lower price shopping experience.

Khan’s Islamic restaurant is one of Miri’s best North Indian eateries, and the simple canteen serves mouth-watering tandoori chicken and mango lassi along with other vegetarian dishes and curries. Meng Chai Seafood is a first-rate eatery that serves fantastic seafood. Muara Restoran serves spinach-like greens, tofu, tempeh, meat, raw cucumber and rice under a tin-roofed shed.

Book Miri hotel online to get the best deals on lodging and resorts. One will find a huge variety of hotels, inns guesthouse, and lodging with plenty of choices in the city.



You will fall in love with Miri.

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Is Your Traveller’s Heart Taking You To South-East Asia?

Is Your Traveller’s Heart Taking You To South-East Asia?

Contributed to Fair Dinkum Traveller

When it comes to planning a weekend break, a lot of people don’t need to invest more than a few hours to research the perfect location and the ideal flight to get there. It’s easy to understand why. Between last minute deals and a getaway that doesn’t require a lot of planning, the click and buy generation is taking over the short holiday market.

There’s no shame about it. After all, sometimes all you need is a quick escape out of everyday routine to recharge your batteries. It doesn’t really matter where you’re going if you’re only going to spend a couple of days there. It’s all about not being at home – or at work for that matter – and instead enjoying the taste of life elsewhere, far away from your daily worries. It’s the quick beach break, the cultural city getaway, or the outlandish countryside weekend.

However, there comes a time when you want something else from your holiday, when it needs to be more than a quick bubble of peace. You know the feeling: You’re drained and you want to rethink your life priorities and set things in the right order for you. That’s the kind of life crisis that calls for a long holiday where you can immerse yourself in a new culture, mindset and landscape. You can’t just click and book a long holiday without considering the destination carefully. If you want to come back feeling refreshed and enlightened, you need to aim for south-east Asia. The Far East, as it used to be called, is rich in history, adventures and flavours. More importantly, it offers the perfect spiritual platform to question your motives and redefine your life.


Time in Laos

Enjoy South-East Asia at its finest like at Patuxai War Monument in Vientiane, Laos.


The countries of south-east Asia

If you haven’t got a map of the world at hand, south-east Asia is a subregion of Asia that refers to all countries that are situated in a region south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. For simplicity, it’s said to consists of what used to be Indochina, and the historical East Indies and Malay Archipelago. Geographically, it’s the equivalent of about 8.5% of the world’s population, which makes it the third most populous region in the world – the two others being south Asia and east Asia. In other words, if you’re going to south-east Asia for a taste of isolation, you might have picked the wrong part of the world for that. But the region has a lot to offer in terms of tourism, history and even business if you’re looking to start a new life elsewhere.


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Lara Croft’s temple in Cambodia



The French influence in Vietnam

Vietnam was one of France’s most profitable colonial possessions after the country gain control over the North of Vietnam as a result of a victory in the Sino-French War of 1883-1884. As with any colony around the world; the themes of exploitation of raw materials, workforce and other natural resources are to be expected. But the French rule has left in Vietnam a variety of historical architecture and customs that give the country its particular attitude. In fact, French architecture is so dominant that the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An and Hanoi. More interestingly, this isn’t the only vestige of a colonialist past in Vietnam. Indeed, according to, you can find a culinary influence from patisseries to restaurants in most of the country. In fact, if you’re looking to start your career in the gastronomy industry and learn from the best chefs, Vietnam is definitely the place to be.



Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam.


Thailand, a beautiful country that is shut to foreign opportunities

If you want to enjoy more beaches and less colonialist guilt, take a trip to wild Thailand, and especially Khao Lak. Why there? Because it’s a little less than two hours’ drive from the Island of Phuket, but it benefits from a peaceful and relaxing environment. You won’t find the crowd of tourists you expect so that you can have the sunset, the sandy beaches and the resorts almost to yourself. It’s a little bubble of paradise that awaits you every year between November and May in this area of Thailand. However, you may find it difficult to make a living in Thailand, even if you fall in love with the country and decide to stay. There are very little business opportunities for non-native citizens as a Thai-born person has to own the majority of a company. Only US citizens can own up to 100% of a company in Thailand, but they still need a minimum capital first.


Koh Samui

Koh Samui – Thailand.


A taste of Lara Croft in Cambodia

If you still remember Angelina Jolie exploring the ruins of a temple in Tomb Raider, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can find these temples in Cambodia. Admittedly; since Angelina went running there in her tiny shorts, the place is crawling with tourists. But with a good guide, you can still see everything and revive your old Lara Croft’s memories. If you’re ready to get up early, you can visit the magnificent Sunrise at Angkor Wat – although be ready to be there before 5:30 am. You can find the famous Tomb Raider’s temple, Ta Prohm, with its intertwined tree roots too. You won’t have much difficulty to imagine life in Cambodia if you’re not afraid to downsize a bit. In fact, a couple of American tourists have made Cambodia their home since 2015 and despite low earnings – less than $35,000 a year – they have all they need. They’re the happiest they’ve ever been in Phnom Penh.


Start your spiritual journey in Laos

What if you just want a spiritual awakening for your holiday? Laos is often described as a mystical country by those who have visited it. The most important thing that tourists will tell you about the country is that it remains completely outside the spotlight. There’s barely any tourists in Laos, which means that you can take a good look at ancient Buddhist temples without getting up at dawn to avoid the crowd. Consequently, it’s a great place to find out more about Buddhism and exploring your spiritual side at your own pace. Make sure to attend the Luang Prabang ceremony in northern Laos before you leave. Every morning the monks walk in town to collect the food offerings. You can ask the locals how to participate.


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Temple in Laos


The city of the many pagodas and temples in Myanmar

Another great place to explore your spiritual side is Myanmar, and especially Yangon, the city that has some of the oldest pagodas and temples in the country. Some are even believed to date back to the lifetime of Gautama Buddha over 2500 years ago. The oldest pagoda in Burma, the Shwedagon is a 99 metre-high stupa that is entirely covered in gold. It’s a place of pilgrimage for many Buddhists as it enshrines a hair relic of Siddhartha Gautama. You can see it from anywhere in town, and it’s impossible not to feel its aura. If you find your calling in Myanmar and are wondering about staying and embracing a new lifestyle, you might be interested in reading this interview that explains how the expat life feels like in Yangon. As a general rule, locals are friendly and will go out of their way to help you. Besides, you can experience a frontier market in a Buddhist culture, which makes it both challenging and peaceful at the same time.



Indonesia, the melting pot of cuisines and cultures

There is no bigger melting pot in south-east Asian than in Indonesia. Jakarta, home to 10 million people, offers a tour of colonial architectures, live music venues and fine dining restaurants, all within a few yards from each other. Needless to say that there’s a lot to see and experience in Indonesia, from a metropole culture in Jakarta to UNESCO-listed national parks and volcanoes to hike up on Java. If you love the creative juxtaposition of cultures, wildlife, and without mentioning the world’s biggest Buddhist temple, you’ll be happy to know that the house prices are low: In fact, you can buy a manor house with garden for the price of a small family home in the UK.


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Buddhist temple on Java


The country of the thousands of islands

With over 7,000 islands to choose from, you know that visiting the Philippines will be an adventurous experience. In fact, for most people, it can be difficult to know where to start, but here’s a little overview of the best sites to see. El Nido, for Pinoy travellers, offers one of the world’s most picture-perfect seascapes, without mentioning its fantastic limestone cliffs. If you’re wondering what Heaven looks like, El Nido might be the closest thing you’ll find to it. If you want a feel for the old history of the place, spend some time in the UNESCO-listed town, Vigan where the Spanish architecture continues to tell the tales of the past. However, you can forget any dream of making your life in the Philippines: Foreigners are not allowed to own property.

Whether you want to reboot your life or just to clear your mind, south-east Asia offers a multitude of landscapes, spiritual encounters, fascinating cultural backgrounds and exciting business opportunities to help you on the way. All you need is to pack your luggage and start your self-discovery tour.


Bang Nieng Khoa Lak

Enjoy South-East Asia at its best like at this Khao Lak Markets.

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Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Six countries in six months won’t break any records but it was good to get out and explore the world and see different cultures at every opportunity. It started with Vietnam and ended with a brief trip to Bangkok. Every country had its own unique difference but each six countries were as unique and special as the next.

Let’s take a peek at the travel report for January to June 2017 –  Six countries in six months.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The stunning Patuxai War Monument.


The year in 2017 started with little madness in chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. The first visit to the Vietnamese city, it was a real eye opener from the moment we arrived, grabbed our Visas, luggage and made our way on to the streets of the city using Uber. The chaos had well and truly begun.

A family trip and our first visit to Vietnam, we didn’t waste any time checking out the great attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting great locations such as the four islands on the Mekong River, Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Museum, Ben Thanh Markets and stunning French architected buildings like the Cathedral and the Old Post Office. BTW the Vietnamese food is the real winner around these parts, especially the rice noodle soups and so cheap.

Da Lat was the next little city we visited in Vietnam, a short plane ride and we were in greener pastures with divine mountain ranges. The city centre of Da Lat still packed a punch, it’s what’s on the outside that delivers its real beauty with lovely lakes, stunning waterfalls and epic scenic nature.

Bitexco Financial Building

Bitexco Financial Building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Da Lat

Beautiful Da Lat


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One night in Kuala Lumpur, certainly not enough time in the Malaysian city, but enough to get a little tease. A modern city that delivers on all fronts, with shopping, food stalls and of course famous high-rise buildings known around the world. This great city left such a positive reflection on me, that I will be back in April 2018 for a longer stay.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower in all its lights


Bali, Indonesia

An accidental trip to Bali but I will take it any way I can, especially when I got the opportunity to work with two luxury resorts on the Indonesian Island. It started on the white sands of Tanjung Benoa, a real hit with the water sports. I stayed at the Sakala Resort, a perfect stay for any luxury escape in paradise, with a stunning beach club, swimming pools and restaurants.

Check out the link to Sakala Resort post.

Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort


Next stop in Bali was inland to Ubud, a pretty tourist township known for its rice fields and monkeys. I stayed at the incredible Alaya Resort, beautiful in many ways with its stunning rice fields being the back drop to the Manisan Restaurant. The resort has lovey lovely outdoor setting with large palm trees and boutique swimming pools as well as the decorative Indonesian theme throughout Alaya. It was a pleasure to stay in a fine resort such as the Alaya.

Check out the link to the Alaya Resort post.


Alaya Resort.


Perth, Western Australia

A quick trip to Perth for a camping in a slightly different environment away from the woods and in the vicinity of the CBD. The time in Perth during this Easter break was not wasted at all, exploring the city centre and the beautiful Elizabeth Quay, discovering Whiteman Park and getting up close and personal to a few Australian Native Animals and we even stopped in at NIB stadium to watch Perth Glory play a little soccer.

City of Perth

City of Perth, so close you can touch it.


Vientiane, Laos

A journey of a different type, this time volunteering to school kids and Monks in Laos. It was an incredible experience like no other in my life. The proud feeling of giving back to travel and helping a community in need gave a great strength of personal satisfaction. The trip was not cheap but it was fulfilling nonetheless.

Obviously, there was a time to do some sightseeing, checking out Vientiane and the attractions it had on offer such as various temples, markets, shopping malls and the Patuxai War Monument. It is a smaller city but it is steep in culture and tradition.

Vang Vieng was another little city that I visited in Laos. A pretty city with lovely mountain ranges and the Nam Song River giving I is picturesque scenic look. The city itself is full of foreigners looking for a good time, with a range of bars and clubs that keeps the party going all night.

Golden Palace

Golden Palace, Vientiane, Laos

Blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos.


Bangkok, Thailand

Another one night transit stay and another tease. Not too far away from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, I stayed at the Thong Ta Resort, perfect for transit stay. In the brief visit, I explored the streets of Bangkok, wandered through some markets and tasted some delicious food from the streets of Thailand.

artwork of Thong Ta

Great artwork at the Thong Ta resort in Bangkok.


What’s next in 2017?

Right now, the second half of 2017 is a little low key, but that’s what I initially thought of the first of 2017 when in planning. As of this stage, travel plans for the rest of the year are planned around the great state of Western Australia and another trip to Thailand where I will visit Phuket and Khao Lak. Stay tuned for some great travel stories to come and who knows where I will land next.

Six countries

Six countries in Six months

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Uber your way around Ho Chi Minh City

Uber your way around Ho Chi Minh City

I have a few pet hates in life. Getting ripped off and being taken advantage of. Life’s little cruel acts that happen to us all from time to time. I know, I know, it’s only little things. But, we all have those little things that piss us off.

As a traveller, I am always mindful of that local who thinks they can drive the price up on clumsy tourists. For example, getting the price driven up on you while shopping at a local market, or a taxi driver ripping you off by a deliberately taking a longer route home.

You all know what I am talking about. Been there, done that.

Enter Uber. You know, that new craze taking the world by storm. Where you order a driver through the Uber app on your phone, the fee is pre-determined and pre-paid by your registered credit card. It truly was my saviour on a recent trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and it became a useful friend.


Let the Uber driver get you through Ho Chi Minh City.

The Ease of it all

You know the fee before you get in the car. No ifs, no buts, no arguments. You don’t get ripped off by the driver and vice-versa, you can’t cheat the driver. It’s a win-win.

Save your coins

No need to get your foreign cash out, save it for the shopping or a good meal. Your credit card is registered through the app and the rest takes care of itself.

Cheaper than a taxi

I used a taxi early in my Vietnam trip, what a fool. Therefore, I know on average I saved a good 4-5 dollars per trip, using Uber. Maybe it doesn’t seem such a big deal for a single trip, but times it by ten and all the sudden you’re looking at a big saving. That equals a heck of a lot of meals in a South-eastern Asian country.

The Uber drives are quite cool

The driver’s got me from point A to point B in a safe manner. In Vietnam, the locals English is not so good, so the drive is rather quiet but you get to your destination. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I used Uber on a couple of occasions. The English in Malaysia is quite good and it as great to have a chat with a local driver and learn about their country. Even share a laugh or two.

I had to get out of my comfort zone in a foreign country to get hooked on to Uber, and while I know their services have been around a while. I am just glad I got hooked Vietnam and with the amount of times I used their services, I saved a heap of cash.

Read more about my Adventures in Asia, right here.


Uber your way around Ho Chi Minh City