Roundup Week Five

Greetings from Vietnam. In the hopes of keeping my friends and family up to date I am going to start a new series called the roundup. Every week I will be regaling you with my travel highs, lows and everything in-between. Last week left me in Phnom Penh. This week I cross the board into Vietnam.


Day 29 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Our last day in Cambodia we enjoyed working at the backyard cafe again. Shocking I know. Afterwards we went across town to Feel Good Cafe for a cooking class. It was a private class so Ashley and I got the VIP treatment. We made a banana blossom salad with shrimp, Fish Amok (Cambodian Delicacy) and Num Plae Aiy (Rice Balls stuffed with Cane sugar). Everything was so good. I don’t mean to brag but our instructor was pretty impressed by my banana leaf folding skills. Stuffed to the max we kissed Phnom Penh goodbye.



Day 30-34 Ho Chi Minh City

We arrived in Ho Chi Minh tired and exhausted. Our hotel was to be honest super crappy and it was so hot in the city. We tired to make the most of it and right of the bat headed to Phoo 2000. This was on Ashley’s list of places to eat. It wasn’t until we were outside of it that I remembered it from the last time I was in Vietnam. Phoo 2000 was where I had my last meal in Vietnam and this time it was my first. It is also one of the places Bill Clinton ate at during his Presidential visit. We also had epic burgers at the Hungry Pig, poke at Saigon Poke, tea at Padma de Fluer, eats at Secret House and Vietnamese coffee at the Loft.

Vietnam is a foodies paradise and we have yet to have a bad meal

I loved Ho Chi Minh last time and enjoyed getting to see the Cathedral, post office and government buildings again. Once under control by the France there is a lot of French architecture around. I got to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels that I missed last time. It was cool walking inside of the tunnels and gave you an idea of what life was like for the Cu Chi people. Visiting the tunnels was interesting as I got to see a different side of the Vietnam War. Our guide Jackie was a veteran of the war and had worked with US operatives.

Jackie shared his experience in the war and the effects it still as on present day Vietnam which was very eye opening.

We also got to do another epic cooking class this time in a locals home. We found Lua through you guessed it We loved the idea that we would get to cook in a traditional Vietnamese home. We were pleasantly surprised to see we were not the only guests this time. We meet two sweet French girls passing trough Vietnam and another American. It was nice to swap travel stories and to hear about Lua’s life. She is so amazing and I am actually obsessed wit her. More on our cooking class to come. We got to learn how to cook fresh summer rolls, Grilled Pork Noodle Salad and Banana Pudding with Tapioca.


The Loft Cafe

Day 35 Hoi An

After spending the morning laying low Ashley and I headed to the a movie theatre. We finally got to see a Quiet Place and just wow. It was so freaking good we couldn’t stop talking about it and wanting to see it again.  We boarded a flight in the afternoon for Hoi An and got in late at night in time for bed.

At a Glance


  • Since traveling this has been my hardest week yet. I got increasingly homesick this week. It was my goddaughters birthday and not being there sucked. It’s also getting more and more difficult to stay in touch with people due to time difference and us moving around all the time. My great uncle who I was close with and cherished dearly also passed away this week and that was really hard. Loosing someone is always difficult but even more so when you can’t be with the people you love.
  • Our hotel sucked. It was loud. The bathroom was gross. The beds were literally the hardest beds I have slept in. Would never stay there again.


  • Phoo 2000 I was really really craving soup. Soup is my comfort food when I’m sick or sad and having easy access to Pho really made me happy. The food in general in Vietnam thus far has been so epic.


  • Day 29 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Day 30-34  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Day 35 Hoi An, Vietnam

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