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Trip: Return to Saigon

There are [11] stories from my trip: Return to Saigon


Ho Chi Mihn's revenge

VIETNAM | Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [2178]

"Don't drink the ice!" We've all heard it before. But having spent 20 odd years travelling around Asia I have pretty much learned the hard way how to stay healthy and eating on the street is a breeze: Pho for breakfast, Da Chanah (iced ... Read more >

Tags: accident, beware, cheap airlines, food poisoning, jetstar, revenge, toilet


Photos: Jade Emperor Pagoda, Saigon

VIETNAM | Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | Flickr Photo Gallery

Wonderful light in the Jade Emperor Pagoda, Saigon. All natural too - just caught it at noon.
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Gallery: The island of Phu Quoc

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Phu Quoc and the ferry town of Rach Gia - 2008
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Gallery: Life on the streets of Cantho

VIETNAM | Sunday, 20 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Photo's from Cantho and the surrounding riverways - 2008
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Life lived on the street

VIETNAM | Sunday, 20 Apr 2008 | Views [909] | Video

Cantho and the nearby town of Soc Trang are the source of some of our strongest memories of the country: being turned away from every hotel because they just didn't have a policy on what to do with tourists who fronted up at the front desk; when we ... Read more >

Tags: boats, cantho, markets, mekong, memories


Taxi » Ferry » Cyclo » Motorbike » Mini-van » Ferry » Taxi

VIETNAM | Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | Views [1737]

Sometime you just can't know how it's going to work out. Today we had planned to get to Cantho, knew it must be possible, but also knew that there weren't any obvious or direct buses, so were going to have to make it up as we went along. This is usually ... Read more >

Tags: cantho, cyclo, experience, hustler, journey, mekong, mytho, vietnam


Gallery: Off the beaten track

VIETNAM | Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

In andaround the town of Ben Tre - 2008
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Off the beaten track

VIETNAM | Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | Views [1538] | Comments [1]

Why do travellers (tourists?) go on those mini-bus tours everywhere? The only people you'll meet are other travellers or tourists. I know it makes it all so easy but surely far less of an experience? It never ceases to amaze me how far off the beaten ... Read more >

Tags: ben tre, mekong delta, off the beaten track, saigon, travel with children


Gallery: Return to Saigon

VIETNAM | Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Imags from Saigon on our return in 2008
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Return to Saigon

VIETNAM | Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | Views [913]

We dozed in the back of the shagged out 1940's bus for sleep definitely wasn't possible. Rumble, bump, rattle, and thump, all night long. As the first rays of dawn glimmered outside, I mentally forced myself out of the slumber, as stretching definitely ... Read more >

Tags: beggars, ho chi minh, memories, saigon, traffic, travel with children


Are you a tourist or a traveller?

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | Views [1128] | Comments [1]

This argument seems to have been around certainly for as long as I have been travelling, with people who define themselves as 'travellers' usually feeling they are somehow superior to 'tourists'. I know Tony Wheeler from Lonely Planet for one doesn't ... Read more >

Tags: dmz, mekong, memory, saigon, tourist, traveller

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