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Pho Ga (chicken pho) is traditional to northern Vietnam and is served all day. The best time to get it from a local vendor is early in the morning because it's SO fresh and makes for a perfect breakfast. As a side note about this photo, I love...
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I come from a city with a decent reputation for Vietnamese food, and though I knew the food would be better still in Vietnam, I couldn't fully understand how much better it would be. This is cross-an-ocean-just-to-eat-it good. This is...
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6 Ngõ Hội Vũ, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Cool off in air conditioning or bask in the sun on one of the three floors of The Hanoi Social Club. The menu, more international than Vietnamese, offers lots of delicious options, including vegetarian and vegan.
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Halong Bay is a breathtakingly beautiful bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, comprised of densely concentrated zone of stone islands. The only way to see it all is to take a leisurely boat ride around the bay (a day trip or an overnight stay) soaking up...
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There are some days on the road when you just feel like disappearing—surrendering to the urge to recoil and escape the pressures of travel. Those are the times when sanctuary can casually surface from a busy street scene and draw you in. Hanoi is...
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Hàng Quạt, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I loved the Old Quarter. Each street's name corresponds to the wares in its shops. It was mind-boggling that the Vietnamese would be so rigid & organized, which is not the first impression you have (or even the 10th) when you visit this country....
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Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
One of my favorite big cities in the world because it was designed by a Frenchman, thus low buildings and big skies (see Washington D.C. and Paris). Nothing can be built taller than Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. Start the morning observing tai chi...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Navigating the chaotic armada of motorbikes in a city devoid of traffic laws certainly isn't easy, but after watching the locals I learned my first important lesson of the trip - slow and steady wins the race. Contrary to the instinct to quickly...
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After a long day of dodging motor bikes, we escaped to a coffee shop with an amazing view and watched life pass us by in old town Hanoi.