Tag Archives: Vietnam

AW80D: Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Danang - River and Bridges

The history of Đà Nẵng stretches back about 2,000 years to the days of the Champa Kingdom. Today, it is a modern port city and one of the most rapidly developing places in Vietnam. Đà Nẵng is a good base from which to explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (including Dolphie’s last stop, Hội An) and some beautiful natural scenery, including the Marble Mountains and Non Nuoc beach.

Dolphie also had a chance to enjoy one of our favorite fruits, which is also among the most awesome looking and awesomely named foods in the world: dragon fruit (also know as pitaya, but honestly, come on: dragon fruit).

Hoi An - Dragon Fruit

In case you were wondering, the inside looks like this:

By ProjectManhattan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By ProjectManhattan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Besides being super awesome to look at, dragon fruit is a lightly flavored and refreshing treat, with a texture similar to watermelon, except with tiny edible seeds throughout the flesh. The seeds have a delightfully satisfying crunch to them, and the fruit has a slightly sweet flavor with just a hint of tartness. On a hot day, cold dragon fruit is just what you need.

Yum.

Danang - River and Mountains Danang - River No Dolphie

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and Lonely Planet, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

AW80D: Hội An, Vietnam

Hoi An - Japanese Bridge

For hundreds of years, Hội An was a center of international commerce, drawing people from around the world. Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Dutch traders all found their way to this port. Today, its remarkably well-preserved old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the picture above, you can see the famous Japanese Bridge, which was built about 400 years ago to connect the Japanese and Chinese quarters of the town.

Hoi An - Small Boat Hoi An - Street and Bicycle Hoi An - River Hoi An - Dolphie With Lanterns

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and about.com, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

AW80D: Nha Trang

Nha Tran 3

Dolphie traveled to Nha Trang yesterday, a city described by Lonely Planet as “the beach capital of Vietnam!” Visitors from all over Vietnam and around the world come to relax on the soft sand, snorkel or scuba dive, and go island hopping. Seems like a good place for a Dolphin to stop for a while!

Nha Tran 2

Other than tourism, a portion of this tropical paradise’s economy is supported by bird spit. Perhaps you have heard of the Chinese delicacy Bird’s Nest Soup? The nests used for this culinary delight are built out of saliva by swiftlets (a type of bird) on the walls of caves.They are prized for both their flavor and their nutrition, being rich in minerals such as calcium and potassium. The bird’s nest from Nha Trang is apparently among the best in all Vietnam.

Even if you don’t relish the idea of eating bird’s nest (despite it’s high reputation and nutritional value—really, you have to try these things before you can decide that you don’t like them), this looks like a gorgeous spot to visit (especially when it’s 39° F here). As of Winter Quarter 2015, almost 10% of Shoreline’s international students come from Vietnam. If you meet a student from near Nha Trang, you might just have a friend to show you around and help you find the best locals spots!

Nha Tran 1

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and Lonely Planet, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

AW80D: Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theatre / Saigon Opera House

Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre / Saigon Opera House

Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre / Saigon Opera House

Built in 1897, the Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theatre (also known as the Saigon Opera House) is one of the cultural remnants of French colonial rule over Vietnam. Today, it is home to, among other things, the AO Show, (according to reviews on tripadvisor.com) a pretty fantastic stage show highlighting traditional and modern Vietnamese culture featuring dance and acrobatic feats. In the picture above, you can see the Theatre behind Dolphie in the left of the background.

Vietnam’s historical connection with France produced a few other Vietnamese traditions wrapped in French clothing, like banh mi, a sandwich featuring mostly Vietnamese-style meats, peppers, and pickled vegetables on a baguette. Actually, in Vietnamese, bánh mì simply means bread, but in the States, the term is widely used to refer to this particular type of sandwich.

Nsaum75 at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Nsaum75 at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons

Can you think of any other cultural mashups like these? Share in the comments!

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and tripadvisor, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, or at least confirmed things that I’m pretty sure I already knew, just click the links.)