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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 […]

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.

Being there not only felt like being in Hogwarts but also being in the workshop of little elves with all the paint, books and other knick knacks. I give the owners credit for thinking creatively and bringing a piece of Hogwarts to life by way of their cafe. I was expecting magical creatures to suddenly materialize out of nowhere and shower us with pixie dust.

The cafe was not yet open when we arrived on a Sunday so we waited outside. When one of the staff saw us, he asked us to come in even though they were not yet officially opened. A few minutes after they opened, a bunch of children and their parents came in and tiny tots started playing on the slides; painting; and just running around and shrieking in delight.

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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 […]

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. Although I do not like the strong smell of parsley, which is coincidentally prominent in all their dishes, Vietnamese cuisine still ranks on top of my list.

There are noodles, pork, chicken, beef, and all the essential greens. One thing I noticed is that their soup is flavorful. My palate was overjoyed when I as in Ho Chi Minh although I didn’t get to digest, much less enjoy my very first meal because our flight was delayed and we were rushing to catch the AO show in the Saigon Opera House. The AO show is the local version of Cirque de Soleil in the city.

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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 […]

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 worth the rate or not. However, first things first, what do you look for in a hotel?

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Beauty, Peace and Contentment in the Streets of Hanoi, Vietnam

Beauty, Peace and Contentment in the Streets of Hanoi, Vietnam

Life is constant search for respite, for beauty, for fulfilment and for goodness. Everywhere we go we always look around to see the good and the beautiful. All these things I have found during my trip to Vietnam. Surprisingly, while crossing Vietnam’s busy streets under the scorching heat of the sun, while dodging loud motorbikes honking here and there, I found peace and contentment in the eyes and beautiful faces of the Vietnamese and when I say beauty I mean it. I saw so many beautiful Vietnamese women during my trip.