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Celebration of cultural dress in Vietnam The Ao Dai

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Dinner Cruise Boat floating down Saigon River at night
Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Sweet Home Saigon

We’re three weeks into our Vietnam adventure, and we have (with the help of our fantastic real estate agent Leo) found a beautiful apartment and signed a one-year lease. With that, we begin our dream of living in Vietnam for at least 12 months.From the wall of windows of our …

Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Grab a Ride

When Mark and I arrived in Saigon we quickly embraced the transportation norm of riding on the back of a motorbike to get around town. Using Grab (Vietnam’s version of Uber), the app gives us the option of either a motorbike or car. There are 2 reasons that we almost always opt …

Saigon Bright Lights Nightime Skyline
Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Adventure Begins

My husband (Mark) and I love to travel and were excited to think about how we could do more once we retired. While on walk one evening, we started talking about not just traveling to, but actually living in a different country for about a year at a time for …