Valley of Love of Vietnam

The Heart filled Valley of Love of Vietnam

Dalat’s Valley of Love is definitely a very cheesy place with a carnival atmosphere but has a beauty of its own. It  is a common stop on Dalat tours and is very popular with honeymooners as it offers so many photo opportunities. The whole valley is filled with corny heart shapes from the top to…

Cau Dai Temple

Asia’s most Colourful and Gaudy Temple ever

I quite enjoyed my visit to this very colourful and very kitch temple. It doesn’t look so inviting from outside but once you are inside the colours and dragons and pink is definitely eye catching. I wonder who chose the colour scheme and decided that gaudy dragons is the perfect adornment for a collective religion.…

Cu Chi Tunnels

Firing AK 47’s and Claustrophobic Underground tunnels in Vietnam

No trip to Vietnam will be complete without visiting the famous underground Cu Chi tunnels. It is as huge a part of Vietnam’s history as its temples and pagodas. These underground tunnels were the Viet Cong’s (Vietnamese guerrilla army) base of operations, where they lived and fought from during the Vietnam War. As a child I used to watch countless of “war” movies…

Vietnamese Street Food

The tastiest Vietnamese Street Food ever!

Street food is an important part of every day life in Vietnam and the tastiest way to get to know the culture. 1. The best place in Ho Chi Ming City to try street food is at the Pham market. One of the first dishes you have to try is “Ban Xeo”, which is a…

The colourful Markets of Vietnam

The colourful Markets of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh city is filled with street markets filled with everything from fruit to live fish, from meat and dried squid to beautiful fabric. The food markets in Vietnam have some of the freshest and tastiest tropical fruit that I have ever tasted. Smelly, chaotic, people grabbing at you and people shouting in a…

Ho Chi Minh City

The 3 Tastiest Vietnamese Drinks to try

You can’t help but fall in love with the very tasty Vietnamese drinks and here are the top 3 drinks you have to try in Ho Chi Minh City. 1. Vietnam is hot most of the time, well it only cools off a bit during rainy season and only for the hour or two that…

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda and Good Luck Turtles!

My favourite Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City was the small but quaint Jade Emperor Pagoda. This was my first even Pagoda I got to visit in Asia so it was very exciting for me. It is truly a temple which immediately transported me to a peaceful and tranquil place. It’s courtyards offer a blissful escape…

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh is a City of Organized Chaos

One of the first things you notice in this bustling city is that the streets are covered with electricity and phone cables making everything look cluttered. I was quite amazed that people don’t shock them selves and that there aren’t constant electrical fires breaking out all over the city.  It looks like every inch of the city…

Sa Pa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

This week’s photo challenge over at the Daily Post and it’s GREEN! When I think green, the terraced rice-paddies in Vietnam immediately come to mind.  I lived in Saigon, Vietnam for a year and traveled up to Sa Pa in the North for a break. I loved the terraced hills that were dotted all over the countryside. Everything looked so fresh and clean after…