Bánh Canh Crazy: The Dark Horse of the Vietnamese Noodle Race

Bánh canh is one of my favourite noodle dishes and you are going to love it too. Don’t stop your noodle quest at phớ, bánh canh should be high on your Vietnamese dish agenda. Bánh canh isn’t one noodle dish but a whole sub-genre! There are countless variations of bánh canh across Vietnam. We’re going […]

Tết Đoan Ngọ: Vietnam Solstice and the Summer Parasite Purge

On the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar year, residents of Hue annually celebrate Tết Đoan Ngọ. A lousy comparison would be to the summer solstice but while the origins stem back in time by an equally impressive distance, the practices of Tết Đoan Ngọ are considerably different. Tết Đoan Ngọ […]

Minh Mang Wine: Vietnamese Aphrodisiac Attributed to Hundreds of Births

‘Five times a night!’ Thanh exclaims. He picks up an unmarked bottle between sentences and pours its contents into a tiny goblet, urging me to do the next shot. ‘When you drink Minh Mang wine, it will make you stronger in bed.’ I roll my eyes as I pick up the glass, imagining myself doing […]

Drink in Hue: Nightlife Guide to Pubs, Bars and Clubs

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While Hue’s nightlife doesn’t compete with the big boys of South East Asia, it certainly isn’t short of options. The best bars in Hue are tucked around the city. Hue at night contains a charm very few others do. I recommend you don’t stick around the tourist area and push on through to some of […]

Beach of Hue: Thuan An Fishing Town. The Allure of the Sea

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Thuan An Beach for 2019 Thuan An is Hue’s closest beach. Around 15KM from the city centre, it isn’t as tourist-convenient as the beaches that serve Hoi An or Danang but it’s charm and the variety on offer makes it a worthy day trip. Thuan An is a small fishing village with a population of […]