Hello and welcome to our travel blog!

We are glad to have you join us on our journey of exploring the beauty of the world. If you’re seeking not just to travel but to feel and understand your destinations, then we have the same goals. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive travel guides, unbiased reviews, and insider tips for an authentic travel experience.

Who We Are

photo of Delightful Travel Notes authors, take in front of Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto

We are Long and Sophie, the duo behind this travel blog, but you may also know us as the website owners and recipe authors of delightfulplate.com. With our combined passion for travel and good food, we’ve set a goal to explore the world, one dish and one city at a time.

Living in the US. for 6 years gave us the opportunity to discover the diversity and cultural richness this vast country has to offer. During that time, we called Champaign-Urbana area in Central Illinois our second home. Through exporing energetic cities to serene countryside in the US., we developed a deep appreciation for the unique stories that each place has to tell.

Now, we are back in our home country and based in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Our experiences, both in the US. and Vietnam, have shaped our perspectives and have fueled our desire to venture further and delve deeper into new cultures.

Throughout our travel journey, we have been fortunate enough to travel to 15 countries spanning Asia, Europe, and the US. Each new place unfolds a unique narrative of history, tradition, culture, and of course, cuisine.

What You’ll Find Here

At its core, this blog is an online chronicle of our travel stories, allowing us to relive our experiences and share them with fellow travel enthusiasts. Writing each post is like a journey down memory lane that brings back the emotions we felt during our trips. However, our purpose also extends beyond preserving memories.

More than just reminiscing, we’re committed to provide honest, unbiased reviews and act as a reliable resource with detailed trip reports and practical travel tips. We pay for all of our travel expenses ourselves and we don’t write sponsored posts.

We often pay special attention to culinary experiences in our travels, so you will find food guide and restaurant recommendations here. For example, best Kyoto local foods and restaurant recommendations, Japan breakfast foods guide, or best Vietnamese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city.

We consider this website a platform to “pay it forward” in the travel community. Thank you for visiting us and we hope you’ll find helpful information for your upcoming trips!