Saigon – Celebrating the Year of the Dog

The Travelling Daddy Saigon – Celebrating the year of the Dog Home The Blog Saigon is Celebrating the Year of the Dog Tết , or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán, which is Sino-Vietnamese for “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. Tết celebrates […]

Vietnam – Drowning under its own Trash

Vietnam , Drowning Under Its Own Trash The Travelling Daddy Mountains of Waste Vietnam is a country of scenic beauty, the friendliness of the people reflects the calmness and serenety of the nature. There is a sense of calmness and beauty to the Vietnamese countryside HaLong Bay – the Descending Dragon February 23, 2018 No […]

HaLong Bay – the Descending Dragon

HaLong Bay – The Descending Dragon The Travelling Daddy HaLong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site The bay derives its name from the legend of the dragon that landed here and helped the vietnamese defend their country. (Ha) descending and (Long) dragon.  Not all the islands and islets have been named but quite a […]

The Mighty Mekong and its People

Mekong River - Evil Eyed Boat

The Travelling Daddy on The Mighty Mekong The Mekong river is one of the worlds largest waterways. From its sources in the Lasagongma Spring in the plateaus of Tibet and flows about 4,350 km through  Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam before it splits into a vast delta beginning in Cambodia and ending in the South China Sea. The Vietnamese call the Mekong […]

Hanoi – a not very shining place

Reading up on your holiday-destinations can sometimes be a good idea. Or at least, so I thought. Any presentation of Vietnams capital included images of a nice, tranquil city with bright colours and a lush vegetation. I know I am being unfair to expect these things of a city at this latitude in February, but […]

Vietnam – a journey through time

For those of us who were young in the 60’s and 70’s the names; Vietnam, NLF, Saigon, Hanoi all symbolized what we believed in. It was the big, bad USA oppressing a small but proud people. It was David’s fight against Goliath. We marched and shouted slogans, we sacrificed our sleep to hoist the North-Vietnamese […]

A brief note on the Vietnamese language

   Reading signs and posters in Vietnamese*. One of the greatest challenges facing you when travelling in this sphere of Chinese influence, is to be able to retrieve information from signs and posters, to the untrained eye they’re just a clutter of drawings, lines and dots and curls which means nothing at all to us. […]

Vietnam, Phan Thiet street life

Visiting the town of Phan Thiet The town of Phan Thiet is a charming town, it’s crowded and seems chaotic, just like any small (or large) Asian town. There are people everywhere, all smiling.                                               Family Dinner in Phan Thiet   It looks like everybody live their lives outdoors and that home is just […]

Vietnam – Saigon to MuiNé by car!

  Ho Chi Minh airport is not very big but it looks quite new. It is very efficient and within minutes we have our luggage, pass customs and find ourselves outside the terminal. A surprise; a man wearing a t-shirt with the American flag? I try to imagine the reaction back home if someone showed up with […]

Good Morning Vietnam…and Good Morning MuiNé SailingClub

  …and a good morning it is, at the MuiNé Sailing Club! I’m the first one to crawl out from under the mosquito net – the shower is every bit as impressive as it was when we arrived late last night. There is only two choices of water though, cold and very cold but the […]