Category: Vietnam

Return to spicy food!

After arriving in Laos we had a great dinner.


Vietnamese was our least favorite food thus far, although almost everything was pretty good. Everything was very fresh in Vietnam, even to a fault. There seems to be a southwest-to-east gradient in southeast Asia; with the best and most spicy in Thailand and the mildest in Vietnam.

Other notes about the Vietnamese food:

Not enough ice in shakes;

Some Jasmine tea, and very good, but rare; nothing like the ubiquity of tea in Japan;

Our favorites involved fresh spring rolls with some cooked fish or tofu inside;

The coffee was both the best and on occasion, the worst so far, but usually fresh. Not nearly so much instant coffee;

Do as the Indian guys we met do-bring your own bag of spice!

French Quarter of Hanoi 

We took a self guided tour of the French Quarter. The French quarter is notably different from the rest of Hanoi. The streets are wider and lined with larger trees. Although it is still very busy with a lot of traffic, it feels more peaceful than the rest of the city as you walk around.

We started at a statue of Ly Thai To. In 1010 he was the first emperor of Vietnam, which is noted as the beginning of Ly dynasty. The paved area in front of the statue is used as a playground. Kids of all ages were riding/rolling on the pavement. They roller blade, skate board, ride hover boards and motorized mini cars everywhere!


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Imperial City of Hue

Imperial City of Hue

Hue was the capital of the Vietnamese empire that lasted until the country was colonized by France. We arrived via the midnight train from nha trang; the train was spartan but we slept well.

We took a tour to see some of the historical sites. We were along a sidestreet of the main road through town. We hired the tour from a restaurant where we had a few local foods that were some of the best we have had so far in Vietnam:

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