Vietnam

Woman’s Day in Saigon

Woman’s Day in Saigon

We are in Saigon. International Women’s Day is a very big deal here in Vietnam. Indeed, it’s celebrated with the enthusiasm reserved for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day in North America.   We couldn’t figure it out at first. Everywhere we went, vendors were...

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Hue and Hoi An – Medieval China at the centre of Vietnam

Hue and Hoi An – Medieval China at the centre of Vietnam

We write this from our hotel in Hoi An where we’ve spent the last five nights visiting this cultured, quiet and charming seaside city just south of its more famous neighbour, Da Nang. We have loved it here. If we could, we would skip Saigon, stay in Hoi An for another...

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An elevator-savvy tortoise and other Tet tales from Hanoi

An elevator-savvy tortoise and other Tet tales from Hanoi

Hanoi is a great city. We’ve had a lot fun just hanging out here, and it has changed in our eyes 180° from our first arrival just a few days ago. Of course, we realize it is we who have changed. We were so wary at first, and felt uncomfortable and nervous with...

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Night Bus Adventures: From Hong Kong to Vietnam

Night Bus Adventures: From Hong Kong to Vietnam

We arrived at the China Travel Service office in Mong Kok just as the sun was beginning to set. This is a busy area of Kowloon and the crowds were heavy with commuters returning from work or heading out for some evening fun. Our packs are big. Like really big. We were...

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