Life in Da Nang

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…

By Shaun, ago
Life in Da Nang

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…

By Shaun, ago
Life in Da Nang

Ordering Seafood in Da Nang

Da Nang has great seafood, no doubt about that. But ordering seafood in Da Nang can be a bit tricky: navigating the restaurant scene, knowing what’s good, figuring out what it costs, how to order, and things like that. In a previous post, I gave an overview on Vietnamese food and eating Read more…

By Shaun, ago
Life in Da Nang

Sugar Cane Juice in Da Nang

The other day in Da Nang I was on receiving end of a totally unexpected act of kindness. It was around 9 pm, and my girlfriend and I were hungry, so we hopped on the bike to grab a quick snack. I pulled out of our neighborhood and onto the main street, clicked the Read more…

By Shaun, ago
Life in Da Nang

Da Nang to Hanoi

Last week my cousin and her friend came out for a visit. They only had a week, and they wanted to see and much as possible, so I thought “Why not hop on the bike and drive north?” Here’s a few of the highlights from our Da Nang to Hanoi Read more…

By Shaun, ago
Life in Da Nang

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…

By Shaun, ago
Life in Da Nang

Da Nang Nightlife

Da Nang nightlife has something to offer for every taste. While the city is still small enough that can run into people you know at the bar, there’s plenty of spots to grab a drink for every style and budget. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the Da Nang Read more…

By Shaun, ago
Life in Da Nang

Trading Cultural Rules

One great thing about living in a new country is the ability to experience a new culture. And that new culture can teach you lots of things about yourself, about new ways of looking at the world, and, I believe, make you a better person. It can also drive you Read more…

By Shaun, ago