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Beaching in Bai Sao

Beaching in Bai Sao

Often referred to as one of the best beaches in Vietnam, Sao Beach or Bai Sao in the local language, does not disappoint at all. Beholding the swaying palm trees, azure waters, pristine and powdery white sands, and the picturesque island is very popular day […]

My Food Journey in Phu Quoc

My Food Journey in Phu Quoc

Partaking of local dishes is something which I always look forward to when traveling and my recent trip to Phu Quoc, Vietnam was no exception. I have always loved Vietnamese cuisine, it is one of my favorites and I always look forward to going to […]

Having Lunch at The Loft Cafe in Ho Chi Minh

Having Lunch at The Loft Cafe in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh is a lovely and historical city with quirky, little cafes tucked in alleyways and nondescript dilapidated buildings. The unassuming facades of the buildings, where these cafes are located, do not warrant a second glance so I suggest you read up on them before traveling.

I did a little research before traveling, just like I always do, and looked for the city’s most popular cafes. During this particular trip we dined at two cafes; Ba cây chổi, the Harry Potter themed cafe, and The Loft.

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Thị Trấn Ba Cây Chổi – Brunch in Harry Potter’s World

Thị Trấn Ba Cây Chổi – Brunch in Harry Potter’s World

Imagine being in Hogwarts and partaking of a feast with Hagrid, Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron and Professor Dumbledore. Well, we really didn’t get to do that but what we had was pretty close. Ho Chi Minh is home to the Thị Trấn Ba Cây Chổi or Three Broomstown Cafe in Vista Walk. The place was magical and I must say something very unusual for a cafe.

Must-See Places in Ho Chi Minh

Must-See Places in Ho Chi Minh

Also more popularly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City can be found in Southern Vietnam and it is popular for the role it played during the Vietnam War. The city was named after Ho Chi Minh, the revolutionary Vietnamese Communist leader who was a […]

Cu Chi Tunnels: The Vietnam War in History

Cu Chi Tunnels: The Vietnam War in History

One of the most talked about wars in history is the Vietnam War or the Resistance War Against America. Thanks in part to movies such as Apocalypse Now, Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, the war has been immortalized and brought to everyone’s consciousness.I didn’t really know much about the war and the few facts I have came from watching documentaries in National Geographic. Seeing the contraptions the Viet Cong made to defeat the Americans; being close to the suffocating and tight spaces of the tunnels; and hearing the stories told by our tour guide who just happens to be one of the survivors of the war, brought history back to life.

The tunnels are a network of underground passageways of more than 120 miles which served as hospitals, living quarters, arms cache and defenses during the war. People lived underground in the tunnels during the bombing of Vietnam. Much of the original tunnel system was destroyed during the bombing raids but a few still remain to this day, open for tourists.

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My Food Journey in Ho Chi Minh

My Food Journey in Ho Chi Minh

Anthony Bourdain, the culinary god himself, keeps coming back to Vietnam and I perfectly understand why. Vietnamese cuisine is one of the most delicious and healthiest in the world and just the thought of it makes my mouth water and makes me ask for more. […]

Cong Ca Phe – Delectable Coffee in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cong Ca Phe – Delectable Coffee in Hanoi, Vietnam

When I travel I make it a point to do two things in the city where I’m in. One is to get a massage and the other is to try local cafes or at least one local café. When we were in Hanoi we were […]

Cruising in Halong Bay

Cruising in Halong Bay

Halong Bay in Hanoi, Vietnam has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Annually, tourists travel to Halong Bay to marvel at its beauty and swim in its waters. However, very few really know the mystery that lie in its calm waters.

The word “halong” literally means descending dragon. According to legend, during the old times when the country of Vietnam was just formed, there were fierce invaders from the north. The Jade Emperor felt sorry for the country and the people so he sent the Mother Dragon and her children down to earth to help the ancient Vietnamese people.

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Maison D’ Orient – Hanoi, Vietnam

Maison D’ Orient – Hanoi, Vietnam

If you are a traveler, whether seasoned or not, one of the first things you should do before booking a hotel, aside from looking at rates, is to check the reviews. Reading hotel reviews is a good way to find out if the hotel is […]