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Myanmar: What to Eat As A Vegan

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

Many people have warned me that it’s challenging to find vegan food in Myanmar. My two cents - not true!

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Best restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi - Taste vegan Hanoi

Best restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi - Taste vegan Hanoi

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Eat vegetarian food to save the world, nowadays, the trend of vegetarian meals is more popular, more people choose vegetarian diet for their better health and to save the animal and the environment. If you are a vegetarian traveling to … read more

How to appreciate Vietnam... while you're still here

by (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

This post first appeared as a column in AsiaLIFE Ho Chi Minh City magazine.

When I arrived in Vietnam, filled with notions of my imminent cultural assimilation and fluency in the native tongue, I looked at most expats who had been here for a while with outright disdain. Why had they moved to Vietnam, I wondered, to socialize only with other foreigners and eat pizza?

I am now that expat. I’m probably eating pizza right now. And it tastes like mozzarella and self-loathing.

While I have all kinds of excellent, convincing excuses for why I’ve become the exact stereotype that I so scorned, if I could have my time again, I’d do it differently. For example, rather than just learning the Vietnamese expression for “I am studying Vietnamese”, I would actually, you know, study Vietnamese.

It’s not that I think my life here is in any way deficient. It’s more that when I meet newly-arrived expats now, I can’t stand being on the other end of those disdainful looks. “You’re looking at your future, Sonny Jim”, I say. And then I take a swig of whiskey to hide the pain.

I have noticed another kind of expat regret too. It’s the one where the expat leaves Vietnam and then posts Facebook status updates from their home country like “Wish I was drinking a cà phê sữa đá right now!!!” or “Missing my motorbike ride to work!!! :(” Exclamation marks are compulsory; sad face emoticons are optional. 

That’s odd, I think to myself. I seem to recall that very same expat, when they were still in Vietnam, whinging about how they couldn’t get a decent coffee in this country, and how their motorbike commute was a daily near-death experience.

And so like the circle of life, and the turning seasons, and karma, and the cosmos, and that Justin Timberlake song “What Goes Around Comes Around”, I, the disdained, get to disdain again. Read my contemptuous lips: I will not become one of those rose-coloured regretters who use too many exclamation marks!!!

I’m not going to achieve this by being down on Vietnam. This column might make me sound mean spirited, but I’m not that mean spirited.

Instead, I decided to email everyone I know who had left the country and ask them, from the perspective afforded by being back in their homeland, what they now missed about Vietnam. I figured this was a way of averting the you-don’t-know-what-you’ve-got-til-it’s-gone syndrome and ensuring I appreciate the best things about Vietnam, while I’m actually still here.

The results are now in from my extremely scientific poll. And the number one most missed thing about Vietnam is the energy: the non-stop action, the excitement, the busy streets. 

My first response to this was “Pffffft! Won’t catch me missing what you’ve charmingly described as energy but which we all know means a chaotic, frazzling free-for-all.” Because I guess I am quite mean spirited.

But this is the exactly the point. In a case of the grass always being greener, when you’re in Vietnam you pine for footpaths you can actually walk on, an empty park to run through, and just some peace and quiet godammit. When you return home and get free access to all those things, it’s actually quite boring. The bustle of Vietnam, the unpredictability, the chaos, it all provides constant stimulation and invigoration. And you’ll miss it when it’s gone.

So now when I’m stuck in traffic, wedged between a bicycle vendor selling bánh rán and a motorbike laden with road-tripping chickens, the sun’s blazing down, and I just want to get home, I try to think to myself, at least it’s not boring. It might be frazzling, but at least it’s dazzling. That’s my new motto.

And the other responses to my survey? What else should I be better appreciating? Well, the spontaneity of social life, the lack of responsibilities and societal expectations, and the bountiful free time; the affordability of going out, the luxury of a housekeeper and the cheap travel opportunities; the storms, the fruit, the geckos, the colour, the flowers, the street food, the markets, and the trà đá.

When you look at it, you actually experience most items on this list in just your average, run-of-the-mill day here. This can mean only one thing: you should appreciate every single day in this country while you still can.


by (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

Well, this is it. We have only a couple of days left in Hanoi.

Thank you to everyone who has followed The City That Never Sleeps In, and especially those who commented, or sent me emails, or approached me while I was taking the rubbish out, to say they enjoyed reading it. Keeping this blog has been one of the highlights from my time here.

I wrote this final post as a column for AsiaLife, but I’ve changed it slightly to reflect my changed feelings since I submitted it for publication. At that time I was a little nostalgic and dewy-eyed about leaving, but now, I’m just excited about the future. We leave Hanoi for a long holiday in Thailand, and then a new, quiet, life in Canberra - if there’s a city less like Hanoi in the world, I don’t know it. And for us, right now, that’s a good thing.

We’re leaving with some extra baggage too: our Uncle Ho portrait, our wedding ao dais, and a baby on the way (carry-on baggage). As we are told, constantly, the baby will be a Golden Dragon, a particularly lucky and lucrative kind of baby, of which there will be many, judging by the number of pregnant women waddling around in the Hanoi heat at the moment. It’s an incomparable farewell gift from our host nation, the endowment of lunar good fortune on our new family.

Thank you, Vietnam. But we know it’s time for us to leave. 

As I have mentioned before, because you know, it's on my mind day and night, the house over the road from us was knocked down. In the middle of the night. Using jackhammers. They’ve posted an artist’s image of the government office they’re building in its place, and it speaks a thousand words. Most of them swear words.

When Nathan and I saw that image of towering steel and glass, and landscaped gardens featuring strange 2D palm trees, we both just knew: we wouldn’t stick around to see those palm trees in 3D.

The thought of ceaseless jackhammering filled us with overwhelming dread. We knew it would be the straw that broke the camel’s back, if living in Vietnam was a camel.

Over the past couple of months, the cracks had already started to show. The honking seemed louder and more unnecessary; the pollution became unbearable; fruit vendors took on Machiavellian qualities; children stopped being cute, just loud.

But nothing about Vietnam had changed, only us.

After two-and-a-half years of enthusiastic ardour for Vietnam, I was cruising for a bruising. Maybe it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, because I’d always said we should leave before three years is up, but I think it’s more just the expiry of the statute of limitations on Keeping Your Shit Together.

Living as an expat in Vietnam isn’t hard, but it isn’t always easy.  While, yes, you can drink out of coconuts and get cheap pedicures, it’s also loud, crowded and polluted. And some vegetables are grown in human poo.

It always has been that way, and I’ve always known that. But to thoroughly enjoy Vietnam’s many, many upsides, I’ve had to not let the downsides get to me. And I’ve done this through a constant practice of Keeping My Shit Together: focusing on the positive, being curious rather than judgemental, being dazzled, not frazzled.

Keeping Your Shit Together is an active process, and over time, it’s tiring. Once you begin to falter, it easily spirals into Losing Your Shit. You don’t look at your beer and think, glory be to God for cheap beer; you think, this beer is probably laced with formaldehyde. You give the stink eye to children with those squeaky shoes. You see a dog and you say to it, “They’re going to eat you”.  You look at an artist’s image for a new building and you don’t feel impressed by Vietnam’s unstoppable march towards modernisation, you just think, that building is going to be the end of me. And then you tread on a used sanitary napkin and that pretty much seals the deal.

One of the hardest things about being an expat in Vietnam is listening to the whinging of embittered expats - who’ve Lost Their Shit - who act as if they’re serving time here against their will. Their bad juju is catching, kryptonite to anyone fiercely, and rightly, Keeping Their Shit Together.

I don’t want to be one of them. I’m going to accept that in this break-up, it’s not Vietnam, it’s me, and I’m going to get out of here before I bring anyone else down with me.

I leave Vietnam with no regrets. I loved living here; it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It has given me so much - so many memories, and opportunities, and friends and life lessons - and asked for not much more in return than just Keeping My Shit Together. I definitely did better out of that deal.

But now, I’m just ready to go home. 

Thank you to you all. Try to Keep Your Shit Together,
Tabitha x

Hang Trong Folk Painting Exhibition In Hanoi

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Ca Chep Bookstore at No.115 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Hanoi will hold an exhibition on Hang Trong folk painting from January 10th to 25th. Apart from outstanding Hang Trong folk paintings on three topics, including New Year, worshipping and state of affairs, the exhibition will introduce […]

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Honest Reviews: Huma Island Resort in the Philippines (aka Heaven)

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

There are many luxury hotels out there and although I haven’t stayed in all of them, I can tell you that many of them are not worth your money. This is not one of those. This place, in my opinion, was worth every penny and I will tell you (and show you) why. Keep in mind I was not sponsored. They had no idea I was a blogger, so this is as honest and real as it gets! Are you ready to virtually experience Huma Island Resort? How I Ended Up There Let me set the scene for you. I was at the end of 2 months of continuous travel in Southeast Asia. To afford to travel for this long, I did stay in budget places quite a bit, including hostels. I like to splurge every now and then and the end of my 3 weeks in the Philippines seemed like the perfect time. The place I was staying before wasn’t so hot and I wanted to get out as soon as possible. I called Huma Island and asked how early I could check in. They offered to send a van to pick me up at 0800 from my hotel. That works!  I was staying on a different part of Coron Island so I had an hour van ride to the boat dock. The next step was a 40-minute boat ride to the private island. The exuberance was practically jumping out of my soul by the time I got on this boat. Read More: Discover Palawan Checking In Upon arrival at the property on the island, there were several people waiting for me (yes…just me) at the dock. I was warmly welcomed and given a cool washcloth along with a welcome drink while my luggage was taken. I was escorted into the lobby where a group of employees played a ukelele and sang a welcome song. This was very cute but a little awkward because I’m not accustomed to having that many people greet me and make a big deal over me. I do appreciate their effort though, After I checked in and did all that formal stuff, a man in a golf cart drove me to my overwater villa, giving me a little tour of the property along the way. I could barely contain myself on this ride and was bouncing up and down like a toddler that needs the restroom. Everything was spectacular! When we finally arrived at my villa, he gave me a little tour and then left me to run around open-mouthed and giggling like an idiot. But First, Let Me Relax Sadly I don’t have photos of the room, but it was large with high ceilings and plush colorful decor.  The Nespresso coffee machine and the complimentary bottle of wine was a nice addition. The bathroom was spacious and equipped with every luxurious touch you can imagine including L’Occitane amenities. There was a separate toilet, huge bathtub and a rain shower. The private balcony has sweeping sea views, loungers, outdoor shower and my favorite part…the hot tub. The first thing I did was get in that hot tub and mentally plan the rest of my day. Next, I went to the dive shop. I didn’t feel like doing a dive because it would have taken most of the day, however, there is a plane wreck nearby that you can see. How cool is that? I’ve seen many shipwrecks but never a plane. This region had a lot of WW2 action, hence the planes and ships underwater. Instead, I settled on getting a paddle board and snorkel equipment. I was driven to the beachfront where I was the only person in the water at the time. Just call me the queen of the ocean. Snorkeling from my paddleboard was super fun and there were plenty of beautiful fish and coral. Here’s a little video about the experience: Pool Time After all that stressful activity (I could barely say that with a straight face), I hit the pool, complete with a big pink flamingo floaty. I ordered a few cocktails in a coconut and made friends with some random Canadians. At some point, I did a cooking class that they offered and enjoyed some delicious adobo chicken, a Filipino specialty. Eventually, I decided to hang in my room again and get ready for dinner. As I was walking back to the restaurant area trying to decide which one to eat in (they have many dining choices including a Lebanese restaurant, a seafood place, wine and cheese, and Italian), I passed some people doing archery. The hotel staff member running the show invited me to come give it a try. Why not? I only had half a bottle of wine in my room. What could go wrong? It turns out, I’m a natural. Watch out Katniss! The sunsets here are stunning, of course. Finally dinner. I chose the Lebanese restaurant called Al Fairuz, although I was skeptical about Lebanese food in the Philippines. Apparently the owners of the resort are from Qatar.  They know this food!. As a half Arab, I was extremely impressed with this meal. It wasn’t cheap, but that was to be expected at a place like this. It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye Sadly I had to leave early the next morning. They arranged the boat ride back to the mainland and then a ride to the airport. I truly loved every minute of my day there. This place made me ridiculously happy and I was uber impressed with the service from each and every person there. Well done Huma Island! I hope to be back. Interested in booking a room here? Use this link: Huma Island Resort Disclaimer: I use affiliate links in some of my posts and can make a small commission if you use them to book. This is at no extra cost to you and helps me to maintain this blog! A Few Tips You have a choice of overwater villas or beachfront. I think the overwater experience is fun but if you want to walk out your front door directly onto the beach, beachfront is the way to go. There are two sets of water villas, one is more west. I would recommend these so that you can better enjoy the sunset. There is a spa here but isn’t very big so make appointments as early as you can. Make sure you give yourself a full day at the minimum to enjoy this place and check out as late as you can on your last day. Would you stay here? Where was your favorite splurge hotel? Pin it!

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Top 5 places to eat vegan in Rishikesh, India

by Ror and Gen @ Vegan Travel

We spent almost 3 weeks in Rishikesh, North India, in September 2017. It’s a great place to be, by the holy river Ganges, surrounded by yoga classes, great restaurants, ashrams and the stunning Himalayan foothills. It’s a vegetarian town too, […]

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Let Them Eat Chocolate this Halloween

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

Let your kids eat chocolate this Halloween. Let yourself eat chocolate this Halloween. That’s right, I’m a nutritionist and I’m advocating eating chocolate. Let me explain. The tempting thing to do on Halloween would be to micromanage your kids’ consumption of chocolate and sweets, to give them rules about when and what they’re allowed to […]

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Non-stop Flight To US Plans To Open In 2018

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

The new Non-stop flight to US route is hoped to help to increase number of foreign visitors arrive Vietnam up to 50 percent in next two years. A plans to expand air network was approved by Vietnam’s government which will help to bring major markets includes Australia, China, Europe […]

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Vegan Guide to Kampot

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

If you’re heading to Cambodia then Kampot should definitely be on your list of places to visit. This sleepy riverside town has a great relaxed vibe, some excellent coffee shops, some of the world’s best pepper and a good number of places to eat vegan food. Here’s our Vegan Guide to Kampot to help you […]

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 5 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hanoi

 5 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hanoi

Hanoi Free Local Tours

These are recommended vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Hanoi for tourists who are Vegetarian or Vegan. The article also provides some useful tips to get a Vegetarian version of Hanoi street food. For Vegetarians who love to explore Hanoi food culture by walking along the streets, this is made for you guys

Vegan Guide to Hanoi - Vegan Food Quest

Vegan Guide to Hanoi - Vegan Food Quest

Vegan Food Quest

Here is our vegan guide to Hanoi featuring all of our favourite vegan restaurants and places to find delicious vegan food whilst visiting Hanoi.

One Day in Kuala Lumpur

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

In this Kuala Lumpur travel guide, we share our favourite things to do in Malaysia’s capital city, including the best temples, Chinatown and the best vegetarian restaurants in the city. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, wasn’t on our original travel itinerary. But we’re so glad we went there! Kuala Lumpur is a city with towering skyscrapers, […]

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HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM HANOI (2018)|Opening Hours–Entrance Fee

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

HOA LO PRISON | HISTORICAL INFORMATION | TOURIST INFORMATION (Hours  – Map – Ticket) Top.1 Things to do in House in Hanoi is Hoa Lo Prison. As a Local Tour Guide from Hanoi Free Local Tourrs, I will give you an article about Hoa Lo Prison, And give you some reasons why you should pay a visit to this tourist attraction.   Hỏa Lò Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, is a representative of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists. This place might answer your question “Things to do in Hanoi ” in Hanoi. Located in the […]

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Overdose on Street Art in Valparaiso Chile (Bonus: Good Eats)

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Valparaiso, Chile is one of the most colorful cities I have ever seen. The entire city is basically an open-air museum with colorful homes, murals, cute cafes, painted stairs, mosaics and all kinds of artistic eye candy to keep your senses occupied. Less than 2 hours drive from Santiago, this bohemian hotspot can be visited in just a weekend if you are short on time. I will tell you where to eat, play and find street art in Valparaiso. About “Valpo” Greater Valparaíso is the second largest metropolitan area in the country.  In the second half of the 19th century, Valparaíso served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan. Valparaiso attracted many European immigrants during its golden age when international sailors called it “The Jewel of the Pacific” or “Little San Francisco”. Art, particularly graffiti, has had an interesting evolution in Valpo. Graffiti became a regular form of protest under the oppressive regime of the dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s. At that time it was subversive and anonymous. Chile eventually became more democratic but the graffiti continued to thrive. The government finally decided to make it legal but with regulation. Artists are permitted to create what they wish whether it be to express social criticism or simply showcase their artistic vision as long as they contribute to the urban scene. There are competitions where the winner is given the equipment necessary to paint over the bricks or concrete. Pretty cool huh? Random Cool Facts about Valparaiso Latin America’s oldest stock exchange is here It has the continent’s first volunteer fire department Chile’s first public library is here  El Mercurio de Valparaiso is the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world Basics Location:  Coast of Chile, northwest of Santiago Language:  Spanish (English is spoken minimally in Chile but more so in touristy areas) Currency:  Chilean Peso (1000 pesos = 1.57 USD). Easy to find ATMs.  Credit cards are widely accepted except for street vendors. Where to Find the Art There are 9 cerros or hills. Many have funiculars to reach the top where there are great views. They aren’t too bad to walk up if you want to get some exercise. In one day I was able to check out three of them, Cerro Bellavista, Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre. The art is literally everywhere. Buildings are painted with bright fun colors and there are murals in all kinds of unexpected places. I will point out a few of my faves as well as some famous ones, but please enjoy discovering these and more for yourself! There are hundreds more all around the city. I would love to have a week to wander around gawking at art. The Piano Stairs The musical steps are found (quite appropriately) on Beethoven Street. I don’t know the history of this one but I love the creativity. In Cerro Concepcion This one is on Beethoven street, near the Piano Steps. This one really captured the essence of Valpo. I wish I could tell you who painted these! If anyone knows please share! This one is on Almirante Montt as it meets Beethoven Street.  Who can resist posing with all that color! The Allende Mural Salvador Allende was the president of Chile from 1970 to 1973, but involved in politics many years prior. He was ousted and killed (some say suicide) in a controversial coup d’etat by his own military and the American CIA who opposed his leftist policies. This paved the way for the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet that lasted until 1990, ending decades of democratic rule. Allende is a hero to many and is proudly represented in this beautiful mural on Almirante Montt. This street is very beautiful with plenty of other buildings and murals worth seeing. Check out the quirky shop called Bazar PutaMadre (interesting choice of name for those who understand Spanish). Artsy Colorful Stairs I don’t know what the official name for this staircase is but you must see it. It is more than just a staircase. The stairs themselves have mosaic tile and bright colors but along the stairs are various buildings with graffiti, murals, flowers and the whole combination comes together in a unique, pretty and gritty way. Where to Find:  Hector Calvo Street. This area was part of the Museo de Cielo Abierto which I explain later. The photo below was some random little area along Yerbas Buenas The “We Are Not Hippies We Are Happies” Sign by Art + Believe This is probably the most visited site in Valparaiso. I don’t think your visit counts if you didn’t go. Painted on two steps by the UK art collective Art + Believe, this can be found on Cerro Alegre. They say that these words became the mantra of their travels. “The words originate from a very kind Chilean man who took us in whilst in Valparaiso. It captures the color, vibrancy and the philosophy of the Chilean people today, now free of dictatorship.” Where to Find: Templeman 672 Just down the hill from the Happies sign are tons of murals including another beautiful one by Art + Believe. Tower on Fire I sort of stumbled upon this one, then found out it was famous. It’s enormous and hard to miss if you are strolling along Paseo Dimalow on Cerro Alegre. The street itself is full of outdoor street vendors and artists, but there is a dramatic overlook where you can see part of the city as it meets the sea. Just look to the right of the mural and find this awesome little terrace bar! Best view in town right there! Where to Find: Dimalow 166 Museo a Cielo Abierto (Open Sky Museum) This little area is on Cerro Bellavista and is kind of an art walk. It traverses through different murals, viewpoints and there are plenty of cool things to see. I certainly couldn’t resist these mosaic tiled benches. Yellow is my favorite color also. No brainer! You can find all these places and more on the map below: Getting There Several bus companies go directly from Santiago to Valparaiso. The trip will cost 3300 to 5000 pesos each way (roughly $5 to $8 USD). A few bus companies that are good include Pullman, Condor or Turbus. The trip takes 1 hour 45 minutes. Of course traffic plays a factor in this! Once there you can see most things on foot or call an Uber. There is a local bus system called the V-line. Read More: Wine Tasting in the Casablanca Valley of Chile Where to Eat Ok let’s discuss the important stuff…food and drink. You will be spoiled for choice here. Walking along Cerro Concepcion or Paseo Dimalow in Cerro Alegre offers many cafes, restaurants and bars. Here are a few I can vouch for. Cafe Turi Upscale Chilean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. There is a beautiful terrace and perfect for sunset. Try the Pastel de Jaiba (crab cooked in a yummy traditional way), the Congrito (fried eel) or the Squid Ink Lasagna. Be prepared for a richly satisfying meal! Even the dessert is art itself. Check out the chocolate funicular with the swirly spun sugar wind. I thought it looked like Trump’s hair but oh well. It was all scrumptious. Templeman 147   Taulat Tapas Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant with a nice terrace overlooking Paseo Dimalow in Cerro Alegre. Jose Grosse 268 El Desayunador    Like the name suggests, this is the perfect place for breakfast or brunch. Beware of the pancake (panqueque)  as it is actual CAKE. A huge piece. With layers and frosting and all that. It’s not even pretending to be healthy breakfast food.  Apparently cake for breakfast is a thing here and I am down with it! Almirante Montt 399 Hotzenplatz There’s a sizeable German community in Chile and this cute authentic place on Cerro Bellavista is a great place for some traditional Kasespaetzle (dumplings with cheese and caramelized onions). To the right of the restaurant is also one of the entrances to the Museo a Cielo Abierto. Hector Calvo 331 Bar The Clinic Such a great name for a bar. The Clinic. It is kind of medicinal and therapeutic if you ask me. This place is in Cerro Concepcion and has great Chilean cocktails and an outdoor terrace. What more do you need? Read more for info on bars in Valparaiso Where to Stay Hotel Brighton The views here were spectacular. Breakfast is included and the location is perfect, right at the top of Cerro Conception. The staff were also very friendly. * I was not sponsored, just really liked it! Ok you’re on to me. I only picked it because it was yellow! Book your hotel here:   If you decide to visit Valpo, I would recommend at least 2 days and maybe one more day to visit Vino Del Mar nearby. I didn’t have time on this trip but will definitely be back! Where is your favorite place for street art? Have you been to Valpo? What was your favorite piece?   Pin it  

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Vegan Guide to Taipei

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Our vegan guide to Taipei was easy to write as Taipei is heaven for vegans. In fact, we’d go as far to say that there are few cities in Asia where the vegan options are so plentiful, close to each other and downright good. If you haven’t been before, then stick it on your travel […]

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HCMC Opens Pedestrian Streets For Lunar New Year

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Ho Chi Minh City wants to turn De Tham and Do Quang Dau Street into pedestrian streets for entertainment activities during the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). A representative from HCM City’s People Committee said the two new walking streets are expected to create more space for cultural […]

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Eating You Alive

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

How come more and more people are dying of chronic diseases every year with modern medical and pharmaceutical advances?

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Great Vegetarian Food In Hanoi, Vietnam - Renegade Travels

Great Vegetarian Food In Hanoi, Vietnam - Renegade Travels

Renegade Travels

Hanoi isn't the best place to be a vegetarian, especially for street food, but we did find some excellent vegetarian food while we were here.

Vegan Green Grits

Vegan Green Grits

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

These Vegan Green Grits are inspired by the wonderfully vegan-friendly Sevananda Natural Foods Market Co-op in Atlanta, where they dub their spirulina hued grits ‘Martian Cheeze Grits’. With just a dash of spirulina you can give your grits a pleasant earthiness and a unique color. Spirulina can be nutritious and, in moderation, delicious. Get a bit heavy handed with the spirulina though and it can easily overpower a dish. At Sevananda we love pairing their green grits with freshly prepared biscuits and ‘soysage’. At home we often enjoy these Vegan Green Grits with home-fries, mushrooms, greens or any variety of […]

Vegan Eats in Turin (Torino) 2017

Vegan Eats in Turin (Torino) 2017

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

When we first visited Turin in 2014 we instantly adored the culture and cuisine; and featured Five Vegan Eats in Turin along with a post on Vegan-Friendly Gelaterias in Turin. Upon our return in April 2017 we renewed our love for this city. While some of the restaurants and shops we previously frequented have closed, overall there are more vegan options in the city now. Turin remains a favorite of ours; it’s authentic, progressive, unpretentious and the people have a genuine passion for their food. Highlights from our trip to Turin include artisanal vegan pastries at Ratatouille and a deftly […]

RIP, Tilikum

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

Only in death is Tilikum finally free...there's no more suffering or torture.

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7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

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2 Weeks in Chile

by Sophie @ Vegan Travel

Chile was an adventure, shared with my best friend, two weeks full of laughs and avocados and empanadas and sunburns and bus rides and the kind of talk you can only have with that person that knows you since you […]

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New Year’s Resolution to Eat More Plants? I’ve got you covered

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

Instead of going on a drastic restrictive diet this January, I would encourage you instead to focus on adopting healthy habits that can be maintained long-term. A great way to do this is eating more plants. Now I’m not saying you have to go vegan (but if you’re doing Veganuary please check out my post […]

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First Danang Night Market Is Developed

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

The city plans to turn its An Thuong quarter in coastal Ngu Hanh Son District into first Danang night market and entertainment area to offer more activity for locals and tourists. This project might be cover four main streets – Vo Nguyen Giap, Hoang Ke Viem, Chau Thi […]

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What image problem?

by (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

A little while back, the Huffingpost Post published a piece by Matt Kepnes called “Why I’ll never return to Vietnam” which criticised Vietnam for being nothing more than a land of scam artists and rip-off merchants. 

Whether or not you agree with Kepnes (and for the record, I don’t, but that’s a post for another time), you can’t deny that the article caused quite a stir in Vietnam. Unsurprising for a country where the burgeoning tourism industry is a considerable source of national pride, and more importantly, income. 

It generated around 900 comments on the HuffPo site, many from irate Vietnamese readers, and prompted a flurry of articles and opinion pieces in the Vietnamese press. One of my favourites refers to the Huffington Post as being “mistaken” for a “prominent newspaper”, and then calls Kepnes “a self-proclaimed Dave Matthews Band super fan”. Ouch.

But the most interesting response appeared on the news site for Voice of Vietnam, the state-run national radio station and mouthpiece for the Communist Party.

Entitled “I am a real backpacker”, the article profiles an Australian backpacker named Thomas Johnson “whose back always carries a big bag full of things he bought from different shops in the capital city”. 

Thomas tells the reporter that he finds Hanoi “really comfortable, with a stable work environment and friendly people”. He loves the food, and he’s enjoyed all the places he’s visited, like the ceramics village, the silk village and the flower village. 

“’Wherever I go, I am always tempted by special hand-made products, such as Ao dai (Vietnamese women’s traditional dress), conical hats, ceramics and other handicrafts. That is the reason why my backpack is always heavy with a lot of things,’ he said with a smile.”

So, he’s a young, Australian, male backpacker who just can’t get enough of flowers, silk, handicrafts and women’s dresses. He’s just cramming them all into his “bag full of things”. 

In closing, the article makes it very clear that Thomas, unlike Matt Kepnes, will be coming back to Vietnam:

“The Australian visitor said he would come back to Vietnam as soon as possible to enjoy the hidden charms of the S-shaped country, and his next destination would be Ho Chi Minh City. “I’ve heard a lot about the great leader of Vietnam and wish to visit the city named after him to explore the southern part of Vietnam,” he said.”

Wow, Thomas. A state-owned mouthpiece for the Communist Party could not have said it better themselves.

I’m going to put it out there and suggest that maybe Thomas isn’t, you know, a real person. You see, you can write an article called “I am a real backpacker” but that doesn’t actually make the backpacker real.

But really, who better to respond to criticism that your country is filled with cheats and scam artists than a person you just completely made up? Tourists will surely now be flocking to Vietnam, voted Number 1 most ironic country in southeast Asia.    

Vegan Eats in Guadalajara, Mexico

Vegan Eats in Guadalajara, Mexico

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

After a week in Mexico’s vibrant second city of Guadalajara, we found it difficult to leave behind the beautiful and bountiful Tapatío culture and cuisine. These vegan eats in Guadalajara were just a few of the highlights from our recent trip to a city that’s remarkably easy to see by foot and by Uber. Combine the rich local cuisine with a temperate climate, a weak currency and an overall dearth of tourists and you have one of our favorite destinations in North America. Consider skipping the coast and heading inland to Guadalajara for a truly local experience of Mexican cuisine […]

Can Mini Habits Change My Life?

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

It's not our fault that we “failed”, and it's not because we’re lazy, either!

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KOTO, a culinary journey through Vietnam – 800,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

Authoured by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl was released by Hardie Grant Australia, in 2008 and has since sold over 9000 copies. This book will take you on a dish-by-dish journey through the regions of Vietnam: from the Northern Highlands to the Mekong Delta, from the busy streets in Hanoi to the quiet life in the French hill station, Dalat; from the Chinese-inspired cuisine of the north to the royal cuisine of the centre and the tropical fare of the south. Stunningly photographed by Michael Fountoulakis, this book will inspire the gourmet traveller in us all. Royalties donated to the KOTO, training project.

Cici: 5 Vegan Eats in Hanoi | Vegan Miam

Cici: 5 Vegan Eats in Hanoi | Vegan Miam

Vegan Miam

Cici is taking us to her hometown to share Five Vegan Eats in Hanoi, Vietnam! Cici was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam and has been vegan

Veg Eateries in Hanoi for Summer 2017

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

It's easy to eat vegan food in Hanoi! Check out my recommendations.

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Jalus Vegan Kitchen, Hanoi, Vietnam

Jalus Vegan Kitchen, Hanoi, Vietnam

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Jalus Vegan Kitchen & Cafe is a curious little vegan restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam. Located in the Hanoi Old Quarter on the second floor of a building with a narrow entrance; their menu typically consists of raw foods, western dishes, smoothies and fashionable desserts (avocado chocolate mousse, raw balls) we normally wouldn’t get too excited about. But as luck would have it, we were visiting Vietnam over National Day – the celebration of Vietnam’s independence from France, marked on September 2nd each year. And for this celebration Jalus Vegan Kitchen & Cafe had a special National Day Vietnamese menu featuring […]

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day? I have 10 suggestions for you.

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8 Destinations In Vietnam To Visit In January

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

January is the right time in year for a trip to these 8 destinations in Vietnam to celebrate your New Year Vacation with family or friends. Sapa The town of Sapa is home to Fansipan Peak, the roof of Indochina, has its best landscape in January, […]

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Vegetarian Street Food Tour - Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi

Vegetarian Street Food Tour - Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi

Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi

Unlike Hue or Sai Gon in which were well known about Street-vegetarian food, most of vegetarian foods in Hanoi is served by restaurants. If you visit Hanoi and want to try the Vegetarian cuisines in local atmosphere with Hanoian citizens, there is only option for you that is coming with us to visit Zen temple. …

Vegan options in Queretaro – Mexico

by Isabella @ Boundless Roads

I have just arrived in Queretaro and I am already in love. The city is an open-air museum, the historical centre is full of ancient buildings, old churches and museums.  But as you know me ...

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Siem Reap Vegan Villa

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Back in January 2014, we gave up our lives in the UK and set off on an indefinite vegan travel adventure which without a doubt, turned out to be awesome. We visited multiple countries in Asia and then seemed to get happily stuck in Cambodia, where we set up Siem Reap Vegan Villa. We love to […]

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Top Ten Cultural, Sport, Tourism Events In 2017

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

On 10th January the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the top ten cultural, sport, tourism events in 2017. Following is the list of standout events: * Outstanding cultural events:  -Xoan singing and the art of Bai Choi were added to the UNESCO Representative List of […]

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Gochujang Glazed Tempeh

Gochujang Glazed Tempeh

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

This vegan Gochujang Glazed Tempeh is a robust and assertive dish that can be served over rice or noodles as easily as it can be slathered on a bun or a tortilla. The quick and simple marinade is built on the fermented foundation of gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) but lent a helping hand from a generous amount of sugar to provide balance and caramelization. For Gochujang, we use Haechandle Gochujang Hot Pepper Paste (Very Hot). Each gochujang will have varying levels of spiciness so we recommend that you taste your marinade and make the appropriate adjustments to suit your […]

LVX Spring Summer 2017 Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

LVX Spring Summer 2017 Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Over Easter we traveled to Italy and featured one of our favorite cities in our Vegan Eats in Turin 2017. During this time, we also brought along the lovely new LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection. The LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection taps this season’s hottest color with three unique shades of pink. The Spring Summer collection is balanced out with complementing shades in pastel, earthy and rich tones. From the LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection, it’s the timeless and utilitarian Argonne, a vivid military green, that matched the mood of the Spring produce at the markets that became a firm […]

My Confessions As A Former Shopaholic

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

I thought I was a minimalist...but I wasn't.

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How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl

How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl

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Vegan Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice)

Vegan Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice)

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Our Vegan Khao Pad and Vegan Nam Pla Prik are really simple recipes inspired by our travels to Thailand and our passion for Thai cuisine. This straightforward vegan Thai fried rice (Vegan Khao Pad) can easily be adapted to suit your tastes and is ultimately a satisfying dish to prepare and eat. When served with Vegan Nam Pla Prik, some slices of fresh cucumber and wedges of lime, there’s a simplicity and balance that makes this one of our favorite meals. Khao Pad is a classic dish from the Chinese Thai community and has become a staple in the restaurants […]

16 Vietnamese Food Souvenirs

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I often receive emails from friends, and friends of friends, asking for food and travel tips when visiting Vietnam. I have a standard Word document I refer to and then customize it based on where they’re visiting. I’ll sometimes suggest … Continue reading

Veggies in Asia - Boundless Roads

Veggies in Asia - Boundless Roads

Boundless Roads

Veggies in the Asia is a collection of posts and useful tips from expert veggie-friendly travel writers on how and where to stay Vegetarian or Vegan and healthy accross many cities in Asia

Keeping A Relationship Alive

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

Being in a relationship isn't just about rainbows and unicorns. We need to work hard to keep it alive, and these habits might help.

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How to Make Backpacking Food Not Suck.

by @ HikeUpYourSkirt

Need some camping food tips? Grab these inexpensive items and make backpacking food actually good. When you’re backpacking for days at a time, you’re burning calories and expending energy – so you need a good meal at the end of the day. Plus, when the sun sets and you’re starting to get chilly, a Clif bar won’t exactly hit the...

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Real Vietnamese Cooking – 850,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

Real Vietnamese Cooking is a culinary voyage through this unique and vibrant country. Using traditional cooking techniques to recreate local dishes and classic favourites at home, as well as lush photography and fascinating personal insights into the intricacies of the country’s rich culture, this book is your authoritative guide to Vietnamese cuisine. The recipes draw on the three main culinary regions of the country: the hearty food of the North, the imperial cuisine from the Centre, and the sweeter and spicier food from the tropical South. From classic Vietnamese fare such as Beef noodle soup (Pho Bo), Spring rolls (Nem) and Banana flower salad, as well as lesser-known recipes such as Caramel fish with galangal or Artichoke and pork rib soup, these recipes will delight and inspire lovers of Vietnamese cooking. Published in May 2014.

On the road in Vietnam

by (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

This post was first published on Crikey

The Vietnamese spend so much time on their motorbikes I expect that eventually they will evolve into two-wheeled centaurs.

If you pitted a 40-kilogram, stiletto-wearing Vietnamese girl against a burly Aussie bikie in a test of motorcycling skill, I know who my money would be on. But I’m not going to say it, in case I get shot.

But say the test of motorcycling skill was being held out of town, and you had to take a long, bumpy bus ride with the contestants to get there, for the love of God, sit next to the bikie.

The Vietnamese ride through the market, never getting off their bikes even as they prod the produce and haggle over the price of pomelos. They’ll swathe their steeds in swinging bags of meat and fruit and eggs, then drive to a roadside food stall where, like a lo-fi drive-thru, a bread roll with pâté, or a little crème caramel, can be bagged up and hooked over their handlebars, without them ever having to leave their seat.

On their motorbikes they can smoke, and send text messages, and carry a brimming bowl of noodle soup one-handed. Probably all at the same time. Children do their homework riding pillion, and toddlers fall asleep while standing up, wedged between their parents’ legs, their head resting on the handlebars.

But because the Vietnamese pretty much drive out of the birth canal on two wheels, they miss out on a formative experience we take for granted: adapting to four-wheeled transport. As a result, no long-haul bus ride in Vietnam is complete without at least half the passengers vomiting into plastic bags, tying those bags up, then flinging them out the window throughout the entirety of the journey. It’s a case of projectile vomit turned vomit projectiles.

These little exploding parcels of spew litter the highways of Vietnam. So, say you are going to watch this test of motorcycling skill on a motorbike that’s travelling behind the contestants’ bus, then keep a wide, wide berth. Unless you want to receive a high-speed bag o’ vom in your face.

Just as the Vietnamese are, on the whole, inexperienced car passengers, they’re also inexperienced car drivers. This is changing at an incredible rate, with growing wealth resulting in more and more Vietnamese people buying their first car, and taking their first driving lesson.

Hanoi is not the ideal place to earn your driving stripes. The streets are narrow, and already filled almost to capacity with motorbikes. The learner drivers of Hanoi travel at a trepidatious crawl, as if they too are transporting brimming bowls of noodle soup, and maybe they are. They go at speeds so slow that I can easily overtake them on my bicycle at little more than a dawdle.

Taxi drivers are often learners themselves, shuddering along in third gear at speeds that barely make the speedometer twitch. Once, late at night, I’m pretty sure Nathan and I were the inaugural customers of one taxi driver. With his emergency lights and high beams on, we crawled along the deserted street for a few blocks. Then the windows all fogged up; the driver panicked, mounted the curb, and said “Okay!” as if we’d just arrived at our destination, and everything was completely under control.

The all-too-experienced motorcyclists take advantage of the lumbering learners, swarming around them in all directions at intersections, as if the car is merely a fixed obstacle, which can be avoided like a traffic cone.

But there are more cars on the road every day, the result of a furious upward mobility that will, eventually, lead to a traffic standstill when simply no more cars can fit. Vomit missiles will become a thing of the past, and so will all the learner drivers, but no-one will be going anywhere.

Vegetarian Hanoi Street Food: A Compilation of Top Eats

Vegetarian Hanoi Street Food: A Compilation of Top Eats


Thanks to a local tour, I was able to narrow the city’s offerings down to an elite, meatless few — just be wary of unofficial mobile food vendors.

Yogyakarta Travel Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

In this Yogyakarta travel guide, I share the five best things to do in Yogyakarta, the best vegetarian restaurants in the city and the best hotels in Yogyakarta. This Yogyakarta travel guide focuses on local culture, vegetarian food and green accommodation, to bring you the best green and local travel advice about the city. Yogyakarta – pronounced Jogjakarta – […]

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All about vegetarian Hanoi

All about vegetarian Hanoi

All about food and restaurant in Vietnam

Enjoying Vietnamese food while avoiding meat can be a challenge. Especially in the meat-loving north where admitting you’re vegetarian often spurs a similar response to announcing you’ve caught a d…

Chiang Mai Vegetarian & Vegan Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Chiang Mai is a hot spot for vegetarian and vegan food. In this vegetarian and vegan food guide, I share all my favourite places to eat in Chiang Mai. Expect Thai curries, pad Thai, Burmese tea leaf salads and more smoothies than you can shake a bamboo straw at. When our flight to Bali was cancelled […]

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Vegan Food Quest in Vegan Life Magazine

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Did you know that as well as writing our blog and vegan travel guides, we also write a regular vegan travel feature in the leading vegan lifestyle magazine in the UK and USA? Since late 2015 we’ve been writing about our vegan travels in Vegan Life Magazine which also happens to be our favourite vegan magazine, ever. […]

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Young Green Sticky Rice: Autumn’s Arrival in Hanoi

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A quick glance at the fruits and vegetables stacked in the baskets of roaming food vendors in Hanoi reveals what season it is.  Now in early autumn, you can find a couple handfuls of such vendors wandering the streets of … Continue reading

The 2017 Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide Part One

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Three years and counting! The third annual “Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide” is here for the year of 2017 with twenty brandspanking new holiday gifts to fill our hearts with good tidings for our fellow neighbors, fill our homes with one-of-a-kind ornaments, and fill our bellies with foods from around the world. There’s more coming your […]

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Romanian Ice Hotel to celebrate my 30th birthday

by Suzy Jones @ Vegan Travel

To celebrate my 30th birthday I knew I had to something special, and the Romanian Ice Hotel perfectly fitted my idea. I went with my sister and used the company Untravelled Paths who were amazing, they were very quick at responding […]

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Vietnamese Street Food – 750,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

VSF brings the team together that brought you “KOTO a culinary journey through Vietnam”. With this book you will take some of the street life of Vietnam home with you. With over sixty recipes featuring some old favourites like Pho and Bun Cha to the more unusual like West Lake prawn cakes and Spring Rolls with Chinese sausage and dried prawns. Published in September 2011 by Hardie Grant Australia.

A Post About Nothing: Mental

by (Cici Tran) @ Vietnamese & Vegan

I've been slacking with this blog again. I know. My apologies. I do realise that I did not have anything up last month.

I was having a rough time mentally and trying to take a break from it all. Even with Instagram, I wasn't using it for a short period. Social media is great, but it's addictive and can suck you right in there. IG is the only platform that I stay active on, so it's become a habit to check it every chance I get, which means all the time!

Anyhow, I hadn't taken care of myself. For someone with a big BIG appetite like me, I've been losing weights just 'cause I can't be bothered to cook and eat. Feeling down sometimes contributes to this, too. The past two weeks or so, however, I have been trying to eat more, so it's all right I guess. I don't feel hungry necessarily, but I eat because I know I should. I could feel myself lapse back into that mentality of eating disorder where I skip meals on purpose. For instance, I keep telling myself that "you know what, just skip this meal" or "it's past meal time" or "it's late, so just go to sleep".

Now, I don't know if I truly suffer from depression or not, but I do feel down quite often. From  professional self-diagnosis and observation over the years, I can confidently say that I am very unstable mentally. Personally, I view purposely not eating as another way to self-harm. I don't cut myself, not since forever ago. However, I do hit myself when it gets too intense my head. Have I ever had suicidal thoughts? Yes.

It may sound crazy, but sometimes it doesn't feel right if I'm happy. It's almost as if I don't allow myself to be happy sometimes. I know this because I do it, I am aware of it, but I just can't stop. I let all these negative feelings and emotions to weigh me down.

Ever since I took up meditation, it has helped me to be more present and aware of my emotions and thoughts, but what I have not been able to do is letting them go. I put on a front most of the time as a confident person and shit, but fuck, there are days when I cry because I think I'm ugly or that I have no self-esteem or self-worth. I may be aware and present, but in no way mindful of what they do to me and just allows all the demons get to me. The thing about mental illness is that it not only affects me, but also others around me and my relationships with them.

There's no point to this post. I just wanted to write. I've been wanting to write about this for awhile. I guess I've been calmer now than I was last month and the month before that to finally write it. I usually keep things to myself, but sometimes it's cool to write it down.

P.S. I decided to join Vegan Mofo October, so I'm going to be on Insta all the time. Check me out: cicixtran 😊

Vegan Green Curry Recipe

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Every time we go to Thailand we make it our mission to eat as much Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak as we can (that’s vegetable green curry if you hadn’t already guessed). It’s a habit we’ve been developing for nearly 20 years of travel to the land of smiles but we can never quite get enough […]

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Danang Open-top Bus

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Second Danang open-top bus is planned to serve for tourists between the international airport and Son Tra peninsula by central coastal city of Danang. The city’s Department of Transport said the new service would begin later this month. It said it would be run by the Empire […]

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Vegan Travel

Following along with Lucas as he goes behind the scenes and into the kitchen of Hanoi, Vietnam's only 100% vegan street food vendor - Món chay hè phố!

Safari, Sanctuary, and Sea: My Week in Kenya Part I

by Chantal Blake @ Vegan Travel

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Download Youtube  mp3 - Top 20 vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi you should try

Download Youtube mp3 - Top 20 vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi you should try


Top 20 vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi that you should try for an insight into Hanoi city and amazing culture, food, drink and people

Vegetarian ‘Chicken’ Phở

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Boston’s weather these past couple of weeks has deliciously hinted that warm spring days are imminent. Some days the temperature has risen into the low 70Fs bringing everyone out in t-shirts and shorts playing tennis or going for bike rides. … Continue reading

Fear and self-loathing in expat land

by (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

This post first appeared on Crikey, and features a couple of observations from previous blog posts. Sorry for the rehash - I hope to post properly soon!
To the Vietnamese who live around me, it’s clear where I fit in here: I don’t. The differences between us are as plain as the enormous nose on my big fat face.
In Vietnam, I am, and always will be, a Tây.
I can hear the call of “Tây-Tây-Tây-Tây-Tây” in any market as vendors announce my presence to each other, making it pretty much synonymous with the sound effect “ker-CHING!”
I’m not offended one bit by this label. Not even when I had new passport photos taken and the shop filled in the “Mr/Ms_________” section on the little receipt with “Ms Tây”, and filed it away under T.
Because I am a Tây. Even if they would let me, I would never try to pretend to the Vietnamese that I’m just like them.
However, before I moved here, I envisioned making for myself a perfectly authentic, local Vietnamese life. I was sure I would assimilate beautifully. I was very much the kind of person who would travel to Asia and scoff at tourists eating pizza. “What’s the point of even coming overseas if you’re just doing what you do at home, eh?” I would say, indignant and unbearable.
Now, my favourite café in Hanoi is run by a Melbournian and serves soy chai lattes. I like Vietnamese coffee very much, and drink it often. But you know what I like more? Soy chai lattes.
I don’t care any more about my street cred or my authenticity, or being pleased with myself for being the only foreigner in a local coffee shop. That soy chai latte doesn’t lessen the Vietnam-ness of my life here; in fact, it makes it better, offering me enough comforting familiarity to better enjoy the rest of my very Hanoian day.
When visitors from Australia ask me to take them to my favourite cafe in Hanoi, I know better than to take them to this place, my real favourite café. The one and only visitor I’ve taken there looked around and said, “Hmm, there sure are a lot of foreigners in here”, and there was judgement in them there italics.
To me, this is like going to a Chinese restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown and complaining, “Hmm, there sure are a lot of Chinese people in here”.
The formation of communities with shared ethnicities and cultures is the most natural thing in the world. Liberal-minded, politically correct, cultural relativists like myself love them for bringing “diversity” and “colour” to our neighbourhoods. Yet those of us who move overseas seem to think we’re above needing the familiarity of such communities ourselves. We’re sure we’ll just slot right in to our new home because we’re so open-minded and adaptable.
No, we won’t become your typical "expat". Now, there’s another word with its own synonymous sound effect: one of retching.
“Expat” conjures up two stereotypes, both of them unseemly: one clad in white linen, drinking gins and tonic, and oppressing the natives; the other sunburnt, overweight, subsisting entirely on baked beans and whinging about the locals. Both images emphasise that the expat is stubbornly, wilfully, unassimilated.
It’s a word with such awful colonial overtones. All at once it projects cultural superiority and barbarism. And for a word which is supposed to be all about someone moving to a new and different country, all it does it emphasise where they’ve come from: it seems you’re only an expat if you’re from the developed world, otherwise, let’s face it, you’re an immigrant.
It’s because of these connotations that people, like me, try to dodge the dreaded expat label. But despite my best intentions, I have become just another expat. I might not have a white linen suit, but I’m still a Tây who hangs out with other Tâys and does your typical Tây things.
So every one of my soy chai lattes could taste just like self-loathing, or I could just get over myself and own it: I’m an expat. I’ll still say it with teeth gritted against all those historical connotations, but I’ll say it: I am an expat.

Christmas Pudding

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to make my own Christmas pudding at the Waitrose cookery school with John Lewis. Believe it or not I’ve actually never made one before. But as it’s the first Sunday of advent I thought I’d be generous and share the recipe with you, including a vegan option. Enjoy! Makes: […]

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16 of the World’s Most Colorful Places

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Let’s face it. We like colorful things. We are attracted to them the same way children scream for brightly colored candy at the grocery store. Maybe without the screaming. This is why food color like red #5 and yellow #6 exists and is perhaps giving us cancer. It’s just biology…or something.  Our eyes are drawn to bright pretty things and colorful places are no exception. I’ve been a lucky lady and have recently traveled to many places that resembled a candyland.  Consider me your color crack dealer as I take you to the world’s most colorful places. 1.  Portugal I had a hard time narrowing it down to only one city so I’m going to just give Portugal one big shout out as a collectively colorful country. Lisbon, Porto and Sintra are 3 places that should be on your color radar. Your “color-dar”, if you will. Tee-hee. Porto Lisbon Sintra Like most super cool castles, this one was built by a crazy king and for one am happy that he let his freak flag fly. I mean, who decides to make a red, yellow and pastel blue castle if they’re not slightly nuts eccentric? Portugal also happens to be a place that has been underrated in Europe for years. It is less expensive than much of western Europe and enjoys warm weather for more months. The secret is getting out, so go sooner rather than later! Read More:  5 Days in Portugal #2  Burano, Italy I know anyone with an Instagram account has seen a picture of this place and maybe drooled slightly. This island is a photographer’s paradise. In fact, there is little else to do here. There is one commercial street with restaurants, cafes and cute tourist shops, but mostly people simply walk around and gawk.  It is a nice escape half-day trip from Venice. I recommend going as early as possible to beat the crowds of googly-eyed tourists entranced by the rainbow of color (I was one of them btw). Note of caution…stand a few feet in front of people’s homes if you can. People do live here, although it’s easy to believe this kaleidoscope of a place was built just for our enjoyment! #3  Valparaiso, Chile Ok.  This place. Wow! I have never been as impressed by street art. It is EVERYWHERE. The city is a big free museum. Located on the coast less than 2 hours from Santiago, this is a must-see for anyone visiting Chile who loves art, color and fun happy vibes! Happily overdosing on art and color over here. Better than the things I usually overdose on…chocolate, wine, Netflix, Justin Trudeau pics. Oops there I go over-sharing again. Btw…watch my stories for adorable penguins in Patagonia! My posts are a few days behind as usual but stories always new! A post shared by Cherene (@wanderingredheadcher) on Nov 15, 2017 at 4:44am PST   Read More: Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile #4  Marrakech, Morocco Morocco seems to be having a resurgence in popularity. Instead of the 1970’s hippie trail, now there is the “Instagram Trail”. Photographers can’t get enough of the mosaic tiles, colorful markets and exotic flavor. Not to mention, Marrakech is known as the “Rose City” with much of the old city painted this soft pink color. Who can resist that? I barely know what any of this stuff is, but it was pretty and I definitely bought some. One of these crystal looking things may have been for my sinuses. They are really good salespeople! This type of tile is called zellij. The geometric shapes with Arabic calligraphy is a type of Islamic art and used commonly in Moroccan architecture. It is mind-numbingly intricate and spectacular. The photo below is from Majorelle Gardens, designed by Yves Saint Laurent. Read More: Guide to Marrakech #5 Colmar, France I hardly believe this is a real place, even when I look at my own photos! I felt the same way in person as I roamed around looking at the quaint pastel half-timbered houses with a dopey smile on my face. Colmar is in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France on the border of Germany. The whole region is simply adorable and you find yourself waiting for Belle, Gaston, the seven dwarfs, or any number of fairytale characters to stroll by. Read More:  Walk Through a Fairytale in Strasbourg and Colmar #6  Guatape, Colombia I haven’t yet been to Colombia, but it is one of the top places on my bucket list for many reasons including places like this. This Andean resort town is close to Medellin.  I had placed Colombia on my top places to go in 2017 in a collaborative post with other bloggers.  Give it a read if you haven’t yet! Travel Inspiration: Places to Visit in 2017   #7  Cinque Terre, Italy Another very popular destination, Cinque Terre will fulfill many colorful fantasies. It’s more than just a pretty face. There is excellent hiking here and really good food. Despite becoming alarmingly crowded, they’ve managed to not let the food quality go down like some touristy places (I’m looking at you Venice!). The villages look like glittering gems in the sea. Cinque Terre is technically 5 different villages and some would include nearby Portovenere as the 6th village.  Portovenere (pictured below) is a great day trip and can be reached by ferry or hiking. It happens to be way less crowded here as well. This is the village of Riomaggiore. It’s almost like a 5-year-old girl was allowed to design this entire village with every shade of pink that she could imagine. Read More:  Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre #8  Sighisoara, Romania I haven’t yet written about Romania, but I plan to soon because it truly surprised me and I absolutely loved it. I was expecting a more run down, old communist Eastern European feel (just being honest), but instead, I got charming pastel villages galore! Score: Romania 1  Cherene -3 This was only one of many cute towns that I visited. Sibiu and Brasov deserve a mention as well. #9  Miami, Florida I couldn’t possibly write about colorful places without mentioning my home of 15 years, Miami! From the art deco district to the design district, there is plenty of color to go around.  You can’t throw a stone on Instagram without hitting a picture of the Wynwood art district. I remember when Wynwood was a place you only visited with a police escort and a prayer. Things have certainly changed! Read More:  Local’s Guide To Miami #10  Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen is a fun city full of character. And bikes. Tons of bikes. The canals are lined with colorful homes, particularly in the famous Nyhaven area pictured below. Interestingly, Denmark is high on the list of happiest places. I guess color is good for the soul? I could hang here all day! Someone needs to invent a floating bar!🤗🍸 A post shared by Cherene (@wanderingredheadcher) on Aug 20, 2016 at 9:23am PDT #11  Wroclaw, Poland I am really sad that I haven’t yet visited Poland because I hear nothing but good things about it. Just look at this place! So grand and stately, yet colorful AF! That’s hard to pull off if you’re not a drag queen. Well played Wroclaw! #12  Rovinj, Croatia I definitely left my heart in this perfect little seaside town in the Istria region of Croatia, and you can see why. Beyond the beautiful exterior is a heart of gold. The people are just as charming as the buildings. I came here to decompress after a particularly crazy Italy visit and I almost didn’t leave. It was refreshingly relaxing with clear warm Adriatic waters to swim in and yummy Croatian wine to drink as you roam the pastel cobblestoned streets of the old city stopping in cute stores to sample truffled this and lavender that. #13 Bali, Indonesia This is one colorful little island. Where else can you see a rainbow of umbrellas and bean bags on the beach, bright fringy umbrellas in the streets, pretty floral offerings to the gods on the ground and brightly colored fabrics adorning the Hindu statues? Read More:  20 Photos of My Best Things to do in Bali #14 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm is pretty, elegant and one of those places you feel you need more time to visit because each island has its own character to discover. The Gamla Stan area is perhaps the most historic and colorful as well as most popular with tourists. It is like a pedestrian-friendly outdoor museum with winding cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings. This is Stockholm’s oldest square, Stortorget. It is the historic heart of Stockholm and located in the old town of Gamla Stan. #15  Salvador, Brazil Ah, Brazil. Home of some of the most joyous people I’ve ever seen. Brazil is a delightful mix of African, European and Latin American culture and in some cities, the buildings are as colorful as its people. Salvador da Bahia, is one of those cities. Once the capital of Portugal’s famed new world colony, it is now the Afro-Brazilian heart of the country. The descendants of African slaves have preserved their heritage here better than anywhere else in the world. #16  Hoi An, Vietnam Hoi An is on Vietnam’s central coast. The architecture reflects its interesting melting-pot history and is a mix of eras and styles with wooden Chinese shophouses and temples, as well as French colonial buildings and ornate Vietnamese tube houses. One of the most famous sites is the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda. It’s easy to see why this charming town is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I personally was delighted by all the colorful silk lanterns adorning all the streets. Hope you could handle all that color! What are some of the world’s most colorful places that I missed? Where else do I need to go to get my color fix? Tell me in the comments! Pin It!    

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Top Things to do in Hanoi

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

  Hi, I am Trang, 25 years old, a member of Hanoi Free Local Guides, a Volunteer organization providing travelers with free local guides (you only pay for the guide a drink, you will have a free local guide show you the best of Hanoi) Today, I would love to share with you the Top things to do in Hanoi, the city of culture, politic, and the city of warm-hearted people. where I and my friends offen take travelers around as volunteers. Best things to do in Hanoi are also in a this video for a better look   Hanoi Capital,  […]

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Vegan Thai Desserts – Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Vegan Thai Desserts – Phuket Vegetarian Festival

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Having previously featured the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, we have decided to add a brief list of Vegan Thai Desserts from the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: Vegan Street Food (Part II) • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: Vegan Street Food (Part I) • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: When Convenience Stores Go Vegan We’ve included a few of our favorite Khanoms alongside sweet drinks and some unique Hokkien (Chinese) inspired treats. For more details on some of these snacks, take a look at 40 Foods To Try At The Phuket Vegetarian Festival in 2017 from Kip at Messy Vegan Cook. The Phuket […]

Homemade, bio vegan dishes in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

by Edit Horvath @ Vegan Travel

I love eating. For me trying new dishes, new flavour combinations and local cuisine have always been part of travelling. After turning to be vegetarian, my options became less and turning to vegan even less. If you just want to […]

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Orthorexia Resources

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

What is orthorexia? Orthorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by an obsession with eating healthy. It differs from anorexia in that the focus is on the quality rather than quantity of food eaten. The focus is usually not on losing weight, but on being as healthy as possible. Having orthorexia is not the same […]

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Vegan in Vietnam - Plantbased Pixie

Vegan in Vietnam - Plantbased Pixie

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Vietnam is a country famous for it’s food, and you can tell. There are street food vendors everywhere, people carrying chopped up fruit, and endless restaurants. You cannot go hungry here. However Vietnam isn’t the easiest for vegans as a lot of dishes are made with fish sauce, but you can get around it without …

Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa 2017

Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa 2017

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Cape Town remains a favorite destination of ours. The city attracts visitors for a variety of reasons, but for us it’s the abundance of fresh produce and the wide range of spice and flavor in the cuisine that tempted us back. We previously featured Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa, and decided to offer up more from The Mother City with our Vegan Eats in Cape Town 2017. Previously we featured Addis in Cape, Food Lover’s Market (Newspaper House), Gold Restaurant, Honest Chocolate Cafe, Masala Dosa, The Hungry Herbivore, Orchard on Long, Plant Cafe, and Raw and Roxy. We […]

2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map) As Vietnam is a multi-ethnics nation composed of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology plays an important role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups. This place is a must-see for people who want to have more knowledge about Vietnamese histories and culture. Another place that also contributes a lot in preserving the cultural heritage of Vietnam is Temple of Literature. Please click here to read A. Introduction A.1. Cultural value: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and […]

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Dubai all-inclusive holiday vegan tips and skydiving

by Suzy Jones @ Vegan Travel

Dubai is the last part of my trip from India to Nepal to Oman to Dubai, we went to the Dubai Mall and this place is massive. While there we got lunch at a falafel place called Karam Express, and […]

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Hanoi Nightlife Old Quarter| Hanoi Night Life Tips| Best Night Clubs

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

NIGHTLIFE IN HANOI OLD QUARTER| HANOI NIGHTLIFE TIPS| BEST NIGHT CLUBS Beside being one of the most ancient capitals in the world, when it comes to nightlife, Hanoi certainly has a reputation. Hanoi Nightlife is definitely is the most boisterous, especially in the Old Quarter. When the sun goes down, there’s always something to do whether it is joining some street activities or partying in the best night clubs in Hanoi,… In this article, as the locals, we will provide you some Hanoi Night life tips you must know to make your trip in Hanoi fulfilled and perfect. The activities will be […]

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So, you're moving to Hanoi

by (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

Thanks to this blog, which must successfully create the illusion that I know things about Vietnam, I've received all kinds of emails asking for advice over the last couple of years. Some of them I'm not well-equipped to answer - like, "Will my hair-straightener work in Vietnam?" - but for most I at least try to have a stab at an answer.

The most common type of email I receive is from someone moving to Hanoi, and who is looking for tips or advice on how to make the process easier and less overwhelming. I received an email like this the other day, which reminded me in many ways of the circumstances in which Nathan and I found ourselves in Hanoi. It went like this:

"Naturally, I am both very excited and unbelievably terrified. I know absolutely no Vietnamese, know nobody in the country except the name of my contacts, and am deferring medical school (a very straightforward/safe path) for the unknown despite not being naturally adventurous. I'm not running from anything or a natural free bird, as it were - it's a great opportunity and I want to force myself out of my safety bubble to learn something genuine."

Since this blog's retirement is imminent, I thought I should try to respond to this email here, in a last-ditch bid to be more useful to those who arrive in Hanoi, very excited and unbelievably terrified, in the future.

The email continues:

"I was wondering if you had any general advice about coming to Hanoi. I think my greatest concern is loneliness due to lack of language ability, relative youth (and traveling as a single woman without a partner, family, etc), so if you have any pointers in that realm that would be great. Also, because I have no idea where to live, if you have any advice there too (I've been told to come in a few days early, stay in a hotel, and look for a place from there, but any pre departure information would be appreciated, especially in terms of what I can expect)."

Funnily enough, I think loneliness should be the least of your concerns. Making friends in Hanoi is exceptionally easy. You'll start by knowing only your colleagues, but if you're sociable, you'll very quickly meet their friends too, and before long, friends of their friends. Young, educated Vietnamese people speak English and are eager to practice it, so not speaking Vietnamese is very little impediment to making Vietnamese friends - this is actually one of the reasons it's so easy to just give up on learning the language.

The expat community in Hanoi is small, and easy to infiltrate. There will be many other people just like you, young and single, and, just like you, looking to make friends - and fast. Everyone seems to organically develop friendship groups, but you can proactively boost your acquaintanceship by joining various clubs, sporting groups, attending all kinds of different events, or meeting up with people you know from the internet. For example, Nathan and I met two good friends of ours by joining their table at a trivia night event, and they themselves had only recently met, through a Couchsurfing group. We subsequently invited them to things, they invited us to things, cross-pollinating our friendship groups.

But of all the foreigners I've known in Hanoi, the ones who seem to have had the best time here are those who throw themselves wholeheartedly into their Vietnamese (as opposed to expat) friendship circle. It sounds like an obvious thing to do, but actually it can be hard. Amongst you there might be cultural and socio-economic differences, resulting in fundamentally different world-views; there might be different ideas about social norms and what is and isn't the "done thing"; there might be different ideas of simply what constitutes a good time. I definitely let my terror of potentially awkward social situations limit the kind of experiences I was open to, which I regret, because the Vietnamese friendships I did maintain are just so, so rewarding and wonderful, and who wouldn't want more of that? 

This brings me to the most important piece of advice I have about moving to Hanoi: Seize the opportunities it presents, using both hands, and your teeth too if necessary. This is not necessarily something you can really plan or prepare for, just be ready to recognise when it's happening - maybe when you least expect it - and then always say "yes".

I know engineers who've opened cafes; I know self-sworn singletons who've found lifelong love; I know people who came to teach English as an interim job and discovered that teaching is their passion; I know NGO-workers who sang on stage for the first time - as the star of the show no less; I know people who hated Vietnam during their first year, and now never want to leave.

If there are parts of your life here which are difficult - you might feel under-utilised at work, or you might miss home - Hanoi will always offer you another outlet to compensate for it. Take it. I had a friend who was deeply dissatisfied with her job, but started teaching swing dancing in the evenings to find some fulfilment. Last I heard, she was swing-dancing her way around Australia. Nathan and I are ourselves leaving Hanoi on a completely different - nay, better -  trajectory to that which landed us here. One we absolutely never could have predicted, and one that owes a lot to the opportunities which came our way since moving here. Nice one, Hanoi.

This is all very wishy-washy, I know. But for all the practical stuff, such as what to bring, and where to buy things, and how you find flatmates or a place to live, plus information on what clubs or groups you can join, it's all on The New Hanoian website, a Godsend for new arrivals. For events, there's the Hanoi Grapevine.

The only other thing I would add is regarding where to live. Something I've heard newcomers say a lot is how they want to live in a "Vietnamese neighbourhood". I totally get this desire for cultural integration, but actually, I think you'll find pretty much every neighbourhood in Hanoi will be "Vietnamese" enough for you, even the areas popular with expats. We live in a building that houses only foreigners, yet our neighbourhood is... well, you've read about it on this blog. You couldn't mistake it for being anywhere other than Hanoi. 

But what do I know anyway? I'll hand it over to The People. Is there anything you wish you knew before moving to Hanoi? Would you have done things any differently? Or do you just have a solid gold piece of practical advice for new arrivals?

Mine? Well, start a blog. Obviously.

Eating Vegetarian or Vegan in Vietnam

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If you’re planning a trip (or even a move) to Vietnam don’t let anyone convince you that you’ll have a hard time finding good vegetarian food to eat. Almost all of the vegetarian dishes are vegan friendly, so if you … Continue reading

Grocery Shopping in Hanoi

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Grocery shopping in Hanoi is like participating in a daily scavenger hunt. It requires you to make a handful of stops to gather all of the items on your grocery list. This is especially the case when you, as an … Continue reading

Vegan Guide to Cebu

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Cebu is a province in the Philippines with 167 islands to explore, including Mactan (where the airport is) and Cebu Island where the bustling Cebu City can be found. Despite most people telling us that finding vegan food in Cebu would be difficult, we managed to survive and our vegan guide to Cebu will show you […]

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Vegan Guide to the Maldives

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Ah the Maldives! Possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth with crystal clear waters, wildlife, white sand beaches and sunsets to die for. Heading to the Maldives is often a trip of a lifetime, perhaps for your honeymoon or to celebrate something special, or maybe just for an indulgent trip to paradise. But no […]

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French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

French Quarter In the past, under the domination of the French colonialist, Hanoi was separated into three regions which are French area, Vietnamese area and concession area. Up till now, the French area has been known as the French Quarter. Compared to the Old Quarter, French Quarter might be not as bustling as its neighbor but it would take you to another part of Hanoi soul – the charming and elegant one. Let us help you to grasp some must-know things about the area. 1. History: French Quarter in Hanoi mainly formed and developed during the French colonial period, from […]

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Veg Eateries in Hanoi for Summer 2017 - Vegan Kitty Cat

Veg Eateries in Hanoi for Summer 2017 - Vegan Kitty Cat

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How to Fly Cathay Pacific First Class With Miles

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

It’s been a long time dream of mine to have that ultimate luxury first-class experience. Many airlines these days are offering a fabulous first class product. Cathay Pacific First Class is considered among the best. When I found myself with the opportunity to fly from Miami to Singapore first class on this airline USING MILES, you know I jumped at the opportunity. Like literally, I jumped up and down on my bed for at least ten minutes. I bet you are wondering how I managed this?  I will spill my secrets for how I got to fly Cathay Pacific First Class and Business Class using miles.   Using Airline Points I am an avid American Airlines loyalist and have been using their Advantage mileage program for ages. In my efforts to build massive amounts of miles, I almost exclusively use credit cards associated with Advantage such as the CitiBank credit cards. Over the past few years, I have opened and closed a few different ones, but the one that really blasted me with those marvelous miles was the Citi Executive Card. At the time they offered a 75,000 mile bonus if you spent 7500 in the first 3 months. Right now the bonus is only 50,000 miles and at one point it was 100,000 miles so keep an eye on it! At the time of publication, there is an amazing limited time offer to get 60,000 miles bonus on the Citibank Platinum Card. This card has an annual fee of $95 that is waived the first year. If I didn’t already have this card I would jump on it!. The bonus is usually only 30,000 miles! You have to spend $3000 in 3 months to get this bonus. Do it people! Spending the money necessary was not so hard to do, so I got my awesome bonus, kept the card for the first year while the interest was still zero, then canceled it. I liked the card, but I didn’t want to continue to pay the $450 annual fee. It was worth it in the first year because I had Admirals Club membership, and 10,000 miles applied toward elite status. Also that $450 paid for itself when I landed an award seat worth over $15,000!  Getting the credit card award is only one of the strategies I use to obtain miles but that 75,000 was all I needed for my ultimate goal…to fly long distance in some pimpin’ first cast cabin. For more details on how to accrue miles and spend enough money to get the bonus, read more: Beginner’s Guide to Flying Free How to Actually Book Once You Have The Miles When you book with an American Airlines partner (with the exception of British Airlines), you cannot do this online and must call. Yes, you have to actually talk with someone in the Advantage program and they are actually quite nice. An alternative that sometimes works is to look on the British Airways website and see what’s available for the route you want on their partners (Cathay Pacific being one of these). If you see an award seat available, good chances that you can get it by calling American. This is a clumsy process and I wish American would allow you to book with partners more seamlessly. Not to mention that I had seen a Qatar Airways award seat available but when I called to book, it was not. I knew that several of their luxury partners flew to Singapore so I called to see what was available. I was very flexible with my dates, which helps, and I called almost a year in advance. I’ve heard that to secure these ultra hard to get seats, you need to book either super early or last minute to have the best chance.  What they offer truly changes day by day, one of the great mysteries of the airline industry. I booked this flight in March of 2016 for Feb of 2017. Yes, I’m that crazy. I’m like a dog with a bone once I get an idea in my head. I simply called the Advantage number (it’s on my speed dial, right after my parents) and told them where I wanted to go and that I wanted first class. They gave me the choice of Cathay Pacific, an airline I knew to be fabulous, so I said yes, yes, yes!!! My Flight I happened to get a flight from Miami to Chicago(this domestic leg on AA), Chicago to Hong Kong (Cathay’s Hub) and then Hong Kong to Singapore. For this review, I will focus on the Chicago to Hong Kong leg since that’s the most significant one. This flight is over 15 hours, one of the longest flights one can take and that give you ample time to enjoy this airline. The special treatment starts at check-in. The first class check-in has virtually no line and your luggage is tagged with priority tags so that it will be removed first. These two things alone thrill me. You also are the first to board the airline. When you board, an attendant walks you to your seat which is to the left of the entrance, in the front of the plane. It is delightfully quiet with no other boarding passengers walking past.  The Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 has 6 first class seats, one of the smallest in existence. It is a 1-1-1 formation and feels incredibly private and peaceful.  I had seat 1A by the window. The “Suite” It is a huge seat with 3 windows which allows you plenty of light should you want it. The suite has no door but still feels enclosed and private. There is a tiny closet to hang a jacket and a large cabinet to place any loose items you want on hand. There is an ottoman opposite the main seat which can be converted into a seat for a companion. They can even extend the dining table to accommodate said companion (if you have one) for meals. Otherwise, you just put your legs there. Complimentary bose headsets are available until landing. There is a 15-inch television screen with a touchscreen entertainment system which can be adjusted after takeoff but is easy to watch in the current position. You are introduced to your personal attendant for the flight.  I had a lovely Filipina woman who I adored. She was very happy to take my photo doing ridiculous things that I probably should have been embarrassed about. She also encouraged me to drink too much wine! You are offered Krug champagne before take-off and given a little introduction to the menu. They provide a care package (my words, not theirs) with toiletries, an eye mask, ear plugs, toothbrush, slippers and Aesop products. You are also provided with very well-made pajamas of the softest material ever. Plus you can kee them! Lunch I kind of wanted to order everything but alas, I am a tiny person. There are both western and Chinese meals available. The caviar starter, served properly in its tin with blinis and creme fraiche is something you want to stay awake for. For lunch, I chose the spiced black cod with coconut lentils If you still have room between the main course and dessert you can get a cheese course. I had an impromptu flight of wine with mine. As I do. My attendant seemed to be trying to get me drunk. She kept offering me more wine when I was clearly inebriated already. I couldn’t even finish the glass I had in front of me, but she insisted I have to try the French Chablis. How does one say no? She also refused to let me skip dessert. It’s like traveling with your ethnic grandmother. Of course, I made room for the orange curd souffle and dulce de leche ice cream. The Bed Needless to say, after the huge meal and all the booze, I was ready for sleep and those pajamas were calling my name.  I went to the lavatory to change while they prepared my bed. You actually get a real pillow and warm fluffy blanket. Of course I took a photo. How could I not? Your seat transforms into one of the widest fully flat beds in the sky, with a thick mattress and 500-thread-count cotton duvets, pillows, and cushions. Your sleepsuit, eyeshade, and soft slippers, tailored with touches of modern Chinese styling, are made with 100% organic cotton and designed by PYE, a quality Hong Kong brand. The women’s toiletry case include a variety of creams, including hand balm, facial hydrating cream and lip balm. I  slept for 8 hours (I try to get on the schedule of the place I’m going before I get there…if that makes sense).  When I woke it was time for”dinner” (it felt like it should have been breakfast but because of the time change, I guess it was dinner time). I had the chicken with the mushroom ragout. The chocolate pralines came in a cute little box kind of like a special gift. The Hong Kong Lounge The first class service doesn’t end with the flight. If you are lucky enough to have a layover in Hong Kong, Cathay’s hub, you have access to a world-class lounge. This is available for both first and business class customers but amenities are different for each. There is a noodle bar and for first class only…a champagne bar. As if that isn’t exciting enough (I can never have too much champagne), they have shower cabanas. They are spacious and have those delightful Aesop products. There’s nothing better than feeling refreshed after a long flight and then chillaxing with champagne while waiting for another flight. At this point I had no idea what time or day it was after over 15 hours of travel and a 12 hours time difference. Nor did I care, since I was having such a great time! My next flight was between HK and Singapore and was really nice, but sadly undocumented, probably because I was sleeping. Cathay Pacific Business Class On the way back from Hong Kong to Miami,  I was only able to get Business Class. I say that like it’s a bad thing but it was pretty darn awesome as well. It ended up “costing” me the same amount of miles…actually a bit more at 70,000 miles. Each way the fees were around $30. Again, this is one of the mysteries of the airline industry. I don’t understand how I only needed 67,500 miles for first class. If anyone knows, please enlighten me! It was interesting to be able to compare. One marked difference was upon entrance to the airline since you don’t get to go to the quiet private front of the plane but instead turn to the right like everybody else. Am I doing a good job of sounding obnoxiously snobby?  I hope you know me by now people. I’m poking fun at this whole experience but I just wanted to point out the differences. The cabin was very large and very empty! Clearly, there is great availability last minute for these seats! The configuration in this cabin is 1-2-1. The window seat is clearly the better option if you are travling alone. If you are with a companion the middle seat is nice so you can converse with a partner but it is still private enough that it’s not awkward with a stranger. The remote control, lights and bose headsets in the cabin are pretty much the same as in first class. The seat is notably smaller but still comfortable. They also provide a toiletry kit but a smaller one with a different brand of products. Meals The menu is slightly less gourmet than in first class, but still pretty swanky. I had the smoked halibut and roasted pumpkin as a starter, followed by the pasta with zucchini sauce. It was delicious. You are very well fed on this flight with three courses plus dessert. I can’t believe I was hungry enough to have a snack. Maybe it was because I was forcing myself to stay awake and watch movies so that I could more easily adjust to the time back in the United States…maybe it was because I just wanted to eat everything they had? English Tea was available as a snack. I can’t resist those little sandwiches and scones. After crying my eyes out watching every sad dramatic Oscar contender movie, I passed out from the carb coma and emotional exhaustion. Eventually, it was time for “breakfast” (I use this term loosely because with the time change and long flight, I have no idea what meal I’m eating). I decided to try the Chinese breakfast. While it was fun to have dim sum on a plane, I have definitely had better. Transfer to American Airlines Business Class Upon entry to the United States in Los Angeles,  I transferred to a domestic American Airlines flight back to Miami. Sadly they had to give me economy since I made a last minute date change. However, when I checked in I explained to them that I had flown business the entire way until now and could they please upgrade me if there was space. I must have looked tired and pathetic because they were extremely nice about this and upgraded me right away! The American Airlines 777 is the same plane I had just been on with a different paint job. The service wasn’t quite a nice as with Cathay but the business seat was exactly the same. I found myself right at home. LA to MIA is 5 hours so I was happy to be in comfort, especially after 2 days of travel! I can honestly say I didn’t want these flights to end. How amazing to lounge in comfort with endless amounts of movies, wine and food. I would fly every week if it was on this airline. I can’t say enough good things about Cathay Pacific now that I have flown First Class, Business and although I didn’t write about it, I had an excellent experience a few years ago flying economy. Definitely, make it a goal to use miles like I did and get this round trip luxury experience for under $60! At 67,500 miles for a one-way first class seat, this is one of the best deals in the airline industry! Pin it!  

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Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Street Food Tour in Hanoi


Taking a street food tour in Hanoi was something I had looked forward to for years, after jealously drooling over a friend’s foodporn from Vietnam. Well, I finally made it and was ready to ea…

VEGAN EUROTRIP – Where to eat in Budapest

by Kayleigh @ Vegan Travel

After falling in love with Prague and its delicious vegan bites,  the second stop of our crazy quest landed us in Budapest. It started a little rocky but we were soon surprised and went from hangry to elated… I don’t […]

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Discover what two Vegans learned after a year living in Hanoi!

Discover what two Vegans learned after a year living in Hanoi!

Veggie Vagabonds

Discover what the Veggie Vagabonds learned after spending one year living in Hanoi. Would it be possible for a Vegan to survive in Hanoi for a year?

In Defence of Processed Foods

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

Processed food gets a bad rep. So-called ‘ultraprocessed food’ gets an even worse one. To say that we don’t need to eliminate these foods is an unpopular opinion. So, naturally, I’m going to share my thoughts on it. There is no current definition on what amount of processing makes a food ‘ultraprocessed’. At what point […]

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Hanoi Vegan Food Tour - Ha Food Tours

Hanoi Vegan Food Tour - Ha Food Tours

Ha Food Tours

Hanoi Vegan Food Tour will take you to the Old Quarter, the heart of Hanoi, to try not only vegan buffet at a restaurant but also on the street as local people.

Our vegan fine dining experience at the highest hotel in the world

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Can we all just stop for a minute so we can talk about our vegan fine dining experience at the highest hotel in the world? You can probably tell it was exciting for us, right? Being anywhere that is the highest, tallest, biggest, hottest, smallest etc in the whole entire world always makes us a […]

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Why go vegan – many answers from different minds

by Isabella @ Boundless Roads

The Why go vegan section includes posts from many different vegans in the world who are showing us multiple reasons why we believe in a vegan diet for a better healthy living. There are many ...

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4 Useful Tips When Traveling to Hanoi

by Brian Vu @ Indochina travel guide, southeast asia travel guide

Known as one of the safest cities in the world, Hanoi recently attracts more and more tourists to come and discover its tranquil beauty, long-term history and unique culture. However, you will not be able to conquer this city without understanding some basic features of its. Today, I would like to reveal 4 useful tips …

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Vegan Guide to Hanoi

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Our Vegan Guide to Hanoi was put together during a trip to the Vietnamese capital in September 2017. Despite having spent many months in Vietnam over the last few years this was our first visit to Hanoi since 2010 and we were blown away by the amount of vegan options in town and the obvious […]

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Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Coffee Culture I, Hanoi Coffee Culture I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have […]

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The World’s 15 Most Beautiful Mountains

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Here is list of 15 most beautiful mountains which not only have impressive height but also have majestic scenery, attracting visitors from all over the world. Kirkjufell, with a height of 463 m, is one of the most famous mountain peaks in Iceland. An impressive mountain in […]

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The Dominican Tree House Village is as cool as it sounds

by Edit Horvath @ Vegan Travel

When I was a kid I loved watching The Swiss family Robinson in the tv. I could really imagine myself as part of the family. I spent time thinking what I would do differently, how I would build my own […]

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Ho, Over and Pygmy Caves Open To Visitors

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Jungle Boss, a local tour operator in Quang Binh Province had announced that they will run new tour to  Ho (Tiger), Over and Pygmy Caves. Since the beginning this year, Quang Binh authorities allowed open exploration tours to Pygmy, the fourth largest in the world in the […]

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It's easy to be a vegetarian in Vietnam - or a pescatarian!

It's easy to be a vegetarian in Vietnam - or a pescatarian!


It's easy to be a vegetarian in Vietnam - here's how, plus tips on dishes to order, words to know, and suggestions on what to eat if you're a vegetarian in Vietnam anywhere in the country!

How to See King Penguins in Chile

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

I recently made a spur of the moment trip to Chile when I found myself with some unexpected free time. One of my best friends had just moved to Santiago so of course I had to visit!  She had to work a few days while I was there and while looking for things to do I made the crazy decision to fly down to Patagonia and see some penguins. When Penguins are an option, you always should take it, in my humble opinion.  Here’s how you can see penguins in Chile, specifically, the king penguins of Tierra Del Fuego. Are you excited? I will include some informative and hopefully interesting facts here, but mostly this is about adorable penguin pictures. I hope that’s ok with you! Read More:  Street Art in Valparaiso Chile Basics Tierra Del Fuego is an island in the south of Chile and Argentina, part of the Patagonia region. The two countries share this island almost 50/50. Language Spanish Currency Chilean Peso (100 USD is 60,000 Pesos).  Be aware that 60,000 pesos will often be written like this:  CLP $60.000 How to Get There Flying to Punta Arenas is the quickest way. It is a 3 hour and 25 minute trip and the cost ranges from $250 to $300. It is possible to drive if you have oodles of time and want to explore the country by car. Punta Arenas (the “starting point” for penguin trips) is 3000 km from Santiago. This would take several days by car. I did a tour that started from Punta Arenas. This is a full day tour from 0730 to 2100. It is possible to do on your own if you have a car. You have to drive from Punta Arenas to Tres Puntas where you will take the ferry across the Magellan Straits to the island of Tierra Del Fuego. Once there you will drive about 2 hours to get to the Parque de Pinguino Rey (Park of the King Penguins). *** This tour does not go on Mondays*** This is the exact tour I did with a company called Denomades. The tour costs 55,000 Pesos which is $91 USD. Not included is lunch, entry ticket to park (CLP$ 12.000) nor entry ticket to the museum (CLP$ 1.000), which must be paid in cash.  I found them easy to work with and they picked me up at my hostel. Tierra Del Fuego Full Day King Penguin Tour. The Tour Like most tours, you will end up making lots of stops to break up the day and some of these will not be that interesting. What I liked about this tour was that it was a relatively small group and there were lots of opportunities to eat and buy snacks (something I find important!).  I didn’t like that it returned much later than stated and some of the break stops were way too long. If you don’t have time to have a good breakfast before leaving, don’t worry because you can buy food and coffee on the ferry. Here is the route: After hotel pickup early in the morning, there is an hour drive to the terminal in Tres Puentes where you take the  2 hours 15-minute ferry ride to Tierra Del Fuego island. The arrival point is Chilota Bay and from there they drive you to Porvenir, where there is lunch at a restaurant and a visit to the Fernando Cordero Ruesque Museum. Porvenir is a sleepy cute little seaside town. Here you learn about the indigenous people, the Tehuelche, who once lived in Patagonia. They were here long before the Portuguese explorer Magellan who “discovered” these lands. Fun Fact:  Tierra del Fuego translates to “Land of Fire”.  When Magellan arrived by ship, he noted the native people burning fires around the coast of the island. This is where the odd name comes from. I would have named it Tierra del Frio (Land of Cold) We took a walk around the town and enjoyed some random street art. The Penguins. Finally! After lunch, there is a 110 km drive to get to the Pinguino Rey Park. (If you haven’t learned how to say “King Penguin” by now in Spanish…please learn!)  This is obviously the highlight of the day and you stay here 1 hour. It is the perfect amount of time to see them because longer than that and you may turn into an icicle! When you arrive you have to sign in at the office and pay. They do take credit cards here if you don’t have cash. A park ranger gives you a brief introduction about the park and the penguins. This is a privately owned facility dedicated to conservation and research of the king penguins. It is important to note that you must remain 15 meters (45 feet) away from the penguins. I highly recommend bringing binoculars and a good zoom lens. There are magnifying viewer devices (anyone know what to call those?) to look more closely. They are so sharp that you can actually see the fine fur of the penguins. This shot was taken with 100 mm zoom (and then cropped a bit) This one with 200 mm of zoom and then cropped a lot. I think a 300 mm zoom minimum would be ideal here. This sort of gives you a perspective of the distance. I heard some people grumbling about this but I’m ok with it if that’s what will protect the penguins. The penguins are really fun to watch. They are curious and basically stare at the humans. I was surprised by how loud they were. Their adorable sounds were audible even at a distance. You have to see a video just to appreciate their funny little walks. I thought they had swag, like tiny gangsters. Fun Fact:  King Penguins are the second largest species of penguin, the emperor penguin being the largest. They are around 90 cms(35 inches) in height and they weigh between 11 and 16 kgs (24 – 35 lbs) This grouping was having some beach time. Are you as in love with them as I am? The Journey Back After that, we drove north to visit the Cerro Sombrero camp, where oil was discovered in the area and now the project is run by the United States government, of course. We then had another ferry ride, a short one where we stayed in the van. Driving back to Punta Arenas took us by the Estancia San Gregorio. This is kind of a ghost town (that’s what I call it…it is officially a “monument”). San Gregorio was settled in the late 1800’s by European immigrants from Spain, England and Croatia. The community was mainly industrial but self-sufficient with its own dock and railroad. The sheep production of wool, tallow, meat and leather, was for almost a century the main economic resource of the region. There is a wreck of a 19th-century cargo ship to check out. By the time we got here it was already close to 2100. The sun was just setting and the lighting was beautiful. How to Prepare Bring WARM clothes. Even in “summer” it is really COLD!  Summer is December, January and February. I went in November which was right before the height of the season. It rained part of the day and when the sun came out it was windy as hell! I basically dressed as if I was going skiing. Here are the items that I wore. Ironically most of them were Patagonia brand (not planned I swear!). Waterproof insulated jacket with hood Fleece Base layer Hat Water resistant trekking pants I cannot find a photo other than me in them above. You can purchase them here: Patagonia Women’s Trekking Pants Also you need gloves, a scarf or gator and consider thermal leggings. I did not have thermal leggings but I wished that I did! More Penguins! If you want to see another species of penguins here in Patagonia you can do a half-day tour with the same company to see the Magellanic Penguins on Magdalena Island. I had this booked for the following day but it was canceled because of weather. I literally almost cried because I had flown all the way from Santiago to Patagonia for only 3 days to see lots of penguins and really didn’t have time to do anything else such as visit Torres Del Paine national park. Lesson learned to plan better in the future and have extra days to allow for this nonsense. Seriously, the weather looked perfect to me! Can you tell I’m still peeved? Oh well…I’ll definitely be back because I also want to hike in Torres del Paine! So much to do in Chile. Stay tuned for more posts from my trip to Chile!  Read More: Wine Tasting in the Casablanca Valley Have you ever seen penguins anywhere in the world? Tell me in the comments! Pin it!

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Periods Are No Longer Annoying After I Turned Vegan

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

How can girls deal with periods, which could be potentially annoying?

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Top Five Things To Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Ho Chi Minh City may have eclipsed Hanoi as Vietnam’s most populace city, but one cannot forget that Hanoi, Vietnam is the political heart of the nation, the capital of one of the world’s last communist fronts. They say that Hanoi is the most Asian city of all Asian cities. Personally, it’s hard to dictate […]

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Vegan food: Hanoi

Vegan food: Hanoi


According to HappyCow, Hanoi has lots of (basic) vegan restaurants and even some chains but none, odd enough, near the touristic Old Quarters. We vegan tourists should start a campaign to get them …

Quick Update

by (Cici Tran) @ Vietnamese & Vegan

I apologise for not posting much lately.

I have been having some personal issues, which are causing me a great deal of stress and anxiety. My self-esteem is hitting a new low. I thought getting over eating disorders was the last hurdle I needed to truly love myself, but I'm wrong. Achieving self-love is a constant journey that I am still learning.

Thus, I need time for myself.

I will resume writing more regularly when I feel a little better. I don't stop altogether, just might take me longer to post something new.

Sorry, people. My head is not in a right place at the moment.

Vietnam's Embarrassment Exclusion Zone

by (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

 This post was originally published in AsiaLIFE HCMC

I have written before in these pages about the comedic stylings of the Vietnamese, and their favourite subject (me). Vietnamese people seem to find me quite hilarious when I do pretty much anything (say, for example, some crazy activity like buying bananas from the market! ROFL!), but sometimes I find myself in a position where even I am prepared to admit that I must look totally ludicrous.

For example, while cycling through the city the other afternoon I decided that I absolutely had to have a helium-filled balloon shaped like a zebra with multi-coloured stripes. As I tethered that disco zebra to my handlebars, I looked right into his eyes and said, “Wait till they get a load of you.”

A foreigner, on a bicycle, with a balloon! Surely that’s worth pointing and laughing at, right? God knows, if I took that zebra on a spin through the streets of Sydney we’d get a few laughs. 

But did I get so much as a double take? No. As far as everyone around me was concerned, this long-nosed, zebra-toting cyclist was the most normal thing in the world, warranting no special attention whatsoever. I felt strangely miffed. “Laugh at me!!” I wanted to scream. “Why won’t you laugh at me NOW?!!”

Then I realised that for the two years I’ve been living in Vietnam I’ve failed to fully exploit this country’s Embarrassment Exclusion Zone.

I’ve dwelled so much on why it’s apparently so ridiculously hilarious when I try to carry out an everyday task like buying bananas, that I’ve neglected to take advantage of the reverse phenomenon: the ridiculous will actually go unnoticed.

Why on earth aren’t I wearing my pyjamas in the street? Why aren’t I hanging out with the old ladies in the park performing provocative pelvic exercises and slapping myself in the face right now? This is the one time in my life when I can grind my groin into the side of a park bench and not be arrested for indecent behaviour, so why am I still here writing this column?

If you’re a man, you should go, right now, and buy yourself a bright pink motorbike helmet decorated with cartoon unicorns and the words “sweet dreamtime for my special pony”, because this is perfectly acceptable headwear for a man in Vietnam. You can finally express your inner special pony without fear of mockery. This is your time.

If you’re a lady, you should also head to the shops. When you’re there, buy yourself a completely sheer, 100 percent see-through blouse. You won’t have any trouble finding one. And then wear a black bra underneath it, and nothing else. Oh, except for tiny little denim shorts. No-one will bat an eyelid. You could re-enact scenes from “Pretty Woman” with wild abandon and even then no-one would ask you for your hourly rate.

Don’t lift up your transparent blouse to expose your belly though. That’s just for men, silly.

And we should all be singing in public. Loudly. All the time. In taxis, while queuing at the supermarket, in the office, and especially in a café where the waitresses are all singing too. Go on, harmonise with them!

I tested out the Vietnamese indifference to public singing after the zebra incident. I cycled down the street while singing “Rock Lobster” by The B-52’s at the top of my lungs. Nothing. Not a single reaction. Not even when I did the bit about the catfish.

After this you should be fitting right into Vietnam. Locals will praise you for your assimilation and you’ll never be laughed at again. Until you try to buy bananas.

Street Food in Hanoi Vietnam

Street Food in Hanoi Vietnam

Diaries of Wanderlust

Street food in Hanoi Vietnam can be a little confusing. Enlist in the help of a local and take a food tour through Hanoi's Old Quarter.

In Hanoi, $1,5 for a vegan buffet makes sense - Indochina travel guide, southeast asia travel guide

In Hanoi, $1,5 for a vegan buffet makes sense - Indochina travel guide, southeast asia travel guide

Indochina travel guide, southeast asia travel guide

In Hanoi, $1,5 for a vegan buffet makes sense. What you have to do is just enjoying the fest and leaving 30,000VND as a fixed price for such a cropful meal.

Ho Chi Minh City Hosts 12th Taste of The World Festival

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Excellent cuisines of Vietnam and foreign countries will be introduced at 100 booths at the 12th Taste of the World festival scheduled for January 11-14 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event, jointly held by the municipal Department of Tourism and the Viet Nam Tourism Association, […]

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VEGAN EUROTRIP – Where to eat in Vienna

by Kayleigh @ Vegan Travel

Stop number three on this crazy whirlwind of a trip landed us in Vienna – just a short (ish) train ride from Budapest. And if you remember from my last post, we were well equipped on that train ride with […]

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Veggies in Mexico

by Isabella @ Boundless Roads

Hey Veggie lovers! Welcome to our Veggies in Mexico page! I have been living in Mexico for the past 7 years, in Cancun and I am now travelling around this incredible region of the world. As ...

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Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

Finding Hanoi vegetarian food is tough when you're new in the city. Here's your guide to street food stalls and restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi!

Healthy plant based restaurant options in Rio de Janeiro

by Guest post @ Boundless Roads

Shall we meet for lunch in Rio? Let’s go to a brazilian restaurant! Sure, I won’t take you to a table full of meat chops, T-bones and sausages… Of course, meat-based menus are very popular ...

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Raw vegan retreats in Samana, Dominican Republic

by Edit Horvath @ Vegan Travel

Travelling around the Dominican Republic, searching for the best places where you can eat vegan dishes. I was not expecting to find my best raw experience ever in a remote corner of the Samana area.  Comparing the crowdies of the […]

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Top 10 Vegan Eats in Sydney

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Having explored South East Asia for nearly 20 years and lived here for 4 years we have a good understanding of vegan travel in this region. We are currently looking for new countries to visit and Australia is on that list for sure; therefore when Olivia from Great Lost asked could she write about her […]

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Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale). Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison. A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi A.1. The […]

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Eating Vegetarian or Vegan in Vietnam

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If you’re planning a trip (or even a move) to Vietnam don’t let anyone convince you that you’ll have a hard time finding good vegetarian food to eat. Almost all of the vegetarian dishes are vegan friendly, so if you … Continue reading

Hanoi’s best restaurants for vegetarian food

Hanoi’s best restaurants for vegetarian food

VOV - VOV Online Newspaper

VOV.VN - A new generation of restaurants featuring meat-free menus has left vegetarians in Hanoi spoiled for choice during the Vu Lan festival, a time when many people traditionally eat meatless.

A Vegetarian Guide to Vietnamese Food - The Next Somewhere

A Vegetarian Guide to Vietnamese Food - The Next Somewhere

The Next Somewhere

Vietnam is a paradise for herbivores. Our vegetarian guide to Vietnamese food will help you navigate the menus for the most animal-friendly dishes around!


by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS Hanoi is an active city. There are countless places to see, from the classics to the new sites. But here Hanoi Local Experience would like to recommend some places for some quality quiet time, with 13 must-visit museums in Hanoi. If you are wondering what to see in Hanoi‘s museums, we have some suggestions for you down here. FOR CULTURE, ART AND DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS  Vietnam Museum of Ethnology As known the city’s best informative and resourceful museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers visitors offers an insight into 54 ethnic groups of […]

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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi) Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi. Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi. You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine. A. Phở – Rice noodle A.1. What is phở? Phở is a kind of […]

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What food is there for a vegetarian in Hanoi Indochina Voyages

What food is there for a vegetarian in Hanoi Indochina Voyages

Indochina Voyages

Taking vegetarian meal has become popular and popular in modern society. Nowadays, it hasn’t just for religion followers or anyone who is on diet. Everyone from several ages can take vegetarian meals for many different purposes. Therefore, it has been a famous trend of food...

Vegetarian Street Food in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel

Vegetarian Street Food in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel

Charlie on Travel

Yes, there is vegetarian street food in Vietnam! What to know what vegetarian street food in Vietnam is like? My favourite was definitely the sticky rice.

12 Ways to Empower Yourself to Create A New World

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

How do we empower ourselves to build the new world that’s emerging? I have 12 ways to share.

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