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July 13, 2004

The Mekong Delta

Having successfully avoided the dog markets, I found myself confronted with even worse sights at My Tho. I walked through the meat market with an Australian teacher called Sandii (who took photos to gross out her students) and saw live...

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Posted by Rowena at 09:53 AM
July 11, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City

The skies above Saigon were illuminated by lightning storms - bolts and flashes - sometimes with rain, sometimes without. The city was packed with the ubiquitous 'motos' and there were shops and markets everywhere. With capitalism running rampant, I'm not...

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Posted by Rowena at 09:44 AM
July 10, 2004

Da Lat

Arriving in Da Lat, I wished I'd spent longer on the beach in Nha Trang instead as it was cold and raining up in the mountains. I found a very basic but friendly hostel and ventured out into the famed...

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Posted by Rowena at 09:30 AM
July 09, 2004

Nha Trang

I sat at the front of the overnight bus to Nha Trang, next to a stout lady with her luggage piled around her. Why she couldn't stow it like the rest of us, I don't know, but I was assigned...

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Posted by Rowena at 02:34 PM
July 07, 2004

Hoi An

The luggage compartment of the Hue - Hoi An bus was full, so my rucksack ended up on the floor by the door. It was not a happy arrangement as the driver switched off the air-conditioning going up hills to...

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Posted by Rowena at 02:29 PM
July 06, 2004


I was expecting the DMZ (De-Militarised Zone) to be a wasteland still, but it was full of paddy fields, banana trees and villages. Eucalyptus and pine trees were imported to re-forest the hillsides sprayed with Agent Orange, and the farmers...

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Posted by Rowena at 02:20 PM
July 05, 2004


I was late for the bus so it was mostly full when I boarded and I ended up with a seat over a back wheel. I was hoping to stretch out onto the space next to me to make up...

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Posted by Rowena at 02:12 PM
July 03, 2004

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, 200km east of Hanoi, is surrounded by tree-covered karsts and filled with green sea water. I stayed on a boat for two days as it motored around the islands, stopping at a spectacular cave and dropping anchor to...

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Posted by Rowena at 08:30 AM
June 30, 2004


Hanoi is a beautiful city of lakes and tree-lined streets. The buildings are narrow but tall and long because they used to be taxed according to the amount of street front they occupied. A lot of the architecture is a...

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Posted by Rowena at 03:36 PM
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