Live continues along the Mekong River

Wordless Wednesday: Life continues along the Mekong River

The Vietnamese people rely on the Mekong River for almost half the water used to irrigate their crops. The Mekong River also serves as a significant transport channel for the Vietnamese people. It is also a trading centre; as the Vietnamese hold their floating markets on the river. Published as part of Wordless Wednesday Advertisements Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Life continues along the Mekong River

Sunrise on the Mekong River

Sunrise on the Mekong River

One of my most memorable experiences was watching the sunrise while floating along the Mekong River in Vietnam with my mom. The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world. It is about 2,700 miles long and flows through China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. My mom came to visit me in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam where I was living and … Continue reading Sunrise on the Mekong River

The foreigner tries Kung-Fu

While living in Ho Chi Minh City I tried to experience everything about the Vietnamese Culture and decided to try something ” Vietnamese”. So I went out and signed up at a local pagoda in my neighbourhood for Kung-fu classes. I was so excited at the prospect of learning a martial art that I didn’t even flinch when I found out the class was in Vietnamese … Continue reading The foreigner tries Kung-Fu

Unwanted Night visitor in my room

Unwanted Night visitor in my room

 I loved the narrow three story house tucked away at the end of the alley where we lived in Ho Chi Minh city,Vietnam. Three of my co-teachers and I shared this house, in one of the Northern Suburbs, far away from the touristy areas of the city. This was the perfect place to experience the culture as I did my shopping at the local fruit and … Continue reading Unwanted Night visitor in my room

Riding a Motorbike through the Streets of Ho Chi Minh

Tips on Riding a Motorbike through the Chaotic Streets of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Me on my Yellow motorbike!! Chaos on the streets of Ho Chi Minh! Ho Chi Minh City is a world where old and new competes to survive in this dense populated city. It’s a city filled with skyscrapers, ancient temples, motorbikes, people on bicycles and every inch of it covered in tall slim buildings. The streets are overcrowded with motorbikes, piled with up to 5 … Continue reading Tips on Riding a Motorbike through the Chaotic Streets of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Surviving My 3 Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is filled with skyscrapers, ancient temples, motorbikes, people on bicycles and more motorbikes. While living in Ho Chi Minh I got myself a canary yellow 1969 super cup motorbike, which I named Buttercup. It couldn’t go faster than 60km per hour but in a city as crowded as Ho Chi Minh City I rarely needed to go faster. The streets are overcrowded … Continue reading Surviving My 3 Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Yangshuo, China

Weekly photo Challenge: Humanity

This weeks photo challenge is photographs that capture humanity — of everyday people around the world — and that provoke compassion and an understanding of our differences. These are some of my favourite captures of people around Asia. My favorite photos capture the emotions of others and spark a curiosity about their lives. For me, these images reflect humanity and create connections between us. Continue reading Weekly photo Challenge: Humanity

“Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

This weeks photo challenge is Silhouette!! A silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, I took this photo while canoeing in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. This week, share a … Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Edible Rice Paper

Watching the making of Edible Rice Paper

While travelling through Vietnam I had the opportunity not only to taste fresh edible rice paper but also to watch how it is made. In Vietnam edible rice paper is used for making fresh or fried spring rolls and is called bánh tráng  I couldn’t believe the ingredients for rice paper is only white rice flour, tapioca flour, salt, and water. It shouldn’t be hard to make then should it? But … Continue reading Watching the making of Edible Rice Paper

The Crazy House of Vietnam

The Crazy House of Vietnam was my favourite place to explore!!

The Crazy House of Vietnam is a house and a guesthouse slash café slash art gallery and looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland. The Vietnamese version of one of the Gaudi building of Barcelona. It looks more like a Disneyland attraction than a place you would actually live and made me think of Dali and his crazy creations more than once. This topsy-turvy … Continue reading The Crazy House of Vietnam was my favourite place to explore!!

LangBiang Mountain

LangBiang Mountain, where you find horses painted like zebras!

My Vietnamese friends and I biked to LangBiang Mountain from Dalat, which is about 12km. This should have taken us about 45 minutes but we made so many stops along the way to view the waterfalls or lakes we passed that it took us a couple of hours to get there. We parked our bikes at one of the shops at the bottom of the mountain … Continue reading LangBiang Mountain, where you find horses painted like zebras!

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 the bottom and even has loads of giraffe statues standing … Continue reading The Heart filled Valley of Love of Vietnam

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. The colourful Cau Dai Temple is in Tay Ninh City, … Continue reading Asia’s most Colourful and Gaudy Temple ever

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 with my father and a lot of these were about … Continue reading Firing AK 47’s and Claustrophobic Underground tunnels in Vietnam

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 large crispy omelet with prawns, pork, beansprouts, spring onions and … Continue reading The tastiest Vietnamese Street Food ever!

The colourful Markets of Vietnam

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Split Second of Laughter

This Split-Second story captures a moment at a food market in Vietnam where the woman smile and laugh as they go about their daily shopping. For this week’s challenge,attempt to capture a candid moment of a person, place, or thing.  Tell a story by documenting a moment in time through a single image.  Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: A Split Second of Laughter

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 language you don’t understand…..sounds horrendous, but it’s actually an amazing … Continue reading The colourful Markets of Vietnam

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 it’s raining. While living in Ho Chi Minh City I … Continue reading The 3 Tastiest Vietnamese Drinks to try

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 from the scorching heat with its large leafy ancient figs … Continue reading Jade Emperor Pagoda and Good Luck Turtles!

War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

The disturbing War Remnants or War Crimes Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

I did the usual sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City  but the one place that really stood out for me was the War Remnants Museum. The museum was originally named ” Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression ” and changed to War Remnants museum in 1995 after the end of the US embargo. It primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. … Continue reading The disturbing War Remnants or War Crimes Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

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 has been built on. The only place you can find … Continue reading Ho Chi Minh is a City of Organized Chaos

Ho Chi Minh City

Top 5 Restaurants and dishes to try out in Ho Chi Minh City

The food in Vietnam is delicious!! If you ever get the chance to go to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam you definitely have to try the following dishes or places. 1. “Wrap and roll”, on 62 Hai Ba Trung Street, in District 1, this is my favourite spring roll place in the whole city. Their fresh spring rolls are served with a peanut dipping … Continue reading Top 5 Restaurants and dishes to try out in Ho Chi Minh City