Category Archive: Vietnam

What not to wear to a Wat (or any other place of spiritual significance)

When traveling outside of the United States, the “must see” sites often include churches, temples, wats, mosques, cemeteries, and other locations of spiritual significance to the local population. When I first started traveling, I was pretty ignorant to dress expectations. I figured that I was dressed pretty modestly by Western standards, so it was OK. …

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Photo Focus – Saigon, Vietnam

City traffic in Vietnam is outrageous. In Saigon, a city of 10 million, there are 5 million motorbikes. That doesn’t even make sense. I felt like I deserved a round of applause and a high five each time I successfully crossed an intersection. Perhaps even an ice cream. Sure, they technically drive on the right …

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Three custom coats and one motorbike crash in Hoi An

According to every guide book, travel forum, and traveler passing through, Hoi An is the place to have custom clothing made on the cheap. When asked what I planned to shop for, I replied that I didn’t need anything and didn’t want to carry it anyway. That resolve lasted about five minutes once I cruised …

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Bus from Hanoi to Hoi An—22 hours of awkward

As I boarded my sleeper bus from Hanoi to Hoi An, I was fascinated by what was before me—a bus made up entirely of bunk beds. It looked ridiculous. Unlike those in South America, this “sleeper”  bus seemed like it may actually provide just that—sleep. What a concept! The individual seats/beds/berths/whatever you want to call …

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Photo Focus – Hoi An, Vietnam

I have always been a sucker for dark alleyways adorned with tealight candles. Honestly, I’m into pretty much anything that reminds me of the wedding scene from 1996’s Romeo + Juliet. What can I say? It was a very influential time in my life. Backstreet Boys had just hit the scene and I was highly …

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Cat Ba Island is not cold (but it is wet)

“From February to April, the weather is often cold and rainy, and ensuing fog can cause low visibility…”  – Lonely Planet, Southeast Asia on a Showstring   Rain and fog? True. Cold?  False. After spending 2 ½ months in a state of perpetual perspiration, I was psyched to wear pants and freeze my ass off. …

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