Vietnam (November 2016)

My husband attended the APLAS conference and the workshop that followed. I went along for fun.

See below for photos from this week-long trip (about 200 of them).



  • Went to the Ho Chi Minh Museum and saw the One-Pillar Pagoda.
  • Had dinner at Madame Hiên.


  • Saw Hanoi from the observation deck on the 65th floor of the Lotte Tower.
  • Visited Trấn Quốc Pagoda.
  • Walked around Trúc Bạch Lake.
  • Visited The Bookworm and ate lunch at the Hanoi Cooking Centre.
  • Walked through the Old Quarter.
  • Visited Ngoc Son Temple on Hoàn Kiếm Lake.
  • Got a body massage at the spa recommended by the hotel, which was marked on a terrible hotel map, after successfully navigating the most confusing traffic intersection I think I have ever seen.


  • Visited the Temple of Literature (aka Văn Miếu – Quốc Tử Giám, Temple of Confucius, Imperial Academy, Vietnam’s first national university)
  • Walked around.
  • Got a foot massage.
  • Had dinner at Madame Hiên (new branch).


  • Took a bus to Ha Long Bay.
  • For dinner, had vegetarian dishes at a seafood restaurant.


  • Boarded the cruise boat.
  • Climbed a small karst mountain.


  • Disembarked and returned to Hanoi by bus.
  • Dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Vietnamese restaurant, Old Hanoi Restaurant.


  • Went to Giảng Cafe for egg coffee.
  • Found a bunch of bookstores.
  • Walked around Hoàn Kiếm Lake again.
  • Walked around the Old Quarter.
  • Flew back to Singapore.