Forget the Pho; 10 Other Vietnamese Dishes to Try

It’s amazing to me that Pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup, is the most internationally well-known Vietnamese dish, when there are so many other incredible Vietnamese dishes to try. Here are ten of my favorites: 1. Bahn Khot & Banh Xeo Vietnamese style savory, rice pancakes filled with seafood or pork, scallions, bean sprouts; wrap them in lettuce with herbs and pickled carrots/green papaya, dip […]

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Cruising in Ha Long Bay

We knew we were in for a treat after waking in our hotel and peeking out the window. Even from the rather dirty, industrial port of Ha Long City, the view of craggy limestone cliffs poking out from green sea was enough to evoke our excitement and admiration. I was with my mom and “twisted aunts,” and we had reached the […]

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5 Day Getaway to Malaysia

After 6 straight months in Vietnam, and after, miraculously, receiving my residency visa, I was itching to get out of the country even for a short while. So when I met a traveller heading to Kuala Lumpur, and happened to have flexibility in my work schedule (5 days in a row off), I jumped at the opportunity. Malaysia was a country […]

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Thoughts on Bali

For the past few weeks, I’ve struggled with what to write about Bali. For whatever reason, I left the beautiful little island with mixed feelings. While undoubtedly a lovely place, I found it to be so overwhelmingly touristy, I had difficulty feeling like I could get to know the real Bali or it’s people. However, as I suspected, my memories of […]

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