Wade and I getting measured for our custom clothes.
My custom outfit! I took a picture from a magazine, got measured, and it was ready 24 hrs later!
I also had this jacket made for just $35!!
Wade had a tuxedo made for $100!
The men got suits made at Gia Hung’s tailor shop. We all felt like royalty! It was such a fun experience. I would love to go back one day with $5000 and get an entire wardrobe made!
The charming streets of Hoi An.
Hoi An is so picturesque no matter what time of day it is.
We were lucky to have been there for a full moon lantern festival!
We had a cute little old man row us around the river in his boat during the lantern festival.
There were adorable little women selling lanterns during the festival. You lit the candle, made a wish or said a prayer for someone, then let it float into the river.
I loved the charming little city of Hoi An, VN. Not only did we get custom clothes made, we caught the full moon lantern festival and we had a great hotel, Thanh Binh II, with a balcony that overlooked the main street for only $35 a night. The city was full of tourists but I didn’t mind. We were in plenty of other rural areas on the trip that were off the beaten path. Getting custom clothes made was definitely a high light for all of us. We had so much fun doing it and felt like royalty. Before we left town we found out that they also make custom shoes in 24 hrs! Shoot, that would of really been the icing on the cake. Thats one more reason to go back one day!
The street food in Vietnam was amazing. If I had skipped it, I would of missed out on a huge part of the culture. My favorite things were the fried hard boiled quail eggs on a skewer.
This was my favorite street vendor in Da Nang. He had the quail eggs and this delicious, sautéed corn. The kernels are larger and chewier then what we have in the US. It is served with a chili type sauce and it is delicious!
This vendor is making a traditional Vietnamese sandwich called Bun Mi.
This adorable little lady was making a flat bread of sorts along with flattened banana snack. I never got hungry walking the streets. There was something new to sample around every corner!
Bun Mi in Ha Long Bay. I love Van’s t-shirt and smile!
More delicious corn!
Anything your heart desired could be found on a stick at a street vendor!
This was a typical “street restaurant”.
Every city had it’s own signature noodle dish. This was in Hue. It was like a spring roll but it was wrapped in a thicker noodle. It was pretty yummy.
Hey, do you think I liked the corn???
We drank a lot of fresh coconut water. Half the fun was watching someone hack it open.
A typical night scene along the streets of Saigon. I love the woman’s face in the polka dots on the right. Two piece, same patterned outfits were very popular with the women.
Stay tuned, there are still more adventures from Vietnam to come!
The crazy power lines and scooters were the first things I noticed when we got to Saigon.
Look at all the stuff she is carrying on that scooter!!! Amazing!
A typical afternoon near our hotel in District 1 in Saigon. Note the child on the scooter without a helmet. That is just the norm.
(My apologies for the “vertical videoing”! I know Carrie is cringing! What can I say? I was caught up in the moment!)
Wade, at the rooftop bar of our hotel, The Duc Vuong. It was very scenic, a great place to have a cold beer, and the staff was super friendly!
Good Morning Vietnam!
Our first Pho of the trip at the morning market. It was delish! This noodle dish is served morning, noon and night there!
It was very common to see people preparing food along the sides of the streets. They don’t have the health department “A, B, C” ratings we have in LA. “When in Rome” was a theme on this trip!
The little kids were the cutest!
Saigon also had a lot of modern, high end boutiques. I loved this ad from a shop window.
I got these fun sunnies from a shop in Saigon!
This temple is at the top of a hill in Van’s hometown of Tay Ninh, about 3 hours outside of Saigon. Now you can take a sky tram up to the temple, but when Van was little he had to climb the mountain to get there.
This was another beautiful, ornate temple in Tay Ninh.
We spent a day with Van’s family for the End of Mourning Ceremony for his father who passed away 3 years ago. White is the color they traditionally wear for funerals. Here, the family was praying with Buddhist Monks. There were 19 of them present.
All of the white gowns worn for the ceremonies were burned for The End of Mourning. It was so special to experience this with Van and his family. A day I will forever cherish.
Stephanie and I got to participate in a prayer and offering to the monks.
These boxes were made up for the monks and included toiletries, a new robe, and cash. There were 19 of us who held the boxes on our heads and walked around the monks in a line 3 times before placing the boxes in front of them.
After the ceremony Van’s family had a delicious, catered, vegetarian meal for everyone. It was a very emotional and beautiful day.
Saturday night in Saigon. Look at how cute the girls are on the scooters in their date night dresses.
Party scene in the streets of Saigon where the tourists and locals intermix.
I loved this couple. They were a little apprehensive to have their picture taken as they didn’t understand English very well.
Van, Wade and I taking it all in. Saturday night in Saigon.
We have so many photos and I had such an amazing trip that it is hard to narrow it down. In this case, I feel the pictures speak louder then words. I couldn’t even begin to describe some of the things we saw, experienced, and ate. So, I will continue to share my trip through photos city by city. Stay tuned for more from Vietnam!