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A delicious bowl of Cao Lau, Hoi An's signature noodle dish

Cao Lau

Cao Lau is a unique noodle dish found only in Hoi An, Vietnam. The legendary noodles are rumored to be made from special local well water and ashes made from trees from nearby Cham Island.

The parade for Buddha's Birthday

Buddha’s Birthday Bash

It started out like any other day in paradise. Woefully ignorant travelers greet the day. In the early afternoon, we started noticing throngs of bicyclists, parading down the promenade with flags — not national flags but the striped flags representing Buddhism.

A vendor sells pineapple at the Floating Market on the Mekong River

Cai Rang Floating Market

The Cai Rang Floating Market is the biggest wholesale floating market in the Vietnam. Everyday, until Noon, hundreds of boats sell and trade goods in the middle of the river. There are no stalls, just boats.

abandoned homefront

Quy Hoa Leper Colony

Visiting Quy Hoa Leper Colony is like stepping back in time. Everything is in a beautiful state of decrepitude; some buildings aging with grace and upkeep, others are being taken back over by the jungle. The aesthetic of the village is a perfect metaphor for the colony itself: Aging and...

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