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When friends come to visit- Vietnam

Chúc mừng năm mới

(Happy New Year)

I had been looking forward to February since I moved here! Six of my girl friends flew over during my TET holiday break and we had such a wonderful time. Because we did so much I’m going to split up the holiday into several blogs based on where we went.

TET is the Vietnamese Lunar New year which fell during the first part of February this year. We only spent 2 days in Vietnam before heading off to Thailand. These post are going to be more pictures than writing because we took so many photos. (disclaimer I did not take all these photos 😉 )

 

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My TA took my to a local tailor to get an Aoi Di made. She picked out the fabircs and I love it. The lotus flower is the flower of Vietnam. Having the Ao Dai made cost around $40 USD.
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My TA, Linh, and I with the TET decorations at school.
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The pants are so comfortable I may or may not wear them around my apartment!

Traditional TET food made by my TA. I enjoyed all of it!

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TET is the busiest time of year at the airport. This picture does not do justice to the amount of people. I was standing way off on a side waiting for my friends and there were guards standing around keeping a pathway so that people could walk through. Insane!
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Welcome to the madness!
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First stop -Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market. I forgot how overwhelming this places is to new people.
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Outside the Reunification Palace. I love how the city put up so many yellow flowers during TET. It was hot, the pollution was high, so instead of walking around we opted to get messages.
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Some of the best places are down dark questionable little ally ways.
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Secret Garden Restaurant
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Up the stairs we went

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This picture looks fake. It was taken from Secret Garden roof top.

Day 2- Mekong Delta

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Banh Mi (traditional Vietnamese sandwhich) for breakfast

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Bus ride to the Mekong Delta.

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We took this boat to several different locations.
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Floating house/ Fish farms

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Location number one
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Rice paper making
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Rice paper
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Location number two. Watching how the make coconut candy! Unfortunately, they put malt in these so I can’t eat them.

 

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Snake liquor
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Sarah and I were the only ones brave enough to try the snake liquor.
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Snake and scorpion liquor
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Lunch was so yummy!
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Our waitress made the spring rolls in front of us.
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Spring rolls and coconut fresh coconut water
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Tradition boat ride

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Location 3. Bees and honey. We were able to taste honey tea.

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A nice snack break of fruit and some traditional singing.

There was also a horse and carriage ride but the horses looked really sad and uncomfortable.

When we got back from the Mekong we walked around the city for a while.

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Strolling down Bui Vien Street in search of some souvenirs.
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In true Asia fashion we crammed too many people into a tiny elevator to get to a roof top bar.
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View from a rooftop bar. Vietnam does roof top places well!
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This place is delicious and I plan on going back!

 

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Ending the night with some Pho

That was pretty much all we did in Vietnam. The next morning we headed off the Thailand. That will be my next blog 😉

BLOGGING IS NOT SOMETHING I’M NECESSARILY GOOD AT AND AUTOCORRECT AND I HAVE A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP, SO PLEASE IGNORE ANY TYPOS, MISSPELLED WORDS, OR ALL TOGETHER WRONG WORDS. 😉

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