Vietnam

01 Jan 2008

by Marc Passion

VIETNAM

Capital:Hanoi Population:86.1 million Currency:Dong Dial:+84

Visas:
Arrange in advance with fixed arrival and departure dates; US$30-60 for 30 days

Vietnam

30 Jul 2008

by Marc Passion

DRINKING SNAKE BLOOD ON THE MEEKONG

The snake in Vietnamese culture is considered a mystical creature with healing properties. Eating the still beating heart and drinking its warm blood mixed with local vodka has been tradition for generations. The practice is considered especially good for bad backs; great news for travelers carrying heavy backpacks.

Vietnam

25 Jul 2008

by Marc Passion

BIKING AROUND DALAT

Get your motor running! The best way to see Dalat and the surrounding countryside is by motorbike and, after you’ve done a tour as a passenger, you’ll be seriously considering a Harley and leathers when you get home.

 

 

 

 

Vietnam

20 Jul 2008

by Marc Passion

VISITING AN ORPHANAGE

So you’ve been getting drunk, chatting up the locals and you haven’t even washed. Feeling pretty bad, huh? Why not cleanse the soul (and the memory of that Swiss girl) by doing something good for a change? There are orphanages all over south-east Asia who would welcome gifts and donations to help continue their good work.

Vietnam

15 Jul 2008

by Marc Passion

MY SON TEMPLE

A thousand years ago the Cham dynasty dominated huge swaths of what is now Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The My Son temple was once the jewel in the crown for this ancient race and is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

 

 

Vietnam

10 Jul 2008

by Marc Passion

BUYING A HAND MADE EXTRAORDINAIRE SUIT

Even if you’re not a Travel Extraordinaire it’s worth getting a good suit (or dress for the ladies) and Hoi An is the place to buy one. This small town is up there with Hong Kong and Bangkok for its tailoring, so take advantage while you’re here and splash the cash.