I’ve been traveling around Vietnam for two weeks now and am getting a better idea of what this place is about. After passing through Hanoi, Saigon, Phu Quoc, and Mui Ne, I’m finding that Vietnam is a tougher nut to crack than I had estimated. What I mean by that is that it’s taking more time and effort for me to find the things that I really came here looking for. Due to language difficulties and a heavily entrenched tourist infrastructure, I find myself getting caught in tourist nets very often. It takes effort to learn the Vietnamese phrases necessary to connect with people who don’t speak English and it takes time to find locations where I’m not treated like a 6’5″ ATM machine. The next few posts will be Vietnam location specific.

in a hot tub in Halong bay when it was raining: