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Celebration of cultural dress in Vietnam The Ao Dai
Vietnam

Vietnam: Ao Dai

One of the things that I love about Saigon is that fashion seems to be governed by the individual. No perceptible rules. In any given group of people I see everything from shorts with T-shirts and spiked heels, to skirts, business suits, or frilly dresses with flip flops or gym …

Perth skyline at sunset
Australia Perth

Australia: Perth

One of the reasons we chose Saigon, Vietnam, for our SE Asia home base for the next year, is that there are so many places we can explore within a four-hour (or less) flight. However, realizing we are as close to Australia as we’re ever likely to be, we decided …

Sunflowers in park in Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Vietnam: A Floral Tết Treat

The Lunar New Year, known as “Tết  in Vietnam (short for  Tết Nguyên Đán”Tet), which translates as “Festival of the First Day”) began on Saturday, February 10. One of the prettiest traditions for celebrating the Lunar New Year in Vietnam is the proliferation of flower markets. All over the city, local …

Dragons on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Walkway in Saigon for Lunar New Year Celebration
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Vietnam: The Year of the Dragon

At midnight on February 10, 2024, countries celebrating the Lunar New Year said goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit and hello to the Year of the Dragon. The sign of the Dragon is considered auspicious. Birthrates spike in dragon years, as babies born in these years are said to …

Entrance to Traditional Vietnamese Medicine Museum
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Vietnam: Museum of Traditional Medicine

We set aside at least one day a week (usually Friday) to find and explore new neighborhoods in our adopted hometown of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Some of our favorite finds are the museums, temples, street fairs, shops, and other sites that wouldn’t have been on our radar if …

Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Happy New Year – Again!

While we had a fantastic New Year celebration here in Saigon on December 31, The Lunar New Year is coming up in February, and the excitement around Ho Chi Minh City is palpable. The Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in Vietnam (and in many Asian countries). We’ve been …

Wat Arun
Bangkok Thailand

Thailand: Temples of Bangkok

I’ve heard a lot of people say Bangkok is nothing more than the city you have to fly in and out of on your way to other locations in Thailand. However, when Mark and I started planning a short trip to Bangkok to meet some friends who would be in …

DaNang spelled out in bright, colorful letters that spell DaNang on the beach
Da Nang Vietnam

Vietnam: DaNang

DaNang is located in central Vietnam along the coast of the South China Sea. With a less-than-two-hour flight from Saigon, we made the trip north and had our toes in the sand in almost no time. Known for its long, sandy beaches, DaNang has a population of more than a …

Cambodia

Cambodia: Angkor Wat

Under a star-filled, pre-dawn sky, my husband and I sat with hundreds of other sleepy tourists waiting for the sun to rise behind the temple known as Angkor Wat. The ancient, five-spired temple slowly revealed itself as the sun tipped over the eastern horizon. First in shadowy silhouette against the …

Com Tam (broken rice) Ca phe
Ho Chi Minh City Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Broken Rice?

There’s a popular Vietnamese dish that, at its base, is a food that was once considered “not good enough to sell.” It’s called Cơm Tấm, which translates as “broken rice”. Broken rice are fragments of rice grains that have broken off during handling. In earlier times, it was considered inferior …