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Bulguksa Temple Complex

SOUTH KOREA | Thursday, 11 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [23]

FOREWARNED ABOUT THE “IFFY” BUS SCHEDULE, we opted for a taxi for Bulguksa Temple Complex. It’s only about 20 kilometers from our hotel but I refilled my billfold with won anyway. I can’t speak for Buddha but Confucius say “... Read more >


Photos: Gyeongju and Daegu

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 9 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery


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Yangdong Historic Village World Heritage Site

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 9 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [24]

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CHEAPER TO TAKE the Busan Metro to the Sasang Bus Station but a taxi was less hassle. Besides, we are millionaires in Korea! Surprisingly few Koreans feel comfortable speaking English and we’re still struggling with gamsahabnida ... Read more >


Photos: Busan

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 8 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery


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Around Busan

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 8 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [35]

WE ARE USING BUSAN, KOREA’S SECOND-LARGEST CITY, to get acclimated to the country before working our way to Seoul. Which may be more difficult than we thought. The first thing we noticed was the weather—morning temperatures in the 40s, not ... Read more >


Good Bye, Vietnam! Hello, South Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Sunday, 7 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [32]

WE FEW, WE HAPPY FEW, WE BAND OF BIRDERS. In a little over three weeks bouncing over several thousand kilometers of Vietnam, we’ve seen more than 350 species of birds—over 200 Lifers for Dave and Noreen and 125 new species for us. We have ... Read more >


Cuc Phoung National Park

VIETNAM | Friday, 5 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [43]

OUR FIRST STOP AFTER AN EARLY START from Tam Dao to Cuc Phoung was ostensibly a restroom break. But by the number of tour buses at the Vietnamese craft center we suspect that the guides get a bit of baksheesh from the paintings, silk, wood carvings and ... Read more >


Tam Dao and the Great Food Rebellion

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 3 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [31]

WE HAD PLENTY OF ROOM TO STRETCH OUT on the Vietnam Airlines 787 from HCMC to Hanoi—the plane is huge and was just over half full. The group, sans “the other John,” was heading north for the six-day “Northern Extension” ... Read more >


Photos: Tam Dao and Cúc Phoung National Park

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 2 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery


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Birds of Cat Tien

VIETNAM | Monday, 1 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [53]

TO REACH SOME OF THE MORE DISTANT parts of Cat Tien requires one of the park’s “safari” vehicles. It’s also convenient to have the truck nearby in the event of a late afternoon thunderstorm although more often than not we ended ... Read more >