A north to south cooking adventure is what I embarked on when I arrived in Vietnam. To be quite honest I didn't really look too clearly at my itinerary as I wanted it to just happen!
It all began with a flight from Phnom Penh directly to Hanoi (or so I thought!) Around halfway through the flight we landed, I had been sleeping so wasn't too sure as to what was happening but when I checked my watch I saw that we were only an hour into our 3hr flight, so something must have been up. Anyway as it is with Vietnam Airlines (worst I have flown ever!) we were all shuffled off the plane with our bags and NO explanation as to what was going on.
People were questioning what was going on but no answers were forthcoming, next thing - those of us who came off that plane were given a green ticket and then herded back onto the SAME plane!
Ok now the S.African in me was getting a bit irritated so I stopped walking like every other sheep in front of me and asked one of the hostesses what on earth was going on? Her response was priceless, and I quote: "No Mr we had to drop off a few passengers who are staying in Laos and it is on our way!" I stood simply gob smacked, not knowing whether to laugh or just simply tell her how ridiculous she sounded.
Any way as it turns out that there are only two flights a day from Phnom Penh to Hanoi and they both stop in Vientiane (which is the capital of Laos to "drop off" passengers - weird I know but hey as I have learnt anything is possible in SEAsia!
One of the best parts of Vietnam for me was the markets! I just loved walking around them, often with no intention to buy, just really looking around at what was on offer!
In total I attended 9 cooking course while on my 3 week trip and 7 of them were in Vietnam! Wonderful food, with awesome Chefs! These were my favorites with some pics!
These cooking classes were well worth it and loads of fun. something I will most certainly do again!
From Hoi An, I made my way to HCMC (Hoh Chi Min City) or Saigon as most of us know it, for a 3 day relax, unwind and me time. It had been a busy few weeks so I welcomed the free time to roam the markets for novelty gifts and explore the streets.
Vietnam was great, I can't wait to go back and explore some more!