Monthly Archives: January 2012

The year of the dragon : Dalat

The hill station town of Dalat works at a much more leisurely pace than much of what we have seen of Vietnam. Without suffering from the tropical heat of the lowland South, the inhabitants seem able to chill a bit … Continue reading

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Winds of change: Mui Ne

Having endured a painful five-hour bus crawl northwards from Saigon (for the large part through endless urban sprawl and repetitive communist architectural monstrosities) we finally pitch up at the coastal resort of Mui Ne. Mui Ne is a resort known … Continue reading

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Going Underground : The Cu Chi Tunnels

Claustrophobia : The fear of enclosed spaces. Having studied phobias when training in hypnotherapy a few years ago, I developed an interested in the topic of phobic reactions and the underlying mental processes which allow a principally non-threatening event to become … Continue reading

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An orange twist : Saigon

Aside from the Vietnamese of the delta region being rather lacking in stature, the other trait we have frequently commented upon is the disproportionately high number of deformed people we have encountered over the past few days. Puzzled by the … Continue reading

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Market Day: Can Tho

With its numerous fingers of water dividing and reaching seawards after thousands of miles of travel across the nations of South-East Asia, the fertile lands of the Mekong Delta are often characterised as being the rice bowl of Vietnam. The … Continue reading

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Is this Lilliput? : Cau doc

An enjoyable six-hour boat journey along the mighty Mekong River provides us delivery all the way from Phnom Penh to the upper reaches of the Mekong delta at Cau Doc, Vietnam. Having crossed the Vietnamese border a little way upstream, … Continue reading

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The Killing Fields : Choeung Ek

Before leaving Cambodia for Vietnam, we stayed one more night in Phnom Penh as we still yet to take in the Genocide Memorial Centre, some 17km outside of the city. Choeung Ek is popularly referred to as “The Killing Fields” … Continue reading

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