Vienglish is a term used by many of my friends to show the mix between languages, and perhaps cultures. This new meld between English and Vietnamese represents my life in Ho Chi Minh City where my culture and beliefs effect how I see and understand the new world around me. Vienglish, my travel blog is an outlet for me to share with others my experiences here in Vietnam and my passion for great food!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Rung Forest Restaurant Weavers Video - Mui Ne - Vietnam

Weavers at the Rung Forest Restaurant who make bracelets for all the customers. She is spelling out Rung Raymie

Friday, December 15, 2006

Boat Trip Video - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Fried Pho - District 4 - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

sorry about low quality

Fried Pho - District 4

Fried Pho is fried rice noodles, shrimp, pork, calamari, "water" spinach, bean sprouts in a thick gravy. Sauces on the side are chilies fermented in soy sauce and vinegar.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Hoi An Restaurant - Ho Chi Minh City

Located on Le Thanh Ton in District One, this upscale restaurant boasts the "heaviest wooden chairs in Vietnam." While this alone may lead you to believe you will only receive back aches this restaurant will leave you with a belly full of delicious Vietnamese food. Traditional music is standard as is beautifully arranged plates and heaps of food. Three dishes are equal to a feast for a king!

Notre Dame Cathedral - District 1 - Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Nguyen Van Linh Bridge and SSIS

Cloud Photos - Boat Trip - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Random Photos - Boat Trip down River - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Boats on the Saigon River - Ho Chi Minh City

Houses and Buildings Along Saigon River - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Boat Eyes - Traveling along Saigon River - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Water Coconut - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

My mother bought a water coconut for 20,000 and after leaving it dry out in our apartment for a few days it exploded! All the seed pods shot out around the living room.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Rung Forest - Mui Ne - Vietnam

Perhaps the most famous restaurant in Mui Ne, Rung Forest has great decor with beautiful bamboo water fountains, nightly live Vietnamese music, and a complemenatry woven bracelet with your name. The food is somewhat disappointing though they do have good shrimp banana spring rolls. I find the food here somewhat bland or mixed with odd 'Indian' spices.

Thoung Thao Restaurant - Mui Ne - Vietnam

This restaurant is one of the many small mom and pop place in Mui Ne. This particular restaurant is nothing special, especially when it gets crowded around 8:00 and only one waiter. The food is adequate for a cheap night out; however it is a must stop for the coconut icecream. Its creamy, rich, and flecked with real sweet shavings of coconut.

Bao Quynh Hotel - Mui Ne - Vietnam

A good small hotel for approximately 30-40 dollars a night. Good breakfast of omelette, congee, eggs and bacon, etc.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Dragon Fruit Farms - On the Way to Mui Ne - Vietnam

Glass Lion Statue - Marble Mountains - Danang - Vietnam

Marble Mountain Temples - Danang - Vietnam

Marble Mountains Cave 2 - Danang - Vietnam

This is only the first of two caves. After a little stumbling and squeezing to reach the second cave you are faced with a near vertical climb upwards in between boulders, only come out into the glaring light of day. From there you follow a large rocky path circling the top of the mountain for only a few minutes and voila! At the top of the 'Earth' Marble Mountain overlooking the beach. The sun is hot but the wind is cool. All in all, possible broken bones aside, the climb is well worth it. Just be careful.

Marble Mountains Cave 1 - Danang - Vietnam

Looks like something out of the Goonies Movie. "Down here its our time...Our time!"

Artwork in Hoi An - Vietnam

Typhoon Damage - Hoi An - Vietnam

Boat Trip along the Hoi An Delta - Vietnam