Martin Yan loves Vietnam

World-famous Chinese-American chef Martin Yan is deeply in love with Vietnam and its cuisine, and is willing to promote it to the rest of the world. Yan has recently launched a 26-episode ... Continue Reading →
Yen River near the Huong (Perfume) pagoda

Water Lilies blossoming in cold weather

Travelling along the Yen River near the Huong (Perfume) pagoda at this time of year, visitors are impressed by a carpet of water lilies blossoming in cold weather. The river in Hanoi’s ... Continue Reading →
Nhat Tan peach trees appear in downtown

Nhat Tan peach trees appear in downtown

Many streets and roads in Hanoi are now full of peach trees although the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival is still two weeks away. Peach trees blooming in Nhat Tan flower village Businesses ... Continue Reading →
A Hanoi market for Kitchen Gods festival

A Hanoi market for Kitchen Gods festival

Hang Ma street in Hanoi is famous for its votive object marketplace serving a range of spiritual ceremonies, including the Kitchen Gods Festival observed on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar ... Continue Reading →

How it feels in rainy season?

As the scorching months of summer slid by, sticky and humid in the Center of Vietnam, I looked forward to cooler temperatures and the relief of the monsoon rains. A few months of indoor ... Continue Reading →
Debate on restoring floating market in Mekong Delta

Debate on restoring floating market in Mekong Delta

Floating markets on rivers in the Mekong Delta have existed for hundreds of years and are not merely a place for buying and selling of farm produce but have over time become quintessentially ... Continue Reading →
Talking big over lemon green tea

Talking big over lemon green tea

On summer evenings, thousands of young people gather at trà chanh (lemon green tea) shops in Hanoi’s Old Quarter not just to drink but also to chat. The most popular shops are located ... Continue Reading →
Hanoi in my eyes

Hanoi in my eyes

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with a young Vietnamese girl, who exuded intelligence in her quiet confident ways. Our encounter that day had been purely ... Continue Reading →