Sapa, Vietnam, Part 2

My six Hmong friends grew up in the same village – Ta Van, a three-hour hike from Sapa – and when I met them four years ago they all lived at home and… Continue reading

Sapa, Vietnam, Part 1

My visit to Sapa, Vietnam was the highlight of the trip I made to Southeast Asia four years ago.  Sapa is a mountain town in the northern part of the country, very near… Continue reading

Hanoi, Vietnam

The night bus left Hue at 5pm on Friday and rolled into Hanoi at 7am on Saturday.  After checking into a great little hotel recommended by my friend Tenley, who lived in Hanoi… Continue reading

Hue, Vietnam

My guidebook describes Hue as the “intellectual, cultural, and spiritual heart of Vietnam.”  Fair enough, but all it took to impress me was a bridge that lights up and changes colors at night.… Continue reading

Hoi An, Vietnam

After 11 hours on the road, the night bus from Nha Trang pulled into Hoi An and spit us out at the city’s Sinh Café office.  Not even 7am yet but the sharks… Continue reading

Nha Trang, Vietnam

“It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone.  Our responses to the world are crucially molded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of… Continue reading

Da Lat, Vietnam

I rode shotgun in a minivan that went from the beach town of Mui Ne up to the highland city of Da Lat.  About two hours into the drive we found ourselves stuck… Continue reading

Mui Ne, Vietnam

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more… Continue reading

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

I expected my arrival in Vietnam to be a rush.  The country worked its way under my skin when I first visited four years ago and now represents the beginning of my big… Continue reading

Somewhere Over the Pacific Ocean

Bad luck or good?  The morning of my flight to Vietnam I uploaded a photo to my Flickr site and noticed it was the 13th in my Big Trip set.  I’m not particularly superstitious but I… Continue reading