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Around Northern Vietnam in 9 Days

Posted on July 19, 2012

Fred here. First off, we are very late in getting this post up. It’s been almost three weeks since we left Vietnam but those few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. But let’s focus on Northern Vietnam for the moment, which was unquestionably one of the highlights of our Asia experience. Unfortunately, however, it was also rushed. We basically had 8 nights / 9 days to see 3 places. Of those 8 nights, 3 were spent on a train, 2 on a boat and 3 on land. No rest for the weary they say. We left Hue on a 15-hour night train to Hanoi. First sleeper train of the entire trip thus far. It wasn’t much to write home about. Four (not so) soft…

Central Vietnam Coast

Posted on July 4, 2012

Heather here. Once again time to slow the pace and hit some smaller towns after dodging motorbike bullets in Ho Chi Minh City the last few days. We hopped a quick flight to Danang, the hub for reaching the charming UNESCO areas of the Vietnamese central coast called Hoi An and Hue. Ahhhhh…that’s better. Smaller and charming, true, but we soon found out that just because a town in Vietnam isn’t on the same scale as HCMC doesn’t mean that motorbikes don’t come charging down the street or sidewalk at you. Even in our first stop of Hoi An, where the entire central Old Town is blocked from 4-wheeled automobile traffic, has motorbikes crisscrossing the pedestrian roads most of the day. Oh well, we…

Good Morning, Vietnam

Posted on June 26, 2012

Fred here. Ho Chi Minh City was about 3 things in my mind – food, connecting with the history of the war and staying alive trying to cross the street. First things first…the food. Living in San Francisco we are exposed to every conceivable Asian cuisine there is. Over the last 4 years or so I’ve become a huge fan of Pho, a spicy noodle soup with fresh Vietnamese vegetables and herbs and your choice of meat. A bowl of this elixir was our first mission. Within an hour of getting off the bus in District 1 we found just what we were looking for. A tiny hole in the wall restaurant down a narrow alley with two older women serving up some piping…