Enter Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is better known to the locals, is the largest city in Vietnam, with a population of over 8mil. It was the centre of administration during the French-colonial era, and later the South Vietnam forces backed by the West. It’s capitalist-oriented past is reflected in the tonnes of touristy shops and establishments, unlike Hanoi which, although under an … Continue reading Enter Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Trishaw Ride through Old Quarters, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi’s Old Quarters are like two sides of a coin at different times:  both bustling, both full of life, but subtlely different. At night, the fluorescent white lights are turned on along with the noisy hum of motorcycles and small generators; the smells of cooking and smoke waft into the air while men and women stroll through the streets with sleeves rolled up in the hot … Continue reading Trishaw Ride through Old Quarters, Hanoi, Vietnam

Exploring the Old Quarters in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and it’s centre of political administration. Since the country opened it’s doors to an open economy, business has boomed in the city; and with it high rise buildings amidst old world streets, which are in danger of being swallowed by development. We spent our evening wandering the charming Old Quarters near Hoan Kiem Lake. Situated in the middle of … Continue reading Exploring the Old Quarters in Hanoi, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

Xin chao! Welcome to another part of my Vietnam travels. 🙂 In my previous posts, we visited the beautiful countryside and hilly scenery at the Three Caves and the ancient capital of Hoa Lu in Ninh Bing district. Today, we drop by somewhere closer to the city – the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi.  Beneath it’s charming old world streets and developing capitals, Vietnam is … Continue reading Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

Hoa Lu / King Dinh Tien Hoang temple, Vietnam

We last went boating at the Tam Coc Bich Dong, or the Three Caves – a beautiful river retreat surrounded by beautiful limestone hills. Where to next? 🙂 Situated just nearby is another popular tourist attraction – the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Located in Ninh Binh province, Hoa Lu used to be the capital of ancient Vietnam in the 10th to 11th centuries. Most … Continue reading Hoa Lu / King Dinh Tien Hoang temple, Vietnam

Vietnamese Cuisine at Tam Coc, Vietnam

Do you like Vietnamese food? I think it’s very vegetable-heavy ,something that isn’t quite to my taste. 😀 But then again, I haven’t had much variety except for pho and what they serve at the local Viet restuarants in Malaysia. Our first Vietnamese meal after arriving in Hanoi was a restaurant near Tam Coc (the Three Caves), a nice wooden building with air-conditioned interior. I … Continue reading Vietnamese Cuisine at Tam Coc, Vietnam

Boating at Tam Coc (Three Caves), Vietnam

Xin Chao! We’re officially on our tour of Vietnam 🙂 In my previous post, I talked about seeing Hanoi for the first time, a developing capital with it’s mix of skyscrapers and old world charm. On the second day, we got off to an early start with a two hour bus ride to Tam Coc Binh Dong, or the Three Caves, a popular tourist spot … Continue reading Boating at Tam Coc (Three Caves), Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam – First Impressions

Pardon the ignorance, but my knowledge of Vietnam before I went for my maiden trip there was limited to pho and spring rolls…. Considering that the capital, Hanoi, is only a three-hour flight from KL, this is pretty inexcusable. So when I got to go for a media trip there, I was really looking forward to soaking in the food, culture and history. **My trip was sponsored by … Continue reading Hanoi, Vietnam – First Impressions