Day 13 In-Depth: Saigon

So, why do I love Saigon? Mostly, I love that Saigon has managed to integrate a Western cosmopolitan atmosphere while making it its own and still staying charmingly Vietnamese. The combination speaks to me somehow on a visceral level. Nothing specific happened, I didn't see anything specifically to make me…

Day 11: Diep Son Island

I was adopted by two lovely Vietnamese friends and their families today! Turns out, the hotel booked me in a "Vietnamese-only" tour of Diep Son (which I found out near the end of the day when one of my fellow adventurers asked me how I managed to be booked in…

Day 5: Hue and Countryside

Broken record time: Another amazing day that I can't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have experienced. Bill picked me up promptly this morning for a motorbike tour of Hue and the surrounding countryside to include the Thanh Toan Bridge, three tombs of Nguyen Dynasty emperors, and…

Day 1: Hanoi

An absolutely amazing day! I can't even describe how wonderful it was. My guide, Nathan, met me at 5 am to show me around the Old Quarter, the French Quarter, wet markets (selling fruits, vegetables, frogs, snails, eels, just-butchered meat, and flowers, among other things), and the Long Bien Bridge.…