I recently went to Vietnam on holiday to experience the culture and of course the food. In fact, I think that this is my main purpose and focus when I travel!
We only had eleven days to spend in Vietnam, so the difficultly was trying to decide where to spend our time, without being to rushed.
We went to Ho Chi Mi and had not booked any flights or accommodation for the entire 10 days. It was risky compared to how I usually travel, but it was also lovely to have the freedom. We spent only one night in Ho Chi Min, but two full days and we got to see quite a lot.
This is Rubem and I eating a bowl of Pho in the street. It was our first day there, so we ordered only one bowl to taste it, however I very quickly told Rubem that he ought to get his own because there was not enough of this delicious Pho for the two of us!
Pho off the street was also a favourite. I learned that this is actually a Vietnamese breakfast but we would stop and eat it any time of the day.
This is what we ended up doing with our eleven days;
2 days in Ho Chi Min City
4 days in Hoi An
1 day in Can Tho
1 day in Rach Gia
3 days in Phu Quoc
This was a good itinerary and we enjoyed everywhere we went, however our favourite spot by far was Hoi An. It was amazing and the food was off the hook!
How we got around Vietnam
Vietnam has loads of transport options and nothing is too much hassle for the people there. Lots of times we just found someone to take us and it was no problem. We would agree on a price and off we would go. We flew from Ho Chi Min to Da Nang and drove to Hoi An. Then we flew from Da Nang to Can Tho. We drove in a taxi, which cost around $60 AU from Can Tho to Rach Gia. Then from Rach Gia we took the ferry to Phu Quac. Then flew home from there via Ho Chi Min.
The food in Hoi An was really amazing. It is a very flat place and all of the hotels have bicycles that you can take out for free. We rode the bicycles everywhere and really enjoyed it. One day we hired a scooter for the day so that we could drive a little further, but really everything was very close.
One of our food highlights was a bicycle food tour that we did one afternoon from around 4pm until 9pm. For those reading who would like to know more, we used Grass Hopper Bike Tours. This company was great and our tour guide was heaps of fun and very informative. We learned a lot about the culture in Hoi An and of course about the food. By the end of the tour, I could not eat one more thing!
The foodie bike tour was the most amazing food experience, we got take to may fabulous places that as a tourist you would never find. We went to little shops, street bbq’s, local haunts, a cute cheese place that was not in any way Vietnamese but was nice. One of the amazing places we went was to the vegetable gardens, which is a farming village. It is a local place, that unless you were taken there you would never discover this treasure. We went to a local’s home in the village garden and she prepared for us traditional coul lac noodles, which is a special type of dish that you can only get in Hoi An.
We were welcomed into her humble home on the edge of the garden and given these delicious passionfruit drinks. She showed us how to make a bowl of coul lac noodles and we ate them while her grandchildren played around us in her front court yard. It was a lovely experience.
Another delight that I absolutely loved, was the Vietnamese Baguette straight from a stall holder on the side of the road. I only wish that I tried this dish earlier. After I had it once, it was hard to walk past the vendors without buying one. They were only $1 and tasted so fresh and full of amazing Vietnamese flavours and herbs.
This egg dish was another one of my favourites. I can’t recall the Vietnamese name for it, but it is like an omelette with shrimp on the inside. It comes with plates of fresh herbs and salad and then you roll the egg into rice paper with the salad. This is then dipped into the fish sauce mixture that is home made.
While we were in Hoi An, we also went to a cooking school. There are loads of them around. Our cooking school was actually just a lady taking us into her home and teaching us how to create a few dishes. It was really fabulous as we had a one on one lesson. We learned how to make Pho, BBQ Pork, Mango Salad and Spring Rolls. It was all very tasty and really simple recipes that are easy to re-create at home.
There really is too much incredible food in Vietnam. It is so cheap, fresh and delicious. All of the food there is made with so much love. There is so much more to share about the food in Vietnam and our wonderful experience that we had there. I will do that in another post. For now I am planning my next trip!