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Vietnam

Vietnam is is blessed with a long coastline spanning 2 climates - a temperate climate to the north and a tropical climate to the south. Its landscape is diverse - from the arid north, the mountain highlands and the Mekong delta in the south. Having gone through a devastating war which ended just in 1975, it has quickly regained its foothold to keep pace with its Southeast Asian neighbors. Vietnam is to be experienced for it culture, history, food and its people.

Vietnam Blogs by TheLoneRider

    Bao Loc
  1. Counsel with the Wise Old Man of Bao Loc - Nguyen Duc Son Nov 12-15, 2014

  2. Can Tho
  3. Exploring the Capital of the West, Can Tho (Vietnam) Nov 28-Dec 2, 2014

  4. Chau Doc
  5. Exploring Chau Doc, Vietnam Nov 27-28, 2014

  6. Cho Moi
  7. Homestay Adventure in Cho Moi (An Giang, Vietnam) Apr 30-May 1, 2015

  8. Da Lat
  9. Exploring Da Lat, Vietnam Nov 15-17, 2014

  10. Da Nang
  11. 30-Day Mini-life in Danang, Goodbye and Thank You Dec 8, 2018
  12. The Universe Provides Dec 8, 2018
  13. Pampered Living at Sea Sand Apartment and Hotel Nov 14-Dec 8, 2018
  14. Thich Nhat Hanh in Hue, Vietnam Dec 7, 2018
  15. Goodbye Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Dec 8, 2018
  16. Beer, Burgers and Friends at CohibaR DaNang Nov 25 - Dec 6, 2018
  17. Friendship, Beer and Sausages at the German Deli Nov 20 - Dec 1, 2018
  18. Beach Yoga in DaNang, Vietnam Nov 17, 2018
  19. Danang Wall Art Nov 8 - Dec 8, 2018
  20. The Wonderful People I met in Danang, Vietnam Nov 8 - Dec 8, 2018
  21. Revisiting DaNang, Vietnam Nov 8, 2018
  22. Backpacking Da Nang, Vietnam Jan 12-16, 2015

  23. Ha Tien
  24. Exploring Ha Tien, the Eastern Tip of Mainland Vietnam Nov 23-24, 2014

  25. Hai Phong
  26. Braving the Hard Knocks of Hai Phong Jan 9-11, 2015

  27. Halong Bay
  28. Boat Cruising on Halong Bay Jan 8-9, 2015

  29. HANOI
  30. 18-Day Mini-Life in Hanoi Jan 6-24, 2019
  31. Cafescape of Hanoi's Old Quarter, Vietnam Jan 6-24, 2019
  32. Peoplescape of Hanoi Jan 6-24, 2019
  33. Exploring the Culinary Specialties of Hanoi Jan 6-24, 2019
  34. Ca Tru Hanoi at the Dinh Kim Ngan Temple Jan 18, 2019
  35. Hanoi Food Tour with Harry Jan 16, 2019
  36. Hanoi Revisited Jan 6, 2019
  37. Exploring the Northern Capital of Vietnam - Hanoi Jan 4-7, 2015
  38. HO CHI MINH CITY

  39. Nomad Travel Buddy Aug 27, 2018
  40. 20 Days in Ho Chi Minh City Aug 7-27, 2018
  41. Exploring Binh Tay Market, Ho Chi Minh City Aug 26, 2018
  42. Pho Beef Soup Exploration of Ho Chi Minh City Aug 7-27, 2018
  43. Rediscovering the Cafe Tradition of Ho Chi Minh City Aug 7-27, 2018
  44. Where is the Best Banh Canh Cua in HCMC? Aug 7-27, 2018
  45. In Search of the best Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City Aug 7-27, 2018
  46. Peoplescape of Ho Chi Minh City Aug 7-27, 2018
  47. Rediscovering Ho Chi Minh City Aug 7, 2018
  48. AO Show, Ho Chi Minh City Apr 10, 2015
  49. Free English Apr 1, 2015
  50. Teaching English to Vietnamese Apr 1, 2015
  51. 20 Days in Ho Chi Minh City Mar 22 - Apr 12, 2015
  52. Discovering Ho Chi Minh City's Cafe Culture Nov 9 - Dec 17, 2014
  53. Ho Chi Minh City's Fascinating Motorbike Culture Nov 18, 2014
  54. Exploring Ho Chi Minh City (Ho Chi Minh City) Nov 9, 2014

  55. Hoi An
  56. Visiting Hoi An Ancient Town Jan 18-21, 2015

  57. Hue
  58. Exploring the Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam Jan 16-17, 2015

  59. Phu Quoc Island
  60. The Road Trip to Phu Quoc Island Nov 24-26, 2014

  61. Phung Hiep
  62. Motorbike Trip to the Floating Market of Phung Hiep Dec 3, 2014

  63. Pleiku
  64. Overnight in Pleiku Dec 16, 2014

  65. Sa Dec
  66. Exploring Sa Dec, Vietnam Nov 21-23, 2014

  67. Tri Ton
  68. Boatride Through the Mangrove Forest of Tri Ton, Vietnam Nov 27, 2014
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Vietnam FYI / Tips / Dos and Don'ts

General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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