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Trip: SE Asia 2008-2009

There are [77] stories from my trip: SE Asia 2008-2009

Ho Chi Minh City - The Last Stop

VIETNAM | Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | Views [917]

Well this is it, the last stop of our SE Asia adventures. It’s been one hell of a trip and what better way to finish it off than with one of the region’s most bustling cities. People warned us that Saigon was a bit overwhelming, but I found it easier ... Read more >

Tags: shopping, temples, traffic

Gallery: Vietnam - Mekong Delta

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Mekong Delta - I Love Floating Fruit

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | Views [1439]

With our trip quickly coming to an end, we needed a way to squeeze in a short visit to the Mekong Delta. It took some shopping around, but we managed to find a great two day tour that included a home-stay (Fantastic Tours). Two days certainly wasn’t ... Read more >

Tags: boats, floating market, homestay

Gallery: Vietnam - Saigon

VIETNAM | Sunday, 15 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Mui Ne - Kiteboarding

VIETNAM | Saturday, 14 Mar 2009 | Views [1962]

People come to Mui Ne for one reason – the wind. Its bay gets a lot of wind off of the open ocean, making it the perfect destination for kiteboarding and windsurfing. I’d always wanted to try kiteboarding so I figured why not learn somewhere with beautiful ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, kitesurfing

Gallery: Vietnam - Central Highlands

VIETNAM | Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Central Highlands - Easy Riding

VIETNAM | Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Views [1420]

Originally, Sebastian and I planned on riding the bus to all of our destinations in South Vietnam. It’s not a bad way to travel, but we wanted to venture off the standard tourist trail and see some different sights. What better way to do that than on ... Read more >

Tags: easy riders, mountains, tours

Nha Trang - Best Diving of the Trip

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [1405] | Comments [1]

Our guidebook said Nha Trang was over-developed so I was worried we were walking into Patong Part 2. Fortunately, my assumptions were wrong once again. As a whole, the city was very clean and friendly. It's a great stop for some sun and relaxation when ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, diving

Hoi An - Shopping Spree!

VIETNAM | Saturday, 7 Mar 2009 | Views [1415]

Hoi An is beautiful, but dangerous for anyone with bad spending habits. It's home to French colonial architecture, traditional houses, and Chinese assembly halls, all of which miraculously survived the war. Unfortunately, most people miss out on the ... Read more >

Tags: shopping, tailors

Gallery: Vietnam - Hoi An

VIETNAM | Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Vietnam - Halong Bay

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Halong Bay - Life On a Junk

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [1699]

Halong Bay is a truly magical place. It’s completely overrun with tour boats and all of the waste that comes along with them, but somehow it maintains its tranquility. We spent three days touring the different bays on a deluxe junk boat. The weather ... Read more >

Tags: boats, caves, cruise, kayaking, unesco

Sapa - The Hills Are Alive

VIETNAM | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [898]

Sapa is like the picture perfect postcard. It’s a beautiful hillside town with thriving communities of ethnic minorities. It’s surrounded by high mountains, terraced rice paddies, and deep green valleys. It’s no wonder that it’s become a must see stop ... Read more >

Tags: ethnic groups, trekking, villages

Gallery: Vietnam - Sapa

VIETNAM | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Vietnam - Hanoi

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Hanoi - Capitol City Fun

VIETNAM | Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | Views [997]

Hanoi was a pleasant surprise for me. Despite the loud traffic and fast paced lifestyle, I found the city very enjoyable. It’s an easy city to navigate by foot, so we spent hours wandering the streets, absorbing the different neighborhoods, markets, ... Read more >

Tags: museums, street food, temples

Gallery: Vietnam - Ninh Binh

VIETNAM | Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Ninh Binh - Halong Bay Meets Rice Paddies

VIETNAM | Saturday, 21 Feb 2009 | Views [2784]

Ninh Binh was a difficult, but incredibly rewarding short stop in our trip. Difficult because of the circumstances by which Sebastian and I arrived there (separately thanks to a dumb fight) and rewarding because it gave us a chance to experience life ... Read more >

Tags: countryside, temples, tours

Vinh - Welcome to Vietnam

VIETNAM | Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | Views [828]

After 11 hours on a bus, we made it to our first stop in Vietnam. The border crossing was a breeze and the scenery coming down from the mountains was as beautiful as expected. Compared to Laos, Vietnam is loud, fast-paced, and aggressive. The change ... Read more >

Tags: borders, buses, vietnam

Gallery: Laos - Phonsavan

LAOS | Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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