Vietnam in July

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    Jul 24, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    I've been here for a week, will be here for another week, and let me just tell you all -- even having been a Texan for three decades, this country's heat is remarkably oppressive when you're walking/backpacking/hiking/biking everywhere. Now I understand why America is so caught up in a personal car culture: it's hot out there!
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    Jul 25, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    I arrived on Cat Ba Island today.

    The weather is nicer - still humid as a dishwasher's heavy cycle but not quite as hot. I've developed a three-shower per day habit. Although the nice thing about this country is that there are so many competing smells from the vegetation, the ocean, the farms, the pollution, the food, the fish market, and the raw heat itself, that there I haven't bothered with deodorant the whole time I've been here. I've never been very happy about the idea of smearing chemicals on my skin every day, but in many social and professional situations it's just poor manners to subject nonconsenting others to your bodily aroma. Yesterday in the high heat of the day I walked up and down to the temples and peaks of the "Marble Mountains". My clothes were literally dripping with sweat, and yet I didn't seem to give off the same funk I'd usually get from 15 minutes on a Stairmaster in an air-conditioned room.
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    Jul 26, 2010 2:24 PM GMT
    Today was awe-inspiring. Lan Ha Bay is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. I'll post some pictures when I get back home. Right now my only connection is an iPhone.
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    Jul 26, 2010 3:00 PM GMT
    Hey there,
    I'm in Vietnam right now for my 3-month summer vacation. Been living in Saigon my whole life, came to America 2 years ago for college. If you wanna chat, hit me up ^^ Im hecka BOREDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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    Jul 28, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
    Vietnam is a beautiful country with many variations in culture from north to south. Everywhere I went the people were extremely friendly and welcoming.

    Go to Phu Quok island in the south for the most tropical paridise beach you have ever seen.

    Take a boat ride through the Mekong Delta and go to the floating markets.

    Saigon is great, but it does have that American/western influence of brashness and pushiness from vendors ( and prostitutes). The markets, food and museums are fantastic.

    Go to Hoi An. Get some quality clothes made for yourself and come home with a new wardrobe.

    Hue......gorgeous. Too bad the Americans had to "destroy it in order to save it", but it is considered a cultural capital and is rumored to have the best looking men and women in the country.

    Hanoi is wonderful. Magical. The food. The people. The markets. The Sights. The ICE CREAM!

    Sa-Pa.........fantastic trekking with the local tribal people will give you memories you will cherish.
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    Jul 31, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    Well that was weird -- I spend two weeks in Viet Nam eating street food and seafood cooked by ladies wandering the beaches, and I'm absolutely fine. Then I come to Thailand to go scuba diving and my second day in Samui I'm knocked down and spend 24 hours confined to my hotel (and half of that was in the room with the tile and porcelain, if you know what I mean). So I only get one day of diving out of my four days in Thailand.

    But I'll be in Bangkok tonight, so hopefully I'll get enough of my energy back so I can go out and see how the city lives on a Saturday night.
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    Jun 08, 2016 10:22 AM GMT
    nice report, Vietnam is my favorite destination as the country is quite safe and cheap. I also had 2 week trip in Vietnam last year. I especially like mr tour guide in Saigon. he was so cute, funny and helpful. we did a food tour on motorbike (actually a scooter but they call that motorbike), sitting on the back of a scooter, mr guide took me around streets and told a lot of interesting things. the tour was around 4 hours and it will be an unforgettable experience for me. if anyone also interested, consider contact this agency, as I booked tour with them and met my tour guide:
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    Jun 09, 2016 11:37 PM GMT
    So you like Vietnam the best?

    I am considering going there.

    Nice reports!
    more photos!!