Category: Vietnam

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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...

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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

There have been a myriad of books written about how travel provides an education that no school ever could. The basic idea is summed up in the famous quote “I never really started learning until I began to travel.” Over the years the travel experience has embraced, rejected, created, and re-embraced many different identities, be...