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Vietnam
April 18-30, 2006

If I had to sum up Vietnam in one long run-on sentence, I would say this:  Vietnam is a wonderful, blue-skied, sandy country full of palm trees, brilliant green rice fields, delicious food, and friendly people who zip around on sexy motor bikes wearing flip-flops and face masks.  And itís cheap. In Vietnam the tourist machine is well-oiled and smoothly churns out one memorable experience after another. We had so much fun that it actually felt like a vacation. 

Transport was incredibly easy and cheap in Vietnam because they have "open" bus tickets here. So in Hanoi, we paid about $30 each for a bus ticket all the way to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south.  "Open" means we can get on and off the bus in any city along the way.  Another great thing is that the bus always dropped us off at a hotel and picked us up there too, so we didnít have to walk around town with a giant back pack searching for accommodation (like we normally do).  At first we were leery of being taken to their select hotel, but it turned out to be great.  Throughout the trip, we stayed in nice rooms and never paid more than $8 (that was for a spacious room with a balcony and ocean view in Nha Trang).  

Hanoi
Hanoi
Halong Bay & Cat Ba Island
Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island
Hoi An
Nha Trang
Dalat
Mui Ne
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
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