What surprised me by far the most about Vietnam was the food.  A Seurat canvas of flavours, Vietnamese food combines sweet, sour, tart, crunchy, soft, spicy, fresh, smokey elements in a sophisticated way that is simply genius.  That’s before you even consider the intriguing blend of Eastern and Western cuisine…who would have thought that a stew with fresh baguette could be called ‘Authentic Vietnamese’ fare?


I am sitting at a small plastic table, on small plastic chairs, with sweat dripping from every exposed piece of skin I have, listening to a cacophony of horns as a constant stream of mopeds and trucks and ‘cyclos’ rush past me – Vietnam is certainly an assault on the senses!