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Departing Vietnam for Cambodia

We were excited for the next location on our trip. We arrived at the airport with a little more then 2 hours to wait. It took us 30 minutes to check our bags, 30 minutes to go through customs, and 30 minutes to go through security. We were lucky with some good timing and end ...

Food to eat in Vietnam

We are (probably) all familiar with Vietnamese coffee and if you aren’t it is definitely worth a taste. It is easy to find almost everywhere because Vietnamese food has thankfully traveled the globe. The Vietnamese love their caffeine and sugar. Vietnamese coffee is a thick, rich, motor-oil black concoction which is usually sweetened with a ...

Reunification palace

The reunification palace is definitely an interesting place. If history and exhibits don’t interest you, you may not want to go. This is more like a museum then anything. This is a time capsule. Imagine if after 9/11 and after Bush left office the White House was sealed up. Now imagine going back to it ...

Another student tour

We booked another student tour to take us around to see the local temples and pagodas. Our first stop was district 5 for this temple. It is a Chinese Taoist temple and one of the oldest in the area. Nearby was the Binh Tay market so we went there to look around too. The Binh ...

Boat tour to Can Gio Mangrove Forest

Our tour guide picked us up at 8:00 am sharp. We were ready downstairs and waiting for our exciting day. We purchased a tour recommended to us from: lesrivesexperience.com. We got the Can Gio Mangrove forest tour for $107 per person. While this is really expensive it was definitely worth it. The experiences we got ...

New Years on a rooftop in Ho Chi Minh City

We started the night by walking down to district 1 from our place in district 4. It was about 8:00 pm and things were already pretty busy. We walked to Nguyen Hue street to see what was going on there. We had been there already the night before so we had seen some of the ...

Idle thoughts about Vietnam

Despite the crazy traffic, constant cacophony of horns, and walking 3 to 6 miles a day for two and a half weeks at this point, I have yet to see a collision. I’ve seen countless close calls, and I know the statistics in Vietnam are high, but for all the texting while biking, driving on ...

Tiny glimpse of local life in Hoi An

On our last day in Hoi An we wanted to walk around and try to see what local life was like. We set a course out to the rice fields. We were lucky that the rain had decided to stop for a while. We walked down a small cement path and followed it as it ...

A rainy day is a great spa day

We were in Hoi An when the typhoon hit southern Vietnam so it was rainy most of the time when we were there. Given that one of us was still sick we thought a day at the spa would be a great use of time. We got a steam room, hot stone massage, and Asian ...

Christmas in Hoi An, the lantern festival, and night market

On Christmas Eve my travel companion woke up sick. We had pho for breakfast at our hotel and mostly relaxed until our flight later that afternoon. We arrived in Da Nang airport a little later then we expected but had already arranged a ride with our hotel to Hoi An. It is about a 45 ...