Let there be light!

This light in one of the caves in Halong Bay reminded me of Vietnam’s darkest hours until a light pierced through the darkness. The country’s strength eroded by decades of turmoil! Its 5,000 years of beautiful history overshadowed by strife! The world saw despondency as its countenance. Advertisements

Ao Dai

The Vietnamese began wearing ao dais in 1744. Fast-forward to the 21st century and not much has changed except for some slight modifications around 1920s. This present day two-piece long silhouette mirrors a predilection to its 18th century origins.

My Water Puppets

As we learn more about the world and immerse ourselves in different cultures, we want to capture the essence of a strange place. We have photographs and souvenirs to remind us of that unique travel experience. Being rather nostalgic, I always try to look for something special or some authentic souvenirs during my trips.

Authentic Vietnamese Pho

A trip to Vietnam is not complete without having this Pho which has been their most popular cuisine since the late 19th century.

Vietnamese Pancake

Such exotic freshness in an ensemble of herbs wrapped in rice paper prepared in front of you at Quan An Ngon Restaurant.

Quan An Ngon Restaurant

This is always overflowing with locals and tourists and is ranked number 15 of 747 restaurants in Hanoi. This is another French colonial building with a big courtyard. They serve real good Vietnamese food like Vietnamese Pancake, Steamed Roll Cake, Papaya Salad, Spring Rolls, and Sweet Tea.

Dangerously Delicious

Tender, fragrant, flavorful, Madame Hien-style. Begging to be consumed with rice!

Vietnamese cuisine for lunch!

After an interesting walk around the Old Quarter, it’s time to have lunch at Madame Hien, a restaurant of Didier Corlou who is a French chef with 5 Stars Diamond Award and the most celebrated chef in Vietnam. This is a French colonial building designed by the architect of the famous Hanoi Opera House.

A Lakeside Love Story

Love is in the air around the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake, especially during the wedding season, from October to March.

Appetite Appeal

A tasty food, with good presentation, means luxury. Bobby Chinn’s Restaurant