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. Incidentally, if you’re not planning to visit Vietnam but you want to try egg coffee (it’s tastier than it sounds), you can check out this informative illustrated article at Home Grounds for five different recipes you can experiment with at home.
  • Found a bunch of bookstores.
  • Walked around Hoàn Kiếm Lake again.
  • Walked around the Old Quarter.
  • Flew back to Singapore.