Visiting Vietnam…

Halong Bay
Halong Bay

After viewing the menswear at the Oscars, I just had to post about how I am trending.

Will you see me trending nationally…I think not, but in my own personal land of entitlement and all about me, I am  impressed about how fashion forward I am (she said with a wink!) I am talking about my white tuxedo jacket that I had made in Vietnam. It strikes me as funny that only men and Ellen DeGeneres wore the look.

tux

As I always say, I was born the wrong sex. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a woman, but my dream has always been to be a tight end for the New York Football Giants. Plus, I adore menswear looks so I am just saying…

Pho Soup
Pho Soup

Two years ago, my divine husband surprised me with an outrageous birthday trip to Vietnam. It has been on my bucket list for a long time. We spent 3 remarkable weeks in Vietnam. I wish I had my blog back then because the food and restaurants were stellar. I am now addicted to Vietnamese food and when not dreaming about sports, I fantasize about Pho, Vietnamese coffee and bahn mi sandwiches.

Hoi An
Hoi An

My favorite city was Hoi An, the culinary capitol of Vietnam. We participated in the most amazing private cooking class and then savored a  banquet of Vietnamese specialities along with the food we had prepared. Hoi An is also known for its’ expert tailoring and it seriously leaves Hong Kong in the dust when it comes to custom clothing.

Yaly Couture
Yaly Couture

I had my white tuxedo jacket made there recently and when I was visiting Vietnam, I had the most gorgeous hand embroidered cashmere coat made along with several additional items. The tailors at Yaly Couture are superb. They are diligent and dedicated and make every effort long distance to find you the fabrics you desire.

A major highlight of our itinerary included cruising breathtaking Ha Long Bay, one of the New Seven Wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site…a sight that should not be missed, consisting of 1600 limestone monolithic island.

Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels
Mekong Delta Floating Markets
Mekong Delta Floating Markets
Hue
Hue

We traversed the Mekong Delta and viewed the floating markets, explored Saigon and Hue, the ancient Imperial city. We crawled through the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels that the Viet Cong soldiers used as hiding places during the war. The tunnels also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters.

Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island

The conclusion of our trip was spent on Phu Quoc island which is located at the very southern tip of Vietnam between Vietnam and Cambodia. It was a paradise of glorious beaches, the fabulous La Veranda resort, pearl farms and even the major fish sauce factory. Vietnamese people fly in from the mainland to buy gallons of fish sauce to take home.

Vietnam is a magical, multi-faceted country filled with a stunning symphony of food, people, sights and sounds and let’s not forget, custom clothing. I would make a repeat trip in a New York minute.

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