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October 3, 2020

Vietnam and HCMC!!

Ok so this one have several posts in my blog, just redoing some older text and some new photos for HCMC or Ho Chi Minh City ,Vietnam. I would spare you the history of the city and just go right into the text and photos. Hope you enjoy it as I did! Always looking forward to be back!!

Always amazed on how a war torn country can come back and be so alive and working. Vietnam is spoken less than other Asian countries when it comes to infrastructure and tourism but its a sleeping giant awaiting to catch the Asian boom.

Once there I went to my  Hotel Grand Silverland, in district 1 ,right in the middle by the great famous market of Ben Thanh. This is as a classic hotel as you can find, old look, and modern facilities throughtout, with a great breakfast,and easy walking to the market, muséums,and lively street life of the city.  It has a wonderful rooftop pool and resto with fabulous views of Saigon (now HCMC). And of course, was my first hotel stayed here so cannot find photos!!! yikes!!! More on the hotel here: https://grand-silverland-spayikes.hotel-rn.com/index.htm

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From here ,I tasted the nightlife best for action, and the best looking women of Vietnam locals or expats try the Beirut Gardens with belly dancing shows after 20h.  Just be there and you will see ,enough said! More info here: http://beirut.com.vn/

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I was surprise to be invited to a restaurant where President Bush (USA) even visited while there,and his pictures still hang on the walls lol!!  TIB restaurant , at Hai Bà Trưng. You go at the end of a narrow passage street. This has great dishes in a colonial setting even with pictures of Vietnam last queen and king(1945). I guess the decoration was done for me lol!!! More info here in Vietnamese, sorry but the real thing: https://www.tibrestaurant.com/about

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However, here is the translation from the premise I visited taken from their site: TIB Restaurant, established in 1993 in Ho Chi Minh City, is the first restaurant in Vietnam to revive vinegar, shrimp rolls, lettuce rolls, Hue rolls , methodically and systematic. The TIB brand has lived a strong life for more than 14 years thanks to always maintaining the authentic quality of the food and thus has kept customers from the very beginning.
November 2007 US President George Bush chose TIB restaurant to invite Australian Prime Minister Howard to dinner as a proof of brand value.

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I continue my culinary search into HCMC =Saigon, at Ngọc Sương  106 Sương Nguyệt Ánh,district 1. Here we had a nice fireup shrimp dish that was superb. And it has a webpage in English now!! I must have given it fame lol!! http://www.ngocsuong.co/

After this one we went to the Rose Palace,  locals know, a big restaurant for banquets and special events, with a big event of models parading that was awesome, the food is good and the service is great so seek it out when in town.  Now they have a Facebook page even if in Vietnamese…getting them on the world map lol! https://www.facebook.com/nhahangrose/

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I, also, tried comga Van Xuong at 74 Hàm Nghi, Dist 1 (gần bánh mì Như Lan), famous for its Hunan chicken style food of China. just ask for it. They now have a Facebook page in Vietnamese here:  https://www.facebook.com/comgahainamvanxuong/

The official Vietnam tourist office on Ho Chi Minh City: https://vietnam.travel/places-to-go/southern-vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city

So there you go a culinary trip to exotic Ho Chi Minh City in up and coming Vietnam, a destination worth trying it out. I know would love to be back, waiting for the virus…. Hope you enjoy this foodie trip to the south of old Vietnam.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

October 3, 2020

Vietnam ,Danang and al.!!!

So here I am reviewing with new text and new /old photos on my memorable trips to Vietnam. I was there several times, amazing trips and good cheers, new friends and continues. I have written before on Danang but here is a bit more; hope you enjoy the post.

We drove by car from the airport of Chu lai, to Bung Tao , a airy picnic type large place with local service and good food of the area, fish sea and river, and great Tiger beers with a lively table of 10, lots of cheers and happy crowd, the driver was good lol! This one of course will take a good local to take you to it, but here for the memories and good cheers.

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At Chu lai airport was just a country airstrip but apparently busy as it is close to the beaches; and of course it was built by the USA… B52 landed here. we flew on VASCO domestic Vietnam Airlines.  The best info on it found this webpage https://www.vietnamairlines.travel/chu-lai.flights-in-vietnam.vietnam-airlines

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Chu Lai, the capital of the Nui Thanh District, is the perfect gateway to the greater Quang Ngai province in Vietnam’s south-central coast. During the Vietnam War this port town was a military base for the US Marine Corp, acting as a supplemental airfield to their main base in Da Nang.

At Chu Lai, we drove passing by Quang Ngai to Da Nang. Here we had a night stay across the beach at the Hotel Doan 27, 128 Trường Sa street (trade union hotel) nothing fancy ,it houses the army personnel when on manouvers,and then a tourist hotel the rest of the time, basic training, food for breakfast order before hand, and not that great chow; the beach across was great thus,and wonderful views from my room. Here again see the pictures as cannot find a webpage, the locals took me here , to get rid of me hahahaha!!! The best part is that next door there was a small cafe where I tasted the best coffee in Vietnam!!! again just in the corner of the hotel and sideways facing the beach. The best can find on the web is this traveloka webpage: https://www.traveloka.com/en-vn/hotel/vietnam/cong-doan-da-nang-hotel-danang-trade-union-hotel-3000010022539

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Well got something, above is photo from hotel to beach!

We did ate here , first at Tea house Viet Nam,  very nice clean place we had good soups here,and rices, with green and yellow tea and water, very cheap I was told my friends paid lol!  The name escapes me again !!! Then ,we move on to one very special, its a patio with buddha and hills decoration, terrace out and covered, very nice place and service, again forgot the name yikes!! its me sorry,  the restaurant, will need to recall those names or maybe someone reading the post can tell me. It will be the unknown restaurant of Da Nang.

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Here in Da Nang, we went to the airport for our flight to Hanoi, very nice airport at Da Nang, notice this is a big tourist spot in Vietnam, and famous name from previous war. Webpage here: https://www.danangairportonline.com/

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There are severail nice hôtels , casinos, and the rotating bridge as well as the famous dragon bridge that spurs fire at night Fridays and Saturdays. And a nice beach across from the hotel!

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We drove from Danang to Hanoi. I finally took my flight back to Paris at Hanoi, by midnite, the flight was smooth,and on time. This is a nice size airport spacious and easy to navigate. I was at the VN airlines business lounge so that made it easier me think. Webpage : https://www.hanoiairportonline.com/

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The official Vietnam Tourist board on Dananghttps://vietnam.travel/places-to-go/central-vietnam/da-nang

The local Hanoi tourist boardhttps://tourism.hanoi.gov.vn/

This was a road warrior trip and skipping long distance by air on Vietnam Airline. It gave the opportunity to get a quick glance at the country and for future trips better manage the relationships. The best way to mix business and pleasure and see a new country, Vietnam , and a new city Danang. Hope you enjoy the post

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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October 3, 2020

Vietnam and Hoi An!!

And here I continue my memory lane of Vietnam with a visit ,briefly, to historical Hoi An. Wonderful moments as we arrived there at night!!! Road warrior trip in Vietnam!!

Let me tell you a bit about Hoi An in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy this memorable post.

Hội An is located in Quảng Nam Province, 30 km south of Đà Nẵng (see post), on the Thu Bồn River. We were travelling by car and stop briefly here at night!

Formerly, Hội An was called Faifo in French, a name in official use during the colonial period. The old town of Hoi An remains an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Far Eastern port. Various architectural styles are found in Hội An from Chinese, Japanese, and French. Eight hundred and forty-four buildings are listed for their historical and architectural interest!! I need to come back!!!

One of the most interesting monuments is the Japanese Pagoda Bridge or Chùa Cầu, a covered bridge built in 1593 to connect the neighborhoods inhabited by Chinese and Japanese communities. Each end is guarded by a couple of statues, showing dogs on one side and monkeys on the other. Many houses are built of black and very hard wood, the jackfruit

What I saw most impressive and even time for a photo was the Temple pagoda of Quan Cong. This was built in the mid-17C, the temple was founded in honor of Quan Cong, a famous Chinese general who lived in the late 2C. Praised by the Chinese and Vietnamese communities, it is the symbol of loyalty, sincerity, integrity and justice. Built similarly to the shape of the Chinese letter “quốc”, the majestic architectural style of the temple expresses philosophical and moral subjects of human life. To the left of the temple, the statue of General Chau Xuong, one of Quan Cong’s guardians, strikes an advantageous pose. Mandarin roundabout Quan Binh stands on the right. A life-size white horse is reminiscent of Quan Cong’s mount before he was offered a red horse of exceptional endurance. The names of the generous donors appear on stone plaques sealed in the walls. Carp-shaped objects decorate the roof which surrounds the courtyard; the carp, symbol of patience in Chinese mythology, is frequently found in Hoi An.

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Here is more on the Vietnam site webpage on Hoi An: https://www.vietnamsite.nl/hoianeng.htm

And the official Vietnam tourist office on Hoi An: https://vietnam.travel/places-to-go/central-vietnam/hoi-an

A wonderful passing as heard this Hoi An is a nice historical city in Vietnam. Of course, this is just a taste, I need to come back!! The whole road warrior trip was excellent, see my post on Da Nang. Hope you enjoy this post

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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