Sa Pa, the gem of Viet Nam

We headed up north for a long weekend. It meant a bus ride to Sai Gon, a flight to Ha Noi, then a 6 hour bus ride to Sa Pa (we took an overnight 8-hour sleeper train on the way back!). All the hours of travel were worth it to breathe in the cold air,…

See ya Starbucks, Vietnamese Coffee has our hearts

Coffee enthusiasts, coffee connoisseurs, or travelers who just so happen to drink coffee while visiting Viet Nam may be aware of the bold and strong taste of Vietnamese Coffee. Its rich heavy flavor is very distinct to traditional drip coffees in the USA. Viet Nam is actually a very large producer of coffee. We were…

What do you need for Good Luck in the New Year?

The short answer: happy wishes and vegan food. We  were invited to a Vietnamese pagoda for a celebration on the 15th day of the lunar year (March 2nd, 2018). The first day and 15th day (full moon) are considered special days of the month. Full moons are important, but we were told the first one…

I eat chicken, I have a wife: Survival English

We have picked up side work by helping proctor English exams for government employees, students, and any one wishing to further their English skills. This came about through Joe’s work and like several events in Viet Nam, we are informed casually or in passing or sometimes with not much notice/no notice at all about something…

The Hủ Tiếu Experience

What exactly is hủ tiếu? From what we have read, people seem to label it as ‘Pho’s cousin’. It is a delicious bowl of clear broth served with rice noodles, specifically hủ tiếu rice noodles. We pronounce it hue tiu. This dish is particularly popular in the south of Vietnam and is most often consumed…

A day trip to Can Tho

We got a chance to visit the largest city in the Mekong Delta: Cần Thơ. It was nice to travel outside of Tra Vinh, especially on something other than a bicycle. Beyond arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, we haven’t been able to see the rest of Viet Nam so this was a chance to…