This is what backpacking in Vietnam is really like...

This is what backpacking in Vietnam is really like...

And after months, and months, of being the person begging for advice....it sure does feel good to be the one dispensing it.

In Cambodia, I meet a lot of people headed to Vietnam.  I tell them I have already done the damn thing (Hanoi to Saigon) and they, just like me, want advice.

Well gather round', young grasshoppers.  I have your advice... I just wish I knew how to put it lightly.

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Is Vietnam's Mekong River Delta Worth the Hype?

Is Vietnam's Mekong River Delta Worth the Hype?

Well, as your friend, I am here to let you know that the Mekong River Delta doesn't look like that. Lemme save you some heartbreak and give it to you straight (like no one did for me): the Mekong River Delta... looks like Vietnam, and I am fairly certain all of those photos were taken in Thailand. 

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Vietnamese Silk Making is a Traveler's Hidden Gem

Vietnamese Silk Making is a Traveler's Hidden Gem

I never really associated silk with Vietnam before I came here, or even for the first few weeks I was in the country.  Actually, not until my motorbike driver pulled over on a random street in the Central Highlands and pointed to two wooden structures covered in what appeared to fake halloween spider webs did I give it a thought.

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How to eat your way through Hue, Vietnam, in one day

How to eat your way through Hue, Vietnam, in one day

There are some sights, but most of them were destroyed during the war. HOWEVER, those do not matter. Sorry, they don't. If you made the time to stop through Hue, your focus shouldn't be on sights.  Your focus should be on trying all of the classic dishes of the city, with maybe seeing a few sights along the way. 

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Trusting your traveler's intuition, and the importance of getting to know yourself.

Trusting your traveler's intuition, and the importance of getting to know yourself.

Even within Vietnam I often find myself hard pressed, staring at a map, and looking at my "must see" list.  I always reach the same, disappointing conclusion: there is too much to see.  I can't go to all of it.  Even on my "grand Asia trip," I will not be able to see it all.

As a traveler, this is a hard pill to swallow.

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