A Vietnamese perspective on history while in Saigon

The largest city in Vietnam has had several names during the course of history, but after the communist takeover in South Vietnam in 1975, the temporary government renamed the city after Hồ Chí Minh, the late North Vietnamese leader.  … [Read more]

What’s for dinner in the Mekong Delta?

As dusk began to fall, the local food market in Can Tho was abuzz with activity. Vendors lined both sides of the road, their array of delectables set neatly on the ground ready for the evening rush.  … [Read more]

It’s official – we’re coming home!

After 19 months of travel through 24 countries across five continents we’re returning home to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Our flight is now booked for Wednesday, April 10th – a 24 hour travel day that starts mid-morning in Hanoi and ends in Ottawa just before midnight of the same day.… [Read more]

From rats to riches in southern Cambodia

As we approached the island, I had that sinking feeling when you know reality is not going to meet expectations.  At first glance, it was clear that our “resort” was a little more rustic than I had anticipated.  … [Read more]

Getting a Vietnamese Visa in Cambodia

A visa is required to enter Vietnam, and none of the Cambodia/Vietnam land border crossings issue them on arrival. Sihanoukville, a small town on the southern coast of Cambodia is known for beautiful beaches and easy Vietnam visas, a well earned reputation on both counts based on our recent visit to the area.… [Read more]

The Khmer Rouge – a black spot on Cambodia’s history

Phnom Penh has been the capital of Cambodia since the country was colonized by the French.  In the 1920’s, it was known as the “Pearl of Asia” and was considered one of the prettiest French-built cities in Indochina.  … [Read more]

Inspiration in rural Cambodia

On the 4-hour bus ride from Siem Reap to Battambang (on a comfortable bus even though it was old and dirty), we stopped twice for refreshments. Ladies with  trays of roasted crickets were eagerly awaiting our business.  … [Read more]

Out of Power in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I awoke early Thursday morning sweating profusely.  It only took a moment before I realized the fan wasn’t working because we had no electricity.  This meant no water either as our budget (US $10/night for fan room) guest house (Bayon Garden) uses a water reservoir with a pump that is run by electricity.  … [Read more]

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Angkor Wat – an architectural wonder and historical treasure

The Temple of Angkor Wat is perhaps the most famous and most recognizable religious monument in the world.  It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and a source of great pride to Cambodians.  … [Read more]

Laos – land of temples, monks, sunsets and French bakeries

By following the well worn backpacker trail through northern and central Laos, we caught a glimpse of a country of contrasts where rural and urban life often seemed worlds apart.  Even though the journey between these tourist hotspots is on paved roads as compared to 80% of the country’s roadways which are dirt, travel is still difficult in this country.  [Read more]