Archive for February, 2007

Hue and Hoi An

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 by Brian

We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) today on a Pacific Airways flight from Danang. When confronted with a choice between a 17-hour $39 train ride and a 57-minute $55 plane flight, we plunked down our credit card about as fast as we could.
In our last update, I noted that while I was [...]

Same same but different

Saturday, February 10th, 2007 by Brian

This morning I was standing on the banks of the Mekong River in Vietnam, looking at the rising morning sun and listening to chanted Buddhist hymns. It wasn’t a show; just a local working towards enlightenment. The red sun was initially covered by clouds but had broken free and felt warm on my [...]

Some Thoughts on Vietnam

Sunday, February 11th, 2007 by Jennifer

Sitting in the Danang Airport I saw a tourist sign that said, “Vietnam- The Hidden Charm.” I thought to myself, “It’s so hidden I have yet to find it.” As Brian has already mentioned, I thoroughly disliked Vietnam. After our experience in Halong Bay, and all the trash and pollution everywhere, and [...]

“The Cambodian Police Want to Talk to You…”

Thursday, February 15th, 2007 by Jennifer

Brian didn’t mention that our Vietnamese guide said this to me as I tried to get my passport from her before we crossed the border into Cambodia. When I got on the phone, the guy on the other end would say hello, and I would say hello back, and we’d go on and on [...]

Monkey Business

Friday, February 16th, 2007 by Jennifer

Before heading up to Siem Reap, we went to the US embassy in Phnom Penh to have some pages added to our passports. I’ve never been to a US embassy but what I pictured in my mind was a building with a huge American flag in front, some American soldiers standing guard at the [...]