Bangkok, Thailand: Where I Stayed, Ate, & Caffeinated

I spent three full days in Bangkok, Thailand, after almost a month in Vietnam. My trip to Bangkok was mainly due to the cheap flights from Bangkok airport, which is why it was so short (pretty much an extended layover). This is where I slept, ate, and caffeinated in Bangkok.

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is a place dear to my heart, as it’s the first place I ever travelled solo (and my first international trip!). I also lived in Chiang Mai for three months while writing my ebook. Thailand is an amazing place in this world and I highly recommend it for a solo trip!

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

I hadn’t spent much time in Bangkok during my travels to Thailand, so I decided to have a chilled out trip to the biggest city in the country this time around. I stayed at Craftel Hostel, which is super cute, cheap, and convenient. The staff is so friendly, the living room is a great place to spend the afternoon, and they offer free tea, coffee, and fruit! It’s located a very short walk from the BTS train stop, and is also conveniently a 20 minute walk from the restaurant I’d been dying to eat at, Veganerie.

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

The hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms. I stayed in a private room, because introvert life. I love my alone time!

Bangkok, Thailand: Where I Ate & Caffeinated

Just down the street from the hostel is an adorable little coffee shop/bar called Slow’ist. I was drawn in by the sign outside showing that they offered cold brew, and after trying it, I returned every day for my fix. Their cold brew is fabulous! It’s a great little place to catch up with a friend or a good book. By night, it turns into a bar.

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Every day of this trip, I took a walk down to the Siam Mall which hosts Veganerie. After watching numerous Youtube videos of vegans eating at this incredible restaurant, I’d been absolutely salivating over it. The menu is huge, and everything looks amazing. Hence why I needed to go back daily.

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

During my Veganerie visits, I tried the BBQ jackfruit waffles, the Caesar wrap, the Death by Chocolate Sundae, the Italian Crepe, Banana Butterscotch Hotcakes, the Cinnamon Roll, the Tom Yum Buddha Bowl, and the Italian Crepe. I got a good assortment of foods!

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Everything that I had was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend checking this place out if you’re in Bangkok. Even if you aren’t vegan, it’s just amazing food. Very high quality. They have four locations throughout Bangkok, and this one is conveniently located right outside of a BTS stop.

Bangkok, Thailand: Where To Eat

Aside from eating/living at Veganerie, I ate at local Thai restaurants once a day as well. I found two places close to my hostel that offered vegetarian/vegan versions of Thai dishes. My favorite Thai foods include green curry, Pad Thai, mango sticky rice, and yellow curry.

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

This trip was in May 2018, at the beginning of the Thai summer. The weather in Thailand is very hot & humid in the summer. Because of the high heat and humidity, I wasn’t able to go outside for much of the day. I did make it out to Wat Phra one day, which was beautiful.

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

I’d recommend going to Home Cafe for some vegan food after touring Wat Phra.

Bangkok, Thailand: Where To Eat

The one thing I wanted to do in Bangkok (aside from spend as much time at Veganerie as possible) was go to a rooftop bar to watch the sunset. Luckily, I met up with Manuela from The Girl Gone Green and we grabbed a table at Above Eleven Rooftop Bar to watch the sunset. What a view!

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Aside from eating, reading in the hostel, and occasionally venturing to touristy spots, we spent one afternoon in Lumphini Park, watching the Komodo dragons and turtles in the lake. I also attempted to climb a palm tree. It didn’t really work out.

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

Bangkok is an amazing city with so much to do, see, and eat! I’d definitely recommend it as a destination for solo travelers, friends, couples, vegans/vegetarians, and pretty much anyone. I’ll definitely be back!

Bangkok, Thailand: What To Do

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Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam is a beautiful, low-key, beach town in the Southern part of the country. It’s well-known for it’s adorable little fishing village, the red sand dunes, and it’s laid-back vibes. This is what I did in Mui Ne, Vietnam.

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

I rented a little room in a guesthouse from airbnb (my favorite method for finding good accommodation!). The guest house was just across the street from a hotel, where I rented a motorbike for the day. Getting around by motorbike is by far the best way to see Mui Ne.

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Most of the best restaurants are located along the street running out of the city. They can be quite far to walk, and the heat in Vietnam makes for a very uncomfortable long stroll. I’d highly recommend renting a motorbike for cheap and easy transport. Mine cost 100,000 dong for the day ($4.40 USD) and I put in 60,000 dong ($2.64 USD) for a full tank of gas.

Mui Ne, Vietnam

I took this little moto to the sand dunes, to the other side of the city, to coffee and lunch and even for a little sunset ride.

Mui Ne, Vietnam

The red sand dunes were so beautiful to see, and gave me some serious wanderlust for the desert.

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

In my hunt for the best coffee, I visited the coffee shop Impresso, and another littler shop which shall not be named (the coffee was not so great). How cute is Impresso!

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

I stopped at a highly recommended restaurant, Choi Oi, for a coconut before heading to the sand dunes. I’d read online that they have fabulous vegetarian food, so I came back for lunch.

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Lots of veggie places do a tofu & tomato combo, and I’m trying to find the best one. This one was pretty good!

For dinner, I had to try out the pizza place attached to my guest house. I’d read reviews that it was amazing & vegan friendly. It was real, genuine, italian-style pizza, and it is now Amanda Approved!

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne is a tiny little town, it’s a great place to wind down from the craziness of the bigger cities. There are definitely lots of bars and pubs if that is your scene, but for me it was a great day of relaxation and adventure. It’s also a perfect halfway point from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh – and definitely worth hanging out for a day or two!

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

 

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Da Lat, Vietnam : Where I Slept, Caffeinated & Ate

Ahhh, Da Lat. The little mountain town known for magical waterfalls, the best coffee in Vietnam, and the most popular weekend destinations for locals. I spent a few days in Da Lat, and in this post, I’ll tell you what I did & what I wish I’d done. This is Da Lat, Vietnam : Where I Slept, Caffeinated, & Ate.

Da Lat, Vietnam

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

One of the most important things to note about Da Lat is that the weather is extremely unpredictable. If you are planning to make the most of it, I’d suggest at least 4-5 days to ensure you get at least a couple of days of good weather.

I was only in town for two full days (I don’t count the days that I arrive/leave), and the first full day I spent about half of it switching my accommodation. I still managed to find some hidden gems in this city and have a relaxing getaway.

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

Where I Stayed

I stayed in an airbnb (my favorite type of accommodation) and I got so lucky with this one. It is owned by the same person who owns the hostel next door, so I really got the best of both worlds.

A full time receptionist was at the hostel to answer questions for me, I got unlimited free drinking water (you can’t drink tap water in Vietnam so this was very helpful), and to top it all off, the hostel had a FREE family dinner every night at 6 PM. The most amazing thing about this was the the family dinner was completely vegan.

My room came to $11 a night, including my own private bathroom.

Have you tried airbnb?? If you haven’t, click here for $35 off your first stay!

Da Lat Best Coffee

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

I am a huge coffee snob. I love a good cold brew, americano, sometimes I’ll even slip into the iced coffee world. Finding good coffee shops is one of my top priorities while traveling. In Da Lat, I had coffee at the following shops:

The Married Beans Coffee

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

This was by far the best coffee in all of Da Lat. Definitely try the cold brew (it comes in a wine glass!) and stay a while. The ambiance is adorable and the coffee is out of this world.

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

An Cafe

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

This adorable Hoi An-inspired cafe is filled with lanterns and amazing coffee. I was drawn to this cafe due completely to how cute it was (and how much I loved Hoi An), but was so happy to find that the coffee was amazing as well!

Da Lat, Vietnam : Where to Find the Vegan Food

Biang Bistro

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

I found this hidden gem (it was truly hidden – I walked past it twice before finding the sign) on Happy Cow. It was recommended for Western-Vietnamese fusion, so I popped in for dinner the first day I was in Da Lat.

Da Lat, Vietnam: Where to Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

I absolutely loved it and came back the next day for breakfast and coffee. The iced americano and chia pudding was great, but I can highly recommend this place for lunch/dinner – try the gnocchi! (Also the green juice brought me back to life).

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

Dai Loc

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

If you are looking for something a bit more local, head down the street to Dai Loc. I came here a couple times for some good, cheap eats. The first night I had tofu & tomato (a vietnamese dish that can turn out either amazing or not), and the second night I had the “beef” noodle soup. I’m not the biggest fan of faux meat, but Vietnamese vegans seem to be really into it, so I thought I’d give it a try. The soup was very good, and I was so happy to be eating with the locals!

Where to Relax in Da Lat

After a lot of walking and sight-seeing, I decided to spend one night out on the town. I was feeling pretty wild, so I went to a tea shop! As I was wandering down the street, this little shop caught my eye and I stopped in. I saw big pots of tea on the menu, along with three stories of comfy couches and magazines.

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

Once inside, I ordered a massive pot of jasmine tea and walked up to the second story to take in the ambiance. I highly recommend Trangs Cookery for a chill night out.

Da Lat, Vietnam : Popular Day Trips

There are a lot of things to do from Da Lat. Something I was really looking forward to was waterfall chasing (Elephant Falls is a popular one, often referred to as the Niagara Falls of Vietnam) and motorbike riding through the mountains.

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

Da Lat Vietnam: Where To Eat, Sleep, & Caffeinate

Another popular day trip from Da Lat is visiting coffee farms and weasel coffee farms. If you plan to visit a coffee farm, PLEASE do your research. In many cases, weasels are held in small cages, forced to eat coffee beans. Once the coffee beans are digested and excreted, the beans are used to make “weasel coffee.” This is a Vietnamese specialty. Drinking/supporting weasel coffee is contributing to animal abuse – you are supporting these little weasels being held against their will and being force fed coffee beans to make coffee for tourists. I personally would never support these farms.

Now, a regular coffee tour – sign me up!

This is everything I did, ate, drank, and chilled in Da Lat, Vietnam.

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Hoi An, Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An, Vietnam, is considered to be the most photogenic city in all of Vietnam. It’s not hard to see why – there is amazing architecture, a river running through the city, and lanterns that light up the streets by night. This is Hoi An, Vietnam : A Photo Diary.

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An, Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Let’s start off the photo roll with the absolutely adorable airbnb that I stayed in, called La Terrazza. [Pro tip: get $35 NZD off your first trip with Airbnb here!]

Hoi An, Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Next: a girl’s gotta have wheels!

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

You better believe that the first place I took that bike was to the beach. I love a good beach day! Instead of hitting up the uber-crowded, “tourist beach,” I drove the motorbike about 30 mins north, toward the white sand beaches of Da Nang. But, I didn’t make it all the way to the city before finding this deserted gem.

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

After a relaxing day in the sun, I made sure to check out what the city of Hoi An has to offer for magic hour.

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Sunset is when the city truly comes alive.

I ate loads of smoothie bowls and drank alllll the coffee to stay alive & thrive. (Highly recommend Rosie’s Cafe).

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

I made sure to check out the local temples.

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

And the ruins of the ancient city, My Son.

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

I took the bike for another spin up to Marble Mountain (where there is actually marble all over the ground… it’s slippery).

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Then I went for a little spin of my own under the lanterns of the city.

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An Vietnam : A Photo Diary

Hoi An, I think I love you. <3

Hoi An is by far one of my favorite cities in Vietnam. If you make your way to this beautiful country, make sure Hoi An is on the top of your list! Tell Rosie’s I say hi 😉

This was Hoi An, Vietnam : A Photo Diary.

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Best Vegan Food in Hanoi

I arrived in Vietnam having no idea what to expect as a vegan. I’ve heard omnivores rave about the amazing food in Vietnam. Luckily, upon doing a simple google search, I found loads of vegetarian and vegan restaurants to try out. This is the best vegan food in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

Best Vegan Food in Hanoi

In Hanoi, you’ll find vegan food of all price ranges – I ate at a vegan street food vendor for $1.14 (or 35,000 Vietnamese Dong), and I ate at a super high end fancy vegan restaurant for $14 USD (or 335,000 Vietnamese Dong). These are my favorite places to eat the best vegan food in Hanoi.

Uu Dam Chay

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

This is by far the best meal I’ve eaten in Hanoi, and one of the top 3 meals I’ve eaten in my life. It’s that good. This is one of the more expensive meals you’ll eat in Vietnam, but it is completely 10000% worth it. I was hesitant about eating here at first, as I try to be budget-friendly, but after reading the reviews, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

I ordered a kiwi mojito to drink (I don’t know if they put alcohol in it, but I asked for it non-alcoholic), a seaweed salad to start, and a tofu stuffed tomato for the main. The portions were perfect to fill me up. The flavor was absolutely perfect. I can’t even describe in words how amazing this food was.

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

The best part about this whole experience was that I left feeling completely satisfied, not overly full or gross feeling. (Sometimes when eating abroad I feel a bit bloated from too much oil or processed food). I loved this place so much, I would come back to Vietnam just to eat here again.

Jalus Vegan Restaurant

When you google search Best Vegan Food in Hanoi, Jalus is one of the first to pop up. It’s well-known, and for good reason. Jalus offers a menu full of fresh, tasty vegan food.

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

I ordered a spicy potato curry and a kombucha. The curry was so good, I devoured it super quickly. The kombucha was served at room temperature, which I wasn’t used to. I had a hard time drinking it, being used to really cold kombuchas. The service was amazing here and the food was tasty and wholesome.

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

I came back later in the week to try the lentil stew (highly recommend) and the sweet potato and chickpea burger (pictured). The burger was suuuuper filling, which was perfect as I was about to embark on a 15 hour train ride. I’d definitely recommend Jalus.

Hanoi Social Club

Though not a vegan restaurant, Hanoi Social club has lots of vegan options. This restaurant is stationed in a remodeled 100 year old villa. The decor is absolutely enchanting. They are open early for breakfast, which is the meal I came for every time I stopped in.

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

My favorite dish here is the black rice and chia pudding. If you’re a coffee snob, try the cold brew – it’s the most intense cold brew coffee I’ve ever had!

Minh Chay

Also in the Old Quarter, Minh Chay is a Vietnamese restaurant that is completely vegan. Serving up pho, vietnamese noodles, spring rolls, and lots of other local Vietnamese dishes made vegan, Minh Chay even offers fake meats to make the dishes authentic.

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

I loved the Vegan Old Quarter Snail Vermicelli Noodle Soup (pictured), and the Vegan Mixed Glass Noodles. They offer amazing spring rolls and lots of other goodies, including western food. I highly recommend making a stop in.

Banh Mi Chay

If it’s a truly local experience you’re after, look no further than Banh Mi Chay. I found this place online – it’s a completely vegan, local restaurant. It’s not easy to find from the street. I added the address 66B Tran Hung Dao to google maps and walked past it a few times before I saw the sign.

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

Best Vegan Food Hanoi : Vegan Restaurants

There are only three things on the menu. You can try a vegan Banh Mi, a pillow donut (aka a local samosa), or fried spring rolls. I just ordered one of everything and tried it out. It was all amazing! And the total for the meal came up to 35,000 dong (which is $1.14 USD). This is what Vietnam is all about.

The vegan food scene in Hanoi is insane. If you check out Happy Cow, you’ll see that there are ninety-five vegan-friendly restaurants in Hanoi. It could take months to try them all! These were my favorites out of the ones I tried.

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