Author Archives: VOA Vietnam

The General’s Tomb | A Memory

First published July 2021 | Words by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | CONTENTS | MAP | MEMORY Sometimes referred to simply as ‘The General’, Võ Nguyên Giáp is a giant of Vietnamese history. Over his long life, Giáp participated in at least five wars across five decades against multiple adversaries hailing from five continents. Following his […]

Bún Quậy | ‘Stirring’ Noodles

First published August 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | GUIDE | MAP | RELATED POSTS A seafood noodle soup native to Phu Quoc Island but with roots in the central coastal region of the mainland, bún quậy literally means ‘stirring noodles’. Sourcing ingredients from the rich seas of the Gulf of Thailand, bún quậy is all […]

Locked (Down) and Loaded

Vietnam has been handling the Covid-19 crisis pretty well until April of this year when people took advantage of the long holiday celebrating Reunification and Labor Days. The surge happened then. Hanoi, Danang, Bac Giang, and Bac Ninh were badly … Continue reading → Source link Brought to you by Vietnam Visa Letter | […]

Ha Giang Province | Picture Book

First published June 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | CONTENTS | MAP | IMAGES One of most visually arresting regions in the nation, Ha Giang is Vietnam’s northern-most province, abutting China. Characterized by limestone pillars, plunging valleys and cascading rice terraces, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Ha Giang was fast becoming […]

Film: Saigon, My Saigon [Redux]

First published June 2021 | Words, photos and film by Vietnam Coracle CONTENTS: What is ‘My’ Saigon? Why the Redux? Film Background FILM: Saigon, My Saigon Related Posts & Videos [Back to Contents] What is ‘My’ Saigon? Most of the things that make Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) special to me are not in the downtown area: […]

Khmer Temple-Hopping Motorbike Loop | Tra Vinh

First published May 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | GUIDE | MAPS | RELATED POSTS This motorbike loop connects over 50 Khmer temples in Tra Vinh Province, via quiet rural back-roads, lanes and pathways passing through large swathes of rice paddies, hay fields and fruit orchards, crisscrossed by channels and canals, dotted with palm-thatched […]

First Rains: An Ode to the Monsoon

First Published May 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle More than a mere meteorological phenomenon, the first rains of the monsoon have symbolic associations and practical implications. Historically, the rains represented change and transition. But there’s also a cathartic element to the first rains; breaking the heat of the dry season and the […]

Camia Resort, Phu Quoc | Independent Review

First published April 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | REVIEW | MAP | RELATED POSTS One of several excellent mid-range resorts spread along Ong Lang beach on Phu Quoc Island’s west coast, Camia is a lush, tasteful property with a narrow but beautiful beachfront and two elegant infinity pools. At the moment, ‘pandemic rates’ at […]

Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam: All 8 Episodes Reviewed

First published April 2021 | Written by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | CONTENTS | RELATED POSTS At the time I’m writing this, it’s almost three years since Anthony Bourdain took his own life at Le Chambard Hotel Restaurant Alsace in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France, on June 8, 2018. Following Bourdain’s death, there have been many reviews and compilations of his […]