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Southeast Asia Round Up

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As we write this, we are in Tbilisi, Georgia and about to head to Armenia. But just after spending almost five months in Southeast Asia and releasing our site, we find that we're being asked “what was your favorite ______ in Southeast Asia?"Here is our attempt to answer those questions, preempt a few others, and provide an overview of our experience. … [Read more...]

Floating Life Along the Mekong

Mekong Delta Floating Market, Vietnam

Like other destinations in Vietnam, Cai Rang dials up the activity, color, and sound a notch to the point of overstimulation. Duelling long-tail boats float by and sell everything from turnips to steaming hot soup. At the Mekong Delta's bazaar on water, transactions take place at every turn and boats jostle for the next deal. … [Read more...]

Preparing for Tet, Vietnamese New Year

Year of the Pig! - HCMC

We were fortunate to be in Southern Vietnam just prior to Tet, the Vietnamese lunar New Year (February 18, 2007). The Year of the Pig was being ushered in with an unassailable enthusiasm, as markets burst with flowers, sewing machines in tailor shops buzzed with the new year's wardrobe and shops overflowed with green rolls of Bahn Tet (sticky rice, pork fat and … [Read more...]

The American War

American Tank Destroyed in 1970 - HCMC

Given our nationality and the fact that the Vietnam War ended just over 30 years ago, we were surprised that Vietnamese people showed us no animosity or resentment. In fact, when we told people that we were from America, they very often smiled - and genuinely so. We'd score even more points when we mentioned that we used to live in California, home to a large … [Read more...]

Saigon First Impressions

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We were aware of the difference in population between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, a.k.a. Saigon) and Hanoi, but were surprised to find such a difference in wealth and sophistication between the two cities.HCMC, is a bright, bustling cosmopolitan city. Even with its glitz and splash, it maintains a distinctly Vietnamese feel as street food stalls press up against … [Read more...]

Snackin’ in Saigon

Bo La Lot ( Seasoned Beef in Betel Leaf) - Saigon, Vietnam

Sit down Hanoi, watch, and learn from your southern sister, Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a. Saigon or HCMC). Though we unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to dive into Saigon as deeply as we did Hanoi, we can safely say we prefer its street food scene, hands down.Here’s just a wee taste. … [Read more...]

Talkative Tailors in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An Tailors

Our forays into the tailor shops in Hoi An left us with more than just extra (or superfluous) clothing for our wardrobe. Even when a business deal was clearly not involved, we found that shop owners were often open to sharing their lives and their opinions with us. These unprotected moments provided us with insight into Vietnam's diversity, the legacy of the Vietnam … [Read more...]

A Story at My Son, Vietnam

Sunrise at My Son Temples, Vietnam

We hired a car to take us at 5:30 AM from Hoi An to the Hindu temple complex of My Son, about an hour’s drive away. We arrived in such good time that the ticket office had yet to open and used our available time to share a coffee with our driver as we waited for the ticket office to open. … [Read more...]

Hungry in Hoi An

Mango Rooms - Hoi An, Vietnam

After you've settled into your new Hoi An custom-tailored wardrobe, hit the streets in search of food and burst a few buttons on those new duds of yours. Your well-dressed taste buds will notice a flavor that resembles a blend of Chinese, Vietnamese and fusion (i.e., experimental and not traditional). Some dishes even purportedly (and oh so exotically) call for water … [Read more...]