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Nha Trang Street Food Tour

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Nha Trang may not seem appealing at first, with its tower blocks, but delve a little deeper, and this tourist hotspot has more to offer. Close to the sea, Nha Trang is a great place to scuba dive and is actually one of the best places in Vietnam to learn.

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Nha Trang

I didn’t want to scuba dive, but I did end up going on a night out, and somehow got caught up in some deep flood water.

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I stayed at Mojzo Dorm, which offered a street food tour every day at 3.30pm, for 200,000VND.

Somehow, I’d found myself disappointed with Vietnamese food so far, so I hoped I’d find some good Vietnamese food.

I was not disappointed.

The Tour

I was the only person who signed up for the tour on that day so I had a tour guide all to myself. My tour guide drove me around the stops on a scooter, but she said usually if there are more people they would walk.

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At the first stop, I ate a dish made from eggs. My guide told me that it’s a popular choice for breakfast. The restaurant made 6 in total, 2 from chicken eggs, 2 from quail eggs and 2 with meat. They were all delicious and I was hungry enough to eat them all but decided not to in order to save room for the rest of the food tour.

It was fun to pick up the eggs using chopsticks and try to dip them in the dip and successfully get them in my mouth.

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Time for my favourite dish of the day  – fresh spring rolls (GỎI CUỐN). Honestly, I could’ve eaten them all day. They came with a delicious dip and I ended up putting a couple in a bag to take home and eat later.

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Fresh spring rolls

Next up was  Banh Cuon, a dish made from a base of rice flour batter and pork. Again, another delicious dish.

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Banh Cuon

Banh beo – steamed rice cakes topped with pork were the next stop. By this point, I was so full and was surprised the the portion sizes were still so huge. Again, another delicious food.

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Banh Beo

Snacks loved by Vietnamese student

Finally a smaller portion! Banh trang trung is a crispy, eggy kind of pancake which is popular for young people to eat. My guide told me that she often eats this when catching up with friends. The dip is a mix of ketchup, chili and mayo. Again, the food was great and I managed to convince my guide to share some with me.

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Banh Trang Trung

Chen trung nuong – another dish my guide said she eats when catching up with friends. Honestly, I wish all of the portion sizes of the day could’ve been like this one. Another eggy dish – this was served at the same time as the banh trang trung.

 

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Chen Trung Nuong

Dessert

The last stop was for dessert and I got to try 2 Vietnamese desserts. First up was Kem Chuoi – banana ice cream, or more accurately, squashed frozen banana on a stick. It had been sweetened in some way. The other dessert was Che khoai tim – coconut milk & purple potato. Again, a yummy dessert.

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Kem Chuoi

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Che Khoai Tim

I had a great experience trying many different types of Vietnamese food. This tour also made me more confident to try other Vietnamese food as I continued my journey north. I actually discovered that Vietnamese food was some of my favourite in South East Asia.

Getting sick whilst travelling made me anxious about trying new food, so this food tour was a great way to start eating different food again.

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Sagada – Caves, Food and Fresh Air

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Sagada is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. I really loved it because it’s temperatures are cooler than the rest of the Philippines, making it the perfect temperature for a Brit like me.

Sagada is a village in the Mountain Province, north of Manila. It’s surrounded by mountains and caves, making it perfect for tourists looking for outdoor activities.

Activities in Sagada

When arriving in Sagada, all tourists must register and pay 35PHP at the tourism office. They’ll give you a receipt and a list of all the tours on offer, with prices. You need to hire a guide if you want to do any activities or walks.

I did the caving short course, which was 500PHP. This tour takes place in Sumaguing Cave and takes between an hour to an hour and a half. The walk to the cave takes just under an hour and there’s an option to get a shuttle for 300PHP. There’s really no need to get a shuttle because the walk to the cave isn’t difficult.

On the way to Sumaguing Cave, I saw hanging coffins and rice terraces. I also stopped by the entrance to Lumaging Cave where there are stacks of coffins.

 

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Hanging Coffins in Sagada

Sumaguing Cave has three stages. The first bit is the ‘slippy bit’. The type of rock combined with bat guano makes for a slippery walk into the cave.

The second stage is the rock formations. There’s loads of different rock formations and the guide told me the names of them. The most famous is the Kings Curtains. A bit of imagination was needed when my guide was showing me the rocks.

The third stage involves going through some water up to your chest. I ended up falling into a deep pool so got completely drenched. This bit was optional for those who don’t want to get wet. When I left the cave I was completely soaked and a few worried people asked whether they would get soaked.

Food in Sagada

I found Sagada to have some of the best food in the Philippines. Every restaurant I ate in had great food.

My favourite place was Gaia which is a vegan restaurant at the bottom of Sagada with amazing views of the rice terraces.

 

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View from Gaia Cafe, Sagada

 

Other restaurants I visited include, Kimchi, Yoghurt House, Sagada Brew, Masferre and Bana’s Cafe. All restaurants had great menus.

Getting to Sagada

I was in Subic Bay before going to Sagada, so for me the best option was to get a bus to Baguio then another bus from Baguio to Sagada. I stayed a night in Baguio because of the bus times.

Returning from Sagada was much easier because there’s a direct Coda Lines bus from Sagada to Manila. The bus leaves Sagada at 3pm daily and goes via Banaue, arriving in Manila around 2am. I was lucky enough to have 2 seats to myself plus Coda Lines provide passengers with blankets. A one way ticket costs 720PHP.

Any questions? Anything to add? Let me know your thoughts…

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