For the much of my youth I have only heard one side of the story, the story of the Vietnam war. Being in proximity to the USA, this is understandable as much of their culture makes it up to Canada trough media. Today I walked to the War Remnants museum that are collecting the atrocities […]

It is: glitzy, fast, noisy, home to 9 million people, economic engine of Vietnam, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (HCMC), formerly known as Sài Gòn. At first it did not wow me.  It felt like any other big city, almost like Bangkok – except with more motorbikes that ease gridlock.  We walked the streets, saw the […]

If there is one thing you will hear on the streets on Hội An, Vietnam besides the ‘come into my shop’ and ‘please look’ then it is ‘Cao Lầu’. Fair enough because that Cao Lầu is Hội An regional specialty. What makes it particularly special is the chewy noodles that is made regionally using its natural […]

If you are thinking sweet, then you should know Vietnam doesn’t really do deserts dispute the French being famous for it. Somehow that never stayed. Vietnam follows the Asian principle of a balance of sweet, salty, bitter and sour. So savoury is the name of the game. And despite the name, this was found in Hội […]

Something is odd about eating amazing street food opposite a restaurant catering purely to tourists who want to experience ‘authentic Vietnamese food’.  Here I was sitting on a plastic stool on the street, enjoying amazing Báhn Cân made by Taut and the tourist pedestrians had no idea what they were missing out on. Báhn Cân is a […]

We found the little bánh mí shop that was featured in Antony Bourdain’s No Reservation. It is called Phong on 2B Phan Châu Trinh in Hội An. This place did not disappoint! The sauce in the bread was just delicious.  The bread is warm and crispy on the outside, but soft in the inside.  It […]

We made it to Huế, which was once a capital of Vietnam. We were here for the music festival as well! The best way to explore Huế, in our opinion, is by renting a scooter for $5 USD/day. Other options such as a tourist boat that will take you from place to place is available, […]

Vịnh Mốc tunnels turned out to be worthwhile to visit, and easy enough too!  The Phong Nha Farmstay organized a regular mini bus service with the Hue Backpackers that does a stop at the Vịnh Mốc tunnels and Bến Hải River Museum.  It is the best way to go between Phong Nha and Hue. The villagers dug tunnels […]

We did a 7-km hike into the Paradise Cave in Phong Nha National Park.  It was fantastic. We were the only two people that booked the tour that day, so we had a private tour! It is $125 for the tour and it includes: transportation to the park two guides lunch headlamp clothing so yours […]

We boarded the train to Đồng HớI to visit the Phong Nha caves. It reminded of our train to Europe except the Vietnamese train was more worn for wear. It is air conditioned and has two toilets on each end of the car along with a row of sinks for brushing your teeth and washing […]