Today is our last day in Vietnam. We spend the day on the muddy waters of the Mekong Delta. We arrive at My Tho, a market town on the north bank of the Mekong River’s northernmost strand, the Tien Giang, or Upper River. According to history, after the collapse of the Ming dynasty, Chinese, Read More

It was hard to leave Hanoi, but I am ready to see Saigon, the capital of Vietnam. True, that it is now called Ho Chi Minh City in honour of Vietnam’s first president and national hero, but somehow I love the name Saigon, which was adopted over 300 years ago and changed since July, Read More

It’s another chilly day. Thankfully my cabin is warm and I’m glad for my recent purchase of a warm ‘hoodie’ in Hanoi. After breakfast, we sail on to Bo Hon Island and join a multitude of other eager tourists. Bo Hon Island or Soap-Berry Tree Island, is one of the larger islands to be, Read More

“You’ve got to see Ha Long Bay,” said everyone who’s been there before. So it was finally our turn. We leave Hanoi after breakfast and head east towards Ha Long Bay. It is also a great opportunity to get out of Hanoi and see Vietnam’s countryside. Maybe I slept through some of the ride, Read More

Hồ Chí Minh was Vietnam’s beloved Communist revolutionary leader and was the country’s Prime Minster (1945-1955) and President (1945-1969). For every Vietnamese, whether young or old, Hồ Chí Minh is a revered name. He led, loved and ‘saved’ Vietnam from various external and internal forces. In September 1945, when Viet Minh leaders, (inspired by Chinese, Read More

It is a spur of the moment decision as four friends decide to go on a jaunt. Destination Vietnam. Objective: Fun times and fab food. Lời chào. Our local guide, Viet Van (not kidding) greets us as we disembark at the Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam’s northern capital. The temperature outside is a, Read More