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Happening Halong Bay

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You Sing! You Sing! The karaoke microphone was thrust into Jim’s hand by the cheering crowd. Thick smoke circled the room, becoming increasingly worse as the passing tobacco bong was alternated by chain smoking cigarettes.. I sat silently, waiting to see what he would do. Singers we are not, but faced with such enthusiasm, it would be hard to resist.…

The Imperial Citadel of Hue

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Hue is the former capital of Vietnam, situated nearly in the center of the country. It is an easy city to get a hang of, split down the middle by the Perfume River, boarded by an appealing boardwalk.  The weather is infamously bad,  with the Truong Son Mountains seeming to bring in frequent drizzle, but it is a relatively pleasant…

Why we are driving next time

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Why we are driving next time
July 28, 2013

The following are accepted facts when booking transport in Cambodia:

Two hours will mean four… or more.
Descriptions like ‘VIP’ and ‘Air-con’ are unrelated to the actual trip you are booking (they are simply added to make the sign eye-catching)
Booking a ‘seat’ does not guarantee and actual seat, contortionist manoeuvres…

How to Cross the Street in Saigon

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I started to step into the street, my foot hovering in the air as my knees shook with fright. Heat, humidity, and exhaust fumes engulfed me as the air literally shook around me from what appeared to be thousands of vehicles swirling on all sides of the round-about.
It had been three days since we had arrived in Saigon, officially…

2013_05 Vietnam NW

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2013_05 Vietnam1, a set on Flickr.
Our first week in Vietnam with our BigBikes was exciting! This is a photo story from the Laos/Vietnam border crossing, riding the Ho Chi Minh trail up North to Sa Pa.…

Hoi An, Vietnam

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Vietnam- that one word still has the power to create mixed emotions and adamant reactions from many Americans. What we found was a fascinating country, a crossroads of French and Asian culture, and a complicated history. With none of the pre-conceived ideas that taint our parents feelings for this SE Asian country, we were more able to fully appreciate both…

Vietnam – Hanoi & Halong Bay at last!

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For us, we felt that Hanoi was nothing exceptional.  We stayed in the Old Quarter and found that we just felt ripped off every minute, on every corner.  This was our general feeling in Vietnam especially.  We try to rationalize it…why do you feel that way in India too?  Maybe because both countries have such a huge population and everyone…

Vietnam – Nha Trang > Hoi An > Hue

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Nha Trang is another beach city, probably Vietnam’s most popular beach destination.  Despite being the most popular and crowded, the beaches are beautiful with white sand and deep blue water.  We had an overnight bus for Hoi An the next day in the evening so we had plenty of time to stroll around.  We missed Dalat’s weather as it was…

Vietnam at last: HCMC, Mui Ne, Dalat

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The bus ride from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City was pretty easy going.  It took about 5-6 hours for the entire trip, border crossing and all.  Usually when we pass borders, we have the bike customs to worry about in addition to our own visa stuff, so sometimes it gets hectic.  So with the buses, when you board…