Cultural Notes and Observations: Vietnam

  • Lots of motorbikes
  • Grab Car is popular in large cities
  • Straw cone hats
  • People like keeping pet birds in cages
  • Vietnam has a beautiful highway connecting Hanoi to the port to travel to Cat Bah Island. I believe it was a toll highway so I only saw several large trucks and no motorbikes.
  • Hanoi reminds me of a small European City with its narrow streets and old buildings
  • Miniature poodles are the pet dog of choice in Hanoi
  • Cat Ba Town feels tacky but the surroundings are spectacular
  • People drive on the right side of the road
  • Not as many people speak English
  • People less willing to help you if they don’t speak English
  • Dogs are eaten
  • Beautiful rich countryside filled with rice fields
  • Laughing gas is sold in many bars
  • Fertile land – currently in the month of May they are harvesting rice
  • I cannot access my blog website

Food I’ve tried:

  • Bánh mì – vietnamese sandwiches
  • Bun Cha – pork
  • Fried spring rolls
  • Fresh spring rolls
  • Pho
  • Cha ca La Vong – Grilled Fish
  • Banh Xeo – sizzling pancake
  • Banh Mi Op-La Du thu – two fried eggs with meat and baguette
  • Bubble tea
  • Yogurt with jelly in it
  • Fresh Beer
  • Choco pie
  • Goat
  • Hibiscus tea with passion fruit ice cream
  • Egg coffee – hot and cold
  • Matcha ice cream
  • Cao Lau – doughy flat noodles mixed with croutons, bean sprouts, and greens with pork
  • Mi Quang
  • Vietnamese coffee with yogurt
  • Popcorn milkshake
  • Vietnamese coffee with coconut
  • White rose
  • Papaya salad
  • Sweet and sour fish soup
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