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It was Sunday evening and high time for some soothing relaxation. I had taught English for sixteen hours over the weekend, going from class to class, down corridors with screaming children bumping into me. [ more... ]
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Indians have been part of the Saigon scene right from its beginnings in the expansion of the Kinh majority to the south and in French colonial times. Witness the Indian temples dotted around town which have become popular retreats for all sections of the population. Indian cooking has influenced main stream Vietnamese cuisine in that mild curries have been incorporated into it. [ more... ]
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I was standing on the pavement on Nguyen Hue at lunchtime, in front of a medieval-style wooden door that it amused me to think would suit the entrance of a castle or dungeon. I knocked several times to no avail and a street vendor assured me the place opened only at dusk. [ more... ]
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The principal reason for a visit to the ancient capital of Hue has to be to see its historical attractions. Secondly, the city is renowned for its culinary delights. If you are seeking to combine these two activities I can recommend a brace of venues which are under the same family management. [ more... ]
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I hope all of my readers are doing well. Ho Chi Minh City is a place that makes people feel at ease. I find that almost every day here is like a vacation. There are always things one can find to enrich his life. [ more... ]
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When things are getting on top of you, one solution might be to get on top of things. Chilling out at a rooftop cafe looking down on the world is a great way to put life into the right perspective. [ more... ]
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When I first arrived in Vietnam in 1997, the concept of putting numerous dishes on one table and inviting guests to serve themselves was novel to the locals. [ more... ]
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It’s on the wooden deck of the beachfront restaurant of Villa Aria Mui Ne filled with soft tunes of bosa nova pouring away right into the sparkling sea lying just meters away, where Janus has shown me his full foxy (cunning) face- reveal or not to reveal- that was a dilemma clearly stated. As all of a sudden I was struck with the seductive idea to keep the secret of this bright new boutique hotel to myself. [ more... ]
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Don’t let the kebab stall at the start of Tran Quoc Toan’s street eats section put you off, it’s just another wonderful Hanoian incongruity. Perhaps its a talisman put there by the food gods to throw off track those of little faith in their search for Hanoi’s famous street food. [ more... ]
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Some might even consider it a chore. Most, although they might enjoy it, would say it is a normal everyday activity. Nearly all of us would agree that in the right creative hands it can be elevated to an art although one whose product does a fast disappearing act. [ more... ]
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Pasteboard masks have been Hanoi kids’ toys, especially in the occasion of Mid-Autumn celebrations, for ages. But today, just a handful of people ...
In Phan Thiet, bánh hỏi with pig bowels (lòng heo) is synonymous with Phu Long Town, which is the name of the native place of this dish, where it is ...
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