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Nha Trang: Day 1

We took a sleeper bus to get from Hoi An to Nha Trang. Now that I’ve done it, it’s definitely not my preferred way to travel. I think the cramped seats of an airplane were more comfortable. You’re in a chair that reclines to an almost fully horizontal position. That’s good. But your feet go [...]

Hoi An

Hoi An is a quiet little town. It was weird being free of most of the horn-honking that’s a fixture in Hanoi, Hué and other big cities. It’s known for its vast array of tailor shops, and I took advantage of these by having a suit, 2 dress shirts, and a corduroy jacket made. Usually [...]


In a hurry since we’re about to board a bus to Hoi An, but we’ve spent a couple days in Hué (pronounced “hweh”, not “hyoo”). Much smaller city than Hanoi. It’s my mom’s birthplace and yesterday we found her old house (i.e., my grandfather’s house), now a former shell of itself. My mom’s bun bo [...]

Hanoi: Day 4

We’re back in Hanoi for less than a day, arriving from Halong Bay at around 3pm. Tomorrow we fly out to Hue. On the street we found a woman walking around with a basket of the best banh ran I’ve ever had. I don’t know if it’s any good compared to its Vietnamese brethren, but [...]

Halong Bay

It’s probably the most touristy part of Vietnam, but whatever: it’s pretty sweet. There are thousands of small rock islands jutting out of the water. Unfortunately, since it is so touristy, there are dozens of loud, exhaust-pumping boats floating around. Ours, like most, allow you to dine and sleep aboard, and that’s what we did. [...]

Hanoi: Day 3

We had no scheduled tour events, so we just wandered around on our own. We ate at one streetside food stall, by which I mean a spot on the sidewalk where someone has a pot of charcoal set up so they can cook some soup or meat. Tiny stools only a foot or so high [...]

Hanoi: Day 2

I packed a banana with me so I had a snack during our tour. After eating it, a guy on the street noticed I was holding an unwanted banana peel and directed me to just toss it into the street gutter. I had seen other people do this before, but I was trying to stick [...]

Hanoi: Day 1

We got settled in our rooms by around 3pm and spent the rest of the day just walking around exploring. One thing to get used to are massive volumes of motorbikes in use and how traffic will stop for nobody. I’m not saying Philly or New York drivers are particularly pedestrian-friendly, but but there’s a [...]


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