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Discover Hanoi through a delectable street food night with dinner! Learn about Hanoi's culture through a guided street food adventure. Observe how the locals go about their lives.

On the road in Vietnam

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

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The Vietnamese spend so much time on their motorbikes I expect that eventually they will evolve into two-wheeled centaurs.

If you pitted a 40-kilogram, stiletto-wearing Vietnamese girl against a burly Aussie bikie in a test of motorcycling skill, I know who my money would be on. But I’m not going to say it, in case I get shot.

But say the test of motorcycling skill was being held out of town, and you had to take a long, bumpy bus ride with the contestants to get there, for the love of God, sit next to the bikie.

The Vietnamese ride through the market, never getting off their bikes even as they prod the produce and haggle over the price of pomelos. They’ll swathe their steeds in swinging bags of meat and fruit and eggs, then drive to a roadside food stall where, like a lo-fi drive-thru, a bread roll with pâté, or a little crème caramel, can be bagged up and hooked over their handlebars, without them ever having to leave their seat.

On their motorbikes they can smoke, and send text messages, and carry a brimming bowl of noodle soup one-handed. Probably all at the same time. Children do their homework riding pillion, and toddlers fall asleep while standing up, wedged between their parents’ legs, their head resting on the handlebars.

But because the Vietnamese pretty much drive out of the birth canal on two wheels, they miss out on a formative experience we take for granted: adapting to four-wheeled transport. As a result, no long-haul bus ride in Vietnam is complete without at least half the passengers vomiting into plastic bags, tying those bags up, then flinging them out the window throughout the entirety of the journey. It’s a case of projectile vomit turned vomit projectiles.

These little exploding parcels of spew litter the highways of Vietnam. So, say you are going to watch this test of motorcycling skill on a motorbike that’s travelling behind the contestants’ bus, then keep a wide, wide berth. Unless you want to receive a high-speed bag o’ vom in your face.

Just as the Vietnamese are, on the whole, inexperienced car passengers, they’re also inexperienced car drivers. This is changing at an incredible rate, with growing wealth resulting in more and more Vietnamese people buying their first car, and taking their first driving lesson.

Hanoi is not the ideal place to earn your driving stripes. The streets are narrow, and already filled almost to capacity with motorbikes. The learner drivers of Hanoi travel at a trepidatious crawl, as if they too are transporting brimming bowls of noodle soup, and maybe they are. They go at speeds so slow that I can easily overtake them on my bicycle at little more than a dawdle.

Taxi drivers are often learners themselves, shuddering along in third gear at speeds that barely make the speedometer twitch. Once, late at night, I’m pretty sure Nathan and I were the inaugural customers of one taxi driver. With his emergency lights and high beams on, we crawled along the deserted street for a few blocks. Then the windows all fogged up; the driver panicked, mounted the curb, and said “Okay!” as if we’d just arrived at our destination, and everything was completely under control.

The all-too-experienced motorcyclists take advantage of the lumbering learners, swarming around them in all directions at intersections, as if the car is merely a fixed obstacle, which can be avoided like a traffic cone.

But there are more cars on the road every day, the result of a furious upward mobility that will, eventually, lead to a traffic standstill when simply no more cars can fit. Vomit missiles will become a thing of the past, and so will all the learner drivers, but no-one will be going anywhere.

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Hanoi street food tour|Discover Hanoi food culture like locals do


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Wine in Split, Croatia: A Story of Family, Wine, and a Grape.

by Sean @ Venturists

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We’ve been on lots of wine tours. Traveling and sampling local wines just goes together so well, and as anyone who knows us can attest to, we love wine. But even more so than the wine itself, we love learning about the stories and history of a region’s wine. Winemakers are typically passionate about their […]

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Hot Pot Asian Soup (Shabu-Shabu)

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Hot Pot (or similarly Japanese Shabu-Shabu) is actually a fondue. Vegetables, thinly sliced meats and often noodles and/or dumplings, are added to a fondue pot with boiling broth. Each person sharing the fondue adds their own ingredients to the broth. Food can be rescued by using a small wire basket or just cooked by “swishing” […]

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5 Finnish Delicacies You Must Try If You Visit Finland

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Ok, we’ve never been to Finland, but we know many people who have and rave about the country, the people, and the amazing outdoor activities. We don’t, however, usually hear too much about the food of Finland. So, when Evan Kristine offered to give us a primer on her favorite foods of the region, we happily […]

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Bulgarian Meatball Soup – Supa Topcheta

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Supa Topcheta, or Bulgarian Meatball Soup, is a favorite traditional dish and comfort food at its best. The hearty soup is filled with vegetables and meatballs made with a combination of pork and beef. Then it’s thickened with egg yolks and Greek yogurt spiked with fresh lemon juice. The resulting soup is creamy without being overly heavy. […]

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Red Enchilada Chile Sauce

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If you love Mexican food then having a good red enchilada sauce is essential. This versatile sauce is used not only to make classic enchiladas, but can also be modified to use with fish, as part of a base for slow cooked dishes such as Barbacoa Beef, or in one of our favorite brunch dishes […]

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Young Green Sticky Rice: Autumn’s Arrival in Hanoi

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A quick glance at the fruits and vegetables stacked in the baskets of roaming food vendors in Hanoi reveals what season it is.  Now in early autumn, you can find a couple handfuls of such vendors wandering the streets of … Continue reading

A VEGETARIAN'S GUIDE TO - Hanoi, Vietnam

A VEGETARIAN'S GUIDE TO - Hanoi, Vietnam


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Vegan Adventures in Mexico- What I ate and saw in Yucatan

by Lou Abrego @ Vegan Travel

My favorite part of the year is when I’m going on holiday. Even though I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like, I try to make the best out of it. My last trip was to Mexico, the […]

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A look at Hanoi breakfast

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There’s no surprise when “pho”, one of the world’s most famous dishes, is chosen for the very first meal of a day of many Hanoian. Apart from dinner which is considered as a daily occasion for family gathering, breakfast is also of importance to Hanoi people. This can be seen easily when walking around streets ...

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Playa del Carmen Restaurant Recommendations

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Good Choices Near the Condo Las Hijas de la Tostada This place is right on 5th Avenue about 2 blocks from the condo. It’s frequently packed with locals and tourists alike. They have fantastic ceviche and seafood tostadas. If you aren’t into ceviche, they also have a nice cooked shrimp taco with cheese (holbox taco) […]

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Vietnam Soft Adventure Tour – 12 Days

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

For those who consider exploration the heart of travel, Vietnam Soft Adventure Tour never disappoints. From the untouchable provinces of Vietnam to the most famous landmarks, this tour provides you with the window into both natural and artificial attractions of Vietnam...

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HUE VEGETARIAN FOOD TOUR - I LOVE HUE TOUR

HUE VEGETARIAN FOOD TOUR - I LOVE HUE TOUR


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Hue vegetarian food tour brings the passion of amazing Hue vegan food to the tourists. Hue is a Buddist city, you must explore lovely vegetarian food here.

Top Things to do in Hanoi

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

  Hi, I am Trang, 25 years old, a member of Hanoi Free Local Guides, a Volunteer organization providing travelers with free local guides (you only pay for the guide a drink, you will have a free local guide show you the best of Hanoi) Today, I would love to share with you the Top things to do in Hanoi, the city of culture, politic, and the city of warm-hearted people. where I and my friends offen take travelers around as volunteers. Best things to do in Hanoi are also in a this video for a better look   Hanoi Capital,  […]

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How Much Czech Food Did We Eat on Our Epic Prague Food Tour?

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

We spent a full day eating our way around the Czech Republic’s glorious capital city on an epic Prague food tour. Was it fun? You bet. But how much Czech food did we eat? A weekend was not enough time for us to explore the charming city Prague. As slow travelers, we like to spend a month in each city that we visit. Prague is no exception to this rule. In an ideal world, we’d hang out at Prague cafes, wander aimlessly along the city’s ancient cobblestone streets and leisurely gaze ...

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A Perfect 2 Week Itinerary for Greece

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Greece really is all that and a bag of chips. If Greece was a man, I would marry him. That’s how in love I am. Few places make me feel so “at home”. Maybe it’s the warmth and openness of the people and the fact that despite having severe economic hardships the past few years, they are still unbelievably generous. Maybe it’s the absolute gorgeousness of the country with its over 6000 thousand islands dotting the Aegean and Ionian seas. Or maybe it’s the cheese. There are at least 12 types that I know of, by the way. I can’t pin it down to one thing, it’s the whole package. You hopefully can discover for yourself and let me know what you love about it. Here is a suggestion for a perfect 2 week itinerary for Greece. Per my usual, I will include lodging and food options that were especially awesome. Basics Location:  Balkan Peninsula Language:  Greek. English is spoken well in most places. Currency:  Euro. Easy to find ATMs. Credit card taken in many places but on the smaller islands and at food kiosks it may be cash only. Getting Around Flying:    You can find relatively inexpensive flights between Athens and the larger islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Zakynthos and Corfu. These flights are typically an hour or less in duration. Driving Driving in Greece is fairly easy. I didn’t find it too difficult even when some of the signs were in Greek! “It’s all Greek to me!” LOL Ferries You can ferry (or car ferry) from Athens to many islands and then in between islands. There are fast and slow ferries. The frequency varies by the season and the costs vary by the time of day and which type of ferry. http://www.greekferries.gr Bus:  I have no experience with the bus system other than on a few islands which I will explain in later sections.   2 Week Itinerary For Greece I will provide two options. One for the person who doesn’t mind rushing and being on the go; the person who wants to hit the popular spots. The other is for those who prefer a more relaxed pace and prefer less touristy areas. You can always come up with your own combination of the two! Option 1 This itinerary takes you to the most popular islands but in different seas so you can get a taste of everything. I personally think it is shameful to go to Greece and not see some spectacular mainland sights, so I included them as well! Day 1 Arrive Athens If you arrive in the morning, spend the day exploring the Acropolis and Plaka neighborhood. You can also hike to Philopappos hill for sunset and great views. If you arrive in the evening, have dinner and get up early the next day to really see the most! For this option, I would rent a car and then get rid of it before going to the islands, unless you really want to have it there. Depends on your budget and preference. Having the car means you must take the car ferries and can’t fly. This may increase your travel times but you can balance the savings from not flying against the expense of having a car. I’m not a mathematician and can’t work this out so quickly! Day 2 Athens I think Athens deserves 2 days at least despite what many say.  Athens is lovely and fascinating with centuries of history. Consider staying in the Monastiraki or Psirri neighborhoods. They are walking distance to everything and very cool with a local feel. I stayed in this Airbnb. Use my code for $40 credit when you sign up! www.airbnb.com/c/cherenes20 Day 3  Drive to Delphi It takes about 2.5  hours (183 km). Depending on how much you were able to see in Athens, you can choose to leave early, or in the evening.  If you get there during the day you can spend the day exploring the most important archaeological site in Greece, one of most important in the world. Visit the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Venus, among other impressive structures. The town of Arachova nearby is a charming ski town in the winter and in other seasons very cute with shops and restaurants with scenic views. Have lunch or dinner at in Arachova or in Delphi To Stay I stayed a guest house called Pitho, run by a very sweet and helpful man who prepares a wonderful breakfast. He even makes his grandmother’s sour cherry jam. Yum! He will recommend a great restaurant down the street. I forget the name but it was wonderful! Day 4  Delphi/Meteora If you had enough time in Delphi you can either sleep late, (ahhhh) then head to Meteora or hang out and shop in Arachova a bit. Eventually, take the 3-hour drive to Meteora (230km). Try to get there for sunset if you can. See the monasteries in this lighting is magic. Be prepared for lots of company with tripods. LOL. Go early and claim a spot. Day 5 Meteora Spend the day exploring the mystical and magnificent monasteries. Some involve lots of steps so be ready to exercise. Females must cover shoulders and legs (everybody has to really).  They provide a skirt you can wear over your pants. Have dinner in the base town of Kalambaka. To Stay I stayed at the Petrino Guest House.  Was nice and cozy guest house with decent sunset views from some rooms. The Hotel Dupioni also looked very nice but was unfortunately full when I was there. Day 6  Drive back to Athens This will be kind of a long drive. Up to you to if you want to pound it out early and have some more time in Athens, or do it leisurely. The scenery along the way is stunning and you will want to take photos! Day 7  Fly or take ferry to Santorini Santorini is a volcanic island full of whitewashed villages surrounding by deep blue seas. It’s world famous and rightly so with this scenery. It was created by a volcanic eruption, one of the largest volcanic events recorded on Earth, creating a four-mile-wide caldera. This caldera is where millions flock every year to get those perfect sunset views. This is THE iconic Greek Island. Just be prepared to share the beauty with thousands of your best human friends. To Stay You can choose to say in either the Oia (pronounced ee-a)) area or the Thira area. These are the two main villages. Thira (Fira) is where the ferry lands. Oia is on the northernmost tip and is the most famous village with the sunset views you’ve probably seen a zillion pics of. It is EXPENSIVE!!!! If you want one of those Instagram worthy cave hotels with a pool and incredible views be prepared to dish out between $500-$1000 or more nightly during the summer. These places are cheaper in October but still pricey. You can stay ten minutes south of Oia with a view facing the opposite way (still pretty water views but not as iconic) for under $200.  In Thira it is much more reasonable and there is more to do there as well. It is more centrally located so you can go to more places with less effort. I stayed once in Thira at Volcano View Hotel and loved it but it is a splurge. I also stayed close to Oia at Agnadi Villas. They were very nice and you can easily walk into Oia. There was also a bus stop across the street. There are hostels available in Thira as well. Getting Around If you have a car, use it! It is a big island. You can rent a quad (ATV) for around 40-50 euro per day. Or you can use the bus system. It is fairly uncomplicated however it can fill up quickly in the high season when coming back from Oia and won’t stop at subsequent stops. Very annoying. Day 8  Santorini I’m just going to list a few key things to do in Santorini. You can easily cover all these activities in 3 days. Visit iconic Oia. The town doesn’t have much to do, just cute cafes and shops and gorgeous views for dayzzzz.  I was there the end of August and went very early to walk around and get photos without the masses in them. I went at 7 am and by 10 am it was packed. This is a good time to grab breakfast and then maybe hike down to the relatively uncrowded beach called Ammoudi Bay. This is a great spot to swim although not really a beach. Take the path down from Oia to the Ammoudi port then turn left and walk along the water’s edge for 5 minutes. There’s a small island that you can swim out to that has fab views. Sunsets If you want to see the famous Oia sunset, get your spot early. I suggest Kastro restaurant. You need a reservation. It is in a perfect location.  Other spots that have great sunset views in Oia include the Venetian Castle or you can walk sort of to the “end” and there is a huge windmill with a little bar. I recommend sitting there OR get a spot on the wall behind the windmill for gorgeous windmill shots! Yeah, OK Santorini. Your stupid sunsets are pretty damn sweet. Do you all understand how many people were packed like sardines in those cute little alleys, pushing and shoving to get a postcard sunset pic? Of course I wanted no part in that and managed to find my own little spots💛🌅. Do you have any secret sunset watching spots in touristy places you want to share with moi??? A post shared by Cherene (@wanderingredheadcher) on Aug 30, 2017 at 5:35am PDT The further “in” you walk, the longer it will take you to walk out because of the bottleneck of people jammed into tiny alleys. I didn’t love this part. I actually became quite hostile. I recommend getting away from the hot spot early and facing the other direction from where the sun actually went down. The opposite direction usually gets the pink and purple colors. After the sunset is when the sky really becomes impressive if you ask me. This photo taken when you first enter Oia. Nobody is here! Hiking You can hike from Fira to Oia. It is 10 km (6.2 miles) and takes 2-4 hours.  Beaches Red Beach is stunning to see with red cliffs surrounding it, but isn’t the best beach to sunbathe on. Better to gawk at, take photos and then visit nearby Akrotiri. Perissa and Perivolas. These are essentially one long black sand beach that is sort of the party beach. Akrotiri Some call this the Pompeii of Santorini. It was once covered from a volcanic eruption. Very cool place to see! Santo Wines This place is a great way to chill, enjoy views and not be annoyed by tons of people. You can get here an hour before sunset and claim a table. Order a big ass cheese place and do a wine tasting. Be prepared for some generous pour. I recommend the tables all the way to the north part of the deck, facing the northern tip of the caldera. You can taste 12 wines for 25 euro or something like that.  Whatever the price is….its 5 euro less for 6 wines. This is a no-brainer folks! Day 9   Santorini Places to see the sunset Akrotiri Lighthouse Santo Winery Venetian Castle in Oia Kastro Restaurant Get a reservation! Imerovigli (Village in between Fira and Oia).   Has direct sunset views. It is quieter than both Oia and Fira and at a higher elevation. Here is a great guide to sunset in Santorini written by a photographer! Santorini Sunset Spots Day 10  Fly or ferry to Mykonos To Stay Mykonos Town Stay near the town if you like walking to restaurants and shops. I stayed in a place called Kouros that has incredible views! You can take buses to get to the beach areas. Paradise Beach Area I have never stayed in this region but I know others that have found hostels right on the beach! Getting Around Mykonos is also a big island. They have a bus system if you don’t have your own car. If you stay near Mykonos town you can walk to most places unless you want to visit beaches. Day 11   Mykonos Mykonos is oozing with charm. And bougainvillea. Make sure you allow time to wander through the tiny adorable streets and get lost. You won’t really get lost. It’s too small. You will find gorgeous streets and small squares everywhere. Make sure to see the famous windmills and Little Venice. You can take a day trip to the island of Delos, the 2nd most important archaeological site after Delphi. In Mykonos you mostly go to the beach, lie by the pool and gawk at the view or wander around the town taking photos of blue domed churches with bright pink bougainvillea everywhere. At night you can find a vibrant party scene. Not a bad way to spend time! Day  12  Corfu Corfu is the most popular island on the Ionian side. I added this to the itinerary in case you want to see many different sides of Greece. This island looks very different than the whitewashed volcanic Aegean Islands. Some say this is THE most beautiful island in Greece. Rumor has it that Homer was imaging Corfu when he wrote the Iliad. I recommend staying in Corfu Town. It is central with an airport and a ferry port. You can arrange tours of the island from here. Make sure to try to local kumquat liquor! Maybe not at 9 am like I did! Day 13   Corfu Definitely, spend a day exploring the island, it’s views and beaches. Take a boat trip for beautiful views from the sea and explore little caves along the way.  By the way, if you want to play a fun drinking game, have a sip every time I use the word “views” in this post! Read More:  Things to do in Corfu Day 14   Depart (fly Corfu to Athens/Athens to destination) As always, you can find great lodging of all types here: Booking.com FYI you can take a ferry from Corfu to Albania. It is only 30 minutes. Read More:  Practical Guide and Tips for Visiting Albania Option 2 For this itinerary just see option 1 for all the places that are repeated. I won’t go into as much detail here. Day 1   Arrive Athens Day 2  Athens Day 3  Delphi Day 4  Meteora Day 5  Meteora Day 6  Drive to Athens Day 7  Choose Santorini OR Mykonos.  Santorini has more natural opportunities and archaeology, wineries, etc. Mykonos has more parties and a more vibrant capital town.  Mykonos town is adorable and incredibly scenic.   Santorini has unreal sunsets. Doing both is expensive and touristy AF This photo was taken right before the sunset tourist rush. I was able to enjoy this lovely view relatively unbothered for a few lovely minutes before people became claiming their sunset spot. Day 8  Santorini (see option 1 itinerary) Day 9  Santorini Day 10  Milos You can easily ferry from Santorini to Milos. Milos is incredible. There is so much to do here! You can get around by taxi (expensive), your own car, rent a scooter or ATV. In high season these can be hard to get if you don’t reserve ahead of time. I was one of these people who didn’t plan ahead so I couldn’t get any wheels. The scooter rentals sometimes won’t rent to people without a special driver’s license. To Stay Adamas  This is where the ferry lands. It is cute and a good spot to book anything you want to do on the island. My hotel was 5 minutes from the ferry which was super convenient. It also is a central bus stop. It doesn’t have the best atmosphere but is cute. Plaka   This is more of a typical scenic whitewashed village. Milos has my favorite beach in all of Europe.  Sarakiniko. Amazing. I went at sunset and again in the morning. I wanted to see it in every kind of light. I’ve been walking in dreamland for weeks…please don’t wake me. What are you dreaming about these days? . . . . . #girldiscoverers #thediscoverer A post shared by Cherene (@wanderingredheadcher) on Sep 4, 2017 at 2:24pm PDT Day 11   Milos The colorful fisherman village of Klima is fun to visit. I was surprised how many other tourists had not heard of it. It isn’t the easiest place to get to if you don’t have wheels. You have to kind of hike down to it from the catacombs/Roman Theatre. Interestingly, at the beginning of this path you will see the spot where they found the famous Venus de Milo, which is now in the Louvre. Day 12  Milos Visit the main village of Plaka which is very traditional and charming.  Make sure to see the amazing sunset from the church/castle. Many people stand on top of the church as you can see. First of all, I find this disrespectful. Second, the view is better from further up! Many people congregate on the castle but I think the best view is in a less crowded spot in between the two. Day 13   Milos Take a day to see Kleftiko Beach.  The unique rock formations are stunning. You must take a boat trip to see it. You can book these easily from the port town of Adamas. Swimming in this warm crystal clear water is heavenly. You can discover caves and ultra blue lagoons. Since I haven’t posted about Milos ye (I’m WAY behind), I will direct you to a great post about spending 4 days there. https://www.crazytravelista.com/4-day-milos-itinerary/ Day 14 Departure (Sad!) Take the ferry to Santorini then fly to Athens OR ferry from Milos to Athens ***If you have more time (4-5 more days), consider the island of Zakynthos. Read More: Discover Your New Favorite Greek Island, Zakynthos Must Try Greek Dishes Moussakka This is sort of like Greek lasagna. It is potatoes, layered with seasoned ground meat and tomatoes and bechamel sauce, sometimes with grated cheese on top. One of the best ones I had was oddly, at the airport! Shrimp Saganaki  This shrimp is usually served in the skillet full of yummy tomato sauce and feta, best scooped up with some bread. Cheese Saganaki   This is flambeed cheese and I can’t get enough of it. They typically use a hard cheese like Halloumi, Karalotyri or Graviera that can be heated and not fall to pieces. It just gets really nice and melty so eat it while it’s hot! With bread of course! Grilled Chicken or Lamb The Greek way is to serve it with lemon with either lemony rice or potatoes (i’m all about that lemon) Greek Salad (well…duh)  but depending on where you are the type of cheese in here will change. It could be feta or halloumi or others depending on the island.  The tomatoes literally will make you cry. They are so red and sweet. (Why can’t we have these America?) I read that Greeks eat more cheese than the French. Bring your lactose intolerance pills! Gyro  I don’t care where else in the world you have had one of these.  It will not be as good. Not even half as good. The way they take the pita off the grill before wrapping it and the perfect few french fries they stick inside all make it so freaking good. I don’t even like to eat meat but these are too good to not eat.  The choices are usually chicken or pork. Souvlaki  This is similar to gyro except the meat is not shaved, it is more kebab like. Mostly the same otherwise. About Refugees in Greece You may be hearing murmurs of people concerned about going to Greece because of the refugee crisis. If you don’t know anything about it, here’s the deal.   In case you have never seen the news since 2010, there has been a war in Syria for over 7 years now, creating the worst refugee crisis in the world since WW2. Most of the refugees are in Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey but many have braved the treacherous sea crossing from Turkey to the Greek Island of Lesbos.  Due to geography, Greece has been saddled with the brunt of middle eastern refugees and at some point in early 2015, the EU put a crackdown on the borders for refugee movement out of Greece. Greece now, with their own economic problems, is forced to care for over 50,000 refugees. They aren’t all from Syria. Many are from Iraq and Afghanistan, due to conflicts going on for over a decade  (dare I say from US interference). These refugees are supposed to be resettled by the UN somewhere else in Europe but due to the inefficient system, this is a painfully slow process. Refugee camps that were supposed to be temporary are now becoming somewhat permanent homes for those poor people. Greece is doing the best they can under the circumstances. This is what I mean by saying that the people here are amazingly giving. Read More: Volunteering with Refugees in Greece The bottom line is, you should know this is happening but it likely won’t affect you. Some of the most obvious refugee camps (at the port of Piraeus for example), have been shut down. Some refugees may be seen begging in major squares in Athens.  You are not going to be confronted with hordes of refugees moving around. If you see these people, talk to them! They are probably educated and would love to be treated like a human being. If you are interested in donating to help refugees specifically in Greece…… The best thing you can do is spend your tourism dollars in this wonderful country! I have been three times now and plan to go as much as possible over the rest of my life. I can’t get enough! Have you been to Greece? Where is your favorite place? Pin it!

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Real Vietnamese Cooking – 850,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

Real Vietnamese Cooking is a culinary voyage through this unique and vibrant country. Using traditional cooking techniques to recreate local dishes and classic favourites at home, as well as lush photography and fascinating personal insights into the intricacies of the country’s rich culture, this book is your authoritative guide to Vietnamese cuisine. The recipes draw on the three main culinary regions of the country: the hearty food of the North, the imperial cuisine from the Centre, and the sweeter and spicier food from the tropical South. From classic Vietnamese fare such as Beef noodle soup (Pho Bo), Spring rolls (Nem) and Banana flower salad, as well as lesser-known recipes such as Caramel fish with galangal or Artichoke and pork rib soup, these recipes will delight and inspire lovers of Vietnamese cooking. Published in May 2014.

Discover places near Ha Noi for New Year’s Festival

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Lots of ecological resorts not only have a splendid landscape but also a perfect place to have fun and relax. Visiting here, you have chances to discover nature surrounding or daily life of local people. They’re interesting destinations to enjoy in a holiday. Places which are showed below are really appropriate for a 2-3 day ...

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Sri Lankan Food Guide for Vegetarian Travellers

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

Sri Lankan food includes curry and rice, lentil dhal, roti breads, rice noodles, sweet coconut pancakes — and that’s just for breakfast! A Sri Lankan meal is a lavish experience made up of many dishes. Sri Lankan food caters well for vegetarians and vegans as many of the staple Sri Lankan foods also happen to […]

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Fear and self-loathing in expat land

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In


This post first appeared on Crikey, and features a couple of observations from previous blog posts. Sorry for the rehash - I hope to post properly soon!
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To the Vietnamese who live around me, it’s clear where I fit in here: I don’t. The differences between us are as plain as the enormous nose on my big fat face.
In Vietnam, I am, and always will be, a Tây.
I can hear the call of “Tây-Tây-Tây-Tây-Tây” in any market as vendors announce my presence to each other, making it pretty much synonymous with the sound effect “ker-CHING!”
I’m not offended one bit by this label. Not even when I had new passport photos taken and the shop filled in the “Mr/Ms_________” section on the little receipt with “Ms Tây”, and filed it away under T.
Because I am a Tây. Even if they would let me, I would never try to pretend to the Vietnamese that I’m just like them.
However, before I moved here, I envisioned making for myself a perfectly authentic, local Vietnamese life. I was sure I would assimilate beautifully. I was very much the kind of person who would travel to Asia and scoff at tourists eating pizza. “What’s the point of even coming overseas if you’re just doing what you do at home, eh?” I would say, indignant and unbearable.
Now, my favourite café in Hanoi is run by a Melbournian and serves soy chai lattes. I like Vietnamese coffee very much, and drink it often. But you know what I like more? Soy chai lattes.
I don’t care any more about my street cred or my authenticity, or being pleased with myself for being the only foreigner in a local coffee shop. That soy chai latte doesn’t lessen the Vietnam-ness of my life here; in fact, it makes it better, offering me enough comforting familiarity to better enjoy the rest of my very Hanoian day.
When visitors from Australia ask me to take them to my favourite cafe in Hanoi, I know better than to take them to this place, my real favourite café. The one and only visitor I’ve taken there looked around and said, “Hmm, there sure are a lot of foreigners in here”, and there was judgement in them there italics.
To me, this is like going to a Chinese restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown and complaining, “Hmm, there sure are a lot of Chinese people in here”.
The formation of communities with shared ethnicities and cultures is the most natural thing in the world. Liberal-minded, politically correct, cultural relativists like myself love them for bringing “diversity” and “colour” to our neighbourhoods. Yet those of us who move overseas seem to think we’re above needing the familiarity of such communities ourselves. We’re sure we’ll just slot right in to our new home because we’re so open-minded and adaptable.
No, we won’t become your typical "expat". Now, there’s another word with its own synonymous sound effect: one of retching.
“Expat” conjures up two stereotypes, both of them unseemly: one clad in white linen, drinking gins and tonic, and oppressing the natives; the other sunburnt, overweight, subsisting entirely on baked beans and whinging about the locals. Both images emphasise that the expat is stubbornly, wilfully, unassimilated.
It’s a word with such awful colonial overtones. All at once it projects cultural superiority and barbarism. And for a word which is supposed to be all about someone moving to a new and different country, all it does it emphasise where they’ve come from: it seems you’re only an expat if you’re from the developed world, otherwise, let’s face it, you’re an immigrant.
It’s because of these connotations that people, like me, try to dodge the dreaded expat label. But despite my best intentions, I have become just another expat. I might not have a white linen suit, but I’m still a Tây who hangs out with other Tâys and does your typical Tây things.
So every one of my soy chai lattes could taste just like self-loathing, or I could just get over myself and own it: I’m an expat. I’ll still say it with teeth gritted against all those historical connotations, but I’ll say it: I am an expat.

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi


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Finding Hanoi vegetarian food is tough when you're new in the city. Here's your guide to street food stalls and restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi!

Dating back to origin of mixed dishes in Hanoi

by streetfood @ Hanoi street food tours|customized food tasting & culture tours

1. Sour rice noodle Starting from a famous specialty in Cao Bang Province, the sour rice noodle becomes so familiar with Hanoi people. Like other mixed dishes, this kind of food is attractive because of the first look with deep fried potatoes, fried pork liver, pieces of sliced bacon, crunchy roasted duck, cucumber pieces, lettuce, ...

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HCMC Opens Pedestrian Streets For Lunar New Year

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Ho Chi Minh City wants to turn De Tham and Do Quang Dau Street into pedestrian streets for entertainment activities during the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). A representative from HCM City’s People Committee said the two new walking streets are expected to create more space for cultural […]

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16 Vietnamese Food Souvenirs

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I often receive emails from friends, and friends of friends, asking for food and travel tips when visiting Vietnam. I have a standard Word document I refer to and then customize it based on where they’re visiting. I’ll sometimes suggest … Continue reading

Best beaches in Vietnam to enjoy this summer holiday

by Mintyle @ I Love Vietnam Tour

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Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi

Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi


Stuff

For a non-adventurous eater, a Hanoi street food tour is exhilarating and frightening.

Rishikesh Vegan Food Hunt

by Maria Kelly @ Vegan Travel

I spent a total of 5 weeks in Rishikesh, India. 4 weeks studying yoga at Siddhi Yoga and 1 week exploring and enjoying.  My favorite vegan spot in Rishikesh is The Eat Story. I’ll talk about this spot first.  The Eat […]

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Hanoi Street Food Tour, Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Hanoi Street Food Tour, Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi


Hanoi Street Food Tour, Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi

You have just visited Hanoi and would like to try HANOI STREET FOOD with mouth – watering dishes. Let’s explore HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR with us

Spring is calling in Mekong Delta

by Lan Hương @ I Love Vietnam Tour

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Off the beaten track tours in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Off the beaten track tours in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.


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Mr Linh’s Adventure is a professional, enthusiastic travel company, specialising in off-the-beaten-track and jungle adventure tours in remote areas Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Top Things to do in Rome for Foodies

by Team Venturists @ Venturists

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Rome is a wonderful city that has plenty to offer all kinds of visitors, including people who are food fans. If you are planning a visit to the city, we strongly suggest that you add a few of the ideas below to your itinerary. Enjoy a Guided Food Walk Combining a walk with tasting local […]

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Guanajuato, Mexico Street Food Tour

by Jen @ Venturists

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When we were recently invited by our friend and fellow travel writer, Tim Leffel, to visit the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, of course we happily agreed. Even better though, the plan was to spend a day with Tim and some other blogger friends sampling street food with Mexico Street Food Tours. You don’t have to read many […]

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Non-stop Flight To US Plans To Open In 2018

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

The new Non-stop flight to US route is hoped to help to increase number of foreign visitors arrive Vietnam up to 50 percent in next two years. A plans to expand air network was approved by Vietnam’s government which will help to bring major markets includes Australia, China, Europe […]

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Top 3 Shows in Hanoi | Water Puppetry Show – Ionah – Four Palaces

by linhtk @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

The top 3 shows in Hanoi highly recommended below which are Water Puppetry, Ionah, Four Palaces show will give you the key into the Vietnamese culture – a mysterious and perhaps, an unknown land to most people outside the country. 1, Múa rối nước (Water Puppetry Show) Show Information Showtime: 15:00, 16:10, 17:10, 18:30 everyday. Duration: 45 minutes Location:  Thang Long Theater, No. 57b Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Ticket Price: VND 100,000 For further details: http://thanglongwaterpuppet.org Are you curious about this unique traditional art form of Vietnam? As puppetry can be widely seen in many countries, Water Puppetry […]

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Cooking Classes and Food Tours Around The World

by Jen @ Venturists

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Our review of food tour and cooking classes around the world. We do one (or even better, both) in most places that we travel. Why? Because people who are passionate about their cuisine will also be able to point out the best places to eat when visiting the place that they love. This is the […]

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A FASHION LOVER'S GUIDE TO - Hanoi, Vietnam

A FASHION LOVER'S GUIDE TO - Hanoi, Vietnam

by Niki Groom @ Blog - Miss Magpie Fashion Spy

My favourite places for fashion and textiles in the charming city of Hanoi. Take me back or lose me forever!

MAI CHAU TOUR ONE DAY

by hanoitravelbus @ Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

Introduction: Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. From the top of Thung Khe Pass, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai & Muong and H’mong ethnic group, […]

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Food of Puglia, Italy with Cooking Experience in Lecce

by Sean @ Venturists

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Of course, we had to take a cooking class in Puglia, Italy. We have spent a significant amount of time traveling around Italy, but before this trip hadn’t made it to this region located on the “heel” of the boot that is Italy. And, our Italian friends from the region wouldn’t let us forget this. We were […]

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Stories from 3 Weeks in Sri Lanka

by Laure @ A Journey Away

Sri Lanka is one of our favourite destinations. We love the people, the food, the landscapes. We spent close to 3 weeks there and had a blast. Discovering a new culture always comes with surprises and anecdotes that you remember for a long time. Here are some stories that punctuated our stay.

Ultimate Puglia, Italy Wine Guide

by Sean @ Venturists

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We recently finished a six month tour through Italy. This was our third trip to this beautiful country. On this visit we decided to travel to some lesser known areas, and one of our favorites was Puglia (or Apulia). It was there that we met our friend Andrea De Carlo. He is a fellow foodie […]

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7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

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How to appreciate Vietnam... while you're still here

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

This post first appeared as a column in AsiaLIFE Ho Chi Minh City magazine.

When I arrived in Vietnam, filled with notions of my imminent cultural assimilation and fluency in the native tongue, I looked at most expats who had been here for a while with outright disdain. Why had they moved to Vietnam, I wondered, to socialize only with other foreigners and eat pizza?

I am now that expat. I’m probably eating pizza right now. And it tastes like mozzarella and self-loathing.

While I have all kinds of excellent, convincing excuses for why I’ve become the exact stereotype that I so scorned, if I could have my time again, I’d do it differently. For example, rather than just learning the Vietnamese expression for “I am studying Vietnamese”, I would actually, you know, study Vietnamese.

It’s not that I think my life here is in any way deficient. It’s more that when I meet newly-arrived expats now, I can’t stand being on the other end of those disdainful looks. “You’re looking at your future, Sonny Jim”, I say. And then I take a swig of whiskey to hide the pain.

I have noticed another kind of expat regret too. It’s the one where the expat leaves Vietnam and then posts Facebook status updates from their home country like “Wish I was drinking a cà phê sữa đá right now!!!” or “Missing my motorbike ride to work!!! :(” Exclamation marks are compulsory; sad face emoticons are optional. 

That’s odd, I think to myself. I seem to recall that very same expat, when they were still in Vietnam, whinging about how they couldn’t get a decent coffee in this country, and how their motorbike commute was a daily near-death experience.

And so like the circle of life, and the turning seasons, and karma, and the cosmos, and that Justin Timberlake song “What Goes Around Comes Around”, I, the disdained, get to disdain again. Read my contemptuous lips: I will not become one of those rose-coloured regretters who use too many exclamation marks!!!

I’m not going to achieve this by being down on Vietnam. This column might make me sound mean spirited, but I’m not that mean spirited.

Instead, I decided to email everyone I know who had left the country and ask them, from the perspective afforded by being back in their homeland, what they now missed about Vietnam. I figured this was a way of averting the you-don’t-know-what-you’ve-got-til-it’s-gone syndrome and ensuring I appreciate the best things about Vietnam, while I’m actually still here.

The results are now in from my extremely scientific poll. And the number one most missed thing about Vietnam is the energy: the non-stop action, the excitement, the busy streets. 

My first response to this was “Pffffft! Won’t catch me missing what you’ve charmingly described as energy but which we all know means a chaotic, frazzling free-for-all.” Because I guess I am quite mean spirited.

But this is the exactly the point. In a case of the grass always being greener, when you’re in Vietnam you pine for footpaths you can actually walk on, an empty park to run through, and just some peace and quiet godammit. When you return home and get free access to all those things, it’s actually quite boring. The bustle of Vietnam, the unpredictability, the chaos, it all provides constant stimulation and invigoration. And you’ll miss it when it’s gone.

So now when I’m stuck in traffic, wedged between a bicycle vendor selling bánh rán and a motorbike laden with road-tripping chickens, the sun’s blazing down, and I just want to get home, I try to think to myself, at least it’s not boring. It might be frazzling, but at least it’s dazzling. That’s my new motto.

And the other responses to my survey? What else should I be better appreciating? Well, the spontaneity of social life, the lack of responsibilities and societal expectations, and the bountiful free time; the affordability of going out, the luxury of a housekeeper and the cheap travel opportunities; the storms, the fruit, the geckos, the colour, the flowers, the street food, the markets, and the trà đá.

When you look at it, you actually experience most items on this list in just your average, run-of-the-mill day here. This can mean only one thing: you should appreciate every single day in this country while you still can.

Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Broth

by Jen @ Venturists

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Meatballs, or albondigas in Spanish, are a favorite comfort food in almost ever culture. This version is a recipe adapted from a friend in Mexico, who makes them at the request of her family at least once a month. After preparing them together with her in our kitchen in Playa del Carmen, we can understand […]

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The Cow Head Taco Philosopher King of Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Oaxaca is full of great street eats, including this delightful philosophizing taco vendor who makes tacos de cabeza (cow head tacos).

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Bai Dinh – Trang An tour 35USD

by tuongvns @ Hanoi Daisy Hotel | Hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter

Trang An Tourism Complex (located in the northern province of Ninh Binh) is one of the UNESCO’s  World Heritage Committee lists. The eco-attraction which located in the East of Ninh Binh with an area of 2000 ha, divided into 5 main parts: special protection area (Hoa Lu Ancient Captial), the center, caves area, service and […]

Danang Open-top Bus

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Second Danang open-top bus is planned to serve for tourists between the international airport and Son Tra peninsula by central coastal city of Danang. The city’s Department of Transport said the new service would begin later this month. It said it would be run by the Empire […]

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Chilaquiles with Black Beans and Eggs

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I first heard about Mexican Chilaquiles, I wasn’t so sure about them. A breakfast food made with tortilla chips and eggs, like breakfast nachos, could be either amazing or a complete disaster. As it turns out, they are delicious and are now one of my favorite brunch dishes. The tortilla chips become slightly softened […]

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Canals in Amsterdam are frozen and making your way around town has never been so fun

by Brittsworld @ Vegan Travel

As if the streets of Amsterdam could become any more beautiful. Here I am standing on the crackling ice surrounded by the most beautiful architecture. Children chasing each other on the ice as they slip around the corner. As I […]

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Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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These Vegan Headphones Will be Your Most Entertaining Travel Partner Ever

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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Are you searching for affordable vegan headphones? The Uplift 2 Wireless House of Marley headphones are made from eco-friendly plant-based materials, to give you maximum travel entertainment while making minimum impact on the environment. Pssst! You might also like these posts: Chow down on our vegan guides to Lisbon, Berlin, Hanoi & more → Discover […]

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Exploring Parma – A Culinary Road Trip

by Sean @ Venturists

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Anyone familiar with Italy knows that Parma is a foodie mecca. The region is well-known as the home to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham). The city of Parma has also recently been named a “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO, further highlighting the region (and the city) as a food destination. So, […]

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What image problem?

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

A little while back, the Huffingpost Post published a piece by Matt Kepnes called “Why I’ll never return to Vietnam” which criticised Vietnam for being nothing more than a land of scam artists and rip-off merchants. 

Whether or not you agree with Kepnes (and for the record, I don’t, but that’s a post for another time), you can’t deny that the article caused quite a stir in Vietnam. Unsurprising for a country where the burgeoning tourism industry is a considerable source of national pride, and more importantly, income. 

It generated around 900 comments on the HuffPo site, many from irate Vietnamese readers, and prompted a flurry of articles and opinion pieces in the Vietnamese press. One of my favourites refers to the Huffington Post as being “mistaken” for a “prominent newspaper”, and then calls Kepnes “a self-proclaimed Dave Matthews Band super fan”. Ouch.

But the most interesting response appeared on the news site for Voice of Vietnam, the state-run national radio station and mouthpiece for the Communist Party.

Entitled “I am a real backpacker”, the article profiles an Australian backpacker named Thomas Johnson “whose back always carries a big bag full of things he bought from different shops in the capital city”. 

Thomas tells the reporter that he finds Hanoi “really comfortable, with a stable work environment and friendly people”. He loves the food, and he’s enjoyed all the places he’s visited, like the ceramics village, the silk village and the flower village. 

“’Wherever I go, I am always tempted by special hand-made products, such as Ao dai (Vietnamese women’s traditional dress), conical hats, ceramics and other handicrafts. That is the reason why my backpack is always heavy with a lot of things,’ he said with a smile.”

So, he’s a young, Australian, male backpacker who just can’t get enough of flowers, silk, handicrafts and women’s dresses. He’s just cramming them all into his “bag full of things”. 

In closing, the article makes it very clear that Thomas, unlike Matt Kepnes, will be coming back to Vietnam:

“The Australian visitor said he would come back to Vietnam as soon as possible to enjoy the hidden charms of the S-shaped country, and his next destination would be Ho Chi Minh City. “I’ve heard a lot about the great leader of Vietnam and wish to visit the city named after him to explore the southern part of Vietnam,” he said.”

Wow, Thomas. A state-owned mouthpiece for the Communist Party could not have said it better themselves.

I’m going to put it out there and suggest that maybe Thomas isn’t, you know, a real person. You see, you can write an article called “I am a real backpacker” but that doesn’t actually make the backpacker real.

But really, who better to respond to criticism that your country is filled with cheats and scam artists than a person you just completely made up? Tourists will surely now be flocking to Vietnam, voted Number 1 most ironic country in southeast Asia.    


Luxury & Eco-Friendly Vietnam Tour – 15 Days

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, this trip is truly a memorable experience to keep for yourself a good impression about the country and people of Vietnam. You will have the opportunity to understand more about the various and diverse culture of the region...

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Hanoi street food tour

Hanoi street food tour


Go Asia Travel

There are definitely one's that you should not venture into, but with this Food on Foot Tour

Vegetarian Hanoi Street Food: A Compilation of Top Eats

Vegetarian Hanoi Street Food: A Compilation of Top Eats


TravelPulse

Thanks to a local tour, I was able to narrow the city’s offerings down to an elite, meatless few — just be wary of unofficial mobile food vendors.

4 Day Road Trip Itinerary for the Atacama Desert of Chile

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Chile is a country that literally has it all. Endless coastline, Patagonia with its pristine mountains, glaciers and penguins, modern hip cities, a thriving art scene and a huge bad ass desert. The Atacama Desert is more than just sand. It is home to one of the world’s largest salt flats, 3 of the world’s 6 flamingo species (yes flamingos!) and is one of the most striking natural places I’ve ever seen. And I get around!  Here is a suggested road trip itinerary for the Atacama Desert along with all the useful tips I could think of. Pre-Planning Info for Chile Capital: Santiago Language: Spanish Currency:  Chilean Peso. Easy to find ATMS. Many restaurants take credit card but most entrance fees in desert must be paid in cash. 1 USD is 591 CLP.  It’s confusing because sometimes it is written like this  CLP 60.000. This means 60,000 pesos and in Spanish they will say sixty “mille”. Just so you can extra confused. How to Get Around: To reach the center of the Atacama region,  San Pedro de Atacama, you have to fly to Calama. Flights from Santiago to Calama are 2 hours and cost around $100. I think renting a car once there is the best way to explore the Atacama region, otherwise, you have to rely on tours each day. Driving in the region was fairly easy but the roads aren’t always good so a sturdy car is necessary. Some will recommend a 4 wheel drive or SUV but it’s not necessary unless you are planning to go to some offroad areas, such as driving to the Geyser de Tatio. We did ok with a mid-sized sedan. Many roads are gravel and rough so you have to drive slowly. Fun Facts: The Atacama Desert is the driest nonpolar desert in the world. There is practically no precipitation. It also is the oldest desert in the world with the only other desert competing for this title, the Namib Desert. The Atacama Salt Flat (Salar de Atacama) is the 2nd largest salt flat in the world after the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. 4 Day Itinerary for the Atacama Desert Day 1:  Arrive as early as possible in Calama. From the airport, stop at the Cordillera de Sal (Salt Mountain) and marvel at the endless views of the red rock. Find your lodging and check in. After this, you can take a half-day trip to the Valley of the Moon and stay for sunset there. Maybe join a stargazing tour in the evening or just relax with a nice meal in town. Day 2: Drive to the Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos. This can be confusing because almost the entire region is part of this flamingo sanctuary and national park.  I will discuss this day in more depth below. On this particular day, we drove to an area that we saw on the map and knew nothing about. At first, we thought we made a huge mistake but ended up having a fabulous day. Day 3:  Visit Salar de Atacama (the Salt Flat) including Lagunas Chaxa, Cejar and Tebenquiche with a stop in the historic town of Toconao. Day 4:  Get up early and visit Geyser del Tatio. Then lounge at the pool, walk around the town of San Pedro or do another activity you missed earlier. There is an afternoon flight back to Santiago. Note:  We did this at a relaxed place with lots of photo stops, eating stops, being lost stops, etc. You can certainly fit in more if you are not…ahem…as “laid back” of a traveler. There is plenty to do in this region! Cordillera de la Sal The name of “Cordillera de la Sal” (Salt Mountains) derives from the fact that its rocks possess a great quantity of calcium sulphate, and gives them the aspect of being splashed with salt. Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) Once here you will see how it got its name. You feel that you are somewhere other-wordly with lunar landscapes. The entrance fee here is 3000 pesos. The people at the entrance building only speak Spanish but they will give you a map and try to explain the park to you. Many people will tour this park by bicycle and as fun as that would be, make sure you are prepared for a strenuous and very hot day. Honestly, I am usually up for a physical adventure but I was very happy to be in my car as I drove past miserable looking bikers. This is the most touristy part of the region, and usually the place everyone will visit. That being said, I still didn’t find it that crowded in November which is right before the height of the season. The Salt Cave One of the highlights of the Moon Valley is walking through this salt cave. You need a flashlight (or cell phone) because it gets really dark and it is easy to trip or bump your head. It is also chilly in the caves. At some points I was worried that there was no end but then you would see a glimpse of light. At the end there are endless places for a triumphant photo shoot. Please don’t judge my inappropriate hiking clothing. I honestly did not research well and didn’t realize I’d be hiking on sand dunes and walking through salt caves. I look like I’m on my way to a work happy hour. Oh well. My flip-flops got me through the day, only falling apart ten times or so! Valley of Death While I didn’t technically visit the valley of death which is mainly for sandboarding, this is a view of it from the Valley of the Moon. You hike up the dunes and this view (which is only a segment of the entire vista) is your reward. We stayed here and watched the sunset (which was just ok and very chilly FYI).  The sunset in November was around 7:30 pm. Most people had already left by this time. Reserva Nacional de Los Flamencos This was the day I mentioned above where we thought we made a huge mistake. We saw this on the map and thought…let’s go see flamingos! It turns out this is not THE place to see flamingos, although there were some there. As we drove we noticed gorgeous mountains and on the map we realized were literally on the Bolivian border. Had we gone all the way through this nature reserve we would have ended up in Argentina. It is very hot in San Pedro de Atacama so we dressed for that weather. As we drove we ended up at a significant elevation which completely took us by surprise. We found ourselves thirsty and short of breath. When stopping for photos we were literally freezing. I checked my snapchat elevation (I know….so technical) and found that we were at over 14,000 feet! Thankfully I had a sweater! I’m shivering in this picture by the way! Despite the cold, we were blown away but the beauty of this reserve. We only saw two other cars the entire day. It was awesome to have this place all to ourselves. We passed a lagoon with flamingos and had lunch with this view. Often we would pass these cute little guys which I think are vicunas (either that or guanacos). Anyone know for sure? Jumping to try to warm up! I so badly wanted to play with this desert fox that came very close to our car. Every few minutes we had to stop and take photos. To get here take route 23 south from San Pedro then 27 west towards the Bolivian border. It’s very cold and windy. We took route 27 about halfway through the reserve then turned and went back. Bring lunch and lots of water. You need it in the desert and even more at altitude. It took us about 2 hours to visit this reserve and is one hour drive from San Pedro. Laguna Chaxa This is one of the many lagunas in the Salar de Atacama (the salt flats) which is all included in the Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos. THIS is the place to see Flamingos. Atacama has 3 of the world’s 6 flamingo species, the Andean, Chilean and James flamingos. The entrance fee is 3000 CLP. This place is breathtaking. I couldn’t get over all the perfect lines of color from the white salt flats, the turquoise lagoon and the pink mountains. The salt flat is seemingly endless. It doesn’t feel like a desert (if you can ignore the blazing heat, your dry flaking skin and unyielding thirst). The flamingos get their beautiful color from eating the brine shrimp which can live in the high salinity. Laguna Cejar This is the only lagoon you can swim in. The salt content here may be even higher than the Dead Sea which means you float! The admission fee is a bit steep here at 15.000 CLP ($25 USD) and includes the changing rooms and showers (which you will need to get the salt crust off your body). Again, hard to believe this is a desert. Warning…it’s cold! I took a few photos and got the hell out! The salt actually burned my skin. Toconao This is a small village 38 km (24 miles) south of San Pedro de Atacama and has one of the first recorded civilizations in the region. The most notable building in Toconao is its church. The bell tower is separated from the main church structure and dates from 1750. It is located along the main road (Rte 23) between San Pedro and the nature reserves). Laguna Tebenquiche This lagoon is gorgeous and not too far from Laguna Cejar. The road to get here is probably the worst we drove so be careful and take it slow. Other Things to Do Sandboard on the dunes in the Valley of Death See the Geyser del Tatio at sunrise. This is a volcanic geothermal field, where water and steam columns spring up violently from deep under the ground. Set at a height of 4,000 m (16,800 ft), these are the highest geysers in the world. The peak activity is at dawn. After when it gets warmer, you can bathe in the thermal pools near the geysers and visit the town of Machucha to relax for a while. (I was there on election day and this was closed. Go figure.). I hear it is scary to drive here before dawn so I recommend a tour. Visit Pukara de Quitor, a pre-Colubian archaeological site. Visit the Puritama Hot Springs, a series of 8 geothermal pools at the base of a canyon Go to the ALMA Observatory or do a StarGazing Tour.  You can read more about stargazing here:  Stargazing in San Pedro de Atacama Where to Stay Staying around San Pedro de Atacama will provide a nice base for exploring the region. There is lodging in all price ranges from hostels to ultra-luxurious resorts. I was shocked at how expensive this region can be. I stayed at a mid-range place called Atacama Lofts. It had a cool hippie vibe and I really appreciated their commitment to the environment. You choose between a glamping in a tent and sharing kitchen space or having a bungalow with private kitchen and terrace space. The room is more expensive of course but reasonable. Every morning the owners leave fresh bread and supplies in a basket outside your door. You then can make your own breakfast The fresh baguette was delicious and they provided fresh eggs, cheese, tomatoes and some fruit and juice. There was a coffee maker in each room as well. We really enjoyed this and there was enough food that we were able to pack a lunch for ourselves each day. I loved breakfast on the terrace! Find your perfect lodging here: Booking.com I was not sponsored and all opinions are my own! I’m always trying to find good deals for you all and give my recommendations when a place impresses me. Have you been to Chile? Where was your favorite place?  You can learn more about other places in Chile here: Overdose on Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile (Bonus: Good Eats!) How to See King Penguins in Chile Share the love by pinning!  

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5 Fun Places to Eat in Nashville

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Nashville is a necessary stop on any U.S. road trip that spans the country from coast to coast. Dubbed Music City, Tennessee’s capital offers musical attractions like Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a seemingly endless number of local clubs. When visiting the city, in addition to music, you’ll also find a full range of IHG hotels in Nashville at all price points plus lots of great food ranging from Southern comfort food to cutting-edge cuisine. Due to the city’s location, most places to eat in Nashville serve their food with sides ...

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12 Day Vietnam Culinary Classic Tour, Cooking class, Vespa, Market & Street Eats Tours

12 Day Vietnam Culinary Classic Tour, Cooking class, Vespa, Market & Street Eats Tours


Vietnam Vacation

Vietnam Culinary Classic Tour 12 Days private package depart from Saigon to Cu Chi tunnel, Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide


2foodtrippers

Wondering what to eat in Hanoi Vietnam? Our Hanoi food guide has the best spots to eat and drink in the wonderfully chaotic Vietnamese city.

Georgian Spicy Beef Ribs in Ajika Sauce

by Sean @ Venturists

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We like spicy food. A lot. But, we’ve found in our travels that different places in the world have have various approaches to spiciness and heat. In Thailand or Mexico, spicy salsa or Nam Pla are always available to heat up a dish. Other cultures don’t enjoy spiciness as much as we do. We’ve even […]

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6 Essential Ljubljana Food Experiences

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Check out the six Ljubljana food experiences that you shouldn’t miss when you visit the charming Slovenian capital city.  Our first impression of Slovenia was through a window during an overnight late June bus ride from Bologna, Italy to Zagreb, Croatia. We exited the furnace-like Italian summer heat and found ourselves rolling through cool breezy alpine woods gazing at quaint chalet homes along green, pastoral hills. It wasn’t until we visited two months later that we realized the addictive charms that Slovenia’s polished gem of a capital city, Ljubljana, has to offer. Though most travelers spend ...

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12 Things to Do in Hanoi

by ianandmar @ Ian and Mar

Hanoi, Vietnam – the land of bún chả and egg coffee! But let’s get focused here. It’s not always about food isn’t it? Aside from munching … Read More ›

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PERFUME PAGODA 1 DAY TOUR

by hanoitravelbus @ Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

The Perfume Pagoda is one of the highlights of the Hanoi area and one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. Every spring, after the Vietnamese New Year, thousands of Vietnamese pilgrims come here to pray for all the health and prosperity they need to get them through the year Duration: 1 day […]

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Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats


Venturists

This street food tour of Hanoi took us took us all the way from tame to adventurous sampling of the flavors that have made Vietnam a foodie destination.

Fun Things to do in Prague

by Jen @ Venturists

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Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As a city that’s rich in history, food, and architecture, Prague attracts over 6.4 million people every year. From museums to historical attractions to churches and theaters, there’s a seemingly never-ending number of things to see […]

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Authentic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

by Jen @ Venturists

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  This Chicken Paprikash Recipe is a staple dish in Hungary. Make sure to use the freshest Hungarian Sweet Paprika you can find in order to get the full authentic flavor of this dish. One taste and you’ll understand why this is a favorite dish in Hungary – classic comfort food at it’s finest! Chicken […]

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Chiang Mai: cooking up vegan heaven

by L James @ Vegan Travel

As a traveller, I found Chiang Mai a bit disappointing. Perhaps it was all the hype. All that talk of Chiang Mai being a vegan paradise/oasis (pick your metaphor). It’s not that it isn’t, but rather that coming from Berlin, […]

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Only one day in Hanoi | Best Itinerary 1 day in Hanoi

by Hien Nguyen Thi Thanh @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Are you visiting Hanoi soon? Will you only have a few days to cover as many famous attractions as possible? If you say “Yes” to one or both questions above, this is my local detailed Itinerary for Only one day in Hanoi to get the taste of Hanoi without tiring yourself out! Some tourists could not believe that they can get into the mood of a new city in just 1 day. Therefore, they waste their opportunity of exploring a new local life and experience sleeping in a hotel, waiting for new flight to longer vacation. Hope that you can find […]

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Hanoi Street Food - Classic Hotel & Spa

Hanoi Street Food - Classic Hotel & Spa


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Hanoi Street Food

Top Things to do in Seville Spain for Foodies

by Jen @ Venturists

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It was our second day on our first trip to Seville, Spain. We’ve had several trips to this beautiful country, including trips through Catalonia, Madrid and Barcelona and were ready to discover what was unique and special about this southern city. What we discovered was quite a bit. Here, the best meals are had late […]

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Guide For Fansipan Cable Car Trip in Sapa

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Do you have a plan to enjoy the Fansipan cable car? Do you know how to have perfect Sapa tours? Here are some tips we want to share with you.

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Ho, Over and Pygmy Caves Open To Visitors

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Jungle Boss, a local tour operator in Quang Binh Province had announced that they will run new tour to  Ho (Tiger), Over and Pygmy Caves. Since the beginning this year, Quang Binh authorities allowed open exploration tours to Pygmy, the fourth largest in the world in the […]

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HA GIANG EXTREME MOTORBIKE LOOP – ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY

by Lan Hương @ I Love Vietnam Tour

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The Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - The Foodie Dietitian

The Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - The Foodie Dietitian


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Hanoi, Vietnam is the place to go for delicious, authentic street food and Hanoi Street Food Tours is the company to book with. Recapping the best Hanoi street food tour!

Hanoi Nightlife Old Quarter| Hanoi Night Life Tips| Best Night Clubs

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

NIGHTLIFE IN HANOI OLD QUARTER| HANOI NIGHTLIFE TIPS| BEST NIGHT CLUBS Beside being one of the most ancient capitals in the world, when it comes to nightlife, Hanoi certainly has a reputation. Hanoi Nightlife is definitely is the most boisterous, especially in the Old Quarter. When the sun goes down, there’s always something to do whether it is joining some street activities or partying in the best night clubs in Hanoi,… In this article, as the locals, we will provide you some Hanoi Night life tips you must know to make your trip in Hanoi fulfilled and perfect. The activities will be […]

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Kayaking & Fishing in Lan Ha Bay 1 day Tour

by hanoitravelbus @ Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

The limestone mountain density is here crowded, neglected and devised sea face into little bays, gulfs of which many little bays, gulfs, and caves are still not discovered yet. Hundreds of mountains of diversified shapes as Guoc islet (Clog Islet), Roi mountain (like a bat with widely opened wings). Using a small boat, you can […]

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Cochinita Pibil – Yucatan Slow Cooked Pork

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Cochinita pibil, also known as puerco pibil or cochinita con achiote, is a traditional slow cooked pork dish from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. While it is available in many restaurants, the best cochinita is often found in small street stands throughout Yucatan cities. Due to the long cooking time of the dish, stands will […]

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Hang Trong Folk Painting Exhibition In Hanoi

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Ca Chep Bookstore at No.115 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Hanoi will hold an exhibition on Hang Trong folk painting from January 10th to 25th. Apart from outstanding Hang Trong folk paintings on three topics, including New Year, worshipping and state of affairs, the exhibition will introduce […]

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Chorizo Cheese and Egg Stuffed Potato

by Jen @ Venturists

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During a recent visit to Mexico I found my new guilty pleasure – Chorizo sausage and cheese stuffed potatoes. While my husband drooled over street tacos and grilled meat I only had eyes for the potato. So one morning I decided to turn my new obsession into brunch – that way I didn’t have to […]

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Hanoi Art Galleries – Top 10 Art Galleries in Hanoi

by Hien Nguyen Thi Thanh @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Are you curious about art in Hanoi? Explore Hanoi Art Galleries and vibrant local culture with Hanoi Free Local Tours. Here is original guide to your journey to learn about Vietnamese art with top 10 Hanoi Art Galleries including Hanoi art museum, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Art Cafe and Public Art destinations… Hanoi is the center of Vietnamese politics and economy, it is also the heart of local culture and contemporary art. The city has a vast amount of multi-faceted and unique galleries, which are scattered across the city.  Here is top 10 highly-recommended Hanoi Art Galleries that reveal our […]

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Hanoi Cooking Class

by hanoitravelbus @ Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

Pick up at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter – Visit the local market – Start cooking class – Back to your hotel by yourself. Cooking Class is always the perfect choice for whom would like to mark the Vietnamese culinary during your Vietnam trip. Itinerary There’s no better way than having a wooden spoon in hands, with […]

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25 Pictures That Explain Why the Balkans Are Awesome

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

The Balkans are one of my favorite regions in the world. There are so many underrated places here. This isn’t just a few hidden gems…it’s the whole mine!  The entire region is full of stunning nature, incredible food, and warm people.  The culture and the history here is insane. This is where centuries of epic struggles went down between two huge empires, the Ottoman and the Austro-Hungarian.  Furthermore, some of these places are miraculously not crawling with tourists. Sorry Balkans, I’m spilling your secrets like a gossipy pre-teen and showing the world why the Balkans are awesome. 1.  Mostar, Bosnia No this isn’t a dream. It’s real. This charming town has a long history, much of it pretty horrific from the war in the 1990’s but tourism is picking up and many are realizing all that Bosnia has to offer.  This 16th century Ottoman bridge was rebuilt in 2004 after being bombed in 1993. I feel that it is a symbol of Mostar and Bosnia rebuilding and moving forward. Read More:  Bosnia, Europe’s Best Kept Secret 2.  Blagaj, Bosnia Herzegovina This 600-year-old Dervish monastery is in a beautiful idyllic setting on the Buna river. 3. Kravice Waterfall, Bosnia Herzegovina The Herzegovina region of Bosnia is worth a trip. Not only will you see Blagaj (above) and Počitelj (the cover photo) but you can see this pristine waterfall. Note the lack of humans blocking the view. 4. Sarajevo, Bosnia I think Sarajevo is a contender for the most interesting city in the world. Some call it the Jerusalem of Europe, with a mosque, synagogue, Catholic cathedral and an Orthodox church all within steps of each other. Don’t even get me started on the crazy history here. World War I history buffs out there? Read More:  Sarajevo, the Most Interesting City in Europe 5.  Rila Monastery, Bulgaria A beautiful peaceful monastery deep in the mountains? Um yes…sign me up! A mere 2 hours away from Sofia is this gorgeous place where you can chill in the mountain air listening to monks chant. I highly recommend eating the fresh fried dough at the kiosk nearby. Read More:  One Week Road Trip in Bulgaria 6.  Plovdiv, Bulgaria Bulgaria’s 2nd largest city Plovdiv, doesn’t have a big city feel. It has a wonderful mix of modern and traditional with an ancient section with traditional homes and this fun artsy section called Kapana. 7.  Peles Castle, Romania Not too shabby for a summer palace eh? King Carol had pretty good taste. Deep in the Carpathian mountains, you can visit this late 1800’s Neo-Renaissance style castle. 8.  Sighisoara, Romania Who would believe that this adorable colorful Saxon village in Transylvania holds Dracula’s roots. Apparently Vlad the Impaler’s father was born here. 9.  Brasov, Romania This centrally located Transylvanian city is the perfect base to explore all of Dracula’s old hood including Bran Castle and the many fortresses and medieval villages in the region. 10.  Dubrovnik, Croatia Hardly a secret, Dubrovnik has become one of the most visited places in Europe and is usually the first Balkans country that tourists will visit. Best to visit in the offseason unless you like sharing with a few thousand cruise ship passengers. Despite its high school cheerleader level of popularity, I still adore this city with its medieval walls and glittering waters. Read More:  Ultimate Guide to Dubrovnik 11.  Rovinj, Croatia We can’t let the Dalmatian Coast have all the attention. The Istria region of Croatia is equally beautiful with its own culture and vibe. Rovinj has more of a laid-back resort feel compared to Dubrovnik but with the same Croatian charm. 12.  Kotor Bay, Montenegro Just a short drive south from Dubrovnik is this stunning bay, often called Europe’s southernmost fjord. 13.  Kotor, Montenegro Climbing the 9th-century city walls around Kotor gives you incredible views of the town and the bay. Montenegro is a nature lover’s dreams with both mountains and beaches. 14.  Belgrade, Serbia Belgrade, the ex Yugoslavian capital and current Serbian capital is a vibrant exciting city with the dubious honor of being one of the best party cities in Europe, if not the world. The large pedestrian center has everything from shopping to restaurants and is one of the oldest areas of the cities with many well-preserved monuments and buildings. 15.  Novi Sad, Serbia Novi Sad, Serbia’s 2nd largest city,  is one of the rare places in the Balkans where you don’t see the Ottoman legacy. This city stayed firmly within the Austro-Hungarian empire and some in Serbia would say this city is more Hungarian than it is Serbian. There are 11 official languages in Novi Sad with the first two being Serbian and Hungarian, respectively. It is a truly lovely place and easy to reach less than 2 hours by train from Belgrade. 16.  Berat, Albania This Ottoman “City of a Thousand Windows” is stunning to behold. The views from either side of the river or the castle on the hill will have you shooting photos constantly. 17.  The Albanian Riviera Want pristine beaches? Albania has those too. One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, sharing the Adriatic and Ionian Seas with its neighbors Montenegro and Greece, but much less crowded. Read More:  Practical Guide and Tips for Visiting Albania 18.  Lake Ohrid, Macedonia This idyllic lake with an ancient village around it is the perfect spot to unwind on a Balkans adventure. Make sure to catch the sunset at the Church of St. John. 19.  Skopje, Macedonia Skopje is a pretty, albeit odd city. Most of it is new and rebuilt in this neoclassical style complete with more statues per square inch than any city in the world. This “makeover” happened in 2014 and has been controversial. There is a traditional section of the city, the old bazaar,  where the Ottoman history is evident. 20.  Prizren, Kosovo (from above) Prizren is a cute little city with extremely friendly locals, inexpensive large portions of food and a fortress on the hill where you can catch a killer sunset over the city. In my case, it was rainy and overcast yet still breathtaking. 21. Prizren, Kosovo (from below) There’s just something about these old bridges that give the scene an enchanting quality. 22.  Ljubljana, Slovenia Is this the most beautiful city in the world? It would get my vote. With the pastel pink church, a castle on the hill and a dragon bridge, it’s almost as if a princess designed it. 23.  Lake Bled, Slovenia 24.  Lake Bled (it gets 2 pictures because…so pretty) Read More:  4 Days in Magical Slovenia 25.  Piran, Slovenia Nope, not done with Slovenia yet. This little country has tons of awesome spots including this coastal town in the Istria region, close to Italy. More pastel goodness and a beautiful coast. Come on Slovenia, now you are just showing off. Have you been to the Balkans? What was your favorite place? Pin it!

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Ha Food Tours | Hanoi Food Tours | Hanoi Street Food Tours

Ha Food Tours | Hanoi Food Tours | Hanoi Street Food Tours


Ha Food Tours

HA FOOD TOURS offers the most popular food tours available in Hanoi Old Quarter. Food tours are a great way to learn about Hanoi's diverse cultural history.

One Week Itinerary For Romania

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

This is going to sound terrible, but before I had really started to research visiting Romania, I imagined it being this post-Communist bleak, run-down place with a cool Dracula castle and mysterious creepy mountains. Please don’t judge me for being clueless. Also, don’t judge me but I have a significant Dracula fascination. I read that book “The Historian” a few years ago and decided then that I had to visit Romania. It became clear once I did a little research that my original clueless thoughts did not accurately reflect what this beautiful country has to offer. It also was clear that one week was not going to be enough to see all these amazing places Romania has to offer but I did the best I could and came up with this one week itinerary for Romania The Basics Language Romanian.  Decent English is spoken in larger cities and villages Hello:  Buna Thank you:  mulțumesc   It took me days to pronounce this properly “Mool-tszi-mesk” Currency Romanian Lei (RON).    1 Lei = 0.25 USD How to Get There International airports in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest and the country has a decent train system. I flew into Cluj via Wow Air (a discount airline based in Hungary) and out of Bucharest. Many travelers take the Budapest to Bucharest train which is quite a journey, an overnight trip from 7pm to 12pm the next day. I would spring for the sleeping compartment on this one! If you happen to be coming from Serbia, the city of Timisoara is very close the northern border. Not sure that there is a train but it is certainly drivable from Belgrade. There is also a night train between Sofia, Bulgaria and Bucharest that takes about 9 hours. How to Get Around I found the train very easy and convenient with many larger stations having luggage storage. I utilized Uber in Brasov and Bucharest. Many people opt to self-drive which is nice for freedom but traffic can really make for some slow going at certain times. One Week Itinerary for Romania Like all itineraries, this is just a suggestion to give you an idea of what you can do in a week’s time. I will often include places to eat (because that’s important to me) and if you trust my judgment…great. Since I certainly do not know enough to write extensive city guides, I only share a few places that impressed me. This route could be done in either direction depending on where you find the best transportation in and out.  This is the order in which I did the trip. Cluj-Napoca After flying into Cluj, as it’s fondly known I slept. I had an exhausting week in Malta prior to this leg of my big European trip and because of that, I missed out on much that Cluj has to offer. I did get a small taste of this 2nd largest city in Romania and capital of Transylvania. Cluj has the countries largest university, Babeș-Bolyai University, which has a famous botanical garden. The town is full of students and artists has many cute cafes and bars and a cool bohemian vibe. Things to Do DIY Walking Tour with tips from Awesome Things to do in Cluj-Napoca Start in Museum Square and walk towards Union Square where you can find the impressive St. Michael’s Church and the statue of Matthias Corvinus. After this stroll towards the National Theatre and then make your way to the Tailor’s Bastion. Follow Avram Iancu Street, pass by the Town Hall, and make your way to Central Park. If you still have energy, trek up to Fortress Hill for some great views. Many people suggested I visit the nearby Turda Salt Mines, but I didn’t have time. They do look really cool! Where to Eat Cafe Rhedey This is right in Museum Square and is a cozy place for lunch and coffee. They also have great wifi. Did I mention that Romania has some of the best wifi in Europe! Seriously impressed. This cafe’s cuisine is a cool blend of Hungarian, Romania, Armenian, Jewish and Saxon. I had the Ciorba which is a Hungarian specialty. It is basically sour soup. I spent about 37 lei ($9) for soup, bread, coffee and some cool juice blend. Casa Tiff The service here left much to be desired and I could do without all the smoking (this is a common theme and complaint mine regarding eastern Europe) but the menu was really humorous and creative with a movie theme and the food was good. The large terrace is great during summer months and the place has a hipster vibe. Sighisoara Sighisoara is a delightful pastel-colored dream village in the heart of Transylvania. I opted to break up my train trip from Cluj to Brasov with a stop here. The entire train trip from Cluj to Brasov takes 7 hours. It is 5 hours to Sighisoara. The train station here has luggage storage and is only 4 Lei ($1)  for 3 hours of storage. How nice is that? I found 3 hours the perfect time to explore the village. Just make sure to check the train times so you know when to come back. Sighisoara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to being such a well-preserved walled city. During the12th-century German merchants and craftsman were invited to Transylvania by the King of Hungary. He wanted these Transylvanian Saxons, as they were known, to settle and fortify the outskirts of the realm. You’ll notice that all the Saxon villages in Romania have a distinct look and are all really charming. Sighisoara is easily explored on foot with only 3 main streets really. The town is unbelievably colorful and for great views make sure to climb the clock tower.  You should also take the cool covered staircase up to the gothic church on the hill. Sighisoara’s other “claim to fame” is that Vlad Tepes’ father, Vlad Dracul, was exiled here when Vlad Tepes was born (see my section on Bran Castle for more explanation about Vlad Tepes). Where to Eat Casa Georgius Krauss A historic old house (also a hotel) makes a nice lunch stop. I highly recommend the crispy eggplant salad. Sorry, that’s all I got. I was only here 3 hours! There is a kitschy Dracula Cafe… Brasov This central Transylvanian town is the perfect base to explore the region. It is on its own a wonderful place to visit with hiking in the hills and a beautiful old city. Give yourself at least a full day just to see Brasov. If you are the kind of person who doesn’t like moving around as much you can do day trips from here to the next few places on the list. For example, there are tours that can take you to both Bran Castle and Peles Castle in one day. Piata Sfatului Hard to imagine that this idyllic square has a dark past with public trials and executions during the middle ages. The Black Church It’s the largest Gothic church in Eastern Europe. It’s obviously not black, but after a fire in the 1600’s the walls were discolored from soot. Tampa Mountain Hike or take the cable car up to Brasov’s “Hollywood sign” Free Walking Tour I do the free walking tour in every city that offers it. Who doesn’t love free stuff and I think walking tours are the best way to introduce yourself to a new city. Where to Eat La Ceaun There are 2 locations with the smaller one on a side street and the other close to the main square. The food is traditional Romanian and is amazing. I adored the mushroom pie with garlic sour cream. Did I mention that Romanian cuisine is mushroom and sour cream heave, two of my favorite things. This with   2 glasses of red wine was 50 lei (13$) and with very good service.  The main square location’s service was not as good. In both locations, the soup of day and stew of day were gone by dinner time (and they looked good) so go for lunch! This restaurant is very popular so be prepared to wait if you are there at peak times and in the summer. Donuterie These donuts are not only instagram worthy, but delicious. I didn’t know this until later but there is a location in Cluj as well. Located on Strada Republicii  near the main square. Where to Stay Kismet Dao Hostel This place…ok so the showers are in the basement but at least they have separate female and male bathrooms with several shower stalls each. The breakfast is free and they offer you a free drink daily. This can be water, juice, beer…whatever. They also have a hostel dog that is adorable and they offer great small group tours every day. Just a ten minute walk into the city center. Bran Castle This is “Dracula’s Castle”…oooh (queue ghost noises). Don’t worry…this is the least scary place on earth unless like me you are terrified of overly crowded touristy places. Bran actually means “Gate” so this is the Gate of Transylvania.I was floored by the number of tourists here in early August but then I was told this is Romania’s most visited place. I’m sure in non-summer times it is less crowded (except Halloween…that’s totally a THING).  We waited about 35 minutes in line just to arrive at the ticket booth and another 15 minutes or so to enter. I went through at a moderate pace. Entire experience including waiting in line took me 1.5 hours. Not too bad for a day’s work. Note that trips to Bran castle are typically combined with other regional activities. You definitely don’t want to spend a whole day chasing Dracula! Is It Really Dracula’s Castle? Well… Bran Stoker, the Irish writer who wrote the 1857 book “Dracula” never actually visited Romania. Dracula is often confused with Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), sometimes known as Vlad Dracula, who was a Wallachian Prince with a castle (now in ruins) located in the Principality of Wallachia. Bran Castle happens to be the only castle in all of Transylvania that actually fits Bram Stoker’s description of Dracula’s Castle, so now it is known throughout the world as Dracula’s Castle.  In his book, the Count’s castle is described as “. . . on the very edge of a terrific precipice . . . with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm [with] silver threads where the rivers wind in deep gorges through the forests.” Bran Stoker depicted the imaginary Dracula’s castle based upon a description of Bran Castle that was available to him in turn-of-the-century Britain. Dracula history The name “Dracula”, derives from the Crusader Order of the Dragon and Order of which both Vlad Tepes and his father had been associated. Vlad Tepes was the ruler of Wallachia from 1456-1462 and 1476. He was depicted by some historians of that time as a blood-thirsty ruthless despot who did horrible and malicious things (such as impaling) to his peasants. It isn’t clear if these are stories created for political reasons or facts. In the villages near Bran, there is a belief in the existence of evil spirits called ghosts or “strigoi” It was believed that these living people, “strigoi”, lead a normal life during the day but at night their souls left their bodies and haunted the village tormenting people in their sleep. One can see how these local beliefs combined with the storied about Vlad Tepes led to this fantastical story of Dracula. I was especially amused by the poor dude dressed as Dracula roaming around. Not sure if he’s the “official” sanctioned Dracula or just a random local man trying to make a buck. I felt bad for him in the summer heat since his white makeup didn’t want to stay put. His face was too kind to be Dracula and he looked really sad. I tried to chat with him a bit.  I was amused (as were the parents) when a terrified small child refused to go near him. What to Eat Near Bran Castle I highly recommend eating one of the local pancake treats found in the food stalls across the street from the Castle area. This is a central European treat that has made its way to Romania at some point. In Hungarian it is known as palacsinta and in Romanian, clătite but here in Bran I saw the former used. I can’t pronounce either of them so…   You can get these crepe like things with a several fillings bt the one with the cheese seems to be the most popular. It is a great snack to have to make that Bran castle line more palatable. Or palacsint-able.  Hee hee. If you want a fancy culinary experience worthy of Queen Marie, check out the Tea House. Recently restored and ready for some royal visitors. Bran Castle Tea House Peles Castle Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia.  Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was the summer home of King Carol the I who brought independence to Romania. The cost of the work on the castle was undertaken between 1875 and 1914 was estimated to be 16,000,000 Romanian lei in gold (approx. US$ 120 million today). Wowzers! Apparently, 300-400 men were involved in the construction. I have to share this quote by Queen Elisabeth of the Romanians: “Italians were masons, Romanians were building terraces, the Gypsies were coolies. Albanians and Greeks worked in stone, Germans and Hungarians were carpenters. Turks were burning brick. Engineers were Polish and the stone carvers were Czech. The Frenchmen were drawing, the Englishmen were measuring, and so was then when you could see hundreds of national costumes and fourteen languages in which they spoke, sang, cursed and quarreled in all dialects and tones, a joyful mix of men, horses, cart oxen and domestic buffaloes.”   The complex is northwest of the town of Sinaia which is 48 km (30 mi) from Braşov and 124 km (77 mi) from Bucharest.  By train from Brasov to Sinaia is only 1 hour. Driving actually may take longer because there always seems to be traffic! * Be aware that on Mondays it is closed and you can only visit the grounds but can’t go inside. This castle is one of the most beautiful in Europe. I think if you only have time for one castle, this one should take priority over Bran Castle unless you are just obsessed with it’s tenuous connection to Dracula! Sibiu Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centers of Romania and a former center of the Transylvanian Saxons which I mentioned above. It did not become part of Romania until after World War I. Prior to this is was ethnically German and part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The current president of Romania happens to be descended from these Germans. Sibiu is a lovely charming medieval town with a city center full of open squares, walled defenses, and centuries-old buildings and towers. There is a lower and upper town separated by a staircase. In the past, the wealthier Saxons lived in the upper town’s city center, while the peasants were in the lower town. What to Do I would start in the main square, Piata Mare for your self-walking tour of Sibiu. Notice the buildings unique roofs with the windows that look like eyes. I absolutely loved this strange architectural feature. It is so whimsically creepy.  Apparently, these are for ventilation in the attic. Take in all the pastel ornate buildings and the “eyes” on the main street, the Strada Nicolae Balcescu. The Bridge of Lies near the Piata Mica (Small Square) is Romania’s oldest cast-iron bridge dating back to 1859. There are several legends. Most of them involve the bridge “knowing” when someone lies and it will creak and move and make strange noises. Couple would come here before marriage to “test” the woman’s claims of virginity. If caught lying the poor girl may get thrown off the bridge. Many couples tested their partner’s claims of love here. Other legends say that when local merchants were caught cheating their customers, they were thrown off of this bridge. For great views of the town climb the Council Tower or the Gothic Lutheran Cathedral. The Catholic Basilica here is very plain on the outside but stunning inside with pink marble columns. Even more ornate and completely different is the impressive Orthodox Cathedral. If you are into museums and want to learn more about Romanian Art, check out the Brukenthal National Museum which is inside the palace the former Transylvanian Governor, Samuel von Brukenthal. Getting To Sibiu It has its own airport and it is located at 279 kilometers (3h and 38 min by car) from Bucharest. By train from Brasov is 2.5 hours and costs between $5-$9 USD. By car from Brasov is about 2 hours and 15 minutes, again, very dependent on traffic. What to Eat There are bakeries everywhere and you’ll see the covrigi, sort of a Romanian pretzel, everywhere. I like the ones with sesame seeds but they come in many varieties. All the various bakery items looked amazing. I also enjoyed the roasted corn found from many different street vendors. Sit in one of the many cute cafes that line the various squares. I came here on a day trip from Brasov and it was raining so I didn’t explore or sit and chill at cafes as much as usual. Bucharest Bucharest really took me by surprise especially when many people told me not to spend much time there. I only scheduled one night here and I really regretted that. After this experience in multiple places, I don’t know why I still listen to people! But listen to me folks. Bucharest is a regal and beautiful city with streets and streets of buzzing cafes, pumping bars, beautiful architecture and interesting monuments. all with the communist ghosts lurking under the surface. I’ve heard it called the New Berlin or the New Budapest. Whatever it is…it’s awesome. Uncrowded, underappreciated and unflinchingly real. Things to Do Centru Vechi (Old Center) This is the youngest old city in the world. Say what?? Redesigned just a few years ago to energize locals and attract tourists, it is a happening place with a great cafe and party scene. Palace of the Parliament This beast of a building is definitely a testament to communist architecture. It’s massive at 365,000 square meters with 1,000 + rooms, it’s the second largest administrative building in the world. Check the website for tour information. Vilacrosse Passage (Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse) This yellow glass covered araced street hosts several indoor/outdoor eating establishments including an Egyptian-themed bar/restaurant, the Blues Cafe, a bistro, a Chinese restaurant and a wine bar. Cărturești Carusel Meaning “Carousel of Light”. This may be the most beautiful bookstore in the world.  Recently opened, it is in a restored 19th-century building and features over 10,000 books, 5,000 albums and DVDs as well as a bistro on the top floor. Romanian Athenaeum (main concert hall) Where to Eat Caru’ cu Bere I always defer to the Culture Trip for good eats in various cities around the world. They have never led me wrong. A Romanian American friend recommended this place that happens to be on the Culture Trip’s list so of course, I had to go. Dating back to 1879, it is very popular with a stunning interior full of dark wood, vaulted ceilings and gilt elements reminiscent of the golden age of Bucharest. The restaurant also holds one of the oldest breweries in Bucharest. The name of the restaurant means “Beer Wagon”. Pizza Colosseum This is the place where those famous umbrellas are. If you want a photo without pizza eating tourists in it, go early! I feel like that’s my mantra:  Go Early. Go Early!  The pizza happens to be very good here and I am self-proclaimed pizza snob connoisseur. Pura Vida Sky Bar This rooftop bar is the perfect place to chill with a cocktail watching the copper-colored roofs at sunset with some cool tunes. I especially enjoyed the long walk up the stairs to get here. It’s not often that the stairs give messages of encouragement. This also happens to be a hostel, FYI. Where to Stay Europa Royale Bucharest Hotel This grand hotel is budget friendly (for such a nice hotel) and is a perfect location at the edge of the Old Town. The staff here were super friendly and it has a gorgeous cafe. You step out the door and onto the buzzy cafe-lined streets of Bucharest. Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel This is more of a social gathering spot than a hostel and being the only hostel in the pedestrian old town has its perks. The hostel has beautiful city views as well. Find a Hotel or Hostel: Booking.com Again, I did all of this in one day! If you have more time and would like to know more things to do, read Highlights of Bucharest. I hope I’ve piqued your interest to visit Romania. As most countries in Eastern Europe, it is a refreshing change of pace from Western Europe and much less crowded. I also find the prices of things in this region easier on the wallet! Romania stole my heart and I feel like there is much more to discover there. I will definitely go back! Have you been to Romania? What is your favorite place?  Put a Pin in It

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Street Food Tour in Hanoi | Ian and Mar

Street Food Tour in Hanoi | Ian and Mar


Ian and Mar

One thing you shouldn't miss when paying a visit to Hanoi is joining a street food tour. We went with Hanoi Street Food Tour and were able to try 10 dishes in total, some local to Hanoi only. Here are our favourite Hanoi street food.

Things to do in Bologna, Italy

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Bologna is located in northern Italy and is the largest city and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Similar to other Italian cities in that it’s known largely for its food and architecture, Bologna sets itself apart by being relatively unexplored by the average tourist. This means there are plenty “off the beaten track” places […]

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Ultimate Sangria with Red Wine Rum and Brandy

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When I arrived in Seville, Spain, I had visions of enjoying a lovely glass of Sangria while sitting at an outdoor cafe while lazily watching the world go by. I quickly learned that Spaniards aren’t as enamored by Sangria as I had thought, and that many restaurants peddle overprices glasses to tourists. Instead, locals in […]

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How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick - Legal Nomads

How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick - Legal Nomads


Legal Nomads

Tips for eating street food without getting sick, gathered during 9+ years of eating it around the world! Includes packing suggestions & restaurant cards.

Croatian Food: Things to Eat and Drink in Croatia

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Croatian food is as complex and varied as the many cultures that have influenced its evolution. Easily recognizable Italian, Middle Eastern and Ottoman influences intermingle with Croatia’s Balkan staples. Several distinct regions in Croatia reflect their own influences on the cuisines.The county’s long coastline gives it access to a wide range of seafood, making fish and shellfish very […]

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TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS Hanoi is an active city. There are countless places to see, from the classics to the new sites. But here Hanoi Local Experience would like to recommend some places for some quality quiet time, with 13 must-visit museums in Hanoi. If you are wondering what to see in Hanoi‘s museums, we have some suggestions for you down here. FOR CULTURE, ART AND DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS  Vietnam Museum of Ethnology As known the city’s best informative and resourceful museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers visitors offers an insight into 54 ethnic groups of […]

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Vegetarian Street Food Tour - Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi

Vegetarian Street Food Tour - Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi


Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi

Unlike Hue or Sai Gon in which were well known about Street-vegetarian food, most of vegetarian foods in Hanoi is served by restaurants. If you visit Hanoi and want to try the Vegetarian cuisines in local atmosphere with Hanoian citizens, there is only option for you that is coming with us to visit Zen temple. …

Playa Del Carmen Cooking School

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We love to take cooking classes whenever we travel to a new place. It’s a great way to get to know a destination as food, history and culture are all tightly bound together. Plus, cooking the food after the class brings back wonderful memories of the places that we’ve been. So when we decided to Playa del Carmen, […]

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Vietnamese grilled bamboo stick pork with Vermicelli – ancient taste of Hanoians

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Many people find it hard to resist the attractive savor of the sizzling pork strips grilled by charcoal. As soon as the pork strips are cooked, they will be put immediately into the prepared dipping sauce, served with a plate of Vermicelli and a basket of vegetables. Generations of Hanoi’s residents have been familiar with ...

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3 good reasons to visit Bangkok

by emily de conto @ Vegan Travel

A lot of people decide to visit Thailand for its astonishing beaches or secluded villages in the north, but if you are planning your trip to Thailand I really think you shouldn’t miss a visit to Bangkok, it will totally […]

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Half day Trekking Cat Ba National Park

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Option 1 : From Hanoi 7h30am: Take Bus to go to the Cat Ba National Park 8.25am: Start doing the trek, Stop to visit Hospital Cave or Trung Trang Cave 9.15am: Start moving to the National Park 10.45: Reach to the viewing point – Ngu Lam (Along the way you will have good chance to […]

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Vietnam Food Trip: Awesome Banh Mi Stands to Try Out

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The Banh Mi is one of most popular sandwiches in the world, respected across the world to the same extent as burgers or clubhouse sandwiches, so much so it was even dubbed the ‘best sandwich in the world’. The Vietnamese sandwich has attracted global attention, and is now served in numerous other countries, from nearby ...

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HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR - Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR - Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi


Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

 Food on Foot Tour will give you an unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people, we ensure the food is handled hygienically and provide a comfortable venue for the tastings. hanoi food tour also goes back to the vendors or restaurants/ families as we buy directly from them.

How to get from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi Center

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If you travel to Hanoi by airplane, you will arrive at Noi Bai International Airport. Lots of tourists may wonder how to get to the city center. If you do not know how to travel from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi and vice versa, you will most likely face some trouble such as getting scammed […]

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Chiang Mai Vegetarian & Vegan Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Chiang Mai is a hot spot for vegetarian and vegan food. In this vegetarian and vegan food guide, I share all my favourite places to eat in Chiang Mai. Expect Thai curries, pad Thai, Burmese tea leaf salads and more smoothies than you can shake a bamboo straw at. When our flight to Bali was cancelled […]

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Great Vegetarian Food In Hanoi, Vietnam - Renegade Travels

Great Vegetarian Food In Hanoi, Vietnam - Renegade Travels


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Hanoi isn't the best place to be a vegetarian, especially for street food, but we did find some excellent vegetarian food while we were here.

Hanoi's Best (Vegan) Street Food - Vegan Travel Blog on VeganTravel.com

Hanoi's Best (Vegan) Street Food - Vegan Travel Blog on VeganTravel.com


Vegan Travel

Following along with Lucas as he goes behind the scenes and into the kitchen of Hanoi, Vietnam's only 100% vegan street food vendor - Món chay hè phố!

Top 10 Attractions in Hanoi

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Hanoi has been famous for the capital of culture for a thousand of years. If you have a chance to visit the capital of Vietnam, consider visiting the following top [...]

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An Insider’s Tour of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Regions

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Like many people who have visited Italy, our first visit has not been our last. In fact we’ve been to Italy three times so far, and are now spending a few months slowly touring our way through the country. This has given us the opportunity to explore beyond the top destinations that come to mind, […]

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HANOI VEGETARIAN FOOD TOUR - I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

HANOI VEGETARIAN FOOD TOUR - I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR


I Love Vietnam Tour

Hanoi Vegetarian Food Tour is a must-try for food lovers. Vegan food is not only delicious but also healthy. Try the vegan food tour by motorbike with us!

Vegan Guide to Muscat, Oman

by Chantal Blake @ Vegan Travel

When I first moved to Oman eight years ago, I could hardly find brown rice. My husband and I would trek an hour and a half to the capital of Muscat to stock up on tofu and soymilk but much […]

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Becoming Certified Gelato Experts at the Gelato University

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Gelato is synonymous with Italy. While some Italian food dishes are very regional, you’ll find gelato shops throughout all of Italy. On a sunny afternoon in any Italian city, I challenge you NOT to find someone walking along, eating a few scoops out of a cone or cup. And, you’ll be drawn into shops by […]

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The Art of Wine Split Croatia Food Tour

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Our one regret in taking this food tour of Split, Croatia is that it wasn’t the first thing that we did when we arrived. Instead, we spent our time in Split clueless about the craft beer, hadn’t known about the walnut infused grappa and had no idea that we walked by the best bakery in the area over […]

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Where to Stay in Taipei – Top 5

by ianandmar @ Ian and Mar

Taipei offers a lot of accommodation selections for tourists and travellers. From quirky to budget-friendly, from modern to 5-star, there is so much variation which … Read More ›

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Bolinao-Patar: Our Vegan Trip

by Joey Rico @ Vegan Travel

Bolinao-Patar: Our Vegan Trip 03-04.03.2018 Bolinao is a town on the west coast of Luzon Island, in the northern Philippines. The Spanish colonial St. James the Great Parish Church dates from the 1600s, and has an exterior made of black […]

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3 days in Hanoi | Itinerary 3 days-BEST what to do in Hanoi for 3 days 2 nights

by Hien Nguyen Thi Thanh @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

When my friends visit Hanoi, they show me their lists with long of tourist attractions, interesting things to do and asking me to suggest a Hanoi itinerary. Due to the short amount of time, it is challenging for them to get in local life and have fulfilling experience in Hanoi. As a local and culture explorer in Hanoi for more than 20 years, I gave them my recommended  3 days Hanoi itinerary for unforgettable experience here. There includes all of my favorite hidden spots and local ways to discover the beauty of Hanoi. You can find yourself the ultimate itinerary to make […]

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A Day in Split, Croatia: Beyond Diocletian’s Palace

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Split sits on the Adriatic coast in the Dalmatian region of Croatia. We tried to explore most of this beautiful seaside destination on foot. Winding our way through its narrow streets, we gazed at the massive limestone rocks that were installed by slave labor as early as 284 AD. On foot we could explore the corners where countless battles were fought, both […]

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Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Street Food Tour in Hanoi


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Taking a street food tour in Hanoi was something I had looked forward to for years, after jealously drooling over a friend’s foodporn from Vietnam. Well, I finally made it and was ready to ea…

Street Food in Hanoi Vietnam

Street Food in Hanoi Vietnam


Diaries of Wanderlust

Street food in Hanoi Vietnam can be a little confusing. Enlist in the help of a local and take a food tour through Hanoi's Old Quarter.

The Northwest in Vietnam – a hidden and breathtaking beauty

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Where to have your vegetarian meals in Hanoi - Day Tours in Hanoi

Where to have your vegetarian meals in Hanoi - Day Tours in Hanoi


Day Tours in Hanoi

Nowadays, the trend of vegetarian meals is more popular than in the past time. More people choose vegetarian diet for their better health and to save the animal and the environment. If you come to Hanoi, there will be a lot of choice for vegan restaurants in Hanoi. Below we recommend some best vegetarian restaurants …

Eating Vegetarian or Vegan in Vietnam

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If you’re planning a trip (or even a move) to Vietnam don’t let anyone convince you that you’ll have a hard time finding good vegetarian food to eat. Almost all of the vegetarian dishes are vegan friendly, so if you … Continue reading

5 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Hanoi | Where to go | Hanoi Free Walking Tours

5 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Hanoi | Where to go | Hanoi Free Walking Tours


Hanoi Free Walking Tours

It can often be a challenge being vegetarian or vegan in Vietnam. Hanoi Food Tour - The cuisine is often flavored with animal bones, or sprinkled with dried meat, even if it is not a meat dish

KOTO, a culinary journey through Vietnam – 800,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

Authoured by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl was released by Hardie Grant Australia, in 2008 and has since sold over 9000 copies. This book will take you on a dish-by-dish journey through the regions of Vietnam: from the Northern Highlands to the Mekong Delta, from the busy streets in Hanoi to the quiet life in the French hill station, Dalat; from the Chinese-inspired cuisine of the north to the royal cuisine of the centre and the tropical fare of the south. Stunningly photographed by Michael Fountoulakis, this book will inspire the gourmet traveller in us all. Royalties donated to the KOTO, training project.

The Best of Georgian Cuisine

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Knowing just three things about the former Republic of Georgia will explain all you need to know about why it is gaining momentum as an up and coming foodie destination. The first notable reason is its location. Georgia sits directly in the intersection of Europe and Asia. If you have traveled in Asia but found […]

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Georgian Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

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Dishes from the country of Georgia, which is situated above Turkey between Europe and Asia, tend to be on the heavy side. Fans of comfort food will find plenty to enjoy during a visit to this beautiful Caucasus region of Eurasia. Georgian tables are often filled with dishes meant to share, such as freshly baked […]

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Top 5 cheap hotels in Hanoi recommended for budget traveling

by Mintyle @ I Love Vietnam Tour

When you travel, the accommodation is not only a crucial factor but costs a lot on your trip. Therefore, choosing a cheap hotel will help you save money for other fantastic activities. You are going to Hanoi and want to get a cheap and comfortable hotel? I think some suggests about cheap hotels in Hanoi […]

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Doi Suthep: Hiking in Chiang Mai

by L James @ Vegan Travel

Doi Suthep: Wat Phrathat and Wat Pha Lat Unbeknownst to us, we saved the best of Chiang Mai for last. Carved into the mountainside to the west of the city, Doi Suthep is spread over different levels and houses various […]

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Vegetarian Street Food in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel

Vegetarian Street Food in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel


Charlie on Travel

Yes, there is vegetarian street food in Vietnam! What to know what vegetarian street food in Vietnam is like? My favourite was definitely the sticky rice.

1 Day Trekking in Cat Ba National Park

by hanoitravelbus @ Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

Trekking is the best way to explore natural beauty, incredible geology and diverse biodiversity of Cat Ba National Park and Biosphere Reserve. This trip is design to make the good sense of combination of physical activities and relaxing time while experiencing off beaten route trekking in Cat Ba National Park and boat ridding in Lan Ha bay. […]

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Top Ten Cultural, Sport, Tourism Events In 2017

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

On 10th January the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the top ten cultural, sport, tourism events in 2017. Following is the list of standout events: * Outstanding cultural events:  -Xoan singing and the art of Bai Choi were added to the UNESCO Representative List of […]

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A POSTCARD FROM - Hanoi, Vietnam

A POSTCARD FROM - Hanoi, Vietnam

by Niki Groom @ Blog - Miss Magpie Fashion Spy

I love Hanoi!  Read about where I stayed, how I got from A to B and which museums I enjoyed.

Getting a Local’s Perspective in Venice

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One thing you can be sure of when you visit Venice is….crowds. People flock to the city of canals during the high season, and for good reason. Venice is like no other place on earth, with the maze of waterways, crooked streets, and fascinating history. But the crowds can be stifling too. Massive St. Mark’s Square (Piazza […]

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Where to Eat in Taipei

by ianandmar @ Ian and Mar

Visiting Taipei with family and friends? Street food is the best in Taiwan but sometimes you just want to dine in, relax a little longer … Read More ›

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6 Things to Do in Huế, Vietnam

by ianandmar @ Ian and Mar

Traveling to Vietnam? There are other cities to visit aside from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Since Vietnam is a pretty big country stretching … Read More ›

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Goodbye

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

Well, this is it. We have only a couple of days left in Hanoi.

Thank you to everyone who has followed The City That Never Sleeps In, and especially those who commented, or sent me emails, or approached me while I was taking the rubbish out, to say they enjoyed reading it. Keeping this blog has been one of the highlights from my time here.

I wrote this final post as a column for AsiaLife, but I’ve changed it slightly to reflect my changed feelings since I submitted it for publication. At that time I was a little nostalgic and dewy-eyed about leaving, but now, I’m just excited about the future. We leave Hanoi for a long holiday in Thailand, and then a new, quiet, life in Canberra - if there’s a city less like Hanoi in the world, I don’t know it. And for us, right now, that’s a good thing.

We’re leaving with some extra baggage too: our Uncle Ho portrait, our wedding ao dais, and a baby on the way (carry-on baggage). As we are told, constantly, the baby will be a Golden Dragon, a particularly lucky and lucrative kind of baby, of which there will be many, judging by the number of pregnant women waddling around in the Hanoi heat at the moment. It’s an incomparable farewell gift from our host nation, the endowment of lunar good fortune on our new family.

Thank you, Vietnam. But we know it’s time for us to leave. 

As I have mentioned before, because you know, it's on my mind day and night, the house over the road from us was knocked down. In the middle of the night. Using jackhammers. They’ve posted an artist’s image of the government office they’re building in its place, and it speaks a thousand words. Most of them swear words.

When Nathan and I saw that image of towering steel and glass, and landscaped gardens featuring strange 2D palm trees, we both just knew: we wouldn’t stick around to see those palm trees in 3D.

The thought of ceaseless jackhammering filled us with overwhelming dread. We knew it would be the straw that broke the camel’s back, if living in Vietnam was a camel.

Over the past couple of months, the cracks had already started to show. The honking seemed louder and more unnecessary; the pollution became unbearable; fruit vendors took on Machiavellian qualities; children stopped being cute, just loud.

But nothing about Vietnam had changed, only us.

After two-and-a-half years of enthusiastic ardour for Vietnam, I was cruising for a bruising. Maybe it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, because I’d always said we should leave before three years is up, but I think it’s more just the expiry of the statute of limitations on Keeping Your Shit Together.

Living as an expat in Vietnam isn’t hard, but it isn’t always easy.  While, yes, you can drink out of coconuts and get cheap pedicures, it’s also loud, crowded and polluted. And some vegetables are grown in human poo.

It always has been that way, and I’ve always known that. But to thoroughly enjoy Vietnam’s many, many upsides, I’ve had to not let the downsides get to me. And I’ve done this through a constant practice of Keeping My Shit Together: focusing on the positive, being curious rather than judgemental, being dazzled, not frazzled.

Keeping Your Shit Together is an active process, and over time, it’s tiring. Once you begin to falter, it easily spirals into Losing Your Shit. You don’t look at your beer and think, glory be to God for cheap beer; you think, this beer is probably laced with formaldehyde. You give the stink eye to children with those squeaky shoes. You see a dog and you say to it, “They’re going to eat you”.  You look at an artist’s image for a new building and you don’t feel impressed by Vietnam’s unstoppable march towards modernisation, you just think, that building is going to be the end of me. And then you tread on a used sanitary napkin and that pretty much seals the deal.

One of the hardest things about being an expat in Vietnam is listening to the whinging of embittered expats - who’ve Lost Their Shit - who act as if they’re serving time here against their will. Their bad juju is catching, kryptonite to anyone fiercely, and rightly, Keeping Their Shit Together.

I don’t want to be one of them. I’m going to accept that in this break-up, it’s not Vietnam, it’s me, and I’m going to get out of here before I bring anyone else down with me.

I leave Vietnam with no regrets. I loved living here; it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It has given me so much - so many memories, and opportunities, and friends and life lessons - and asked for not much more in return than just Keeping My Shit Together. I definitely did better out of that deal.

But now, I’m just ready to go home. 

Thank you to you all. Try to Keep Your Shit Together,
Tabitha x

Cheese Bread and Dumplings! Making Khachapuri and Khinkali in Tbilisi

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If you have never heard of Georgia, formally known as the Republic of Georgia, you aren’t alone. Similarly, if you have no idea where it is, and why you should be interested in the food in this place, then you are in for a treat. Lesser discovered places are some of the best to visit. […]

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Vietnamese Street Food – 750,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

VSF brings the team together that brought you “KOTO a culinary journey through Vietnam”. With this book you will take some of the street life of Vietnam home with you. With over sixty recipes featuring some old favourites like Pho and Bun Cha to the more unusual like West Lake prawn cakes and Spring Rolls with Chinese sausage and dried prawns. Published in September 2011 by Hardie Grant Australia.

Travel with Ideal Escapes to enjoy your own way

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You’re looking for your own travel that meets your passion. Here we have Ideal Escapes that helps people choose their holiday not depending only by destination , but also regarding their needs. NO worries, Ideal Escapes have always tours, accommodations available online you can choose your customized trip at everywhere. We spread widely around the world, from the ...

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Is Pattaya worth visiting?

by L James @ Vegan Travel

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VEGAN EUROTRIP – Where to eat in Ljubljana

by Kayleigh @ Vegan Travel

Arriving in Ljubjana after nearly 5 hours on the bus from Vienna, we trudged to our hostel, hangry and overloaded with bags. We were in for dreary weather throughout our stay but couldn’t be happier to finally visit this amazing […]

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Three best ways to get to Cat Ba island from Hanoi

by Mintyle @ I Love Vietnam Tour

Cat Ba is considered as one of the biggest islands in Hai Phong, as well as “ precious pear island ” of the national tourism. In the summer, thousands of tourists pour into Cat Ba enjoying the beautiful beach with smooth white sand, the best seafood, and variety of plants. And you spent a lot […]

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First Danang Night Market Is Developed

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

The city plans to turn its An Thuong quarter in coastal Ngu Hanh Son District into first Danang night market and entertainment area to offer more activity for locals and tourists. This project might be cover four main streets – Vo Nguyen Giap, Hoang Ke Viem, Chau Thi […]

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Best beaches in Phu Quoc – Island paradise in Vietnam

by Thuyoanh @ I Love Vietnam Tour

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Vietnam's Embarrassment Exclusion Zone

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

 This post was originally published in AsiaLIFE HCMC

I have written before in these pages about the comedic stylings of the Vietnamese, and their favourite subject (me). Vietnamese people seem to find me quite hilarious when I do pretty much anything (say, for example, some crazy activity like buying bananas from the market! ROFL!), but sometimes I find myself in a position where even I am prepared to admit that I must look totally ludicrous.

For example, while cycling through the city the other afternoon I decided that I absolutely had to have a helium-filled balloon shaped like a zebra with multi-coloured stripes. As I tethered that disco zebra to my handlebars, I looked right into his eyes and said, “Wait till they get a load of you.”

A foreigner, on a bicycle, with a balloon! Surely that’s worth pointing and laughing at, right? God knows, if I took that zebra on a spin through the streets of Sydney we’d get a few laughs. 

But did I get so much as a double take? No. As far as everyone around me was concerned, this long-nosed, zebra-toting cyclist was the most normal thing in the world, warranting no special attention whatsoever. I felt strangely miffed. “Laugh at me!!” I wanted to scream. “Why won’t you laugh at me NOW?!!”

Then I realised that for the two years I’ve been living in Vietnam I’ve failed to fully exploit this country’s Embarrassment Exclusion Zone.

I’ve dwelled so much on why it’s apparently so ridiculously hilarious when I try to carry out an everyday task like buying bananas, that I’ve neglected to take advantage of the reverse phenomenon: the ridiculous will actually go unnoticed.

Why on earth aren’t I wearing my pyjamas in the street? Why aren’t I hanging out with the old ladies in the park performing provocative pelvic exercises and slapping myself in the face right now? This is the one time in my life when I can grind my groin into the side of a park bench and not be arrested for indecent behaviour, so why am I still here writing this column?

If you’re a man, you should go, right now, and buy yourself a bright pink motorbike helmet decorated with cartoon unicorns and the words “sweet dreamtime for my special pony”, because this is perfectly acceptable headwear for a man in Vietnam. You can finally express your inner special pony without fear of mockery. This is your time.

If you’re a lady, you should also head to the shops. When you’re there, buy yourself a completely sheer, 100 percent see-through blouse. You won’t have any trouble finding one. And then wear a black bra underneath it, and nothing else. Oh, except for tiny little denim shorts. No-one will bat an eyelid. You could re-enact scenes from “Pretty Woman” with wild abandon and even then no-one would ask you for your hourly rate.

Don’t lift up your transparent blouse to expose your belly though. That’s just for men, silly.

And we should all be singing in public. Loudly. All the time. In taxis, while queuing at the supermarket, in the office, and especially in a café where the waitresses are all singing too. Go on, harmonise with them!

I tested out the Vietnamese indifference to public singing after the zebra incident. I cycled down the street while singing “Rock Lobster” by The B-52’s at the top of my lungs. Nothing. Not a single reaction. Not even when I did the bit about the catfish.

After this you should be fitting right into Vietnam. Locals will praise you for your assimilation and you’ll never be laughed at again. Until you try to buy bananas.

The World’s 15 Most Beautiful Mountains

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Here is list of 15 most beautiful mountains which not only have impressive height but also have majestic scenery, attracting visitors from all over the world. Kirkjufell, with a height of 463 m, is one of the most famous mountain peaks in Iceland. An impressive mountain in […]

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New England Style Seafood Chowder

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Having grown up in Maine, I often crave a creamy bowl of chowder. We Mainers have entire festivals devoted to finding the best recipe. Some prefer a thin broth, and others are so thick that you can pile up a chunky bite full on your spoon. Some recipes call for bacon which adds a subtle smoky […]

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8 Destinations In Vietnam To Visit In January

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

January is the right time in year for a trip to these 8 destinations in Vietnam to celebrate your New Year Vacation with family or friends. Sapa The town of Sapa is home to Fansipan Peak, the roof of Indochina, has its best landscape in January, […]

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A VEGETARIAN'S GUIDE TO - Hanoi, Vietnam

A VEGETARIAN'S GUIDE TO - Hanoi, Vietnam

by Niki Groom @ Blog - Miss Magpie Fashion Spy

A small selection of my favourite veggie places to eat in Hanoi

Easily Transportation from Hanoi Airport

by hanoiinfo @ Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

When traveling to Hanoi, Vietnam; one can find various transportation services depending upon individual needs, schedules and budgets. Depending upon all of these contributing factors, you are free to select from a range of bus options, taxi options and even rent a bike and travel the city all on your own, exploring things as you […]

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Best destinations and dishes in Ha Giang

by Lan Hương @ I Love Vietnam Tour

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Vegetarian ‘Chicken’ Phở

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Boston’s weather these past couple of weeks has deliciously hinted that warm spring days are imminent. Some days the temperature has risen into the low 70Fs bringing everyone out in t-shirts and shorts playing tennis or going for bike rides. … Continue reading

Cooking courses in Hanoi

Cooking courses in Hanoi


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Hanoi offers cooking school options worthy of consideration so you can keep eating the delicious dishes you discovered on your trip here once home.

Thailand: Buffalo Street Food Tour - The Passport Chronicles

Thailand: Buffalo Street Food Tour - The Passport Chronicles


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Food tours are the best way to get to know a city and it's culture. Buffalo tours did a great job of adding much more to a traditional food tour.

HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR

by hanoitravelbus @ Best Travel Friendly Transportation in Hanoi

This tour is combined street food & mini restaurants together.” Tour starts from 11.30- 14.30/ or 18.00- 21.00″   Itinerary At 11.30/or 18.00, our tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, then start walking around 4Km in old quarter “36 old streets” to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops […]

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2 days in Hanoi (2018): Best Itinerary for TWO days in Hanoi

by Hien Nguyen Thi Thanh @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

2 days in Hanoi (2018): Best Itinerary for TWO days in Hanoi Hanoi, the city offers you an endless number of monuments, museums, cultural events, stores, markets, a surprising nightlife and numerous lively neighborhoods. Organizing such a short itinerary to cater for all tastes is impossible. Nevertheless, my local 2 Days in Hanoi includes the main monuments, museums, gardens and most important shopping streets in Hanoi. Depending on your preferences, you can spend more time discovering the stores in the city, visiting the museums you find most interesting, relaxing in Hanoian cafe, or strolling through the streets during the following circuit. I leave it entirely in your hands to experience the most local […]

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Iconic Montreal Restaurants That You Cannot Miss

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Check out the iconic Montreal restaurants that are too good to miss during your next visit to Canada’s most epicurean city. We admit it. We adore Montreal. We’ve visited the French Canadian city five times in the past ten years including a recent month-long stay. And guess what? We can’t wait for our next visit so that we can enjoy more of the city’s culture, outdoor life and food. Especially the food. Montreal is a city that has it all when it comes to food – with bustling local markets filled with ...

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Ho Chi Minh City Hosts 12th Taste of The World Festival

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Excellent cuisines of Vietnam and foreign countries will be introduced at 100 booths at the 12th Taste of the World festival scheduled for January 11-14 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event, jointly held by the municipal Department of Tourism and the Viet Nam Tourism Association, […]

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Fideuà Marisco Catalana – Seafood Pasta Paella

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Fideuà is a pasta lover’s answer to Paella (or Arroz a Banda). It is a Spanish recipe, originating from the Catalonia/Valencia regions, often using a favorite ingredient of the area – a healthy pinch of prized saffron threads. Just like its rice based cousin, Fideuà recipes have many variations. Common ones include smoked chorizo sausage […]

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Guide Ho Chi Minh city tour full day

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Ho Chi Minh city is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with full of motorbikes and people. So glad for your choice to visit by “Sai Gon” (the formal name of HCMC) for one day. If it is your first time coming to Vietnam, there are such great and interesting things that give your ...

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Hanoi Street Food Tour

Hanoi Street Food Tour


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The street food in Hanoi is an awesome experience, with numerous places to eat and drink. Why not take a tour with us and let our experienced guide introduce you to some of the best street food around. Our guide will explain the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food including details on ingredients, cooking methodology and the historical background of many traditional and popular northern Vietnamese dishes.

French newspaper voted top 10 most interesting things in Vietnam

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Tra Que village in Hoi An and cultures of ethnic minorities in the Northwest considered no less attractive than Ha long bay and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh city France’s Figaro newspaper released a list of 10 things to do when traveling to Vietnam. The first destination mentioned is Ha Long Bay which ...

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Hanoi Weekend Night Market

by ianandmar @ Ian and Mar

Traveling to Hanoi? Nice. Traveling to Hanoi on a weekend? Even sweeter! Fridays to Sundays, 7pm onwards, the streets from Hang Dao to Dong Xuan … Read More ›

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Bun Cha (grilled pork and noodles) listed top 10 best street food in the world

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Readers from National Geographic who have ever enjoyed Bun Cha (grilled pork and noodles) claim that “Awesome Vietnamese food” when finding the voted result. This voted result is based on the reviews of numerous interviewers from Fanpage of National Geographic. According to that, people who joined and voted were asked to share experience with street food from anywhere they’ve been ...

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Hanoi Nightlife Street Food Tour By Walking in Hanoi - Activity in Hanoi, Vietnam - Justgola

Hanoi Nightlife Street Food Tour By Walking in Hanoi - Activity in Hanoi, Vietnam - Justgola


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Other parts of Hanoi might quiet down at night but the Old Quarter is where night owls head to. Street food & drink vendors, ( Night market on Friday, Saterday, Sunday), live music, discos, clubs and bars as well as decent karaoke joints are the norm here.

Modena, Italy – Fast Cars and Slow Food

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When you hear the words “Modena, Italy” what immediately comes to mind depends on your passions. If what pops into your mind is a flashy red sports car, then you know this to be the birth place of the Ferrari. If, on the other hand you enjoy a good balsamic vinegar or dream of sitting […]

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Eating Vegetarian or Vegan in Vietnam

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If you’re planning a trip (or even a move) to Vietnam don’t let anyone convince you that you’ll have a hard time finding good vegetarian food to eat. Almost all of the vegetarian dishes are vegan friendly, so if you … Continue reading

Where to Eat in Zagreb – The Best Zagreb Restaurants, Cafes and Bars

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Wondering where to eat in Zagreb Croatia? Check out our Zagreb food guide for the best Zagreb restaurants, cafes, bars and markets. We didn’t know much about Croatian food until we spent two months exploring Zagreb cuisine. The same can be said for Zagreb itself, a city that lives in the shadow of Croatia’s sexy coastline with a plethora of over-touristed cities like Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar. Gaining favor in recent years as a European city break destination due to its quaint city center and trendy Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb ...

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Grocery Shopping in Hanoi

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Grocery shopping in Hanoi is like participating in a daily scavenger hunt. It requires you to make a handful of stops to gather all of the items on your grocery list. This is especially the case when you, as an … Continue reading

5 Best Choices for Breakfast in Hanoi Old Quarter

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

 5 Best Choices for Breakfast in Hanoi Old Quarter Breakfast in Hanoi, Old quarter? You don’t know what to have yet, and You don’t know where to eat? Don’t worry, get dressed and head to the best places for a local breakfast around the Old Quarter to enjoy a peaceful morning like a real Hanoian. 1, Breakfast in Hanoi with Banh mi (Vietnamese bread) The first highly recommended food is Banh mi. Since tourists and foreigners have praised about Vietnamese bread recently. It seems that the bread has become the most popular Vietnamese street food. As a local, Banh mi […]

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Finding the World’s Best Street Food

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It doesn’t take long reading this blog to realize that we love discovering and sampling new street foods. Whether it’s stumbling across a vendor serving up sizzling snacks in a local market, or taking guided tour with a local who knows the best hidden spots, we’re up for it. Over the course of our travels, […]

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Best Pizza in Playa del Carmen – Don Chendo

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When planning a trip to the beach community of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, finding the best pizza probably isn’t on the top of your priority list. But maybe it should be. There are plenty of places to find great tacos, seafood, and margaritas (I’ve included a few of my favorites at the end of the post). […]

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So, you're moving to Hanoi

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

Thanks to this blog, which must successfully create the illusion that I know things about Vietnam, I've received all kinds of emails asking for advice over the last couple of years. Some of them I'm not well-equipped to answer - like, "Will my hair-straightener work in Vietnam?" - but for most I at least try to have a stab at an answer.

The most common type of email I receive is from someone moving to Hanoi, and who is looking for tips or advice on how to make the process easier and less overwhelming. I received an email like this the other day, which reminded me in many ways of the circumstances in which Nathan and I found ourselves in Hanoi. It went like this:

"Naturally, I am both very excited and unbelievably terrified. I know absolutely no Vietnamese, know nobody in the country except the name of my contacts, and am deferring medical school (a very straightforward/safe path) for the unknown despite not being naturally adventurous. I'm not running from anything or a natural free bird, as it were - it's a great opportunity and I want to force myself out of my safety bubble to learn something genuine."

Since this blog's retirement is imminent, I thought I should try to respond to this email here, in a last-ditch bid to be more useful to those who arrive in Hanoi, very excited and unbelievably terrified, in the future.

The email continues:

"I was wondering if you had any general advice about coming to Hanoi. I think my greatest concern is loneliness due to lack of language ability, relative youth (and traveling as a single woman without a partner, family, etc), so if you have any pointers in that realm that would be great. Also, because I have no idea where to live, if you have any advice there too (I've been told to come in a few days early, stay in a hotel, and look for a place from there, but any pre departure information would be appreciated, especially in terms of what I can expect)."

Funnily enough, I think loneliness should be the least of your concerns. Making friends in Hanoi is exceptionally easy. You'll start by knowing only your colleagues, but if you're sociable, you'll very quickly meet their friends too, and before long, friends of their friends. Young, educated Vietnamese people speak English and are eager to practice it, so not speaking Vietnamese is very little impediment to making Vietnamese friends - this is actually one of the reasons it's so easy to just give up on learning the language.

The expat community in Hanoi is small, and easy to infiltrate. There will be many other people just like you, young and single, and, just like you, looking to make friends - and fast. Everyone seems to organically develop friendship groups, but you can proactively boost your acquaintanceship by joining various clubs, sporting groups, attending all kinds of different events, or meeting up with people you know from the internet. For example, Nathan and I met two good friends of ours by joining their table at a trivia night event, and they themselves had only recently met, through a Couchsurfing group. We subsequently invited them to things, they invited us to things, cross-pollinating our friendship groups.

But of all the foreigners I've known in Hanoi, the ones who seem to have had the best time here are those who throw themselves wholeheartedly into their Vietnamese (as opposed to expat) friendship circle. It sounds like an obvious thing to do, but actually it can be hard. Amongst you there might be cultural and socio-economic differences, resulting in fundamentally different world-views; there might be different ideas about social norms and what is and isn't the "done thing"; there might be different ideas of simply what constitutes a good time. I definitely let my terror of potentially awkward social situations limit the kind of experiences I was open to, which I regret, because the Vietnamese friendships I did maintain are just so, so rewarding and wonderful, and who wouldn't want more of that? 

This brings me to the most important piece of advice I have about moving to Hanoi: Seize the opportunities it presents, using both hands, and your teeth too if necessary. This is not necessarily something you can really plan or prepare for, just be ready to recognise when it's happening - maybe when you least expect it - and then always say "yes".

I know engineers who've opened cafes; I know self-sworn singletons who've found lifelong love; I know people who came to teach English as an interim job and discovered that teaching is their passion; I know NGO-workers who sang on stage for the first time - as the star of the show no less; I know people who hated Vietnam during their first year, and now never want to leave.

If there are parts of your life here which are difficult - you might feel under-utilised at work, or you might miss home - Hanoi will always offer you another outlet to compensate for it. Take it. I had a friend who was deeply dissatisfied with her job, but started teaching swing dancing in the evenings to find some fulfilment. Last I heard, she was swing-dancing her way around Australia. Nathan and I are ourselves leaving Hanoi on a completely different - nay, better -  trajectory to that which landed us here. One we absolutely never could have predicted, and one that owes a lot to the opportunities which came our way since moving here. Nice one, Hanoi.

This is all very wishy-washy, I know. But for all the practical stuff, such as what to bring, and where to buy things, and how you find flatmates or a place to live, plus information on what clubs or groups you can join, it's all on The New Hanoian website, a Godsend for new arrivals. For events, there's the Hanoi Grapevine.

The only other thing I would add is regarding where to live. Something I've heard newcomers say a lot is how they want to live in a "Vietnamese neighbourhood". I totally get this desire for cultural integration, but actually, I think you'll find pretty much every neighbourhood in Hanoi will be "Vietnamese" enough for you, even the areas popular with expats. We live in a building that houses only foreigners, yet our neighbourhood is... well, you've read about it on this blog. You couldn't mistake it for being anywhere other than Hanoi. 

But what do I know anyway? I'll hand it over to The People. Is there anything you wish you knew before moving to Hanoi? Would you have done things any differently? Or do you just have a solid gold piece of practical advice for new arrivals?

Mine? Well, start a blog. Obviously.

Things about Japan that you Didn’t Know

by Laure @ A Journey Away

Last year, we spent a whole month travelling Japan. While it had been a dream for Simon to visit the country, I personally didn’t expect too much from it. The idea of swarming streets and giant buildings never sounded so attractive to me. I was eventually won over by people’s kindness and their culture. Here are some things that we learned while in the country and that you might not know either.

HANOI CITY TOUR 1 DAY

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The commercial, political, cultural heart witnessing the grandiose activities of the country. Throughout the thousand year history, marked by destruction, wars and natural calamities, Ha Noi still preserves the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples. We also find out the diversity of 54 ethnic groups in Viet Nam Ethnology Museum, which is both […]

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Practical Tips and Itinerary for the Balkans

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Oh The Balkans. I think it’s fair to say I’m smitten…perhaps even low key obsessed. This region is very special to me. I have no family or ethnic ties to it, but for some reason, it speaks to me.  I have now spent the equivalent of 3 months in the Balkan countries, including Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria. While these countries are technically in the Balkan peninsula, I feel that those countries are sufficiently large enough not to include in this post. Also, it’s not as easy to visit those countries in conjunction with the ex-Yugoslav countries and Albania unless you have many weeks to travel. This post is meant to give you some practical tips and itinerary for the Balkans. You can learn more about the other Balkan countries I mentioned here. I’m currently working on a Greece post so subscribe and stay tuned!! One Week Itinerary for Romania 7 Day Road Trip in Bulgaria History and Basic Information I think that if you are going to spend time in the politically charged Balkans, you MUST learn a little about the history and the current politics. It will help you understand the region better and locals will appreciate you having some knowledge. Don’t be afraid. It’s completely safe. There are few places in the world that I have felt safer, to be honest! The Former Yugoslavia Most of the current Balkan nations were part of the Ex Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia dissolved in 1989, less than a decade after the death of their infamous dictator, Josip Broz Tito in 1980. These countries today are Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Kosovo. Many of you may remember the Balkans wars of the 1990’s that ensued after the fall of Yugoslavia. It was incredibly complicated since despite people being somewhat segregated by their ethnic and religious groups, they were not geographically separated in a way that made the breaking up of Yugoslavia easy. Yugoslav Wars Slovenia was the first to declare independence in 1991. This lead to the Ten Day War where Slovenia resisted the Yugoslav People’s Army, which had headquarters in the capital, Belgrade. This began the Yugoslav Wars.  Slovenia escaped this conflict with minimal casualties.  I believe their proximity to western Europe as well as having Croatia as a geographical buffer zone were factors in them being able to break away, especially with the support of the Vatican, Germany and the European Commission. Not to mention that the ethnically Slovenian and Croatian members of the Yugoslav army deserted at this time, leaving mostly Serbs and Montenegrins. Croatia was the next to declare independence in the same year. The former capital of Yugoslavia was Belgrade (currently Serbia).  This was more concerning to Belgrade because of a sizeable Serbian minority there. The siege of Dubrovnik was shortly after.  Not going to lie, things became really ugly after this. The entire war lasted from 1991-1995. Bosnia probably fared the worst in this war, being caught in the middle between Serbia and Croatia and suffering greatly with ethnic cleansing and massacres. There are Catholic Croatian Bosnians, Orthodox Serbian Bosnians, and Muslim Bosnians (Bosniaks) all mixed in the country now known as Bosnia. Again, it is hard to summarize the entire situation in a paragraph but I want you to have a basic understanding of how bloody, devastating and complex this war was. I believe nationalism, more so than religious differences, played a huge role. Don’t think of this a war-torn place. You will see remnants of the war in certain places but overall it is not “in your face”.  Today, there is peace and families are attempting to move forward. However, the wounds from the 1990’s aren’t that old and it will take generations to truly forgive. Also, don’t let this difficult history make you hesitant to speak with locals. They truly embrace tourists here and are eager to talk about their countries. The Balkans people are very proud and have much to share regarding their culture and history. Read More: Bosnia, Europe’s Best Kept Secret Kosovo Kosovo is the “youngest” country, obtaining independence from Serbia in 1999. This, of course, was not so simple and involved a war that NATO and the United States were very much involved with (that has made the USA popular in some places and not popular in others). I won’t go into that too much here, but it is something I was fortunate to discuss at length with both locals in Kosovo and Serbia. This is a HOT issue so if you decide to discuss this with locals…do more listening than talking! Read More: Complete Itinerary For Kosovo To summarize, there were the Balkan Wars of 1991-1995. Then the Kosovo war of 1999. Got it? Albania Albania was not part of the former Yugoslavia. They had their own communist dictator who truly isolated the country and kept Albanians from exposure to the outside world. His policies also made them one of the poorest countries in Europe.  They ended communist rule by democratic election in 1992. In contrast, Tito, of Yugoslavia, allowed his citizens to travel. The communism practiced in the former Yugoslavia was very different than that of the Soviet Union. Tito managed to keep a fine balance of relations with the United States and NATO as well as the Soviets. You will meet many “Yugo-Stalgic” folks, usually from Generation X who think that economically things were better back then. In Albania more than the other countries, you will be shocked by how empty some truly amazing tourist sites are. They have a stunning coastline, mountains and the people are friendly. They seem legit surprised sometimes by having tourists! Language The Slavic countries all share a common language. The official language of the former Yugoslavia was Serbian-Croatian and that is the language still spoken. Slovenia and Macedonia are the two countries whose language has deviated from this and is the most different but they still can mostly understand each other. In Kosovo, the majority of people are ethnically Albanian and therefore speak Albanian. Albania has its own language, Albanian that doesn’t have roots to any other language. English is spoken widely in most of these countries with the exception of Albania. Albanians are more likely to speak Italian as a 2nd language. In most of the countries (including Romania and Bulgaria), I was VERY impressed with how well they speak English. In fact, the English spoken in this region is better than what I’ve experienced in Spain, France and Italy.  Who knew? Read More:  Practical Guide and Tips for Visiting Albania Currencies The Balkans are generally cheaper than the rest of Europe with the exception of Montenegro and the coastal areas of Croatia. They each have their own currency but Euros are accepted widely. You won’t be able to use a credit card everywhere. Take out some cash at the airport, train station or bus station upon arrival. Be aware that you won’t always be able to exchange your unused currency from certain places Slovenia:  Euro Croatia:  Kuna Montenegro:  Euro Albania:  Lek Kosovo:  Euro Macedonia:  Macedonian Dinar Serbia   Serbian Dinar Bosnia   Convertible Mark Getting Around This is the most challenging part of any trip unless you have a car. If you can rent a car, I would recommend it. Most of these countries do not have a train system so the bus is your best bet for public transportation. If you rent a car, keep in mind that there is often an extra charge for different point of drop off. How to choose your starting city. This should be somewhere you can fly into easily. Flying in and out of the same city often cheaper but less convenient. Sarajevo, Zagreb and Belgrade are all cities which seem to have the most affordable flights in and out but this changes often based on season, time of booking and the mysterious ways of the airline industry. In the Itineraries below I will be more specific about how to get from place to place but here are some general rules with common routes. I recommend this website for planning all transportation between cities, regardless of the mode. It will give you all the possible options with times and prices. www.Rome2Rio.com Major Train Routes Ljubljana, Slovenia to Zagreb,  Croatia      4.5-6 hours Mostar, Bosnia to Sarajevo, Bosnia            2.5 hours Belgrade, Serbia to Novi Sad, Serbia         1 hour Belgrade to Nis, Serbia                                2.5 hours “when planning a trip be aware of the lateness of the Serbian railway system. Buses are more reliable and generally more enjoyable to travel with.” (that’s a quote from the Serbian transport website) Belgrade to Podgorica, Montenegro           10 hours Major Bus Routes Ljubljana, Slovenia to Rovinj, Croatia          5 hours Dubrovnik, Croatia to Mostar, Bosnia         3 hours Dubrovnik, Croatia to Kotor, Montenegro    2-4 hours Podgorica, Montenegro to Tirana, Albania   3 hours 45 min Podgorica, Montenegro to Kotor, Montenegro   2 hours Tirana, Albania to Lake Ohrid, Macedonia or Skopje, Macedonia   ***See Below Lake Ohrid, Macedonia to Skopje, Macedonia    3 hours 15 min Skopje, Macedonia to Prizren or Pristina, Kosovo   2 hours Regarding transportation, Albania was the most challenging country being the newest to the influx of tourists and not having the most extensive infrastructure. The buses were not always reliable when you are outside of the bigger cities like Tirana or Berat. ***Getting From Tirana to Lake Ohrid is a “THING”. Please ask me privately if you are planning to go because it is too much to write here! Also, you can always hop a flight between capital cities, if you have the cash. Obviously, this is not the most eco-friendly method nor wallet-friendly but if you are really short on time and not in the mood for a 12-hour bus ride…at least you have that option. What You Need to Know About Travel to Both Serbia and Kosovo Be aware that Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as a country. This is a very sensitive topic and one to tread upon lightly.  I was told that I may not be permitted to enter Serbia if they saw that I had Kosovo stamped on my passport. Some border guards may consider that illegal entry into Serbia. I personally did not experience any problems at the border, nor did others I met. I was also told by a several Serbians that I shouldn’t even mention that I had been to Kosovo when having conversations with Serbians. However, I met many Serbians who loved having in-depth discussions about life and politics and I was able to speak frankly about my experience visiting Kosovo. Serbians have a reputation that I don’t feel they deserve. In fact, it is the country where I felt people wanted to talk to me the most! It is probably best to visit Serbia first if you are planning to visit both but this is not entirely necessary. The main thing to remember is that if you visit Kosovo first, you cannot enter Serbia directly after that. You must go to Macedonia or another country first. I went from Kosovo to Macedonia to Bulgaria THEN Serbia. No problem. I highly recommend you try to visit both places. In Kosovo don’t be surprised if people go out of their way to help you. I spoke with other tourists who were offered rides when they missed the bus and things like that. In Serbia, a random couple insisted on paying for my meal because they wanted me (as an American) to have a good opinion about Serbians! I was continually blown away by the kindness shown to me here.  Suggested Itineraries I want you to have an idea what is feasible to do with various amounts of time in various different locations. You can obviously mix and match as works best for you! 1 Week Itineraries Croatia and Montenegro Day 1 Zagreb Day 2 Stop at Plitvice Lakes on way to Split Day 3 Split  Split doesn’t require much time. You can spend half a day and take the ferry to Hvar island or another nearby island such as Brac or Vis. Hvar is the party island. Brac has great hiking. You can decide which best suits your personality Day 4 Hvar Island Day 5  Ferry back to Split and drive or take the bus to Dubrovnik Day 6  Spend the day exploring Dubrovnik. Walk the walls of the city, spend time at the beaches, do a Game of Thrones Tour, walk around the old city. Read More:  Ultimate Guide to Dubrovnik Day 7  Day Trip to Kotor/Budva Day 8  Depart from Dubrovnik *Tips for Ferries in Croatia. In the summer they run more frequently but can be more crowded. Book ahead of time, especially if you are taking the car ferry. Even if you have a ticket, your car may not get on if you don’t get it in line early enough. Drop the car off at ferry line 2-3 hours early and go do something then come back. Croatia and Bosnia Day 1  Zagreb Day 2  Split Day 3  Hvar Island Day 4  Dubrovnik Day 5  Mostar Day 6  Herzegovina Tour from Mostar Day 7  Sarajevo Read More:  Why Sarajevo Is Europe’s Most Interesting City Slovenia and Croatia (this itinerary takes you to the Istria region of Croatia) Day 1  Ljubljana Day 2 Lake Bled (You can stay in Lake Bled or do it as a day trip from Ljubljana) Day 3  Piran, Slovenia Day 4  Rovinj, Croatia Day 5  Pula, Croatia Day 6  Rijeka, Croatia Day 7  Zagreb The only town in Istria that has an airport is Pula. You can take ferries from Rovinj and Porec to Venice and fly from there if that works. Or continue all the way to Zagreb for your flight home. Or you could go back to Ljubljana. You can easily spend one week in any of these places! There is plenty to see. 2 Week Itineraries Slovenia Croatia Bosnia (2 weeks is ideal because you can slow down and really enjoy these lovely cities) Day 1 Ljubljana Day 2  Ljubljana Day 3 Lake Bled (spend the whole day and hike up for fantastic views) Day 3  Piran (as a day trip from Ljubljana) Day 4  Zagreb Day 5  Split Day 6  Hvar (or another island) Day 7   Hvar Day 8   Dubrovnik Day 9   Dubrovnik (option for a day trip to Korcula Island) Day 10  Mostar Day 11  Herzegovina Day 12  Sarajevo Day 13  Sarajevo Day 14 Depart Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia Day 1 Zagreb Day 2  Split/Plitvice Lakes Day 3   Hvar Island Day 4  Hvar Island Day 5   Dubrovnik Day 6   Dubrovnik Day 7   Mostar Day 8  Herzegovina Day  9    Sarajevo Day  10   Sarajevo Day 11   Novi Sad Day 12    Belgrade Day 13    Belgrade Day 14 Depart from Belgrade Croatia Montenegro Albania (this itinerary will give you beach time and hiking in the mountains) Day 1 Dubrovnik Day 2 Dubrovnik Day 3  Day Trip to Korcula Island Day 4   Kotor, Montenegro Day  5  Kotor  Hike the walls for amazing views. Explore the Old City Day 6   Budva  Party, enjoy the old town and get some beach time Day 7   Podgorica Day 8   Head to northern Albania for hiking in Shkoder Day 9   HIking Northern Albania Day 10  Tirana Day 11   Tirana Day 12   Berat Day 13   Berat Day 14  Return to  Tirana for the flight home Albania Macedonia Kosovo Day 1  Tirana Day 2  Tirana Day 3  Berat Day 4  Berat Day 5  Lake Ohrid Day 6  Lake Ohrid Day 7  Skopje Day 8  Skopje Day 9  Pristina Day 10  Prizren Day 11   Prizren Day 12  Peja (hike the Accursed Mountains) Day 13  Peja Day 14 Head back to Tirana for the flight home Of course you can always combine these if you have more time. If you are looking for more things to do in any of these places, I have provided links when possible to more extensive blog posts about the place.   Where to Stay I stayed in a variety of accommodation from hotels to hostels to Airbnb. These are the places that stood out to me here for you to consider: Airbnb called Villa Raguz in Dubrovnik Hotel Park in Ljubljana Hotel VIP in Sarajevo Hostel Nina or Hostel Mostel in Mostar Hostel Bongo in Sarajevo (best Hostel EVER!!) Berat Backpackers in Berat Trip N Hostel in Tirana Sunny Lake Hostel Lake Ohrid Shanti Hostel in Skopje, Macedonia Driza House in Prizren, Kosovo I recommend starting here: Booking.com You will not regret a visit to the Balkans, The people are amazing. Hospitable, passionate, hard-working, fun and always ready to pour you some Rakija!  Don’t even get me started on the food here. You will definitely gain a few inches with their large portions. As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments below or privately by my contact page. I love to help people travel to places that I love. Pin it!

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Slices of Life in Vietnam

by Laure @ A Journey Away

We absolutely loved Vietnam, where we spent six weeks, visiting my brother in Ho Chi Minh and exploring other cities. I have gathered here some of our best pictures from our stay in this beautiful country and which depict slices of life, in other words, moments of the ordinary life through scenes in the streets of Vietnam. These pictures bring great memories to us and represent some of the aspects of life there.

Vietnam on the top of 2016 best culinary journeys

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Telegraph recommends some culinary journeys in a new year with Star hotel Michelin, Bordeaux wine tour and Mekong discovery tour. Eastern cuisine Chef Luke Nguyen, the judge of the second season of Vietnam MasterChef show, is the tour guide of this interesting culinary journey. The tour lasts 20 days so tourists will have a chance to ...

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