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Life in the Mekong Delta

November 3, 2009

The Mekong Delta is the area in the Southwest of Vietnam where the mighty Mekong River fans out and flows into the sea. Through a tour company that prides itself on off the beaten track experiences, we were able to spend a night in a homestay in the heart of the area, in Vinh Long […]

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Fishing from a Basket Boat

November 3, 2009

Doc and his friends were very welcoming to Nate and I, and made sure we saw a side of Nha Trang that the common visitor wouldn’t typically see. We ate a few times with him at Local Restaurant where we met the owner, Son. From a small village a few hours from Nha Trang, Son […]

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Cu Chi Tunnels

November 3, 2009

As a day trip out of Ho Chi Minh City, we went to visit the premier Cao Dai temple (a religion in Vietnam that combines Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism), a crafts and tobacco factory, and the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Viet Cong’s base right outside of HCMC (Saigon) and sometimes right under American camps, […]

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The tailors in Hoi An

October 16, 2009

We splurged a bit when we got to Hoi An. This ancient port city is well know for it’s tailored clothing, fine suits being one of the favorite items. With a recommendation from Quy, and no real expectation for what would be involved, we walked to a chosen shop and made an appointment for the […]

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Hoi An

October 16, 2009

These photos are from Hoi An‘s Old Town and a nearby beach. The Old Town has been around for centuries and has Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. We thought that Hue flooded badly, but Hoi An is the city that really gets the water during the rainy season. There are some photos in here of […]

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Mid-Autumn Festival

October 10, 2009

This is what traveling is about. One minute you’re walking down the street, the next minute you’re following a parade of children dancing to an orchestra of pots and pans. The energy in the air was palpable and it didn’t take us long to follow the drumming and find the dancing. In busier areas, traffic […]

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Tombs and Pagodas galore

October 9, 2009

Hue is a great city for visiting tombs and pagodas until you can’t take seeing old stuff any more. Everything is really spread out, so one day we walked around on our own to see what we could see. The next day we hired guides/drivers. For $10 each we got taken to the highlighted sights […]

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Exploring the DMZ

October 6, 2009

Nate and I took a small tour to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Central Vietnam. It was just us, a couple of German guys, a driver and a Vietnam War vet as our guide. We had hoped to feel brought back in time understand a bit more what the war was like, but instead we […]

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