Hanoi, Vietnam

We had only one day in Hanoi, and we ran all over that city like mad women. We spent the most time at the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius and scholars. It is the site of the Imperial Academy, the first national university in Vietnam. The temple was built in 1070. We then visited … More Hanoi, Vietnam

Hue, Vietnam

The highlight of our few days in Hue was by far the markets and a traditional Vietnamese cooking class. We bought the local ingredients and prepared a customary soup, spring rolls, and a variety of other dishes. The Then Mu Pagoda is an icon of Hue. It translates to “Pagoda of the Celestial Lady” and … More Hue, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An was in my opinion, the most beautiful town in Vietnam. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is easily walkable. The streets are lined with storybook buildings, all painted a pale yellow and built in a blend of French colonial and Asian design. At night, dozens of locals sell floating … More Hoi An, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is the postcard view of the Vietnamese coast, with countless limestone karsts and isles rising from the sea. Though these islands are covered in thick vegetation, most are actually hollow within, forming labyrinths of caves inside. The entire are is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with around 1,600 islands in total. We … More Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Cambodia & Vietnam // the beauty of the east

I’m still a little in reverse culture shock since returning from southeast Asia. Once you get in the habit of walking slowly but surely across a busy street (because crosswalks don’t exist) while holding your breath and hoping that you don’t get killed, or keeping your eyes peeled on sidewalks for stray motorbikes or jumping out of … More Cambodia & Vietnam // the beauty of the east