Vietnam Food Tours

Sponsored
Vietnam Food Tours

Vegetarian Food Hanoi

Veg Eateries in Hanoi for Summer 2017 - Vegan Kitty Cat

Veg Eateries in Hanoi for Summer 2017 - Vegan Kitty Cat


Vegan Kitty Cat

It's easy to eat vegan food in Hanoi! Check out my recommendations.

Tales From G Adventure’s Indochina Discovery Tour: Hanoi

by thewildlife @ Hanoi – The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

After Halong Bay, next stop was Hanoi! It took around 4 hours to reach Hanoi from Halong Bay. Hanoi has a great vibe and lots of windy streets to get lost in. We spent our first evening in Hanoi at ‘Snake Village’ for a ‘Snake Banquet’. I don’t think we quite knew what we were letting ourselves in for… We were served 7 different dishes (all snake) which were accompanied by a shot of snakes blood and a shot of snake bile (both mixed with a little rice wine). I was absolutely disgusted and couldn’t bring myself to do the shots, but left them in front of me (just in case – I didn’t want to be the only one who didn’t do it!) whilst I got more and more drunk on the super strong rice wine that my glass kept getting topped up with. After spending the first half of the meal just drinking rice wine and refusing to try anything at all, I was soon drunk enough to have a little taste. Some of the dishes weren’t too bad – one lucky person got to eat the heart (which was still beating on the plate..) and another found […]

The post Tales From G Adventure’s Indochina Discovery Tour: Hanoi appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Coffee Culture I, Hanoi Coffee Culture I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have […]

The post Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

Visa and travel suggestion when travelling one day in Hanoi for South African citizens

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

The post reveals 2 ways to apply for Vietnam Visa & suggested activities in Hanoi for South African citizens.

5 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi Vietnam for 5 Days 4 Nights

by Nguyễn Anh Quanh @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

5 Days Itinerary Hanoi  or Things to do in Hanoi for 5 Days ? How do you plan these 5 days? You know it. You know Hanoi is full of amazing attractions. You heard people telling epic stories about Hanoi. And you have 5 days to spend here in Hanoi. You’re excited to pack it up and make a Hanoi 5 days itinerary. But… You don’t know what to do in Hanoi—for 5 days!!! Scratching your head ferociously, you think: “I come here, but what can I do for 5 days in Hanoi? “How can I make a 5 days […]

The post 5 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi Vietnam for 5 Days 4 Nights appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

Young Green Sticky Rice: Autumn’s Arrival in Hanoi

by cameron.stauch@gmail.com @

A quick glance at the fruits and vegetables stacked in the baskets of roaming food vendors in Hanoi reveals what season it is.  Now in early autumn, you can find a couple handfuls of such vendors wandering the streets of … Continue reading

5 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Hanoi | Where to go | Hanoi Free Walking Tours

5 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Hanoi | Where to go | Hanoi Free Walking Tours


Hanoi Free Walking Tours

It can often be a challenge being vegetarian or vegan in Vietnam. Hanoi Food Tour - The cuisine is often flavored with animal bones, or sprinkled with dried meat, even if it is not a meat dish

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUYING A USED CAR OR CAMPERVAN IN NEW ZEALAND [AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AS PDF]

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

A few months ago now, we bought our first campervan (lovely Cecil) in Auckland. We had a great time travelling all over the country, experiencing van life for the first time! We did a lot of research before buying the van and even put together a list of things to look out for and what to avoid. This list also included questions to ask the seller, to learn more about the vehicle and its history. It was extremely useful for us when we were buying Cecil, so I thought I’d share this pre-purchase checklist with you guys! I’ve summarised everything in this post, but for a more comprehensive & printable PDF guide:  >> ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUYING A CAR OR CAMPERVAN IN NEW ZEALAND (PDF) << PRE-PURCHASE CHECKLIST FOR BUYING A CAMPERVAN OUTSIDE THE CAR *Check for obvious signs of damage. Hidden damage is harder to spot, but look for: Difference in the colour between panels. Bumps or major scratches covered with paint. Gently kick the shock absorbers gently to see if they are holding on. Look for rust – it may affect the value of the car and can lead to further problems. Chips in the windscreen. Small chips are fine […]

The post ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUYING A USED CAR OR CAMPERVAN IN NEW ZEALAND [AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AS PDF] appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

Spain / Catalonia – Vegan basics

Spain / Catalonia – Vegan basics

by veganbackpacking @ VeganBackpacking

Catalonia (Catalunya in Catalan and Cataluña in Spanish) is an autonomous region in northeastern Spain, with a rich history. Most Catalans are very proud of their history, culture and own language. The languages spoken and/or written are both Spanish and Catalan, but in the city most people will understand English. Some translations for keywords can be found down below. If you …

Can Mini Habits Change My Life?

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

It's not our fault that we “failed”, and it's not because we’re lazy, either!

The post Can Mini Habits Change My Life? appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

My top 10 vegan Thai food

My top 10 vegan Thai food

by veganbackpacking @ VeganBackpacking

Thailand, a country where delicious food is something you can’t miss even if you try! It’s a place where you could eat all day long (which I did.. ;)) because it’s so cheap and tasty food can be bought on almost every corner of the streets. So to get you guys mouthwatering before you arrive, …

Vegetarian Street Food in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel

Vegetarian Street Food in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel


Charlie on Travel

Yes, there is vegetarian street food in Vietnam! What to know what vegetarian street food in Vietnam is like? My favourite was definitely the sticky rice.

Complete guide to vegetarian food in Hanoi

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Some notetaking tips & food suggestions for a vegetarian when travelling this beautiful Vietnam capital.

Eating You Alive

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

How come more and more people are dying of chronic diseases every year with modern medical and pharmaceutical advances?

The post Eating You Alive appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

Great Vegetarian Food In Hanoi, Vietnam - Renegade Travels

Great Vegetarian Food In Hanoi, Vietnam - Renegade Travels


Renegade Travels

Hanoi isn't the best place to be a vegetarian, especially for street food, but we did find some excellent vegetarian food while we were here.

Rehab Queenstown || A Small Company with a Big Vision for the Future!

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

Situated on New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is well-known for being the ‘adventure capital of the world’. With so many opportunities to take part in throwing yourself off something high in one way or another, it’s definitely an adventure-seeker’s paradise. Add four ski fields, a bunch of bars and a tonne of hospo jobs into the mix and you can see why so many travellers never leave! With so many bars, clubs and restaurants, it’s easy to gorge yourself on beer and fast food (I’m looking at you, $5 Dominoes). If you are feeling a little rough the morning after, there is one place in town that can be sure to reinvigorate you with some nutritional healing. As I do with every new place, I researched what vegan options Queenstown had to offer. I found there were no 100% vegan or vegetarian places, but a couple of vegan-friendly restaurants that offered dairy and meat free choices. One place in particular caught my attention for offering the most vegan options and healthier alternatives, so one lunch time I headed down to Rehab. Although not vegan or vegetarian due to offering meals containing eggs, chicken and salmon, Rehab undoubtedly understands veganism and […]

The post Rehab Queenstown || A Small Company with a Big Vision for the Future! appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

Cici: 5 Vegan Eats in Hanoi | Vegan Miam

Cici: 5 Vegan Eats in Hanoi | Vegan Miam


Vegan Miam

Cici is taking us to her hometown to share Five Vegan Eats in Hanoi, Vietnam! Cici was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam and has been vegan

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi


My Five Acres

Finding Hanoi vegetarian food is tough when you're new in the city. Here's your guide to street food stalls and restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi!

The 2017 Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide Part One

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Three years and counting! The third annual “Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide” is here for the year of 2017 with twenty brandspanking new holiday gifts to fill our hearts with good tidings for our fellow neighbors, fill our homes with one-of-a-kind ornaments, and fill our bellies with foods from around the world. There’s more coming your […]

The post The 2017 Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide Part One appeared first on The Next Somewhere.

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day? I have 10 suggestions for you.

The post 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

Ethical Shopping tips: Vegan Sweaters

by Mia @ heylilahey.

This text is also available in German (auf Deutsch) Warm, cuddly sweaters are always a good choice, especially in the middle of winter (even...

The post Ethical Shopping tips: Vegan Sweaters appeared first on heylilahey..

TOP TIPS FOR BUYING A CAMPERVAN IN NEW ZEALAND || INCLUDING PDF GUIDE!

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

When planning our trip to New Zealand, we knew we wanted to explore the country’s epic scenery by campervan. We’d heard so many people say it was the best thing they’d ever done and how you just don’t get the same experiences travelling by bus. Three months in and we totally agree! We can’t imagine travelling by public transport, now we’ve experienced the freedom of living in a van. If you decide that’s how you’d like to see New Zealand, you then face the decision of whether to hire a campervan or buy one. After looking at the extortionate prices for hiring, we decided we’d be better off buying our own. It actually worked out cheaper! It was our first time purchasing a campervan, so we did a lot of research and ended up with a great van. I thought I’d put this post together to help anyone looking to buy a campervan  (or any other vehicle) in New Zealand – you won’t regret it! 🙂 TOP TIPS FOR BUYING A CAMPERVAN IN NEW ZEALAND Give yourself at least two weeks to find the perfect van. You can look at ads online for before arriving and could even book in some viewings, but you […]

The post TOP TIPS FOR BUYING A CAMPERVAN IN NEW ZEALAND || INCLUDING PDF GUIDE! appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

Do you know what “Cai Mam” is??

by trangnv91 @ Cai Mam Restaurant

Undergo thousands of years of history, Vietnamese culture already exists and distill the essence of many different cultures, to create a unique culture imbued with national identity. In particular, food culture also becomes a very specific trait of Vietnam. When it comes to food culture in Vietnam, we can't fail to mention "Cai Mam". "Cai Mam" is not only a Continue Reading

The post Do you know what “Cai Mam” is?? appeared first on Cai Mam Restaurant.

Dubai all-inclusive holiday vegan tips and skydiving

by Suzy Jones @ Vegan Travel

Dubai is the last part of my trip from India to Nepal to Oman to Dubai, we went to the Dubai Mall and this place is massive. While there we got lunch at a falafel place called Karam Express, and […]

The post Dubai all-inclusive holiday vegan tips and skydiving appeared first on Vegan Travel.

Vegan Food Guide Hanoi: 48h of Eating, Sightseeing and Activities - heylilahey.

Vegan Food Guide Hanoi: 48h of Eating, Sightseeing and Activities - heylilahey.


heylilahey.

Ich habe mich ein bisschen davor gedrückt, meinen ersten Vietnam-Blogpost zu verfassen, da ich eine kleine Hass-Liebe zu dem Land entwickelt habe. Viele, viele...

Vegetarian ‘Chicken’ Phở

by cameron.stauch@gmail.com @

Boston’s weather these past couple of weeks has deliciously hinted that warm spring days are imminent. Some days the temperature has risen into the low 70Fs bringing everyone out in t-shirts and shorts playing tennis or going for bike rides. … Continue reading

Beauty-DIY: Vegan & super easy Whipped Body Butter

by Mia @ heylilahey.

This post is also available in German (auf Deutsch) Doesn’t this look incredibly delicious???? Since many of you asked for a new vegan beauty...

The post Beauty-DIY: <br> Vegan & super easy Whipped Body Butter appeared first on heylilahey..

Home - Cai Mam Restaurant - Restaurant in Hanoi

Home - Cai Mam Restaurant - Restaurant in Hanoi


Cai Mam Restaurant

Cai Mam Restaurant offers authentic traditional Vietnamese and Vegetarian food made with fresh, local ingredients, and prepared in a clean kitchen

Vegan Guide to Taipei

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Our vegan guide to Taipei was easy to write as Taipei is heaven for vegans. In fact, we’d go as far to say that there are few cities in Asia where the vegan options are so plentiful, close to each other and downright good. If you haven’t been before, then stick it on your travel […]

The post Vegan Guide to Taipei appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

Explore Budapest

by Vishal Jhaveri @ Vegan Travel

While earliest settlements date back to the Old Stone Age, continuous civil development of Budapest occurred after a conquest by the Roman Empire around 100 CE. What came into existence were campsites around Danube River, which the Roman Empire called […]

The post Explore Budapest appeared first on Vegan Travel.

Fear and self-loathing in expat land

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In


This post first appeared on Crikey, and features a couple of observations from previous blog posts. Sorry for the rehash - I hope to post properly soon!
----
To the Vietnamese who live around me, it’s clear where I fit in here: I don’t. The differences between us are as plain as the enormous nose on my big fat face.
In Vietnam, I am, and always will be, a Tây.
I can hear the call of “Tây-Tây-Tây-Tây-Tây” in any market as vendors announce my presence to each other, making it pretty much synonymous with the sound effect “ker-CHING!”
I’m not offended one bit by this label. Not even when I had new passport photos taken and the shop filled in the “Mr/Ms_________” section on the little receipt with “Ms Tây”, and filed it away under T.
Because I am a Tây. Even if they would let me, I would never try to pretend to the Vietnamese that I’m just like them.
However, before I moved here, I envisioned making for myself a perfectly authentic, local Vietnamese life. I was sure I would assimilate beautifully. I was very much the kind of person who would travel to Asia and scoff at tourists eating pizza. “What’s the point of even coming overseas if you’re just doing what you do at home, eh?” I would say, indignant and unbearable.
Now, my favourite café in Hanoi is run by a Melbournian and serves soy chai lattes. I like Vietnamese coffee very much, and drink it often. But you know what I like more? Soy chai lattes.
I don’t care any more about my street cred or my authenticity, or being pleased with myself for being the only foreigner in a local coffee shop. That soy chai latte doesn’t lessen the Vietnam-ness of my life here; in fact, it makes it better, offering me enough comforting familiarity to better enjoy the rest of my very Hanoian day.
When visitors from Australia ask me to take them to my favourite cafe in Hanoi, I know better than to take them to this place, my real favourite café. The one and only visitor I’ve taken there looked around and said, “Hmm, there sure are a lot of foreigners in here”, and there was judgement in them there italics.
To me, this is like going to a Chinese restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown and complaining, “Hmm, there sure are a lot of Chinese people in here”.
The formation of communities with shared ethnicities and cultures is the most natural thing in the world. Liberal-minded, politically correct, cultural relativists like myself love them for bringing “diversity” and “colour” to our neighbourhoods. Yet those of us who move overseas seem to think we’re above needing the familiarity of such communities ourselves. We’re sure we’ll just slot right in to our new home because we’re so open-minded and adaptable.
No, we won’t become your typical "expat". Now, there’s another word with its own synonymous sound effect: one of retching.
“Expat” conjures up two stereotypes, both of them unseemly: one clad in white linen, drinking gins and tonic, and oppressing the natives; the other sunburnt, overweight, subsisting entirely on baked beans and whinging about the locals. Both images emphasise that the expat is stubbornly, wilfully, unassimilated.
It’s a word with such awful colonial overtones. All at once it projects cultural superiority and barbarism. And for a word which is supposed to be all about someone moving to a new and different country, all it does it emphasise where they’ve come from: it seems you’re only an expat if you’re from the developed world, otherwise, let’s face it, you’re an immigrant.
It’s because of these connotations that people, like me, try to dodge the dreaded expat label. But despite my best intentions, I have become just another expat. I might not have a white linen suit, but I’m still a Tây who hangs out with other Tâys and does your typical Tây things.
So every one of my soy chai lattes could taste just like self-loathing, or I could just get over myself and own it: I’m an expat. I’ll still say it with teeth gritted against all those historical connotations, but I’ll say it: I am an expat.

Vegetarian Hanoi Street Food: A Compilation of Top Eats

Vegetarian Hanoi Street Food: A Compilation of Top Eats


TravelPulse

Thanks to a local tour, I was able to narrow the city’s offerings down to an elite, meatless few — just be wary of unofficial mobile food vendors.

cooling fans and great little restaurant

by john @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

On a cool 38 degrees we went here for lunch, cooling fans and great little restaurant. Set menu, chicken and rice, delicious chicken and corn soup 65000 dong, about $4 Au. There was also some tasty fish, about 95000 dong. $6 Au. There seemed to be a cheap deal and then also a range in […]

Vegan Food Quest in Vegan Life Magazine

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Did you know that as well as writing our blog and vegan travel guides, we also write a regular vegan travel feature in the leading vegan lifestyle magazine in the UK and USA? Since late 2015 we’ve been writing about our vegan travels in Vegan Life Magazine which also happens to be our favourite vegan magazine, ever. […]

The post Vegan Food Quest in Vegan Life Magazine appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

Homemade, bio vegan dishes in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

by Edit Horvath @ Vegan Travel

I love eating. For me trying new dishes, new flavour combinations and local cuisine have always been part of travelling. After turning to be vegetarian, my options became less and turning to vegan even less. If you just want to […]

The post Homemade, bio vegan dishes in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic appeared first on Vegan Travel.

Vegan Guide to Hanoi

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Our Vegan Guide to Hanoi was put together during a trip to the Vietnamese capital in September 2017. Despite having spent many months in Vietnam over the last few years this was our first visit to Hanoi since 2010 and we were blown away by the amount of vegan options in town and the obvious […]

The post Vegan Guide to Hanoi appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

Vegan food: Hanoi

Vegan food: Hanoi


VeganBackpacking

According to HappyCow, Hanoi has lots of (basic) vegan restaurants and even some chains but none, odd enough, near the touristic Old Quarters. We vegan tourists should start a campaign to get them …

Madam Yen Restaurant

Madam Yen Restaurant


Madam Yen Restaurant

MADAM YEN Restaurant - Soul of Authentic Cuisine in the Heart of Hanoi - The best restaurants in Hanoi - The Cooking class in Hanoi

 5 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hanoi

 5 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hanoi


Hanoi Free Local Tours

These are recommended vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Hanoi for tourists who are Vegetarian or Vegan. The article also provides some useful tips to get a Vegetarian version of Hanoi street food. For Vegetarians who love to explore Hanoi food culture by walking along the streets, this is made for you guys

It's easy to be a vegetarian in Vietnam - or a pescatarian!

It's easy to be a vegetarian in Vietnam - or a pescatarian!


HikeUpYourSkirt

It's easy to be a vegetarian in Vietnam - here's how, plus tips on dishes to order, words to know, and suggestions on what to eat if you're a vegetarian in Vietnam anywhere in the country!

3 vegetarian dishes PM Modi must try while in Vietnam

3 vegetarian dishes PM Modi must try while in Vietnam


India Today

From Pho Chay to Banh Cam, our Prime Minister must indulge in these delectable offerings while in Hanoi, Vietnam.

7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

The post 7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

Goodbye

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

Well, this is it. We have only a couple of days left in Hanoi.

Thank you to everyone who has followed The City That Never Sleeps In, and especially those who commented, or sent me emails, or approached me while I was taking the rubbish out, to say they enjoyed reading it. Keeping this blog has been one of the highlights from my time here.

I wrote this final post as a column for AsiaLife, but I’ve changed it slightly to reflect my changed feelings since I submitted it for publication. At that time I was a little nostalgic and dewy-eyed about leaving, but now, I’m just excited about the future. We leave Hanoi for a long holiday in Thailand, and then a new, quiet, life in Canberra - if there’s a city less like Hanoi in the world, I don’t know it. And for us, right now, that’s a good thing.

We’re leaving with some extra baggage too: our Uncle Ho portrait, our wedding ao dais, and a baby on the way (carry-on baggage). As we are told, constantly, the baby will be a Golden Dragon, a particularly lucky and lucrative kind of baby, of which there will be many, judging by the number of pregnant women waddling around in the Hanoi heat at the moment. It’s an incomparable farewell gift from our host nation, the endowment of lunar good fortune on our new family.

Thank you, Vietnam. But we know it’s time for us to leave. 

As I have mentioned before, because you know, it's on my mind day and night, the house over the road from us was knocked down. In the middle of the night. Using jackhammers. They’ve posted an artist’s image of the government office they’re building in its place, and it speaks a thousand words. Most of them swear words.

When Nathan and I saw that image of towering steel and glass, and landscaped gardens featuring strange 2D palm trees, we both just knew: we wouldn’t stick around to see those palm trees in 3D.

The thought of ceaseless jackhammering filled us with overwhelming dread. We knew it would be the straw that broke the camel’s back, if living in Vietnam was a camel.

Over the past couple of months, the cracks had already started to show. The honking seemed louder and more unnecessary; the pollution became unbearable; fruit vendors took on Machiavellian qualities; children stopped being cute, just loud.

But nothing about Vietnam had changed, only us.

After two-and-a-half years of enthusiastic ardour for Vietnam, I was cruising for a bruising. Maybe it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, because I’d always said we should leave before three years is up, but I think it’s more just the expiry of the statute of limitations on Keeping Your Shit Together.

Living as an expat in Vietnam isn’t hard, but it isn’t always easy.  While, yes, you can drink out of coconuts and get cheap pedicures, it’s also loud, crowded and polluted. And some vegetables are grown in human poo.

It always has been that way, and I’ve always known that. But to thoroughly enjoy Vietnam’s many, many upsides, I’ve had to not let the downsides get to me. And I’ve done this through a constant practice of Keeping My Shit Together: focusing on the positive, being curious rather than judgemental, being dazzled, not frazzled.

Keeping Your Shit Together is an active process, and over time, it’s tiring. Once you begin to falter, it easily spirals into Losing Your Shit. You don’t look at your beer and think, glory be to God for cheap beer; you think, this beer is probably laced with formaldehyde. You give the stink eye to children with those squeaky shoes. You see a dog and you say to it, “They’re going to eat you”.  You look at an artist’s image for a new building and you don’t feel impressed by Vietnam’s unstoppable march towards modernisation, you just think, that building is going to be the end of me. And then you tread on a used sanitary napkin and that pretty much seals the deal.

One of the hardest things about being an expat in Vietnam is listening to the whinging of embittered expats - who’ve Lost Their Shit - who act as if they’re serving time here against their will. Their bad juju is catching, kryptonite to anyone fiercely, and rightly, Keeping Their Shit Together.

I don’t want to be one of them. I’m going to accept that in this break-up, it’s not Vietnam, it’s me, and I’m going to get out of here before I bring anyone else down with me.

I leave Vietnam with no regrets. I loved living here; it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It has given me so much - so many memories, and opportunities, and friends and life lessons - and asked for not much more in return than just Keeping My Shit Together. I definitely did better out of that deal.

But now, I’m just ready to go home. 

Thank you to you all. Try to Keep Your Shit Together,
Tabitha x

Let Them Eat Chocolate this Halloween

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

Let your kids eat chocolate this Halloween. Let yourself eat chocolate this Halloween. That’s right, I’m a nutritionist and I’m advocating eating chocolate. Let me explain. The tempting thing to do on Halloween would be to micromanage your kids’ consumption of chocolate and sweets, to give them rules about when and what they’re allowed to […]

The post Let Them Eat Chocolate this Halloween appeared first on Plantbased Pixie.

Eating Vegetarian or Vegan in Vietnam

by cameron.stauch@gmail.com @

If you’re planning a trip (or even a move) to Vietnam don’t let anyone convince you that you’ll have a hard time finding good vegetarian food to eat. Almost all of the vegetarian dishes are vegan friendly, so if you … Continue reading

Periods Are No Longer Annoying After I Turned Vegan

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

How can girls deal with periods, which could be potentially annoying?

The post Periods Are No Longer Annoying After I Turned Vegan appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

Gochujang Glazed Tempeh

Gochujang Glazed Tempeh

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

This vegan Gochujang Glazed Tempeh is a robust and assertive dish that can be served over rice or noodles as easily as it can be slathered on a bun or a tortilla. The quick and simple marinade is built on the fermented foundation of gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) but lent a helping hand from a generous amount of sugar to provide balance and caramelization. For Gochujang, we use Haechandle Gochujang Hot Pepper Paste (Very Hot). Each gochujang will have varying levels of spiciness so we recommend that you taste your marinade and make the appropriate adjustments to suit your […]

72 hours in Hanoi – What an US traveller should do

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Hanoi is one of the most famous and charming destination in Vietnam. Let’s find out some interesting things to do in Hanoi if you have 72 hours here, including recommended places, activities and food!

The Dominican Tree House Village is as cool as it sounds

by Edit Horvath @ Vegan Travel

When I was a kid I loved watching The Swiss family Robinson in the tv. I could really imagine myself as part of the family. I spent time thinking what I would do differently, how I would build my own […]

The post The Dominican Tree House Village is as cool as it sounds appeared first on Vegan Travel.

VIETNAM TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS: Adventure & Vegan Food! | The Conscientious Eater

VIETNAM TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS: Adventure & Vegan Food! | The Conscientious Eater


The Conscientious Eater

I came back from our trip to Vietnam saying, “I think that was one of the best vacations of my life!” And that’s saying a lot. I don’t even know where to start with this recap. Brett couldn’t have planned our vacation better and God couldn’t have blessed us more with amazing weather, health, activities... Read More »

Vegan Eats in Turin (Torino) 2017

Vegan Eats in Turin (Torino) 2017

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

When we first visited Turin in 2014 we instantly adored the culture and cuisine; and featured Five Vegan Eats in Turin along with a post on Vegan-Friendly Gelaterias in Turin. Upon our return in April 2017 we renewed our love for this city. While some of the restaurants and shops we previously frequented have closed, overall there are more vegan options in the city now. Turin remains a favorite of ours; it’s authentic, progressive, unpretentious and the people have a genuine passion for their food. Highlights from our trip to Turin include artisanal vegan pastries at Ratatouille and a deftly […]

Siem Reap Vegan Villa

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Back in January 2014, we gave up our lives in the UK and set off on an indefinite vegan travel adventure which without a doubt, turned out to be awesome. We visited multiple countries in Asia and then seemed to get happily stuck in Cambodia, where we set up Siem Reap Vegan Villa. We love to […]

The post Siem Reap Vegan Villa appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

Vegan Thai Desserts – Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Vegan Thai Desserts – Phuket Vegetarian Festival

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Having previously featured the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, we have decided to add a brief list of Vegan Thai Desserts from the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: Vegan Street Food (Part II) • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: Vegan Street Food (Part I) • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: When Convenience Stores Go Vegan We’ve included a few of our favorite Khanoms alongside sweet drinks and some unique Hokkien (Chinese) inspired treats. For more details on some of these snacks, take a look at 40 Foods To Try At The Phuket Vegetarian Festival in 2017 from Kip at Messy Vegan Cook. The Phuket […]

What image problem?

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

A little while back, the Huffingpost Post published a piece by Matt Kepnes called “Why I’ll never return to Vietnam” which criticised Vietnam for being nothing more than a land of scam artists and rip-off merchants. 

Whether or not you agree with Kepnes (and for the record, I don’t, but that’s a post for another time), you can’t deny that the article caused quite a stir in Vietnam. Unsurprising for a country where the burgeoning tourism industry is a considerable source of national pride, and more importantly, income. 

It generated around 900 comments on the HuffPo site, many from irate Vietnamese readers, and prompted a flurry of articles and opinion pieces in the Vietnamese press. One of my favourites refers to the Huffington Post as being “mistaken” for a “prominent newspaper”, and then calls Kepnes “a self-proclaimed Dave Matthews Band super fan”. Ouch.

But the most interesting response appeared on the news site for Voice of Vietnam, the state-run national radio station and mouthpiece for the Communist Party.

Entitled “I am a real backpacker”, the article profiles an Australian backpacker named Thomas Johnson “whose back always carries a big bag full of things he bought from different shops in the capital city”. 

Thomas tells the reporter that he finds Hanoi “really comfortable, with a stable work environment and friendly people”. He loves the food, and he’s enjoyed all the places he’s visited, like the ceramics village, the silk village and the flower village. 

“’Wherever I go, I am always tempted by special hand-made products, such as Ao dai (Vietnamese women’s traditional dress), conical hats, ceramics and other handicrafts. That is the reason why my backpack is always heavy with a lot of things,’ he said with a smile.”

So, he’s a young, Australian, male backpacker who just can’t get enough of flowers, silk, handicrafts and women’s dresses. He’s just cramming them all into his “bag full of things”. 

In closing, the article makes it very clear that Thomas, unlike Matt Kepnes, will be coming back to Vietnam:

“The Australian visitor said he would come back to Vietnam as soon as possible to enjoy the hidden charms of the S-shaped country, and his next destination would be Ho Chi Minh City. “I’ve heard a lot about the great leader of Vietnam and wish to visit the city named after him to explore the southern part of Vietnam,” he said.”

Wow, Thomas. A state-owned mouthpiece for the Communist Party could not have said it better themselves.

I’m going to put it out there and suggest that maybe Thomas isn’t, you know, a real person. You see, you can write an article called “I am a real backpacker” but that doesn’t actually make the backpacker real.

But really, who better to respond to criticism that your country is filled with cheats and scam artists than a person you just completely made up? Tourists will surely now be flocking to Vietnam, voted Number 1 most ironic country in southeast Asia.    


Halong Bay Cruise for Vegetarians on Bhaya Classic

Halong Bay Cruise for Vegetarians on Bhaya Classic


Bhaya Classic

For vegetarians, Bhaya Classic, one of best Halong bay cruise, offers the tasty vegan menu with the various choices. Cruise and enjoy Vietnamese cuisine!

Green mango salad with seafood

by trangnv91 @ Cai Mam Restaurant

Hello Everyone! Today, Cai Mam Restaurant will guide you how to make Green mango salad with seafood It just takes you about 25 minutes to make an vegetarian dish. Why don't try it once? Ingredient: One green mango or sliced one. A half of a carrot. 2 cloves of garlic + 1 chili ( spicy one without seed) A half of lemon. 100 Continue Reading

The post Green mango salad with seafood appeared first on Cai Mam Restaurant.

VEGAN EUROTRIP – Where to eat in Budapest

by Kayleigh @ Vegan Travel

After falling in love with Prague and its delicious vegan bites,  the second stop of our crazy quest landed us in Budapest. It started a little rocky but we were soon surprised and went from hangry to elated… I don’t […]

The post VEGAN EUROTRIP – Where to eat in Budapest appeared first on Vegan Travel.

Veggie festival coming to Ha Noi

Veggie festival coming to Ha Noi


vietnamnews.vn

A large-scale festival to promote vegetarian culture, express gratitude to parents and mark Mother’s Day will be held in Hà Nội on September 30.

Veg Eateries in Hanoi for Summer 2017

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

It's easy to eat vegan food in Hanoi! Check out my recommendations.

The post Veg Eateries in Hanoi for Summer 2017 appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

How to appreciate Vietnam... while you're still here

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

This post first appeared as a column in AsiaLIFE Ho Chi Minh City magazine.

When I arrived in Vietnam, filled with notions of my imminent cultural assimilation and fluency in the native tongue, I looked at most expats who had been here for a while with outright disdain. Why had they moved to Vietnam, I wondered, to socialize only with other foreigners and eat pizza?

I am now that expat. I’m probably eating pizza right now. And it tastes like mozzarella and self-loathing.

While I have all kinds of excellent, convincing excuses for why I’ve become the exact stereotype that I so scorned, if I could have my time again, I’d do it differently. For example, rather than just learning the Vietnamese expression for “I am studying Vietnamese”, I would actually, you know, study Vietnamese.

It’s not that I think my life here is in any way deficient. It’s more that when I meet newly-arrived expats now, I can’t stand being on the other end of those disdainful looks. “You’re looking at your future, Sonny Jim”, I say. And then I take a swig of whiskey to hide the pain.

I have noticed another kind of expat regret too. It’s the one where the expat leaves Vietnam and then posts Facebook status updates from their home country like “Wish I was drinking a cà phê sữa đá right now!!!” or “Missing my motorbike ride to work!!! :(” Exclamation marks are compulsory; sad face emoticons are optional. 

That’s odd, I think to myself. I seem to recall that very same expat, when they were still in Vietnam, whinging about how they couldn’t get a decent coffee in this country, and how their motorbike commute was a daily near-death experience.

And so like the circle of life, and the turning seasons, and karma, and the cosmos, and that Justin Timberlake song “What Goes Around Comes Around”, I, the disdained, get to disdain again. Read my contemptuous lips: I will not become one of those rose-coloured regretters who use too many exclamation marks!!!

I’m not going to achieve this by being down on Vietnam. This column might make me sound mean spirited, but I’m not that mean spirited.

Instead, I decided to email everyone I know who had left the country and ask them, from the perspective afforded by being back in their homeland, what they now missed about Vietnam. I figured this was a way of averting the you-don’t-know-what-you’ve-got-til-it’s-gone syndrome and ensuring I appreciate the best things about Vietnam, while I’m actually still here.

The results are now in from my extremely scientific poll. And the number one most missed thing about Vietnam is the energy: the non-stop action, the excitement, the busy streets. 

My first response to this was “Pffffft! Won’t catch me missing what you’ve charmingly described as energy but which we all know means a chaotic, frazzling free-for-all.” Because I guess I am quite mean spirited.

But this is the exactly the point. In a case of the grass always being greener, when you’re in Vietnam you pine for footpaths you can actually walk on, an empty park to run through, and just some peace and quiet godammit. When you return home and get free access to all those things, it’s actually quite boring. The bustle of Vietnam, the unpredictability, the chaos, it all provides constant stimulation and invigoration. And you’ll miss it when it’s gone.

So now when I’m stuck in traffic, wedged between a bicycle vendor selling bánh rán and a motorbike laden with road-tripping chickens, the sun’s blazing down, and I just want to get home, I try to think to myself, at least it’s not boring. It might be frazzling, but at least it’s dazzling. That’s my new motto.

And the other responses to my survey? What else should I be better appreciating? Well, the spontaneity of social life, the lack of responsibilities and societal expectations, and the bountiful free time; the affordability of going out, the luxury of a housekeeper and the cheap travel opportunities; the storms, the fruit, the geckos, the colour, the flowers, the street food, the markets, and the trà đá.

When you look at it, you actually experience most items on this list in just your average, run-of-the-mill day here. This can mean only one thing: you should appreciate every single day in this country while you still can.

Best restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi - Taste vegan Hanoi

Best restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi - Taste vegan Hanoi


tour in Hanoi

Eat vegetarian food to save the world, nowadays, the trend of vegetarian meals is more popular, more people choose vegetarian diet for their better health and to save the animal and the environment. If you are a vegetarian traveling to … read more

Vegan Vipassana

Vegan Vipassana

by veganbackpacking @ VeganBackpacking

Is Vipassana meditation recommended for vegans? Definitely! I personally think meditation can be beneficial to many people. It might even be a good idea to start teaching it to kids (at school) around the world. But next to this it can definitely be a life-changer for vegans, especially those that are frustrated with the world as we …

What does it mean to be an “Adventurer?”

by suzie@hikeupyourskirt.org @ HikeUpYourSkirt

What makes an adventurer? How do you become an adventurer? December 2016, Phong Nha Lake House, Central Vietnam: My boyfriend and I had just returned from a two-day caving adventure and were sitting at the bar of our hotel, thinking about what to have for dinner and bemoaning how sore we were. We had just finished a trek into Phong...

The post What does it mean to be an “Adventurer?” appeared first on HikeUpYourSkirt.

Indian restaurant, Halal food | Dalcheeni Hanoi

Indian restaurant, Halal food | Dalcheeni Hanoi


Dalcheeni

Indian restaurant Dalcheeni serving Royal Indian Cuisine, Halal food in Hanoi, Vietnam. We bring to you the best and the most royal of Indian Dishes. 

Tour with Hanoikids: More than just Hanoi free tours

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Founded in 2006, Hanoikids is a student-run, voluntary organization which provides free tours for foreigners in Hanoi, Vietnam.… [...]

The post Tour with Hanoikids: More than just Hanoi free tours appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

Christmas Pudding

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to make my own Christmas pudding at the Waitrose cookery school with John Lewis. Believe it or not I’ve actually never made one before. But as it’s the first Sunday of advent I thought I’d be generous and share the recipe with you, including a vegan option. Enjoy! Makes: […]

The post Christmas Pudding appeared first on Plantbased Pixie.

The best Lake Tahoe campsite: secret and beautiful Loch Leven

by suzie@hikeupyourskirt.org @ HikeUpYourSkirt

Looking for the best Lake Tahoe campsite? How about one that’s crazy photogenic AND low on crowds? During a Tahoe summer, nothing is better than a campsite by a lake, with sunset campfires and plenty of rocks for epic swan-diving. However, Tahoe gets pretty crowded in the summer. Many campsites fill up well in advance and even backpacking passes disappear...

The post The best Lake Tahoe campsite: secret and beautiful Loch Leven appeared first on HikeUpYourSkirt.

Myanmar: What to Eat As A Vegan

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

Many people have warned me that it’s challenging to find vegan food in Myanmar. My two cents - not true!

The post Myanmar: What to Eat As A Vegan appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

What food is there for a vegetarian in Hanoi Indochina Voyages

What food is there for a vegetarian in Hanoi Indochina Voyages


Indochina Voyages

Taking vegetarian meal has become popular and popular in modern society. Nowadays, it hasn’t just for religion followers or anyone who is on diet. Everyone from several ages can take vegetarian meals for many different purposes. Therefore, it has been a famous trend of food...

Let’s Hue

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Let’s Hue-Local Buddies started with a small group of undergraduates and graduates.… [...]

The post Let’s Hue appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map) As Vietnam is a multi-ethnics nation composed of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology plays an important role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups. This place is a must-see for people who want to have more knowledge about Vietnamese histories and culture. Another place that also contributes a lot in preserving the cultural heritage of Vietnam is Temple of Literature. Please click here to read A. Introduction A.1. Cultural value: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and […]

The post 2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

Complete guide to vegetarian food in Hanoi

Complete guide to vegetarian food in Hanoi


Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Some notetaking tips & food suggestions for a vegetarian when travelling this beautiful Vietnam capital.

Vegan Options in Auckland || The Best Vegan Restaurants, Cafes and Shops!

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

Auckland was my first stop in New Zealand and also the one where I enjoyed the most vegan food! Covering a huuuge area, you can find over 100 places serving vegan and vegetarian food options. I did my best on my tight budget to try as many places as possible, but also did a lot of research to see which places were the most highly rated! Here’s my list of the best vegan options in Auckland….. RESTAURANTS / CAFES Burgerie Up first is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! If you are craving a BIG fast food fix, Burgerie’s Tower Burger is for you! Loaded with a ‘beef’ patty, mushroom, hash brown, ham/  bacon slice, tomato, lettuce and smashed avocado. It’s not a restaurant, but more of a hole-in-the-wall joint and does serve meat as well. However, the owner is passionate about creating vegan options, understands veganism and has an extensive menu that is forever expanding. Green Time Everything at Green Time is homemade, with a strong focus on grow-your-own, environmentally friendly ingredients and a zero waste mentality. The menu is 100% vegan and is a fusion of Mexican and Asian inspired dishes such as the Sexi Mexi burger, BBQ pulled pork sliders and […]

The post Vegan Options in Auckland || The Best Vegan Restaurants, Cafes and Shops! appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale). Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison. A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi A.1. The […]

The post Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

Our vegan fine dining experience at the highest hotel in the world

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Can we all just stop for a minute so we can talk about our vegan fine dining experience at the highest hotel in the world? You can probably tell it was exciting for us, right? Being anywhere that is the highest, tallest, biggest, hottest, smallest etc in the whole entire world always makes us a […]

The post Our vegan fine dining experience at the highest hotel in the world appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

LVX Spring Summer 2017 Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

LVX Spring Summer 2017 Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Over Easter we traveled to Italy and featured one of our favorite cities in our Vegan Eats in Turin 2017. During this time, we also brought along the lovely new LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection. The LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection taps this season’s hottest color with three unique shades of pink. The Spring Summer collection is balanced out with complementing shades in pastel, earthy and rich tones. From the LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection, it’s the timeless and utilitarian Argonne, a vivid military green, that matched the mood of the Spring produce at the markets that became a firm […]

Bánh xèo – the unique pancake of Vietnamese cuisine

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Bánh xèo – also known as crispy Vietnamese pancake, crepe or sizzling cake – is a famous street food which is widely believed to originate from France during its occupation of Vietnam.… [...]

The post Bánh xèo – the unique pancake of Vietnamese cuisine appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

Brunch at The Origin in Christchurch || AMAZING Vegan Pancakes and some fancy Tea!

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

Christchurch has over twenty veggie friendly cafes and restaurants but only one with a 100% vegan menu. Based in St Albans, a fifteen minute walk outside of the city centre, The Origin promotes itself as somewhere people can come to relax and enjoy delicious (rather fancy) tea or coffee and a healthy, ‘pure’ meal. This means no meat, eggs, dairy, garlic or onion. Due to advertising themselves as a heathy eatery rather than using the term ‘vegan’, The Origin has previously been described as Christchurch’s secret vegan restaurant! I went along for brunch one morning and immediately loved how open the place felt as I walked inside. Some of the seating curves around to the right, away from the bar, which offers up some great spots to get cosy with a good book and a steaming pot of tea! Everything is very white and minimalistic yet they still manage to achieve a cosy and relaxed vibe which I really enjoyed. They also offer free (decent) wifi which is a big bonus as so many places in New Zealand don’t! They have a small breakfast menu made up of four completely house-made dishes; muesli, porridge, pancakes and scrambled tofu. For lunch, choices include a […]

The post Brunch at The Origin in Christchurch || AMAZING Vegan Pancakes and some fancy Tea! appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

Enjoy Vietnamese Traditional Music

by trangnv91 @ Cai Mam Restaurant

The post Enjoy Vietnamese Traditional Music appeared first on Cai Mam Restaurant.

Yogyakarta Travel Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

In this Yogyakarta travel guide, I share the five best things to do in Yogyakarta, the best vegetarian restaurants in the city and the best hotels in Yogyakarta. This Yogyakarta travel guide focuses on local culture, vegetarian food and green accommodation, to bring you the best green and local travel advice about the city. Yogyakarta – pronounced Jogjakarta – […]

The post Yogyakarta Travel Guide appeared first on Charlie on Travel.

Raw vegan retreats in Samana, Dominican Republic

by Edit Horvath @ Vegan Travel

Travelling around the Dominican Republic, searching for the best places where you can eat vegan dishes. I was not expecting to find my best raw experience ever in a remote corner of the Samana area.  Comparing the crowdies of the […]

The post Raw vegan retreats in Samana, Dominican Republic appeared first on Vegan Travel.

12 Ways to Empower Yourself to Create A New World

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

How do we empower ourselves to build the new world that’s emerging? I have 12 ways to share.

The post 12 Ways to Empower Yourself to Create A New World appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

RIP, Tilikum

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

Only in death is Tilikum finally free...there's no more suffering or torture.

The post RIP, Tilikum appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

So, you're moving to Hanoi

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

Thanks to this blog, which must successfully create the illusion that I know things about Vietnam, I've received all kinds of emails asking for advice over the last couple of years. Some of them I'm not well-equipped to answer - like, "Will my hair-straightener work in Vietnam?" - but for most I at least try to have a stab at an answer.

The most common type of email I receive is from someone moving to Hanoi, and who is looking for tips or advice on how to make the process easier and less overwhelming. I received an email like this the other day, which reminded me in many ways of the circumstances in which Nathan and I found ourselves in Hanoi. It went like this:

"Naturally, I am both very excited and unbelievably terrified. I know absolutely no Vietnamese, know nobody in the country except the name of my contacts, and am deferring medical school (a very straightforward/safe path) for the unknown despite not being naturally adventurous. I'm not running from anything or a natural free bird, as it were - it's a great opportunity and I want to force myself out of my safety bubble to learn something genuine."

Since this blog's retirement is imminent, I thought I should try to respond to this email here, in a last-ditch bid to be more useful to those who arrive in Hanoi, very excited and unbelievably terrified, in the future.

The email continues:

"I was wondering if you had any general advice about coming to Hanoi. I think my greatest concern is loneliness due to lack of language ability, relative youth (and traveling as a single woman without a partner, family, etc), so if you have any pointers in that realm that would be great. Also, because I have no idea where to live, if you have any advice there too (I've been told to come in a few days early, stay in a hotel, and look for a place from there, but any pre departure information would be appreciated, especially in terms of what I can expect)."

Funnily enough, I think loneliness should be the least of your concerns. Making friends in Hanoi is exceptionally easy. You'll start by knowing only your colleagues, but if you're sociable, you'll very quickly meet their friends too, and before long, friends of their friends. Young, educated Vietnamese people speak English and are eager to practice it, so not speaking Vietnamese is very little impediment to making Vietnamese friends - this is actually one of the reasons it's so easy to just give up on learning the language.

The expat community in Hanoi is small, and easy to infiltrate. There will be many other people just like you, young and single, and, just like you, looking to make friends - and fast. Everyone seems to organically develop friendship groups, but you can proactively boost your acquaintanceship by joining various clubs, sporting groups, attending all kinds of different events, or meeting up with people you know from the internet. For example, Nathan and I met two good friends of ours by joining their table at a trivia night event, and they themselves had only recently met, through a Couchsurfing group. We subsequently invited them to things, they invited us to things, cross-pollinating our friendship groups.

But of all the foreigners I've known in Hanoi, the ones who seem to have had the best time here are those who throw themselves wholeheartedly into their Vietnamese (as opposed to expat) friendship circle. It sounds like an obvious thing to do, but actually it can be hard. Amongst you there might be cultural and socio-economic differences, resulting in fundamentally different world-views; there might be different ideas about social norms and what is and isn't the "done thing"; there might be different ideas of simply what constitutes a good time. I definitely let my terror of potentially awkward social situations limit the kind of experiences I was open to, which I regret, because the Vietnamese friendships I did maintain are just so, so rewarding and wonderful, and who wouldn't want more of that? 

This brings me to the most important piece of advice I have about moving to Hanoi: Seize the opportunities it presents, using both hands, and your teeth too if necessary. This is not necessarily something you can really plan or prepare for, just be ready to recognise when it's happening - maybe when you least expect it - and then always say "yes".

I know engineers who've opened cafes; I know self-sworn singletons who've found lifelong love; I know people who came to teach English as an interim job and discovered that teaching is their passion; I know NGO-workers who sang on stage for the first time - as the star of the show no less; I know people who hated Vietnam during their first year, and now never want to leave.

If there are parts of your life here which are difficult - you might feel under-utilised at work, or you might miss home - Hanoi will always offer you another outlet to compensate for it. Take it. I had a friend who was deeply dissatisfied with her job, but started teaching swing dancing in the evenings to find some fulfilment. Last I heard, she was swing-dancing her way around Australia. Nathan and I are ourselves leaving Hanoi on a completely different - nay, better -  trajectory to that which landed us here. One we absolutely never could have predicted, and one that owes a lot to the opportunities which came our way since moving here. Nice one, Hanoi.

This is all very wishy-washy, I know. But for all the practical stuff, such as what to bring, and where to buy things, and how you find flatmates or a place to live, plus information on what clubs or groups you can join, it's all on The New Hanoian website, a Godsend for new arrivals. For events, there's the Hanoi Grapevine.

The only other thing I would add is regarding where to live. Something I've heard newcomers say a lot is how they want to live in a "Vietnamese neighbourhood". I totally get this desire for cultural integration, but actually, I think you'll find pretty much every neighbourhood in Hanoi will be "Vietnamese" enough for you, even the areas popular with expats. We live in a building that houses only foreigners, yet our neighbourhood is... well, you've read about it on this blog. You couldn't mistake it for being anywhere other than Hanoi. 

But what do I know anyway? I'll hand it over to The People. Is there anything you wish you knew before moving to Hanoi? Would you have done things any differently? Or do you just have a solid gold piece of practical advice for new arrivals?

Mine? Well, start a blog. Obviously.

A Vegetarian Guide to Vietnamese Food - The Next Somewhere

A Vegetarian Guide to Vietnamese Food - The Next Somewhere


The Next Somewhere

Vietnam is a paradise for herbivores. Our vegetarian guide to Vietnamese food will help you navigate the menus for the most animal-friendly dishes around!

Orthorexia Resources

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

What is orthorexia? Orthorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by an obsession with eating healthy. It differs from anorexia in that the focus is on the quality rather than quantity of food eaten. The focus is usually not on losing weight, but on being as healthy as possible. Having orthorexia is not the same […]

The post Orthorexia Resources appeared first on Plantbased Pixie.

HANOI VEGETARIAN FOOD TOUR - I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

HANOI VEGETARIAN FOOD TOUR - I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR


I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

Hanoi Vegetarian Food Tour is a must-try for food lovers. Vegan food is not only delicious but also healthy. Try the vegan food tour by motorbike with us!

USA: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

by MiLisa @ Vegan Travel

To celebrate the ringing in of 2018, my companion and I traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Neither of us had been to the ocean town, but were looking forward to warmer temps and break from  snowy weather. The city […]

The post USA: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina appeared first on Vegan Travel.

How to Make Backpacking Food Not Suck.

by suzie@hikeupyourskirt.org @ HikeUpYourSkirt

Need some camping food tips? Grab these inexpensive items and make backpacking food actually good. When you’re backpacking for days at a time, you’re burning calories and expending energy – so you need a good meal at the end of the day. Plus, when the sun sets and you’re starting to get chilly, a Clif bar won’t exactly hit the...

The post How to Make Backpacking Food Not Suck. appeared first on HikeUpYourSkirt.

Vegan Guide to Kampot

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

If you’re heading to Cambodia then Kampot should definitely be on your list of places to visit. This sleepy riverside town has a great relaxed vibe, some excellent coffee shops, some of the world’s best pepper and a good number of places to eat vegan food. Here’s our Vegan Guide to Kampot to help you […]

The post Vegan Guide to Kampot appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

4 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi Vietnam for 4 Days 3 Nights

by Nguyễn Anh Quanh @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

What is the best Hanoi 4 days itinerary? So you’ve already known what to do in hanoi—if you haven’t—please read this article first. What to do for a 4 days itinerary Hanoi? It must not be harder than a 5 day itinerary in Hanoi right? What are the things to do in Hanoi for 4 days 3 night? Making an itinerary is definitely a pain in the neck—especially a 4 days Hanoi itinerary. Today we will create your perfect 4 days 3 night itinerary in Hanoi—so you can make the most out of your time with an itinerary 4 days in […]

The post 4 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi Vietnam for 4 Days 3 Nights appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

My Confessions As A Former Shopaholic

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

I thought I was a minimalist...but I wasn't.

The post My Confessions As A Former Shopaholic appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM HANOI (2018)|Opening Hours–Entrance Fee

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

HOA LO PRISON | HISTORICAL INFORMATION | TOURIST INFORMATION (Hours  – Map – Ticket) Top.1 Things to do in House in Hanoi is Hoa Lo Prison. As a Local Tour Guide from Hanoi Free Local Tourrs, I will give you an article about Hoa Lo Prison, And give you some reasons why you should pay a visit to this tourist attraction.   Hỏa Lò Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, is a representative of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists. This place might answer your question “Things to do in Hanoi ” in Hanoi. Located in the […]

The post HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM HANOI (2018)|Opening Hours–Entrance Fee appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

Uu Dam Vegan Restaurant Hanoi - Uu Dam Chay Hanoi 34 Hang Bai

Uu Dam Vegan Restaurant Hanoi - Uu Dam Chay Hanoi 34 Hang Bai


Travel Hanoi

Uu Dam (named under a sacred flower known as descending to earth from heaven), Uu Dam Vegan restaurant in Hanoi offers a cozy and quiet vibe, with exquisite, nutritious and healthy cuisine in a peaceful and relaxing environment for all vegetarian diners. The best place in Hanoi for a vegetarian meals, authentic local vegan cuisine Hanoi.…

This is Where to Stay in Kampot for Comfort, Free Bikes, and a Peaceful Pool

by Jane @ My Five Acres

My Five Acres
My Five Acres - Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

If you’re wondering where to stay in Kampot, this modern hotel is right in the city centre. You’ll be a short walk from the best local cafes, bars, and restaurants, or a simple stroll along the river. Many Kampot hotels are a few kilometres outside the city, with gorgeous river views, but it’s a bit […]

The post This is Where to Stay in Kampot for Comfort, Free Bikes, and a Peaceful Pool appeared first on My Five Acres.

Vegan in Vietnam - Plantbased Pixie

Vegan in Vietnam - Plantbased Pixie


Plantbased Pixie

Vietnam is a country famous for it’s food, and you can tell. There are street food vendors everywhere, people carrying chopped up fruit, and endless restaurants. You cannot go hungry here. However Vietnam isn’t the easiest for vegans as a lot of dishes are made with fish sauce, but you can get around it without …

Hanoikids’ 11th birthday party

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

On Saturday June 17th 2017, Hanoikids’ 11th birthday with the theme: “Kids are yet to be 18” was successfully held as all members celebrated one of the most awaiting events of the year.… [...]

The post Hanoikids’ 11th birthday party appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

Top 10 Vegan Eats in Sydney

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Having explored South East Asia for nearly 20 years and lived here for 4 years we have a good understanding of vegan travel in this region. We are currently looking for new countries to visit and Australia is on that list for sure; therefore when Olivia from Great Lost asked could she write about her […]

The post Top 10 Vegan Eats in Sydney appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

New Zealand NORTH ISLAND Travel Budget || Breakdown of what I spent in 5 weeks

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

We spent five weeks (34 days) exploring New Zealand’s North Island and documented everything I spent along the way! After landing in Auckland, we bought a campervan and travelled up to Cape Reinga, back down and around to Hamilton and the Coromandel and then down the coast to Tauranga. We also visited Rotorua, Taupo, Hobbiton and Fielding before finishing our North Island travels in Wellington. The budget doesn’t include the two weeks we spent living in Auckland, looking for the campervan – it starts from our first day on the road. Looking for my budget for the South Island? The map below shows some of the main areas we visited: EXPENDITURES: ACTIVITIES – $14.85 per day **Although there were two of us travelling, all prices below are what I spent, so are PER PERSON!** As New Zealand is known for being one of the most adventurous countries in the world, it’s not surprising that activities were our main source of spending. I’d never done a skydive before, so when in Taupo, I went for the full package, complete with photos and video. This set me back $529 – nearly a quarter of my total spend! Excluding the skydive, the rest of the North Island activities (entry […]

The post New Zealand NORTH ISLAND Travel Budget || Breakdown of what I spent in 5 weeks appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

Hanoi's Best (Vegan) Street Food - Vegan Travel Blog on VeganTravel.com

Hanoi's Best (Vegan) Street Food - Vegan Travel Blog on VeganTravel.com


Vegan Travel

Following along with Lucas as he goes behind the scenes and into the kitchen of Hanoi, Vietnam's only 100% vegan street food vendor - Món chay hè phố!

About Us

by quantri @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

The Blue Butterfly is located inside the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, occupying a 300-year-old two-storey wooden house that promises a highly atmospheric and enjoyable environment. Its antique architecture should be the most attractive feature of this restaurant with all the furniture made of wood, traditional antiquities and Hanoi’s scenes hanging along the wall… At […]

New Year’s Resolution to Eat More Plants? I’ve got you covered

by Pixie @ Plantbased Pixie

Instead of going on a drastic restrictive diet this January, I would encourage you instead to focus on adopting healthy habits that can be maintained long-term. A great way to do this is eating more plants. Now I’m not saying you have to go vegan (but if you’re doing Veganuary please check out my post […]

The post New Year’s Resolution to Eat More Plants? I’ve got you covered appeared first on Plantbased Pixie.

Midori Spa

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Located in the Old Quarter, Midori Spa is a massage parlour which aims at providing job opportunities for blind Vietnamese people.… [...]

The post Midori Spa appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

Vegan Guide to the Maldives

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Ah the Maldives! Possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth with crystal clear waters, wildlife, white sand beaches and sunsets to die for. Heading to the Maldives is often a trip of a lifetime, perhaps for your honeymoon or to celebrate something special, or maybe just for an indulgent trip to paradise. But no […]

The post Vegan Guide to the Maldives appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

One Day in Kuala Lumpur

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

In this Kuala Lumpur travel guide, we share our favourite things to do in Malaysia’s capital city, including the best temples, Chinatown and the best vegetarian restaurants in the city. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, wasn’t on our original travel itinerary. But we’re so glad we went there! Kuala Lumpur is a city with towering skyscrapers, […]

The post One Day in Kuala Lumpur appeared first on Charlie on Travel.

Vegan Guide to Cebu

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Cebu is a province in the Philippines with 167 islands to explore, including Mactan (where the airport is) and Cebu Island where the bustling Cebu City can be found. Despite most people telling us that finding vegan food in Cebu would be difficult, we managed to survive and our vegan guide to Cebu will show you […]

The post Vegan Guide to Cebu appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

Top Five Things To Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Ho Chi Minh City may have eclipsed Hanoi as Vietnam’s most populace city, but one cannot forget that Hanoi, Vietnam is the political heart of the nation, the capital of one of the world’s last communist fronts. They say that Hanoi is the most Asian city of all Asian cities. Personally, it’s hard to dictate […]

The post Top Five Things To Do in Hanoi, Vietnam appeared first on The Next Somewhere.

Vietnam – A Paradise Of Vegan Cuisines

by Huong Lien @ I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

The post Vietnam – A Paradise Of Vegan Cuisines appeared first on I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR.

Chiang Mai Vegetarian & Vegan Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Chiang Mai is a hot spot for vegetarian and vegan food. In this vegetarian and vegan food guide, I share all my favourite places to eat in Chiang Mai. Expect Thai curries, pad Thai, Burmese tea leaf salads and more smoothies than you can shake a bamboo straw at. When our flight to Bali was cancelled […]

The post Chiang Mai Vegetarian & Vegan Guide appeared first on Charlie on Travel.

Ha Noi spring roll

by admin @ Cuisine Viet Restaurant – Viet Nam & Vegetarian Food

Pork, veggie, salad, sauce. 80000

HappyCow and MapsMe-app

HappyCow and MapsMe-app

by veganbackpacking @ VeganBackpacking

When you are looking for a vegan or vegan-friendly restaurant I highly recommend using the website Happycow.net. Some of you might already use it when back home, but it’s just as great while traveling! For those not using it yet; this website shows tons of vegan(-friendly) restaurants around the world, all for free! WARNING: Although I …

Vegetarian Street Food Tour - Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi

Vegetarian Street Food Tour - Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi


Foodie Tours Vietnam, foodie tours hanoi

Unlike Hue or Sai Gon in which were well known about Street-vegetarian food, most of vegetarian foods in Hanoi is served by restaurants. If you visit Hanoi and want to try the Vegetarian cuisines in local atmosphere with Hanoian citizens, there is only option for you that is coming with us to visit Zen temple. …

Vegetarian Restaurants in Hanoi - HANOIKIDS CLUB

Vegetarian Restaurants in Hanoi - HANOIKIDS CLUB


HANOIKIDS CLUB

Though we would not go so far as to categorize Hanoi as a giant heaven for vegetarians, the city does offer amazing lovely treats for those who have a soft spot for veggies

French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

French Quarter In the past, under the domination of the French colonialist, Hanoi was separated into three regions which are French area, Vietnamese area and concession area. Up till now, the French area has been known as the French Quarter. Compared to the Old Quarter, French Quarter might be not as bustling as its neighbor but it would take you to another part of Hanoi soul – the charming and elegant one. Let us help you to grasp some must-know things about the area. 1. History: French Quarter in Hanoi mainly formed and developed during the French colonial period, from […]

The post French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

THE TIPSY VEGAN || Review of Norwich’s New Vegan Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

Yep, you read that right! A brand new addition to Norwich’s ever-growing list of vegan eateries… and this time it involves cocktails! The lovely ladies at the Bia Kitchen had such a great reaction to their market stall that they have stepped it up a notch, opening their own permanent place on St Benedict’s street. This new cocktail bar and restaurant ‘The Tipsy Vegan‘ serves up a different menu to their popular diner classics found on their market stall, alongside a very fancy, bespoke range of cocktails designed by Knowhere Special. I’m talking ‘House-Infused Beetroot Gin, Activated Charcoal, Mint, Lemon and Ginger Beer’ kinda fancy….   I was lucky enough to be in Norwich the day they opened to the public and didn’t think twice about booking myself in for dinner. On arriving, me and my sister (also vegan) were greeted with a super friendly welcome and shown to our seat. The place features a small ‘dining’ area with tables, a more laid back ‘drinking’ area and a couple of extra tables near the bar. We were seated in the dining area and immediately scanned the menu to see what we wanted to order. Luckily we have very similar tastes, so both […]

The post THE TIPSY VEGAN || Review of Norwich’s New Vegan Restaurant & Cocktail Bar appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

How Much To Budget For New Zealand? || Breakdown of what I spent in 9.5 weeks on the North and South Islands

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

As you might have already seen, I’ve written a full breakdown of what I spent on each of the Islands in New Zealand: North Island Travel Budget South Island Travel Budget I thought it might also be useful to have a quick post detailing the total expenditure for my entire 9.5 week trip. This way I can work out a rough idea for you, of how much to budget for New Zealand! I’ll list the spending categories below with the total spend and what that works out to be per day. EXPENDITURES: (Total spend in 9.5 weeks/ 65 days) ACCOMMODATION – $277 / $4.26 per day ACTIVITIES – $2,222.20 / $34.18 per day FOOD – $1020.23 / $15.69 per day DIESEL* – $644.77 / $9.91 per day EXTRAS – $566.94 / $8.72 per day VAN STUFF – $126.40 / $1.94 per day CLOTHES – $225.86 / $3.47 per day This meant that our average spend each day in New Zealand was NZ$78.17 / £44 / US$56. BUT please bear in mind this doesn’t include the cost of us buying the campervan and paying for insurance/ WOF/ registration/ repairs etc. After selling our campervan at the end of the trip and […]

The post How Much To Budget For New Zealand? || Breakdown of what I spent in 9.5 weeks on the North and South Islands appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

All about vegetarian Hanoi

All about vegetarian Hanoi


All about food and restaurant in Vietnam

Enjoying Vietnamese food while avoiding meat can be a challenge. Especially in the meat-loving north where admitting you’re vegetarian often spurs a similar response to announcing you’ve caught a d…

Oman vegan travelling from Muscat to Wadis

by Suzy Jones @ Vegan Travel

We took Oman Air from Kathmandu to Muscat, and while the flight is only 4.5hours, we had to wait for 1.5hours in the airport! The food was ok with pasta in tomato sauce, bean salad and fruit. Oman is extremely […]

The post Oman vegan travelling from Muscat to Wadis appeared first on Vegan Travel.

Top 5 places to eat vegan in Rishikesh, India

by Ror and Gen @ Vegan Travel

We spent almost 3 weeks in Rishikesh, North India, in September 2017. It’s a great place to be, by the holy river Ganges, surrounded by yoga classes, great restaurants, ashrams and the stunning Himalayan foothills. It’s a vegetarian town too, […]

The post Top 5 places to eat vegan in Rishikesh, India appeared first on Vegan Travel.

Lune Production

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Lune Production was established in Saigon, Vietnam, in 2012, under Square Group Investment Holding.… [...]

The post Lune Production appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

Hanoi in the eyes of New Zealander photographers

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Some note takings for an enjoyable photography tour around Hanoi. Along with captures of nice Hanoian & nature scenes.

Nang Tam Vegetarian Restaurant in Hanoi - Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam - Justgola

Nang Tam Vegetarian Restaurant in Hanoi - Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam - Justgola


Justgola

Nang Tam, tucked away in a maze-like series of alleys, is one of Hanoi's most well-known vegetarian restaurants still draws consistent crowds.

New Zealand SOUTH ISLAND Travel Budget || Breakdown of what I spent in 4.5 weeks

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

After five weeks exploring New Zealand’s North Island, it was time for us to head South! I continued to make a note of everything I spent money on, so I could see just how much our travels through New Zealand cost. We were still travelling and living in Cecil, our trusty campervan, as we drove from Picton to Queenstown. We spent 31 days travelling through Nelson, Marlborough, Abel Tasman, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, Wanaka, Franz Josef, Twizel, Omarama, Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Milford Sound, Hokitika, Greymouth and Queenstown. EXPENDITURES: ACTIVITIES – $38.32 per day **Although there were two of us travelling, all prices below are what I spent, so are PER PERSON!** As with the North Island, activities were our main source of outgoings. I spent $505 in the North Island plus $529 on a skydive, totalling $1034. We spent a little more on the South Island – $1188.20. Some of the biggest spends included a dolphin trip in Kaikoura, a stargazing trip in Lake Tekapo, a boat trip on Milford Sound and kayaking at Abel Tasman. The biggest spend by far was our Franz Josef glacier hike which was $449 out of the $1188.20 total, but totally worth every penny! […]

The post New Zealand SOUTH ISLAND Travel Budget || Breakdown of what I spent in 4.5 weeks appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

We got the best service blue butterfly restaurant

by jenny @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

We got the best service and food during our stay in Hanoi here at this resturant. The food Was outstanding and i got My special order Done perfectly even better then i could except. I m Picky with food but here i tried My friends food and we all loved everything we had

Vegan Guide to Hanoi - Vegan Food Quest

Vegan Guide to Hanoi - Vegan Food Quest


Vegan Food Quest

Here is our vegan guide to Hanoi featuring all of our favourite vegan restaurants and places to find delicious vegan food whilst visiting Hanoi.

Vegan Eats in Guadalajara, Mexico

Vegan Eats in Guadalajara, Mexico

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

After a week in Mexico’s vibrant second city of Guadalajara, we found it difficult to leave behind the beautiful and bountiful Tapatío culture and cuisine. These vegan eats in Guadalajara were just a few of the highlights from our recent trip to a city that’s remarkably easy to see by foot and by Uber. Combine the rich local cuisine with a temperate climate, a weak currency and an overall dearth of tourists and you have one of our favorite destinations in North America. Consider skipping the coast and heading inland to Guadalajara for a truly local experience of Mexican cuisine […]

16 Vietnamese Food Souvenirs

by cameron.stauch@gmail.com @

I often receive emails from friends, and friends of friends, asking for food and travel tips when visiting Vietnam. I have a standard Word document I refer to and then customize it based on where they’re visiting. I’ll sometimes suggest … Continue reading

Keeping A Relationship Alive

by Hailey @ Vegan Kitty Cat

Being in a relationship isn't just about rainbows and unicorns. We need to work hard to keep it alive, and these habits might help.

The post Keeping A Relationship Alive appeared first on Vegan Kitty Cat.

Traveling in Vietnam: The best travel route through this S-shaped country

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Vietnam is an astounding mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity.… [...]

The post Traveling in Vietnam: The best travel route through this S-shaped country appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

Vegan Barcelona

Vegan Barcelona

by veganbackpacking @ VeganBackpacking

Barcelona, a huge city with much to offer. Culturally-wise, for relaxing, partying, but definitely when it comes to vegan food. I’ll try to cover some aspects and share other blogs that have seen even more of te city down below. Barcelona can also be called BCN in short (not ‘Barca’, that is the short name …

Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi) Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi. Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi. You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine. A. Phở – Rice noodle A.1. What is phở? Phở is a kind of […]

The post Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

TEMPLE OF LITERATURE HANOI | Opening Hours – Dress code – Entrance Fees – Introduction

by Hằng Nguyễn Thị @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT TEMPLE OF LITERATURE (HOURS – DRESS CODE – MAP – ENTRANCE FEE) Temple of Literature is one of Things to do in Hanoi, a must-see historical site when visiting Hanoi, the Capital City of Vietnam. Temple of Literature not only represents the enduring progress of Vietnamese culture ( sự thay đổi Văn Hóa Việt Nam theo thời kỳ)  , but also contributes significantly to both Confucian civilization (Đạo Khổng Tử) in Vietnam and other cultures in the world. Temple of Literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962. I. Temple of Literature In Hanoi I.1 Temple of […]

The post TEMPLE OF LITERATURE HANOI | Opening Hours – Dress code – Entrance Fees – Introduction appeared first on Hanoi Free Local Tours.

GP Travel – Travel to open the world

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

GP Travel is a private owned company established in 2005, with over 10 years experience in the tourism market, our team is well trained and work with mind of services.… [...]

The post GP Travel – Travel to open the world appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

Vegan Green Grits

Vegan Green Grits

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

These Vegan Green Grits are inspired by the wonderfully vegan-friendly Sevananda Natural Foods Market Co-op in Atlanta, where they dub their spirulina hued grits ‘Martian Cheeze Grits’. With just a dash of spirulina you can give your grits a pleasant earthiness and a unique color. Spirulina can be nutritious and, in moderation, delicious. Get a bit heavy handed with the spirulina though and it can easily overpower a dish. At Sevananda we love pairing their green grits with freshly prepared biscuits and ‘soysage’. At home we often enjoy these Vegan Green Grits with home-fries, mushrooms, greens or any variety of […]

On the road in Vietnam

by noreply@blogger.com (Tabitha) @ The City That Never Sleeps In

This post was first published on Crikey

The Vietnamese spend so much time on their motorbikes I expect that eventually they will evolve into two-wheeled centaurs.

If you pitted a 40-kilogram, stiletto-wearing Vietnamese girl against a burly Aussie bikie in a test of motorcycling skill, I know who my money would be on. But I’m not going to say it, in case I get shot.

But say the test of motorcycling skill was being held out of town, and you had to take a long, bumpy bus ride with the contestants to get there, for the love of God, sit next to the bikie.

The Vietnamese ride through the market, never getting off their bikes even as they prod the produce and haggle over the price of pomelos. They’ll swathe their steeds in swinging bags of meat and fruit and eggs, then drive to a roadside food stall where, like a lo-fi drive-thru, a bread roll with pâté, or a little crème caramel, can be bagged up and hooked over their handlebars, without them ever having to leave their seat.

On their motorbikes they can smoke, and send text messages, and carry a brimming bowl of noodle soup one-handed. Probably all at the same time. Children do their homework riding pillion, and toddlers fall asleep while standing up, wedged between their parents’ legs, their head resting on the handlebars.

But because the Vietnamese pretty much drive out of the birth canal on two wheels, they miss out on a formative experience we take for granted: adapting to four-wheeled transport. As a result, no long-haul bus ride in Vietnam is complete without at least half the passengers vomiting into plastic bags, tying those bags up, then flinging them out the window throughout the entirety of the journey. It’s a case of projectile vomit turned vomit projectiles.

These little exploding parcels of spew litter the highways of Vietnam. So, say you are going to watch this test of motorcycling skill on a motorbike that’s travelling behind the contestants’ bus, then keep a wide, wide berth. Unless you want to receive a high-speed bag o’ vom in your face.

Just as the Vietnamese are, on the whole, inexperienced car passengers, they’re also inexperienced car drivers. This is changing at an incredible rate, with growing wealth resulting in more and more Vietnamese people buying their first car, and taking their first driving lesson.

Hanoi is not the ideal place to earn your driving stripes. The streets are narrow, and already filled almost to capacity with motorbikes. The learner drivers of Hanoi travel at a trepidatious crawl, as if they too are transporting brimming bowls of noodle soup, and maybe they are. They go at speeds so slow that I can easily overtake them on my bicycle at little more than a dawdle.

Taxi drivers are often learners themselves, shuddering along in third gear at speeds that barely make the speedometer twitch. Once, late at night, I’m pretty sure Nathan and I were the inaugural customers of one taxi driver. With his emergency lights and high beams on, we crawled along the deserted street for a few blocks. Then the windows all fogged up; the driver panicked, mounted the curb, and said “Okay!” as if we’d just arrived at our destination, and everything was completely under control.

The all-too-experienced motorcyclists take advantage of the lumbering learners, swarming around them in all directions at intersections, as if the car is merely a fixed obstacle, which can be avoided like a traffic cone.

But there are more cars on the road every day, the result of a furious upward mobility that will, eventually, lead to a traffic standstill when simply no more cars can fit. Vomit missiles will become a thing of the past, and so will all the learner drivers, but no-one will be going anywhere.

Vegan Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice)

Vegan Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice)

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Our Vegan Khao Pad and Vegan Nam Pla Prik are really simple recipes inspired by our travels to Thailand and our passion for Thai cuisine. This straightforward vegan Thai fried rice (Vegan Khao Pad) can easily be adapted to suit your tastes and is ultimately a satisfying dish to prepare and eat. When served with Vegan Nam Pla Prik, some slices of fresh cucumber and wedges of lime, there’s a simplicity and balance that makes this one of our favorite meals. Khao Pad is a classic dish from the Chinese Thai community and has become a staple in the restaurants […]

FREEDOM CAMPING IN NEW ZEALAND EXPLAINED || Self-Contained Vs Non Self-Contained Vehicles

by thewildlife @ The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog

We’d heard the terms ‘Freedom Camping’ and ‘Self-Contained’ thrown around in articles we’d read before arriving in New Zealand, but didn’t have much of an idea as to what it really meant. When we decided to purchase a campervan to travel and live in, we did a lot of research. We looked into what kind of van we needed and where we would be allowed to camp. There was no easy-to-read article anywhere online, so I’ve put this post together as a useful resource for anyone wanting to travel around New Zealand in a car or campervan. Self-Contained vs Non Self-Contained This is something that you’ll become aware of when looking to purchase a campervan. Some vehicles will be advertised as ‘self-contained’ and are usually quite a bit more expensive than their non self-contained equivalent. This is because being self-contained earns the inhabitants the right to park in lots of places, free of charge. Therefore, you can easily save back the extra money within the first few weeks as you won’t be paying out $10-40 per night for campsites or hostels. In order to be certified as ‘self-contained’, the vehicle needs to be inspected by a registered company with the right to grant […]

The post FREEDOM CAMPING IN NEW ZEALAND EXPLAINED || Self-Contained Vs Non Self-Contained Vehicles appeared first on The Wild Life | Travel & Vegan Food Blog.

Doubting to travel?

Doubting to travel?

by veganbackpacking @ VeganBackpacking

Are you doubting to go into the world and travel around, mostly because you’re a vegan or vegetarian? Please don’t! Nowadays vegetarianism and even veganism is growing, around the world. You can perfectly travel as a vegan while still enjoy a new culture, connect with people and eat delicious and animal- and eco friendly food. …

How to see elephants in the right way, without the abuse

How to see elephants in the right way, without the abuse

by veganbackpacking @ VeganBackpacking

The amazingly big and strong elephant, an extremely smart non-human animal with human-like features, a vegan by nature and the proud symbol of Thailand. But although amazing, our big friends mostly had, or are still having, a rough life. Elephant ‘abusement’ is still widespread, please read on and see how you can help. Most people go …

36 hours in Hanoi

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Below is suggested schedule for your reference to decide where to go, what to do, where to enjoy the scenery or delicious dishes in this beautiful Vietnam capital!

Romanian Ice Hotel to celebrate my 30th birthday

by Suzy Jones @ Vegan Travel

To celebrate my 30th birthday I knew I had to something special, and the Romanian Ice Hotel perfectly fitted my idea. I went with my sister and used the company Untravelled Paths who were amazing, they were very quick at responding […]

The post Romanian Ice Hotel to celebrate my 30th birthday appeared first on Vegan Travel.

Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa 2017

Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa 2017

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Cape Town remains a favorite destination of ours. The city attracts visitors for a variety of reasons, but for us it’s the abundance of fresh produce and the wide range of spice and flavor in the cuisine that tempted us back. We previously featured Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa, and decided to offer up more from The Mother City with our Vegan Eats in Cape Town 2017. Previously we featured Addis in Cape, Food Lover’s Market (Newspaper House), Gold Restaurant, Honest Chocolate Cafe, Masala Dosa, The Hungry Herbivore, Orchard on Long, Plant Cafe, and Raw and Roxy. We […]

Vegan Green Curry Recipe

by Vegan Food Quest @ Vegan Food Quest

Every time we go to Thailand we make it our mission to eat as much Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak as we can (that’s vegetable green curry if you hadn’t already guessed). It’s a habit we’ve been developing for nearly 20 years of travel to the land of smiles but we can never quite get enough […]

The post Vegan Green Curry Recipe appeared first on Vegan Food Quest.

Bún bò Huế – A great balance of flavors

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Bún bò Huế (Hue beef noodle soup) is a speciality of Huế – former capital of Vietnam.… [...]

The post Bún bò Huế – A great balance of flavors appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

Grocery Shopping in Hanoi

by cameron.stauch@gmail.com @

Grocery shopping in Hanoi is like participating in a daily scavenger hunt. It requires you to make a handful of stops to gather all of the items on your grocery list. This is especially the case when you, as an … Continue reading

Jalus Vegan Kitchen, Hanoi, Vietnam

Jalus Vegan Kitchen, Hanoi, Vietnam

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Jalus Vegan Kitchen & Cafe is a curious little vegan restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam. Located in the Hanoi Old Quarter on the second floor of a building with a narrow entrance; their menu typically consists of raw foods, western dishes, smoothies and fashionable desserts (avocado chocolate mousse, raw balls) we normally wouldn’t get too excited about. But as luck would have it, we were visiting Vietnam over National Day – the celebration of Vietnam’s independence from France, marked on September 2nd each year. And for this celebration Jalus Vegan Kitchen & Cafe had a special National Day Vietnamese menu featuring […]

Mido Spa

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Mido Spa is considered to be one of the top health and beauty centers in Hanoi.… [...]

The post Mido Spa appeared first on HANOIKIDS CLUB.

About - Contact - Privacy Policy - Terms of Service - Best Vietnam Tours - Vietnam Traveller - Best Vietnamese Foods - Eating Vietnamese Foods - Vietnam City Tours - Vietnam Guided Tours - Vietnam Vacations - Ho Chi Minh Food Tours - Vietnam Food Tours