23.9.12

FOODIES IN VIETNAM




Vietnam in one word is: WOW. It was the 3rd country of our South East Asia trip and for me, definitely the one that impressed me the most. We crossed the country from north to south by bus.

We flew from Luang Prabang (Laos) to Hanoi and where completely overwhelmed by this extreme chaotic city! Luckily we were staying in this superdeluxe hostel where we could find some peace and quiet, the best breakfast ever (with a view over the city) and some great air conditioning to prevent some sweat attacks! We booked a trip to the well known Ha Long Bay (the picture above), a two day boat trip to this world heritage site. On this trip we had the first experience with the amazing Vietnamese food.

The second stop was Hoi An, a wonderful little city on the coast of Vietnam. We continued trying out the local food and had some amazing dishes: 'kau lau' (a soup) at the local market, 'wan tan' and of course the fresh spring rolls. We discovered a great bar with delicious cocktails and a lovely interior called 'Mango Rooms' and had some nice walks in the city. We rented some bikes and rode through some fields and along the water to the beach. We spent whole days sitting in 'La plage' reading books and enjoying the view. The best way to relax.

The only problem with Hoi An was the nightlife... Something we didn't like there at all. We took the bus to Nha Thrang. An other city, not as nice as Hoi An but we had a lot of fun at the local bars and on the funky monkey boat tour (do not ask any questions. But if you're in the neighborhood, you should check it out!).

Our last destination in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City. At first I was a little afraid that it would be as chaotic as Hanoi, but that wasn't the case. We met a lot of Belgian expats there and we were lucky to stay at one of their homes! Enjoying our new expat life, we had some massages and fancy food (I even had cactus for dinner, and believe it or not, it was REALLY good!). We ended with a nice trip to the Mekong Delta and a lot of great memories of our stay.

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