Da Nang Drinking Culture

In Da Nang, eating food is inevitably accompanied by drinking beer. While Vietnam is home to some of the world’s most steadfast drinkers, Da Nang outperforms either Saigon or Hanoi when it comes to beer consumption. Unlike Saigon, Da Nang people start early, and unlike Hanoi, they finish late. If you Read more…

Books About Vietnam

People who come to Vietnam on holiday are often inspired to learn more about this country’s sad but beautiful history, and there’s actually quite a few books about Vietnam out there. Here’s a few of my favorite books about Vietnam. Books About Vietnam The American War in Vietnam My favorite Read more…

Can you speak Vietnamese?

When I lived in Taiwan, people were always asking me “Can you speak Chinese?” Now, I’m white, and I certainly don’t ‘look’ like I should be able to speak Chinese. In Vietnam, where I actually can speak Vietnamese, I almost never get asked. But in Taiwan, where I couldn’t speak Chinese, Read more…

Vietnam Foreigner Price

Considering it’s long history if being invaded by other countries, Vietnamese people are surprisingly kind and generous towards foreigners. Just the other day, I was asking about the tea in a restaurant and where I could buy it. The lady patiently explained what this particular tea is called, how to ask Read more…