Sunny Saigon


and horrible Hanoi. Stu was pickpocketed in Hanoi and was relieved of his wallet and about $3. I just thought it was rubbish. Lovely pretty lake in the middle and a nice enough Old Quarter but other than that, I found it quite unfriendly. I have however flown back to Saigon since then and sent Stu back to…


Hoi An is this lovely little town on the coast – just south of a city called Danang. It’s quiet and peaceful with lots of frenchy style architecture and about a million tailors. We got there at about 5am! Just in time to watch the sunrise Getting custom made clothes made is seriously cheap and Stu…

Some cooking class pics


We made those, all of them, including the tomato rose. (we later used the peeled tomatoes in the soup)Mackeral soup – utterly delish, really tasty and light and yummy. Very fresh!Mackeral grilled in banana leaves with lemon grass & carrots. With a lime juice & black pepper dip

Cooking class in Hoi An


Today I learnt to make some vietnamese food. It was awesome and man, I cook good! We made vietnamese spring rolls – which are much lighter and more delicate than chinese ones and then some deep friend prawns (easy!) and then the most amazing fish soup – which had things like pineapple, tomato, mackeral and egg in it-…

Goddamnit


I knew it was too close to the bone to be sniggering at Stu being ripped off (repeatedly) cos I got ripped off this morning on the taxi coming from Danang to Hoi An. To be fair, I’d just done an overnight train from Nha Trang to Danang and it was 4:45 in the morning and even…

Cliche


I guess it would be obligatory to do a post entitled ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ but quite frankly I’m not sure I’m up to that level of clichedness. Nor did I really see morning this morning as I only surfaced at 11:30 after being awoken by Stu coming back at 5am and then his infernal snoring. Unfortunately…

SAIGON


This place is crazy. Utterly mental. The traffic is like nothing on earth, there are mopeds everywhere and the taxi drivers aim for you! Hotel is quite nice tho – cheap and clean. Can’t go wrong and we have just booked a trip out to see the tunnels at Cu Chi which is a left…

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