Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

In the middle of Ho Chi Minh City sits two beautiful structures that are a reminder of the country’s French colonial past – the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the Saigon Central Post Office. This was our last stop in Vietnam before heading back to Kuala Lumpur. Named after its much larger and grander counterpart in Paris,…

War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Note: The following post contains imagery that may be disturbing to some readers. War is a terrible thing – and it’s easy to forget that fact when we’re safe and well fed in front of our keyboards, thousands of miles away from where conflicts are happening. I mean, who cares about some faraway war, as…

Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

We’re almost coming to an end of our Vietnam trip! It has been an amazing few days in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, exploring the rich sights, smells and sounds of a country full of heritage, culture and beautiful natural scenery. On our last day in HCMC before flying back to Kuala Lumpur,…

River Cruise down the Saigon River

What’s your idea of a romantic dinner date? If you’re looking for a nice, quiet cruise down the river at night with good food and entertainment, then you’d probably pick a river cruise. We hopped onto one of these one night at the Saigon River, which runs right through the heart of Ho Chi Minh…

Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Have you tried banh mi? Although the term is used to describe all kinds of bread in Vietnamese, it is synonymous with the sandwich version. Vietnamese cooking is very much influenced by the French, thanks to centuries of colonisation, and the banh mi is the perfect marriage of cultures. There is the hard baguette, mayo, pate and…

Dai Nam Zoo, Binh Duong Vietnam

Hi and welcome to another part of my trip to Dai Nam, a sprawling tourist complex in Binh Duong Province and the pride of Vietnam – being one of it’s first and largest theme parks. The dry park was a bit of a disappointment and we didn’t go to the man made beach, but we…

Dai Nam Theme Park, Vietnam

After a night of intense souvenir shopping at Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City and with our luggage firmly loaded with bags of jackfruit chips, Vietnamese coffee and other trinkets, we continued our exploration of Vietnam! An early morning rise and shine was in order since we had to do some travelling by…

Ben Thanh Night Market, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

We are in Ho Chi Minh City, a bustling city that (almost) never sleeps! Unlike Hanoi, which is much quieter at night, HCMC is alive and thriving with activity after the sun sets with clubs, pubs, massage parlours and night markets operating until the wee hours of the morning. One such place is Ben Thanh…

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…

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…

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…

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…