Category Archives: Vietnam

Crazy Saigon

As we prepare to bring in the new year I am blown away by crazy Saigon. There are thousands of motor bikes on the street, most carrying families of four including the cutest chubby face kids. I must have given … Continue reading

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Royal Hue

We spent a beautiful day visiting royal Hue. After many days of clouds and constant rain, our spirits were instantly lifted as we awakened to bright sunlight and blue skies. Hue was Vietnam’s political capital from 1802 to 1945 under … Continue reading

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Misty Hue

We left Hoi An this morning and drove along the coast of the South China Sea, en route to Danang, central Vietnam’s major port city. We stopped at Marble Mountains, five hills of marble representing the five elements of the … Continue reading

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Ancient Hoi An

Hoi An is an amalgam of architectural monuments, 8th generation homes, pagodas, shrines, 16th century bridges, bustling markets, wharfs and communal houses that make the town a living museum. As early as the 16th and 17th centuries Hoi An was … Continue reading

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Bewitching Halong Bay

I imagine God was thinking of paradise when he created Halong Bay. I have yearned to visit for so long that I was afraid reality would disappoint. On the contrary, even on a misty day the beauty of the bay … Continue reading

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A city of contrasts

We leave Hanoi today for Halong Bay. As I reflect on my time here, Hanoi is a city of contrasts. The traditional and the modern, the old and the new. Fine dining resides comfortably with street stalls that are ubiquitous … Continue reading

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Bustling Hanoi

After tranquil Luang Prabang, Hanoi has been quite a shock to my senses. It is a bustling city of 7 million people who all appear to be darting daredevils on scooters, bikes and mopeds. At the same time and the … Continue reading

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