I visit Tam Coc, Vietnam’s gorgeous “Ha Long Bay on Land”
My first experience eating pho in Vietnam.
Anyone who knows my eating habits (so… my mom) can tell you that I am not a huge sandwich fan.
That being said, I always have to try the local cuisine.
In addition to my curiosity, all of my travel companions were raving about the bahn mi sandwiches that they ordered at simple stalls throughout the city.
We had gotten into the habbit of having four meals a day, which was necessary since we were awake for so long and burning so many calories by walking through the city.
I believe I ordered a pork bahn mi, and it was delicious. Nothing I would tell my grandkids about, but delicious nonetheless. There’s something about the way that French and East-Asian influences connect that makes Vietnamese cuisine absolutely immaculate.
Of the more comical excursions during our travels was swan paddle-boating in Hanoi.
We had been wandering Old Quarter for the better portion of a day, and the rain had never ceased. Monsoon season was truly upon us, and the humidity mixed with rain and sweat meant that we were constantly drenched and a bit cranky.
During our wanderings, we spotted some swan boats eerily floating on a massive empty lake.
This was too ridiculous of a situation for us to refuse, and we went in to the business next to the boats. There was a restaurant on the top level with a view of the lake, and we ordered some watered-down pina coladas since we kept getting “caught in the rain.”
After our snack, we paired up and hopped onto the boats.
The buildings against the skyline were diverse, and the lake seemed to stretch on for miles and miles.
We were the only souls out on the massive lake, and the only ones willing to traverse the rain & gloom.
The person I paired up with was too tall to fit in our boat, and he ended up resorting to peddling with his hands, which was extremely comical.
I try a beverage that is only available in Hanoi.
I wander the streets of Vietnam’s second largest city. Photos, stories, and bucket list sucesses
My experience flying in to Vietnam, and my first (ever) experience dealing with culture shock.