Vietnam

Eating Vietnam: A Pocket Guide

When people ask me about the favorite places I’ve been (and they ask me that a lot), I tend to vary my answer, but without fail Vietnam is on the list. There are many reasons for this, but here’s the biggest: Vietnam has some of the most wonderful, diverse, and cheap food of anywhere on …

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Pooping Your Pants on the Road

Want to know what the biggest bonding topic on the backpacker trail is? Do you really? I don’t know if you can handle it…. Oh fine, it’s poop. Stop blushing. Everyone does it. Why can’t we talk about it! Well, after a few rum and cokes and a couple weeks on the road, talking about …

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The Forgotten Temples of Mỹ Sơn

The My Son temple in Vietnam is possibly the oldest archeological site in mainland South East Asia. The earliest buildings here were created 700 years before the temples of Angkor Wat. Still, you’ve probably never heard of them- why? Despite being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, My Son Temple receives none of the attention of …

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Goodbye Vietnam

I’m so glad I came to Vietnam. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it: so many of the people I’d talked to beforehand had very negative things to say about the country. I’d heard that the people were unfriendly, that it’s polluted and confusing and that everyone wants to scam you. Luckily …

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This Post is Rated R

The shop owners in South East Asia don’t always have a great grasp on the English language, so one of my new favorite past times is spotting the strange misspellings and turns of phrase that can be found on menus, shop fronts and signs. This place in Hanoi blows them all out of the water though: Yes, …

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