Originally published on April 9, 2010 during my travels in Vietnam. Usually I love exploring cities when I travel. It’s a maze, a mystery with plot twists in small streets, helpful characters and cheating villains (both of whom I’ve met my share of as a tourist). This morning, I was not feeling it. Actually I’ve [...]
My Big Trip to Southeast Asia had all the diversity of any Indochina loop tour: temples of Angkor Wat, bike rides around the scenery of Laos, and Halong Bay and beach side bliss in Vietnam.
Originally published on April 6, 2010 during my third Big Trip where I visited Southeast Asia. Wok, the guide on the Nha Trang Four Island boat trip, spoke loud Vietnamese and unintelligible English into the microphone on the boat. A, L and I were three of about forty tourists – Asian and Western – together [...]
Originally published April 12, 2010 during my third Big Trip I’ve just been grifted. In Saigon. I was thinking of writing my blog entry on the train ride and my impressions of the city, but no, I don’t care about that any more. I’ve been grifted. I don’t think many people can say that. I’ve [...]
Nha Trang is on Vietnam’s central coast and is beach-rific. I arrived on April 7 at 8 a.m. after a very early start in Hanoi and a bumpy take-off with Vietnam Airlines. The weather is hot and the sun very bright. Right away, I found a hotel right near the beach, thankfully with air conditioning. [...]
My impression of the Vietnamese people who work in the tourism industry is like my impression of those in North India (see Delhi scam stories from first blog). They like to share falsehoods rather than that rare traveler gem – the truth. As in, “What will the weather be like at Halong Bay?” “Sunny and [...]