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Flüffian Abroad ~ Jordan Visits Vietnam

The Flüffians happen to be  a well traveled bunch. For this installment of  A Flüffian Abroad we visit Vietnam with Jordan and her camera.

Vietnam is a pretty amazing and surprising country. A distinctive clash between the old and new world create visual juxtapositions everywhere you look. Jordan donated a photo essay of her trip to better explain the culture and vibrancy of the city.

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

A bustling city packed with good food, coffee and architecture. This city was central in the Vietnam War and it is full of history. It is incredible to see the mix of old and new architecture and how alive and vibrant it is. This is a major city for travelers to visit, and local people are very keen to show you around! More commonly than not, you’ll see cafe’s and boutiques on the 4th and 5th floors of old buildings.

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Drink at:

 Workshop Coffee – Famous for coffee, try out the local beans from Vietnam

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Anan – Head here for happy hour and be sure sit on the rooftop patio at sunset

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Eat at:

Mani Vegan – Try the green tea fried rice

Street Markets – Must try the beef/chicken pho

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Shop at:

SoNice. – This shop is choc-bloc full of local designer goods from Vietnam

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Mayhem Vintage – Score some reworked vintage pieces at this amazing vintage shop

Check out:

The War Remnants Museum – Such an important part of Vietnamese history but the photo gallery is not for the faint of heart

Tân Dinh Church – This bright pink church is so gorgeous

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Da Lat

This city is situated in the hills is surrounded by natural waterfalls, lakes, and forest. The peace and quiet of Da Lat is a contrast to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy all this mountain town has to offer from local food to the night market!

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Drink at:

100 Roofs Bar – This man-made cave-like bar is a cool place to grab a drink and explore

La Viet Coffee – Try out locally roasted beans at this beautiful coffee shop

Check Out:

Elephant Waterfalls – Rent a motorbike and head to these beautiful natural waterfalls

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The Night Market – this market is full of local spices and dried fruits, as well as clothing and food

Eat at:

Try any small, local restaurant here – the food is to die for!

Hoi An

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Drink At:

Phin Coffee – Learn how to make a traditional “Phin” coffee and chat with the wonderful owners

Rosie’s Cafe – Tucked down a tiny side street, this hidden gem is amazing! try the smoothie bowl and rotating cake of the day

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 Eat At: 

Local Market – Ask for the Cao Lau (a dish specific to Hoi An) and Banh Mi

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Banh Mi Queen – An institution, be sure to say hello to the queen herself!

Shop At:

The Ancient Town – This town-site is full of french colonial buildings and many artisan shops where you can find hand-made lanterns and ceramics

Local Tailors – Have a dress or suit custom made very inexpensively!

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Check Out:

Marble Mountain – A beautiful mountain made of marble is the site of many temples and Buddha statues

The Japanese Covered Bridge – This carved bridge is from the 18th century and is a beautiful entryway to the ancient town

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We hope you have enjoyed Jordan’s tour of Vietnam, make sure to let us know if you have any favourite spots! Until the next adventure,

 ~ Jordan and The Flüffians

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