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Vietnam 2014

Vietnam 2014

On boxing day in 2014 Prue and I flew to Hanoi for a 10 days in Vietnam.It turned out to be one of our less successful trips, but we still had fun and ate some delicious food.

Mat Hollingsworth
Mat Hollingsworth

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On boxing day in 2014 Prue and I flew to Hanoi for a 10 days in Vietnam.
It turned out to be one of our less successful trips, but we still had fun and ate some delicious food.

Hanoi

Airport

We had difficulty getting to Hanoi on staff travel. We ended up having to fly staff to Singapore and then commercial to Hanoi. When we arrive we learned that it was a brand new terminal and it had no services. No ATMs. No Taxis. No phone shops; no shops. No phones. So we had to walk to the old terminal.

Hanoi was a cool city. It had a good atmosphere and nice architecture.

But we were there for the food. Our first order of business on our first day was to sniff out some tasty Pho for breakfast.

Street Food Tour

One night we went on a street food tour. Bun Chan was the standout.

Continuing with our food adventures Prue and I went looking for more tasty treats the next day.

Unfortunately we made a mis-calculation and I got food poisoning and was stuck in bed for the next couple of days.

We did find an amazing bar which made a 'Pho' inspired cocktail though.

Hoi An

New Years Day cooking school

On the 30th of December we travelled to Hoi An whilst I was still sick. I was starting to recover though, and I felt bad for Prue, so we booked at cooking class on New Years Day.

Everyone else was hungover and cancelled. So Prue and I got a private class.

We started by going to the market to buy ingredients.

We cooked spring rolls, rice paper rolls, grilled fish, and beef Pho.

The mishaps continued. Still ill with food poisoning I felt faint and badly cut my finger. There was a lot of blood, then Prue fainted and I had to attend to her. The staff were great, they stepped in and helped Prue and I. However their solution to my bloody finger was to stuff the wound with tobacco from a neighbour's cigarette. The hotel doctor was later pretty horrified by this first aid.

On our last we went to the Ho Chi Mihn museum.

Hong Kong

The flights home were looking dicey. So we bought a commercial flight to Hong Kong and took staff travel from there.

We did have enough time in our Hong Kong layover to pop in to town for some delicious food at Din Tai Fung.