Category - Travel Tips

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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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Buying in Vietnam or Why I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Haggle
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Lost in Translation: Japan Edition
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Tragedy in Japan: Customs problems

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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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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Lost in Translation: Japan Edition

We had just gotten into Tokyo and I was hungry. So after wandering around the temples, we stumbled into our first 7/11. Now, the food selection is truly impressive. Each item is neatly bagged and described. Among those items are donuts, crispy puffs, onigiri (rice balls), and a host of other items (even crustless pre-made[…]

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Tragedy in Japan: Customs problems

We’re now happily settled into our lovely little hostel in Japan, off to our next adventure. To get there, we traveled out of Singapore, through Taiwan, and into Japan via Tokyo’s Narita airport (more on that later), where we encountered the second casualty of our trip

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