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 ...

Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum

The Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum is located in a series of old buildings with aging and cracked tile and stained glass. The buildings are in poor repair especially in the inside and the exhibits are often not well displayed or preserved but nonetheless at less then $0.50 per person it is well worth ...

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 ...

Student tour and the starlight bridge

For a small fee of $9/person a university student will pick you up from your hotel on their motor bike and drive you wherever you want to go for 3-4 hours. Since we had done a lot of things by this point we thought it would be fun to try some more obscure street food. ...

Seeing the sights in Ho Chi Minh City district 1

Our morning started off with an Uber ride to the markets Chinatown. The market was very busy, loud, and crowded. You could barely get one person through each isle and couldn’t really stop unless you were going to buy something due to the vendors pressuring you to buy something. We got an Uber to The ...

The good, the bad, and the ugly

We usually stay away from tourist package activities, but we felt that on Phu Quoc it was the best way to see things before we left. The locations on the island are difficult to find and near impossible to find on your own. We paid our guide $45 for 8 hours of driving us around ...

Trouble in paradise

Let me start by saying I’m writing this about Phú Quốc island. The island is currently undergoing massive construction, a population boom, and redevelopment of existing properties into larger, more upscale resorts and western restaurants. With the exception of the Long Beach area, the island is covered in trash and construction debris. It is truly ...

Day in the life on Long Beach, Phú Quốc

We started with a Vietnamese style breakfast near our hotel (away from the beaches). After a breakfast of Vietnamese rice, pho, and coffee all for $4 we bought some pineapple for $1 and headed to the beach. Mind you, you can get that from the resorts at the beach but should plan to spend $20 ...

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