vietnam

A year since Vietnam…And now off to China

May 11, 2013
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This time last year, I was winding down from an epic month-long trip to Vietnam, the country of my birth and one which I left shortly afterwards for the United States. Traveling with my mom, Grandmother and a few Aunties, I relished all the nostalgic family stories that they would retell. For nearly a month, […]

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Vietnam – Final Reflections

June 30, 2012
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As I reflect back on my month in Vietnam, learning about my family history and acquiring amazing food memories, I wonder why it took me more than 30 years to return to my birthplace. Throughout my travels, I wish I had spent more time just soaking in the life of the cities. Besides Saigon and […]

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Vietnamese Savory Crepes (Banh Xeo) – in Saigon

June 28, 2012
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I hope you have enjoyed the last few posts on my travels around Vietnam to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and the Mekong Delta. It’s been exactly two months since I left Vietnam and I’m finally publishing the second to last post of this trip. Remember my post on “A Different Kind of Banh […]

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Mekong Delta – A Family Homestay (Vietnam)

June 26, 2012
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Mom and I stepped out of our tour bus and onto the gravelly shoulder of the roadway. We watched motorbikes and cars zoom by us as we waited expectantly for our tour guide to join us. Instead he popped just his head out of the door. Then smiled and waved at us. “Bye bye!” he […]

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Photo Tour: Mekong Delta (Vietnam)

June 24, 2012
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My Tho.  Ben Tre.  Cai Rang. These are names of places in the Mekong Delta that meant nothing to me before this trip and now they are forever embedded in my memory (it helps that I did take over 1000 photographs). Over the span of one and a half days, Mom, Wee Scotch and I […]

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Photo Tour: Hoi An (Vietnam)

June 22, 2012
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Of all the cities I’ve visited in Vietnam, Hoi An is the one that I would definitely visit again and again and again. One of the few cities that managed to escape being bombed during the Vietnam war, Hoi An still retains much of its original infrastructure and charm. Hoi An ancient town is very […]

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Photo Tour: Hue (Vietnam)

June 20, 2012
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After Halong Bay and Hanoi, we flew into central Vietnam to the city of Hue, once the imperial capital of the country. After a respite from the heat and humidity in Hanoi, arriving in Hue meant that we were back in the scorching heat once again. Our tour guide wore denim jeans – I don’t […]

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Photo Tour: Halong Bay (Vietnam)

June 18, 2012
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Cruising through Halong Bay (Halong means “descending dragon”) felt very much like a scene in a sci-fi movie (Lord of the Rings comes to mind) with huge limestone monoliths (known as karsts) randomly jutting out of the water. The overcast weather added to the mystique. At the embarkation docks, a very long set of steps led to […]

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