Vietnam

Vietnam

I flew from Cambodia to Hanoi, Vietnam since I was running low on time.  It was surprising how different Vietnam was right at first sight.  You can see the French influence in the architecture immediately. Best currency yet! The Vietnamese Dong is my favorite currency so far. No, it is not because of the name.…

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Halong Bay

Halong Bay

I’m still always surprised at how far a dollar can go when you’re traveling outside the US. I think the original reason I went to Vietnam was to see Halong Bay and the way to do it is on a cruise.  There are a few options but for me, it boiled down to a party…

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My shoes are not broken!

I think the weirdest scam in Vietnam is the fake shoe repair. All the tourists wear flip flops which tend to fall apart at some point. So, a Vietnamese person will keenly spot a tear or break in your flip flop. He will act extremely concerned and point to it worriedly saying, “is broken!” Then…

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Tiny Chairs in Vietnam

Tiny Chairs in Vietnam

Eating out in Vietnam is like constantly being seated at the kid’s table at Thanksgiving. You get little tiny stools in the middle of the sidewalk to sit on. Even in some restaurants they have the tiny chairs. As a side note, you may have seen these stools double as aisle bus seats as well…

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Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese Coffee

I will miss Vietnamese coffee. It’s the best of anywhere (except maybe Italy). When you drink it it’s not overly sweet but it is smooth and heavy. It’s also really strong and is probably terrible for you because there is a fair amount of sweetened condensed milk added. But it is so good! I’m saying…

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Doughnut Scam in Hanoi

Doughnut Scam in Hanoi

In the past few days, I’ve learned that these women carrying baskets are to be avoided at all costs if the baskets contain doughnuts. They are the pushiest doughnut sales ladies you will ever see in your life! They target tourists and by the time you are done saying, “no doughnuts, no thank you!” They…

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