What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?
Travel in country is enjoyable. There is a lot to see, and it’s relatively easy to see it. The Vietnamese people are friendly to Americans, and are open to making friends. Regional travel is also a nice benefit. Siem Reap is an hour away by plane, Singapore only a little more. Direct flights to Taiwan. Sapa was disappointing, as was Hoi An, but I’m glad that I went and encourage you to go, too. History enthusiasts will like Hanoi. - Jul 2019
Seeing the rapid development of this city from a sleepy Mekong Delta town to a heaving metropolis. - Mar 2016
Definitely the travel opportunities, and getting to meet people from all over the world, and building friendships with them. Running in the 10k at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I love how family-friendly it is here. There are so many things for my young kids to do where we live. - Aug 2015
The travel. It's a beautiful place with many other amazing places to see nearby. We all love the local food and the chance to do "nicer" things should we wish to spend a little more money. - May 2014
Getting away to beautiful beaches, enjoying the cheaper mid-level resorts (Vietnamese 4 star), HCMC is fairly international with a little bit of everything. Seeing the Me Kong Delta and attending some of the events that the Consulate puts on have been great. - Jul 2011
Exploring the old streets and amazing wet markets, with my camera and notebook (NO Bag). The beautiful old French colonial buildings (already sadly crumbling,dilapidated and unloved) are slowly being demolished and replaced with giant condo's and shopping malls. The city is changing dramatically on a daily basis, there doesn't seem to be any protection for old historical buildings. Money speaks here. Land is sold and suddenly a whole row of old shop houses and interesting buildings is gone overnight. Rents are tripled by greedy land lords and long time residents turfed out. The weeks before TET are a feast for the eyes, photographers and budding authors will love it here, so many colors and weird sights to see. I love to soak it all in, write about it, film it. - Sep 2010