Dog Meat in Vietnam

Dog Meat in Vietnam

Vietnamese food is very attractive with foreign tourist with many delicacies such as: spring roll, roasted fish, Noodle, banana salad etc…. Have you ever tried to eat the dog meat in your country? I am not sure what it is about western cultures who figures it is ok to eat pig, cow and other animals … Continue reading

Buses in Vietnam

Buses in Vietnam

Tourists in Vietnam have few transport options. There are no subways, trains are so infrequent that locals think nothing of taking short cuts along the tracks, and the deranged traffic makes hiring a vehicle or hopping on the back of a motorbike taxi (xe om) a risky proposition. There were once trams in the capital, … Continue reading

How to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls

How to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese spring rolls come in two types: fried and fresh. Here is a quick recipe for you to make the less healthy – but often more enticing – fried version at home. Ingredients (dipping sauce) garlic chilli green papaya carrots rice vinegar sugar black pepper fish sauce (nuoc mam) Ingredients (spring rolls) 350g minced pork … Continue reading

How to Cross the Road in Vietnam

How to Cross the Road in Vietnam

Don’t pick your nose! Don’t run with scissors! Don’t speak with your mouth full! Childhood rules we learned, we know, we do (most of the time). How to cross the road safely is also drummed into us when we’re young – stop, look both ways, walk (don’t run!) across the road if nothing’s coming. Well, … Continue reading

Taxis in Vietnam – A Few Tips

Taxis in Vietnam – A Few Tips

If you don’t want to cram onto an overcrowded bus, perch on the back of a motorbike taxi (xe om), or go slow on a cycle-rickshaw, taxis are the only real option for tourists to get around in Vietnamese cities. Taxis are plentiful in urban areas, so you shouldn’t have any trouble flagging one down … Continue reading

The Old Quarter – A Glimpse of Hanoi

The Old Quarter – A Glimpse of Hanoi

Hanoi means the city inside the river – the river being the Red River – or Pink River in Vietnamese – or Brown River in reality, due to the heavy silt content carried down from its source in south-west China. Hanoi used to be known as Thang Long, meaning Flying Dragon, and is famous for a long … Continue reading

Hanoi – A Little More

Hanoi – A Little More

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is an ancient and cultural city. As with anywhere, tourists touch just the surface: the Old Quarter with its French colonial architecture; legendary Turtle Tower in Hoan Kiem Lake; the One Pillar Pagoda – an historic Buddhist temple built on a single stone pillar; the Temple of Literature – a … Continue reading