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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 …

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 …