Tag Archives: Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Beaches, bikes, food, lanterns. Hop on a bike; it’s the best way to explore Hoi An.  This sleepy quaint town is quite pedestrian friendly. Below is a description of Hoi An from the Vietnamese Tourist board: “Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinct […]

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The Tailor of Hoi An

I took a short flight from Hanoi to Hoi An (central coast of Vietnam) for one main reason only: tailored suits. I arrived late night and ran straight to Kimmy Tailor on a recommendation.  I had a few designs in mind and carried a couple of sketches with me.  Kimmy had a corner store with […]

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Perfume Pagoda & Ha Long Bay

I parted ways with Irit and made my way back to Hanoi where I took two trips; one to the Perfume Pagoda and another to Ha Long Bay. The Perfume Pagoda houses Buddhist temples in the mountains and can only be reached by taking an hour-long row-boat on the Yen River. The next day I […]

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Boy likes girl; boy kidnaps girl

On our second day in Sapa, we decided to take a half-day tour of a Red Dao village of Taphin.  Another tribal person led this tour. Our guide told us a very interesting story about how marriage works in his culture. Irit and I first asked him about the love market in Sapa.  A few […]

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Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa (the region) reminds me of Sapna (the word for dream in Hindi).  Yes, this was a beautiful dream. Irit and I took an overnight sleeper train from Hanoi to Sapa (north of Vietnam) to trek through the beautiful rice terraces of the region. Once we arrived, we went to the tourist office and booked […]

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DON’T look both ways before crossing the street!

Instead, close your eyes and just walk when crossing the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. Yes, my friends warned me many times that the traffic in Vietnam is terrible and no one stops for pedestrians.  I was told (and I read) to just slowing start walking across the street (DO NOT RUN) and everything will be alright.  […]

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