My friend Mitch came to visit me in Central Vietnam recently. We spent three days between Danang, Hoi An and Hue, which I wrote about here.
On our way to Hue, we stopped at Phu Bai town for a nuoc mia (sugarcane juice) and a cigarette. We chose a nuoc mia cart perched besides a crossroads and watched the Highway 1 traffic roar past. It’s very easy to people-watch on street corners and delve into existential thought. The high-level of traffic can keep you entertained for hours.
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After some time working in Australia, my childhood friend Mitch dropped by Vietnam for a reunion. It had been almost five years since we last met and we had some catching up to do. I was also determined to show him what three days in central Vietnam had to offer. Continue reading “Three Days Travel in Central Vietnam: Danang, Hoi An and Hue”
The Best Time to See Urban Vietnam
The best time to see urban Vietnam is through the break of dawn. A friend and I recently agreed on this and shared hot-tips on where in the Hue Citadel we like to watch the city awaken. We aren’t the only people to think this. Small cafes are often full of customers before most foreigners are even awake. They sit facing the roads, drinking coffee to the crescendo of traffic that roars by. Everything is in transit and dawn provides optimism to the day’s grind. Continue reading “Video: the Awakening of the Hue Citadel”
Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world. Unlike many other countries, Vietnam’s relationship with the caffeinated beverage has produced a cafe culture that is poetic in simplicity. Even with the introduction of Starbucks to Vietnam, locals have mostly kept to their favored soft-drink spots over the modernity of multinational conglomerates. Coffee is the People’s drink and you’ll rarely find anyone that doesn’t have a cafe to recommend. Coffee shops come in every variation imaginable. Owners can be artistic in their interior design and particular about the atmospheres they create. One of my favorite cafes of recent times is 054 Cafe Hue. Continue reading “054 Cafe Hue: Community, Urban Art and Creativity”
Mo Rua Garden is not only a garden and a homestay but a delicate response to the yearnings of peacefulness from the young cosmopolitan city dwellers that frequent here.
Mo Rua means ‘where is’; a unique term to central Vietnam since neither northerners nor southerners use it. Lying on the outskirts of Hue, the homestay frequently receives phone calls asking “where is ‘where is’ Garden?”
Despite it’s hard-to-reach location, Mo Rua Garden offers you a different perspective of Vietnamese culture through an authentic rural setting.
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Hue is renowned across the country for the distinct foods that originate from the city. Many of them consist of rice and shrimp in and aren’t of much interest to tourists. Step outside of the tourist area and there are a few places where the atmosphere exceeds the importance of the food.
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