Weekend Getaway: Washington, DC

At some point, we’ve all been asked for advice on visiting our hometowns, from providing tips for acquaintances and colleagues to playing full-on tour guide and host for visiting family and friends.  And, odds are you’ve asked people in your circle … Read More

Reborn in Luang Prabang

It’s been a helluva ride, literally and figuratively, these past couple weeks. As you may have read, we’ve had laptop issues, which are still unresolved (our second attempt to fix my broken screen ended when the repair guy decided to … Read More

When Gadgets Go Wrong in Vietnam

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We are just a week away from the four-month mark in Vietnam.  Half of me wonders where the time went, and the other half feels like we’ve been in Vietnam forever. While I’m not sure one ever feels settled into … Read More

The “Ancient” Imperial City of Huế

This is how I referred to Huế, until I found out that it was the imperial capital of Vietnam during the not-so-ancient Nguyễn dynasty (1802-1945 CE).  Oops.  Never hire me as a tour guide.* You might forgive my ignorance if you’ve seen … Read More

Nha Trang: Nha-t My Favorite

Once upon a December ago, we spent Christmas in Đà Lạt.  While it was the perfect place to spend the holiday, a week of chilly temps there left us eager for some sun, sand, and surf, so we set out … Read More

Adventures in Caving, Part 2: Hang En

Hang En may be the greatest tease of all caves known to man. Why?  Because Hang Sơn Đoòng, the largest cave in the world, is a mere 3 km. walk away, but you cannot go there without signing up for … Read More

Adventures in Caving, Part 1: Tu Lan Caves

Part 1 of 2 on caving in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past year or two, you’ve probably heard of Hang Sơn Đoòng, the largest cave in the world.  If you’ve got … Read More

City of Thousands of Pines

Our first big destination north of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was Đà Lạt, a mountain town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and “city of thousands of pines.” After managing to skirt HCMC on our way north from the Mekong, … Read More

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Ferry

After spending almost a month in the Mekong Delta, much longer than we intended, it was time to head north for the remaining two months of our visa.  But how to get there? The straightforward route goes through Ho Chi … Read More

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