the vietnam honeymoon: saigon

after the quiet and gentle charm of hoi an, saigon was certainly a contrast.

our last two days were spent gulping down cup after cup of sugarcane juice and iced coffee, dodging insistent hands grasping at our arms at ben thanh market, and taking deep breaths before crossing wide streets filled with hundreds of buzzing motorbikes with false bravado.

i did love the numerous little boutiques that lined the streets; it’s a bit how i imagined avenida might have looked like back when humongous malls were still non-existent.

while one falls in love with hoi an at first sight, saigon, though not unpalatable, is more of an acquired taste.

packed breakfast (from hoang trinh) at the da nang airport.

our flight to ho chi minh was delayed for four(!) hours.

home sweet home at saigon

kim cafe!

mobile bookstore

i swear i'm going back for those boots!

oh, fresh cherries, how i've missed you! and hello, giant atis!

no, no. we didn't get matching fedoras.

nha hang ngon along pasteur st.

i'm not sure who trfs is, but it feels nice to be loved.

we walked for four hours looking for the lunch lady. we walked. for four hours.

the lunch lady! oh, it was so, so worth it!

the reflection series.

rise of the planet of the apes - vietnamese version

pocket parks spread throughout district 1

sugarcane juice with a splash of dalandan and iced vietnamese coffee beside a busy street. so good!

that beefsteak was delicious!

please take note of the balikbayan box, haha!


hong hoa hotel – i think hoang trinh ruined us for other hotels, haha! but yeah, hong hoa was okay too. none of the little touches of hospitality but the room was clean, location was good and the staff were courteous. 🙂

the vietnam honeymoon: hoi an

alvin and i spent the first two days of our honeymoon in hoi an, a charming town in central vietnam.

the place was quaint and beautiful, the people were nice, the food was fantastic. by the end of the first day, we were both in agreement that we needed to somehow think of a way so we can live there permanently.

we’re back in manila and we’re still trying to find a way.

'i am a natural plant. please don't touch me.' a touch snarky, aren't we?

airport pho. not bad.

driving through da nang on our way to hoi an

they gave us the honeymoon suite complete with a pair of kissing towel swans

the streets of hoi an

old town entrance. 'would you please get your entrance ticket' we actually didn't. ahem.

cao lao at the hoi an market. heaven.

happy bamboo root faces

the famous hoi an market banh mi. you can hear the baguette crackle when they slice it.

here and there.

alvin was in beer heaven!

we got matching vietnam tourist hats! haha!

passion fruit juice! crunch, crunch.

we rented bikes for the day and i kept on trying to kill random vietnamese with mine.

bossing vic - the only other pinoy we ran into.

thank you for the skin, random cows!

our last night in hoi an. i was sad because i was sick and couldn't taste what i was eating. vietnamese decolgen to the rescue!

hoang trinh hotel – super highly recommended! everybody was so, so nice and alvin and i really felt well-taken cared of. 😀