This year saw a lot of travel as we kicked off the year traveling around Southeast Asia for six weeks, visiting India, Singapore, southern Thailand and Vietnam. We ate a lot of incredible food on our inaugural visit to Vietnam, many of which made it here. There was always fish sauce on the table and, on occasion, a “grand cru” from Phu Quoc.
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a bustling metropolis with millions of people and, probably even more, motorbikes. It’s a sprawling city with much more of a Western influence than Hanoi. Nestled among this modern culture are alleys full of local food vendors serving up traditional and inexpensive food.
It’s been a little over a year since we put our idea of a blog to action and exactly one year since our first blog post.
Due to transportation logistics, Da Lat (Đà Lạt) was not our next stop in Vietnam, but geographically it makes sense to talk about it after Hoi An (Hội An). Settled in the south-central highlands of the country and surrounded by nature, the region’s climate...
Marou Chocolate features heavily in my daily rotation of chocolates, so when we found ourselves in Saigon earlier this year, I immediately wrote to Samuel asking him if we could come see their factory.
We hadn't planned transportation between any Vietnam cities in advance of our 3-week stay since we didn't know if our rough itinerary might change as we learned more about the country. In the end we visited five different cities and took a train or bus to get between most.
This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on eating our way through Vietnam. We spent three weeks in Vietnam, starting with Hanoi in the north, making our way down over 1,000 miles to Ho Chi Minh City in the south.
Until our recent 7-week trip through India and southeast Asia neither of us had ever traveled for longer than a two-week period at a time, making for all sorts of new experiences, not just during our travels, but also while preparing. How to pack for 7 weeks?