Friday, 4 October 2013

Vietnam Through and Through




Let me take you back to Hoi An (Vietnam)




















Hoi An. Picturesque, proud - touristy, yes - but nevertheless quintessentially Vietnamese. 
Their signature dish Cao Lâu (see above a bowl of noodles with pork, pork crackling, bean sprouts and greens) that can only be found in the small town of Hoi An is one of the best we tasted. It's a must see on the tourist trail of Vietnam, not least because it's a World Heritage site recognised by UNESCO. It is no wonder it is a tourist hotspot given its dilapidated yellow walls, intriguing alleys and gorgeous lanterns - all this set on a picturesque river bank.

As I mentioned in this post, I am a sucker for stark cultural contrasts happening alongside each other. Never was this more present than in Hoi An, where all shops in the Old Quarter had standardised tourist signs and women wearing the typical Vietnamese attire randomly came round trying to sell us fruit. For my boyfriend and I, chronic obsessive avoiders of tourists and 'Gappies', this at first repulsed us. Yet, when you begin to take a closer look and observe the town at a slower pace, you realise Vietnamese are living their lives normally regardless of the tourists. The locals eat street food even in the Old Quarter, women stop on their way back from work to pick up their groceries in the market and children walk home through this undoubtedly touristy area. Tourism and the local life blend completely. 
Note: apart from Cao Lâu, you can also consume the biggest coconut I have ever seen (see above) - I was in heaven. 

As you may be able to tell, by this point in the game I was worryingly low on outfit options - so I decided to simply go a bit patriotic and wear a t-shirt with the Vietnamese flag on it. The arm party was purchased that very day in the market - all at once, all for me. I originally was going to call this post 'Improving Vietnamese - Moroccan relations' because of the stark contrast on my chest of a handmade Moroccan necklace with the Vietnamese flag. But then I thought no one would get it.

Tshirt: Hoi An stall
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: Converse
Necklace: Morocco
Bracelet: Hoi An market
Sunglasses: Ray-ban 

All photos by Andreas Møller



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4 comments

  1. Omg ur so gorgeous! Place looks great! X

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    1. Thank you!! I followed you on Bloglovin btw ;)

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  2. Your photo's are brill ! Loving the top as well - deffo the snoochie boochie x

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