Goodnight, Vietnam | SE Asia #013

We travelled from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay to Hoi An, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Can Tho and now the time has come to say goodbye to Vietnam (for now.) But to remember our time here, we’ve reflected on the ups and downs of the last 15 days.

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Just Ask | In Transit | SE Asia #004

Just ask. It’s quickly becoming one of our top travel philosophies. We’re a little embarrassed that it took us this long to figure it out. Maybe it’s because we’re polite Canadians, or maybe it’s just our introverted personalities, but we never want to feel like we’re putting someone out.

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Nobody Puts Beer In The Corner | Hanoi | SE Asia #002

It’s already nine p.m. but the nightlife in Hanoi begins as soon as the sun goes down. After joining a slow but steady flow of pedestrians pushing through the crowded sidewalks, we give in to one of the Vietnamese women’s persistent efforts and sit down on her low plastic chairs sprawling into the street. Before we even have time to take in the glaring lights, constant honking, and shouting from one side of the street to the other, two sweating dark-glass bottles appear on the tiny table in front of us.

There’s a reason they call this Hanoi’s beer corner.

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A Night At The Opera, Vietnam Style | Hanoi | SE Asia #001

Apart from trying (and mostly failing) to direct young Chinese children in thrown-together plays and an unexpected viewing of NT Live’s King Lear at the movie theatre, we’ve been pretty removed from taking in one of our favourite art forms for the past 8 months. With our crazy schedules and lack of local Dalian theatre knowledge, we couldn’t make anything work for a night out at the theatre.

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