Category archives: Vietnam

The Sunday market in Bac Ha, Vietnam

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A weary bus ride up a windy road on a Saturday afternoon was finally close to its end, as we were creeping up into the small town of Bac Ha, Vietnam. It felt tiny and yet full of hotels - I certainly did not get any sense of character of its own. I wasn't sure whether I would have good time there. But once a new week started afresh on Sunday, the town cha[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary: How to travel Vietnam in one month

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Vietnam is a country that had forever been on my hit list. It had enticed me over with promises of delicious Pho noodle soup, silken tailoring and epic landmarks, such as, Halong Bay. After studying the Vietnam War, I knew it had a harrowing history that was both deep and tragic, but when I finally stepped off the plane, I was quickly immersed in Vietnam’s b[...]

Noodles for Breakfast - a Trip to Vietnam

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I am a self-proclaimed pastaholic. I could eat pasta every day and when I was in Rome a year ago I ate it for lunch and dinner. My father says it is in my blood because I was conceived in Venice.  My mother says it was due to my aunt who looked after me when I was little and they went on a trip. As I would get upset in the evenings because I missed my parent[...]

A Travelettes Guide to Cruising Ha Long Bay

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How do you decide where to go on your next holiday? Is it inspired by a friend's travel tales, based solely on budget or do you spin a globe with closed eyes, letting fate take you somewhere? When I told people I wanted to go to Vietnam because I love fresh spring rolls most thought that was good enough reason. When I told some others that I was going bec[...]

How to make authentic tasty Vietnamese Pho

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Pho is a traditional Vietnamese dish that can be found all over Vietnam. Super cheap, authentic, fresh, healthy, everything you could ever want while backpacking! Coming from Melbourne and its fantastically diverse cuisine, I had tried the traditional noodle soup dish in the Vietnamese suburb of Richmond. I thought it was pretty good… but going to Vietnam an[...]

The Infamous Scooters of Vietnam

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The scooters, mopeds and motorbikes of Vietnam are interesting. Definitely an experience... Scooters are in sheer abundance on the roads of Vietnam. There’s an estimated 3.1 million in the capital city of Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon) and the streets are crammed full of the buzzing two-wheelers. The roads are a semi-organised chaos with manic overtaking[...]

Hoi An: A tale of backpacker decadence

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Smiling faces, sparkling lights covering the tree-lined streets, ostentatious but lovely Chinese temples galore, silk and tailor shops ready to create anything your heart desires, European-style sidewalk cafes boast outrageous cocktail menus, and to top it all off, radiant rainbow lanterns glow from every storefront. Vietnam just got a whole lot better. O[...]