Tag Archives: Southeast Asia
Hanoi All the People sign

All the People: No Wear the Short

Besides being the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is famous for two things:  The Hanoi Hilton and the embalmed corpse of Ho Chi Minh. Former Prime Minister and President Ho Chi Minh died in 1969.  He requested that he be cremated, and that his ashes be scattered across three Vietnamese hilltops. So the Vietnamese built this: […]

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Halong Bay: You Are Not Alone

Like any traveller worth their salt, Jared and I decided that time was money and flew from Hoi An (really, nearby Danang) to Hanoi.  Gone are the days when I would buy the cheapest transport possible, inserting eight-hour layovers into an otherwise four-hour journey all for the sake of saving 50 bucks.  Now, I’d rather […]

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Hoi An motorway ruins

I’ll Have What He’s Having

Before we left for Vietnam, Jared mentioned that he wanted to have a suit tailor made.  I didn’t think much of it, and didn’t plan to have anything done myself. That was until we arrived in Hoi An.  We stayed at the Nhi Trung Hotel.  There was a balcony in our room and fantastic free […]

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Buddhas and Busses: From Nha Trang to Hoi An

It has taken me longer to blog about this trip to Vietnam than it did to take it.  But now that I’ve started, I feel a compulsion to go all the way to the end. I last left off when we were en route to Nha Trang. On Google images, Nha Trang looks like this: […]

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Mui Ne fishing

Pocket Change

My first impressions of Mui Ne were not good.  I’d go as far as saying that I was disappointed. After a long six hours from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, then another five from HCMC to Mui Ne, I was braced for the excitement of – how did the Lonely Planet put it? […]

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Border Crossing

Crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia was fairly painless.  There were no corrupt border guards, spontaneous strip-searches, or invasive baggage inspections.  The guard checking the x-ray screen for our luggage was actually having a nap.  He was slumped back in his chair, mouth softly forming the embarrassing ‘O’ of the public sleeper. Everyone still dutifully put […]

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