Author - elmuslek

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles (and Boats): Travel through Vietnam
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King TripAdvisor and Vietnamese tourism
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From sea to table: Our tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market (Part 2)
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Buying in Vietnam or Why I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Haggle
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From sea to table: Our tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market

Planes, Trains, Automobiles (and Boats): Travel through Vietnam

Vietnam has amazing variety in a small area. Jump on an hour-long flight, and you go from rainy north to sunny south. Grab the train, and you see the rolling countryside and glistening coastline. Take a boat, and you can get lost in islands jutting out of the sea. We got to see a few of them on our travels on various mechanized people movers (sadly, no cyclos) as we did our own travel through Vietnam. (more…)

King TripAdvisor and Vietnamese tourism

Owning a tour company or hotel in Vietnam would be brutal. For starters, you’d be one of many doing the exact same thing. Then, those pesky backpackers would come in seeking low rates, cutting your profits even further. Full occupancy? Forget about it! And then, once you finally figure out some way to stand out[…]

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From sea to table: Our tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market (Part 2)

This is the second part of a two-part post on the Tsukiji Fish Market. We’ll cover the rest of the bustling fish market.

Warning: This post has graphic content. Those who are squeamish should not continue reading.

 

The rest of the experience was no less exciting than the tuna auction. Outside that auction house lay the intermediate wholesalers, restaurants, and a marketplace. (more…)

Buying in Vietnam or Why I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Haggle

Woman selling fruit on the street sees an Asian-American. “5,000 Dong! 5,000 Dong!” Girl passes by uninterested. She then sees me (white American). “25,000 Dong! $1! Special price!” That covers most of the interactions I’ve had with sellers in Vietnam.

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From sea to table: Our tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market

This is the first part of a two-part post on the Tsukiji Fish Market. We’ll cover the star of the show: the tuna auction. We’ll talk about the rest of the market in a later one.

Warning: This post has graphic content. Those who are squeamish should not continue reading.

 

Most of us have had sushi at least once in our lives. There really is nothing like it in the food world. I enjoy that first bite, feeling the tenderness of the fish against the texture of the rice. But have you ever asked yourself how it got there? (more…)

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