If you were asked to consider the word “paradise,” what would come to mind? Some would say a secluded island with white-sand beaches, palm trees, and calm, clear ocean waters. Others might find their paradise in the middle of a modern city close to friends, restaurants, and cultural destinations. Still others might dream of a… Read More DA NANG, VIETNAM: OUR HEAVEN ON EARTH | JUNE 25, 2016
In Vietnam it’s routine for locals to wake very early, then take afternoon naps to ride out the hottest part of the day. The first time we visited Hoi An’s Central Market during the afternoon it surprised us to find most of the merchants sleeping in their stalls. Now, it’s our go-to time to browse… Read More HOI AN’S (SOMETIMES) SLEEPY CENTRAL MARKET | JUNE, 2016
Our friend Bryna Scott encouraged us to take a market tour and cooking class early into our time in Vietnam to familiarize ourselves with the local produce and to learn to cook with these new ingredients. While in Hoi An, we did just that through a day-long venture with “My Grandma’s Home Cooking” and we’re… Read More HOI AN MARKET TOUR + COOKING CLASS | JUNE 23, 2016
Mark would claim that we all (should) know that places like Express, the Express Outlet, or Express.com are a one-stop shop for lithe men who love bold fashion. However, if you’re in SE Asia, where ironically, Express clothing is manufactured but not actually sold, where would you go for an “Express replacement”? It’s a tough… Read More Custom Tailored Clothing in Hoi An, Vietnam | June 22-24, 2016
We were over-the-moon delighted by every aspect of our time with Mike and Hanh at their Rice Field Homestay and couldn’t have had a better experience if we had stayed anywhere else in Hoi An. Their brand new, custom designed home is modern, bright, spacious, clean, and extremely comfortable. Our room had every amenity we… Read More RICE FIELD HOMESTAY IN HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21-25, 2016
After spending several days in the literally baking hot weather of the city of Hue, we were easily persuaded to consider a private driver with an air-conditioned car for our travel to Hoi An, a charming historic town located 2.5 hours south of Hue. Hanh and Mike, the proprietors of Rice Field Homestay where we’d… Read More DRIVING THE HAI VAN PASS BETWEEN HUE AND HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21, 2016
After a long travel day on the cusp of our second week in Vietnam, by way of shuttle bus, crazy sleeper bus, airplane, and two taxis we arrived at sunset to our 5th destination: the city of Hue. Pronounced like the word ‘way’ but with an ‘h’ at the beginning (click here to hear), Hue… Read More Hue| June 18-20, 2016
When our Can Tho guesthouse proprietor Ms. Ha offered to arrange our return tickets to Saigon through the Long Phuong bus company which had (relatively comfortably) delivered us to Can Tho, we gave two thumbs up because we knew what to expect. But oh…we were wrong… When we arrived to the bus entrance, an attendant… Read More Squished on a Sleeper Bus from Can Tho to Saigon | June 18, 2016
As you’ll see from our video below, we started off with unexpected enthusiasm for Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The words “super-modern”, “pushy”, “fast”, and “commercial” were bandied about with regularity by those who had gone before us, and so when our arrival afternoon brought us a cluster of positive interactions, sights, tastes, and discoveries, we… Read More Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) | June 13-16, 2016
After the muddy blur of our initial days convalescing from jet lag in Hanoi, we were ever-so-excited to put our renewed states of consciousness to the next task ahead: luxuriating on a tropical beach. When we planned the itinerary for our first month of Vietnam exploration, we sought a mix of practical and indulgent destinations. … Read More Our stay in Bai Xep at “Life’s a Beach” | June 8-12, 2016
Early risers! Shockingly easy street crossings! Interviews! Let’s keep things honest: we’re not typically early risers. But all that changes when you’re a Philadelphian in Hanoi, living 11 hours in the future and breakfast time is when you would normally be finishing up dinner and debating whether to watch Downton Abbey or House Hunters International that evening.… Read More Hanoi | Day 2 | June 5, 2016
Hanoi | Day 1 | June 4, 2016 A 24+ hour journey…a long time and also not so long, right? That’s how these Griffins wandered our way to Vietnam. Funny thing happened on the way to Hanoi: It never felt like a day. It felt long, sure. Had sleep deprivation crept in? Of course. Were we… Read More Hanoi | Day 1 | June 4, 2016
We’ve posted our first YouTube video! It’s a mashup of our final week leading up to our arrival in Vietnam. Cheers!
Thank you for traveling with us on our adventure! We look forward to sharing with you our photos, videos, mishaps, laughter, confusion, and awe as we summit the challenge of living as expats in the beautiful country of Vietnam in Southeast Asia. If you would like to receive an update when we post new blog… Read More Thank you for traveling with us on our adventure!