Adventure Travel-Vietnam

Posted: January 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

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In addition to my hobby of amateur radio, one of my other interests is in “Adventure Travel”.

This involves visiting countries that are off the beaten path or not exactly the conventional tourist destinations. One of my favorite places that I have visited is Vietnam.

From the San Francisco Bay Area, it is very easy and inexpensive to fly to Vietnam. The first thing that strikes you as you land in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is that you are landing at the former US Airbase known as Tan Son Nhat. It is now a modern and efficient airport.

The second thing that strikes you in Vietnam is just how friendly and welcoming the Vietnamese are to Americans. There seems to be no “hang over” from the war years and everyone seems very happy and gracious.

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The old US Embassy in Saigon is now a museum.

American dollars are welcome in Vietnam and the cost of hotels, taxis and meals is quite reasonable. English (and French) is often spoken in Vietnam. Young people will enjoy practicing their English skills with you. There are many Australians and Japanese visiting Vietnam.

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Captured American Hueys sit on the Embassy roof-ready for take off.

Ho Chi Minh City is a very large and congested city. After seeing the sights there, try to spend a few days in Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Dalat, Halong Bay, Hue and Hanoi. Be sure to try the many varieties of Vietnamese food and Vietnamese Coffee.

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While in Ho Chi Minh City, be sure to visit the Museum of the war with the Americans.

The coast of Vietnam is spectacular. Mui Na is a beautiful resort area located on the central coast. Imagine how Hawaii looked 75 years ago and that’s how Mui Na looks now.

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The gates to the Citadel, City of Hue.

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Halong Bay at dusk.

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Lanterns are lit during the full moon in Hoi An.

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Fresh seafood is plentiful and very inexpensive along the coast of Vietnam.

The old city of Hue and beautiful and fascinating. Be sure to take in Hanoi as there is a lot to see and do there.

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One of the many Temples that you can visit.

I highly recommend a visit to Vietnam for anyone looking for a peaceful and adventurous place!

What do you think?

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