While sometimes overlooked for its more glamorous neighbor of Thailand, Vietnam is a country full of natural beauty, warm and inviting people, and delicious food. Listen to find out more about our favorite spots, Al's favorite roast chicken meal, what happens when your bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, and where you can visit a place called "Crazy House."
PLACES TO EAT
Banh Mi Huynh Hoa Home to a widely loved banh mi pate in Ho Chi Minh City.
Quan Com Hue Ngon Come to this Danang restaurant for grilled meats and hard boiled quail eggs.
Highlands Coffee A Vietnamese coffee chain. Definitely not the best coffee, but it is consistent.
Hanh Restaurant Local Food This restaurant in Hue specializes in Hue imperial food. I would definitely recommend getting the tasting menu to try a little bit of everything.
WHERE TO STAY
Vietnam1989 Studio apartment in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. Looks like rates have dropped down to $28 a night; it was over $40 a night when we stayed there.
Memory Hostel Excellent multi-story hostel located on the riverfront in Danang. $10 a night including breakfast.
Valentine Hotel Straightforward (i.e. no frills) and affordable hotel located in Hue.
Happy Homestay No frills and affordable hotel with private rooms. Excellent host named Binh who will make your stay in Dalat a memorable one.
War Remnants Museum I believe we falsely call this the War Remembrance Museum in the podcast. We apologize for the error.
Mekong Boat Tour We took a tour of the Mekong River via Vinh Long. This was definitely Hayley's least favorite part of the trip.
Hue Imperial Citadel This complex of historic buildings and gardens is absolutely worth traveling to Hue to check out.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park An enormous cave system located on the Vietnam-Laos border. This was absolutely an adventure for us.
Crazy House A never-ending architecture project located in Dalat. You can even stay overnight in one of the quirky themed rooms.
Being one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Iceland is not an unknown travel destination. Find out what were our favorites in Reykjavik, Hayley's favorite cinnamon roll ever, the truth behind the Icelandic Phallalogical Museum, and all the things in Iceland you just can't miss.
Places to Eat
Braud & Co. Home to the best cinnamon roll I've ever eaten.
Sandholt One of the few restaurants open before 8 a.m. The fare is simple but delicious.
Bjaerins Beztu Pylsur Want to eat where Bill Clinton ate? No? Well, Bjaerins Beztu Pylsur is still a great, convenient, and inexpensive option for lunch even if the Clinton angle doesn't do it for you.
The Laundromat Cafe Turns out the Laundromat Cafe shutdown their Reykjavik location back in February. No worries! You weren't missing much there.
Glacier Guides We had an amazing experience on our half-day glacier hiking tour at Skaftafell. Glacier Guides also offers full day glacier tours, an ice cave tour, boat tours, and ice climbing experiences.
Thingvellir National Park Not only is this a place where you can see major geological processes in action, it is also a place of important historical significance for Iceland. Thingvellir National Park is usually the first stop along Iceland's famous Golden Circle and for good reason: epic rock features, waterfalls, and its home to the first Icelandic proto-parliament.
Geysir Hot Springs Area This is three square kilometers of geothermal activity. Like other national parks and areas, access to the Geysir Hot Springs Area is free. Remember to stay on the marked trails unless you want to get boiled.
Gullfoss "Golden Waterfall" An enormous waterfall and a great way to end your tour of the Golden Circle. It is fed from Iceland's largest glacier. I can't really express the enormity of this waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss While this isn't the largest or tallest of the waterfalls we visited, I think it is absolutely the prettiest of the waterfalls we visited. It's especially cool because you can walk behind the waterfall and get some amazing photos.
Skogafoss This is one of Iceland's largest waterfalls at nearly 200 feet tall. You can walk to the top of the waterfall (more of a climb) and right up to it. It's definitely impressive both up close and far away.