Category: Vietnam

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Vietnamese Lacquerware Shines

Vietnamese Lacquerware Shines

Heading to Vietnam without bringing back some lacquerware art, tableware or souvenirs is a bit like going to Vegas and not gambling. And much like gambling, the fine art of Vietnamese lacquerware goes back thousands of years – although unlike betting on a craps table, when you hand over your money to the shop vendor,...

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Vietnam Dining Experiences Reach New Heights

Vietnam Dining Experiences Reach New Heights

Don’s Bistro, Ha Noi Vietnam has seen remarkable development in the last decade, in part fueled by a tourism boom. Along with economic growth, popular western TV shows like Top Gear, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and President Obama’s 2016 visit have put Vietnam in the international media spotlight, with a particularly focus on its cuisine....

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Banh Mi – Vietnam’s History in a Baguette

Banh Mi – Vietnam’s History in a Baguette

You might be forgiven for thinking that Vietnam’s only national dish is pho (pronounced fuh not foe). After all, it’s served in almost every restaurant, has been exported to fancy food joints overseas, and there are thousands of recipes, from Aunty Tran’s family specialty to the braised beef joint at the end of the block....

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SEA Dynasties: What happened to the royal family in Vietnam?

SEA Dynasties: What happened to the royal family in Vietnam?

As many readers know, Smiling Albino is based in Bangkok, Thailand, but also works extensively in Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Besides being awesome places to explore, the one thing that all of these countries have in common is that they entered the 20th century with a strong monarchic system in place. But of them...

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Hoi An or Da Nang – where should I stay?

Hoi An or Da Nang – where should I stay?

When you’re on the road, you’ll often encounter some pretty stringent opinions about things. The best place to stay, the worst restaurant in town, the biggest rip-off in the country, the most and least friendliest nationalities, etc. Everyone has his or her opinion, and that dichotomy is part of what makes travel great. One of...