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Top 5 Pho Bo Restaurants in Hanoi

Top 5 Pho Bo Restaurants in Hanoi

On a recent survey conducted by the city of Hanoi, visitors were asked which Vietnamese dishes they had enjoyed the most, most responses were pho bo (beef noodle soup). That doesn’t surprise me, because pho bo is not only famous for its tenderness of the rice noodle, the texture characteristics of low fat thinly sliced beef and the sweetness of the stock attained from low simmering rich marrow bones overnight, but pho bo has also been a symbol of the Vietnamese cuisine.


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What’s The Vietnamese Pho Noodle Dish?

What’s The Vietnamese Pho Noodle Dish?

Pho, the Vietnam’s most famous noodle dish, is considered by many Vietnamese as the national dish, though it has been served mostly as a street food targeting common people in the last hundred years of its history. Not only in Vietnam, the migrations of the Vietnamese following the end of the American war have brought Pho to many corners around the global. Today, the Vietnam’s national dish has been capturing the fascination of people from all over the world.


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10 Tips to Maximize a Day in Hanoi

10 Tips to Maximize a Day in Hanoi

Most travelers to the capital of Vietnam with a booked package tour, but some only book flights and accommodations in advance while others prefer to go with the flow. It doesn’t matter which plan they have, my clients often ask me seriously how should they maximize their day in Hanoi, which I am very much happy to answer. If you happen to have the same kind of question in mind, here are my 10 tips to maximize a day in this exciting city.


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Food in Nha Trang Beach City

Food in Nha Trang Beach City

I flew from Hanoi to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s first beach city, for my business. As the country’s first beach city, Nha Trang has so many to offer to travelers, from long white sandy beach, clear waters for scuba diving to fabulous street food dishes with so many seafood options. Especially, seafood is offered in most dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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Street Food in Da Lat

Street Food in Da Lat

My wife and I traveled to Da Lat for last week, where we stayed in Da Lat Train Villa for 4 nights before heading to a resort on the beach of Mui Ne for other 3 nights. The weather wasn’t perfect all the time, but we were very pleased with all the food we got to try. Among the local flavors in Da Lat city, I would like to introduce 3 fabulous street foods to try; Banh Uot Long Ga, Banh Trang Nuong and Banh Can.


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Vietnam Weasel Coffee

Vietnam Weasel Coffee

Vietnamese coffee is internationally known for its authentic flavor, a unique combination of sweetness from the sweetened condensed milk and bitterness from the Robusta coffee beans. In addition to being the world’s second largest coffee exporter, Vietnam is also known as a big producer of one of the most expensive coffees in the world, the weasel coffee, which has its beans collected from weasel's poops. Have you heard about the weasel coffee?


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Vietnamese Coffee Today

Vietnamese Coffee Today

One of what my travelers like the most in my street food tours is the Vietnamese coffee experiences. Some like hot coffee, some like it with ice and other would definitely go for the most popular version of it - caphe sua da, regardless of what they try, they are all happy with it. Beside the image of the black coffee dripping through a tin filter into the condensed milk at the bottom of the cup, here is what I share with my travelers about Vietnamese coffee today.


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Our 10 Day Adventure in North Vietnam

Our 10 Day Adventure in North Vietnam

I’ve just recently finished my 10-day adventure in North Vietnam with three travelers from the U.S, we got a wonderful time together traveling from Hanoi to Mai Chau, Halong Bay and Hoi An. With their permissions to use some of our group photos for this blog post sharing our experiences, and here is what we did during our journey.


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45 Typical Hanoi Street Foods & Places to Eat

45 Typical Hanoi Street Foods & Places to Eat

Hanoi has been known internationally as a melting spot of the Vietnamese cuisine, foods are served on a moving cranky bicycle, on the edge of bustling streets full of motorbikes, on the narrow sidewalks appropriated by sea of plastic stools, in a memorable passageway a meter wide, right at someone’s doorstep or up a spiral staircase overlooking the frenetic passing traffic and a lake. If you love eating, it’s almost impossible not to love Hanoi street food.


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Bonding over Bia Hoi

Bonding over Bia Hoi

Living in the heart of a communist country, but the city is more of a food and drink paradise for foodie and connoisseur like me. People like Hanoi for so many different reasons including the French colonial buildings with green tree-line boulevards, the bustling Old Quarter with lively sidewalk life, and the welcoming atmosphere that’s just everywhere in this developing city.


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