Ethnic village Du Gia in Vietnam’s remote North

I came across this village during my motorbike loop in the remote North of Vietnam, quite close to the border with China in fact. If you rent a motorbike in Ha Giang, you will arrive in the village Du Gia on the 3rd day of your loop.

Ha Giang region was probably my favorite part of my Vietnam trip, except for I had food poisoning there during the whole trip. It was so nice when kids along the way were running to you, waving just want to say hello.

I always like the folklore culture of each country, that’s why countries that keep their traditional ethnic culture well, like Bolivia, Romania (Transylvania), Kyrgyzstan, are among my favorites. Vietnam of course also becomes my new favorite.

I was lucky to see the local market when I was in Du Gia, so I captured some pictures shortly that morning before departure.

road

traditional house

skirts

I was actually feeling really really sick that day. Yet a selfie was above everything I guess.

sugar cane

pigs

One of the smaller villages I saw on the way. I can share more photos from the trip. Stay tuned ^^

Nha Trang throwback

Summer is coming but it’s still no 20 degrees yet. Can’t go to any beach nearby to enjoy sunshine.

I miss sunny Vietnam and the time spent just laying on the beach, reading or doing nothing.

Here are some pictures I believe I haven’t shared yet. It’s always difficult to tell which photos are already shared, which are not. Especially after a long trip, can you believe I’ve in totally made more than 100G of photos and videos? I can’t believe it myself until the other day I finally copied all to my computer. But I guess more pictures won’t do harm.

Didn’t like it much when I was there, due to the crowds, but bow I kinda miss it!

Relaxed afternoon by Hồ Tây lake in Hanoi

Spent the relaxed afternoon with an old friend of mine in a café by Hồ Tây lake, or also known as West Lake.

Weather was actually not as terrible as shown in the picture, around 28 degrees, with a bit of sun.

I’m pretty bad at sightseeing in SE Asia, the heat often holds me back from going to places, luckily this friend of mine, Vicky, is also like this, maybe even worse than me. Because I remember there is a temple somewhere around the lake, but I couldn’t find temple viewing the lake from this café. While I was trying to look for it on the map, Vicky said no worries, it’s only a temple, no need to look for it.

Then we just sat inside the rooftop of that café, had a relaxed afternoon.

Have a good day to you all!

Coconut and noodle soup at Binh Tay Market, HCMC

I think I recovered enough from previous food poisoning now. So now I’m heading to the market hunting for food again. In Vietnam the best food is always on the street in my opinion. Just to look for the colorful children sized plastic chairs on the street and you’ll find food.

Went to Binh Tay market, it’s a wholesale market but you also a find food court like any other market!

The building is lovely, built by the French I think. It’s located in HCMC’s biggest China town, does that make it look somehow a bit Chinese? Haha

There is a shrine in the backyard of the market.

Because it’s a wholesale market, most of the items are sold in big batches, I wanted to buy some colorful plastic hair pin, but I have to buy 50 of them, maybe you can negotiate with them to buy one or two but I failed 🙁

Still enjoyed the market, has a nice food court where you can find noodle soup and fresh juice.