Preparing for Tet, Vietnamese New Year

Year of the Pig! - HCMC

We were fortunate to be in Southern Vietnam just prior to Tet, the Vietnamese lunar New Year (February 18, 2007). The Year of the Pig was being ushered in with an unassailable enthusiasm, as markets burst with flowers, sewing machines in tailor shops buzzed with the new year's wardrobe and shops overflowed with green rolls of Bahn Tet (sticky rice, pork fat and … [Read more...]

The American War

American Tank Destroyed in 1970 - HCMC

Given our nationality and the fact that the Vietnam War ended just over 30 years ago, we were surprised that Vietnamese people showed us no animosity or resentment. In fact, when we told people that we were from America, they very often smiled - and genuinely so. We'd score even more points when we mentioned that we used to live in California, home to a large … [Read more...]

Saigon First Impressions

Hotel de Ville (People

We were aware of the difference in population between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, a.k.a. Saigon) and Hanoi, but were surprised to find such a difference in wealth and sophistication between the two cities.HCMC, is a bright, bustling cosmopolitan city. Even with its glitz and splash, it maintains a distinctly Vietnamese feel as street food stalls press up against … [Read more...]

Snackin’ in Saigon

Bo La Lot ( Seasoned Beef in Betel Leaf) - Saigon, Vietnam

Sit down Hanoi, watch, and learn from your southern sister, Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a. Saigon or HCMC). Though we unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to dive into Saigon as deeply as we did Hanoi, we can safely say we prefer its street food scene, hands down.Here’s just a wee taste. … [Read more...]