Xôi Yến: Hanoi’s Best Sticky Rice Restaurant

    Eating at  Xôi Yến Restaurant along Nguyen Huu Huan Street is a must  for those visiting the Old Quarter in Hanoi. Virtually a local legend, it is constantly filled with hearty eaters thanks to its delicious sticky rice bowls.     Xoi is a traditional Vietnamese dish made from rice and corn and topped …

Top 10 Things to do in and near Hanoi (a Preview)

Perfect weather at 15 degrees, breath-taking landscapes, wonderful food, friendly people… these are what I remember of my first visit to Hanoi 11  years ago.   Did you know that Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam?  Yup, it’s not  the bustling Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, formerly Saigon) as many may  initially think.  Of course …

Footnote: At the Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Walking around the Lake near the Old Quarter in Hanoi yesterday, I chanced upon this ironwork that was placed at the foot of a tree. I just love the thoughtful inclusion of the traditional Vietnamese house in the design. A note about Footnote: Footnote is an ongoing photo series featuring my, well… feet, taken in …

Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2012 via Lonely Planet

Planning your travels for 2012?  Consider Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best Value Destinations.  I’m glad Japan, Portugal and Vietnam made the list. It would be nice to personally see Porto, home to the world-famous Porto wine which I love.;) Porto, Portugal The town that put the ‘Port’ in Portugal (as well as the port in …

Pinay Traveller checking out the Cuchi Tunnels in Siagon.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN VIETNAM (or How to Enjoy Saigon in 3 Days)

Before setting out for this trip, I did so much research online on things that Hubby and I can do in Ho Chi Minh City (still called ‘Saigon’ by the Vietnamese) for a very limited 3 days and 3 nights. I even joined the Vietnam Group of Couchsurfers.com just so I can get a grasp …