Some Notes on Vagabonding in Hanoi, Vietnam

Some Notes on Vagabonding in Hanoi, Vietnam

By typical standards for tourists, my four-day jaunt to Hanoi from Saigon was a bust. But sometimes that’s a good thing. After five weeks on a quiet Koh Lanta surrounded only by frogs, my cat, and thieves, the urban chaos of big cities in Vietnam should have...

Backpacking in Vietnam: A Summary

My 30-day visa for backpacking in Vietnam seemed to burn at both ends; such a short time is not even remotely adequate for exploring this huge, mind-boggling country. Regardless, I did the best that I could — even working my way north from Saigon to as far as...

Hello Saigon: First Impressions

Step 1: Stand on the very edge Step 2: Make peace with God Step 3: Close your eyes Step 4: Walk out slowly No…these aren’t the steps for a successful cliff dive. This is the sequence for something far more daunting and dangerous: crossing the street in...