• Hanoi.,  Travel,  Vietnam.

    People Watching in the Old Quarters

    I love people watching especially when I am on a holiday. It is harmless and enriching. I say “enriching” because I learn so much by just observing how people go about their daily lives. It becomes even better when you strike an eye contact with whom you are watching and exchange smiles. But then it can turn out to be…

  • Hanoi.,  Travel,  Vietnam.

    Temple of Literature

    One of Hanoi’s most revered temple complex is the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). The temple’s plan is modelled on that of Confucius’s birthplace in Qufu, China and has five courtyards. I was fascinated by the Third Courtyard temple’s 82 stone slabs mounted on tortoises. Each stone slab records the results of a state examination held at the National Academy…

  • Hanoi.,  Travel,  Vietnam.

    Walking the Streets of Hanoi

    Hanoi is a street food paradise and the Old Quarter with it hundred over streets is just so crammed with stalls and makeshift shops. The “baby” plastic stools and tables, the bold signboards, the hard-working women, the smell, the noise and the total ambience of the streets in Hanoi is just not easy to describe…..you need to experience it!! You…

  • Vietnam.

    The Killing Fields

    I visited the Killing Fields in Choeung Ek where more than 20,000 people were buried. This is a sad place to visit but very informative. It was just awful to think that I was standing on top of a mass grave where underneath lay thousands of bodies. There was a shrine that housed the skulls of the massacred people!! It…

  • Ho Chi Minh.,  Travel,  Vietnam.

    Ho Chi Minh street foods

    There is lots more food in Vietnam than just Pho and Banh Mi. Vietnamese cuisine is all about fresh and simple ingredients. In Ho Chi Minh, everywhere you turn, whatever time it is, there are people preparing food or eating. People sit on low stools to consume their meals. When travelling always stick to freshly cooked hot food.

  • Ho Chi Minh.,  Travel,  Vietnam.

    Binh Tay market in Cholon

    I visited the big Ben Thanh market and did not like it for two reasons – the vendors were too pushy and there were too many touts. My favourite market in this city is certainly the Binh Tay market in Cholon. This market caters for the Vietnamese locals and therefore prices were very reasonable and I also found the vendors…

  • Ho Chi Minh.,  Travel,  Vietnam.

    Here and There in Ho Chi Minh city

    There are a lot of interesting places to see in Ho Chi Minh City and its surrounding area and it is best explored on foot. Don’t forget to wear a pair of sunglasses and a hat – it can be very hot! If possible leave your important documents like passport in the hotel’s safe.

  • Ho Chi Minh.,  Travel,  Vietnam.

    Temple Visit

    Chùa Bà Thiên Hậu (The Pagoda of the Lady Thien Hau) is a Chinese style temple located on Nguyễn Trãi Street in the Cho Lon (Chinatown) district of Ho Chi Minh City. The roof of the pagoda tells fantastic tales taken from traditional Chinese lore, while the walls are covered with lacquer paintings of various spirits and deities. This temple…