The Heat Is On In Saigon | Ho Chi Minh City | SE Asia #008

Not only have we been singing that line from the musical, Miss Saigon, but the heat is quite literally on in Saigon.

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An Ocean Breeze Puts The Mind At Ease | Da Nang | SE Asia #007

Listen, we love travel, probably more than most people. But it’s tiring as heck! Constantly navigating around cities you don’t know, dealing with unexpected complications, trying to communicate with people you don’t share a language with, and walking twenty thousand steps a day gets pretty exhausting. So after only a week on our journey, we were pretty excited to be heading to the beach town of Da Nang.

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A Different Kind Of Hoi An-stagram | Hoi An | SE Asia #006

Hoi An is on many a ‘must-see’ list in Vietnam, but shortly after driving into the city, it was clear that this was tourist-central. Hoi An is what you think Vietnam looks like before actually visiting there. Don’t get us wrong, it’s very pretty – there’s a reason we have taken to calling it ‘Hoi-Anstagram’. The iconic yellow walls and Chinese lanterns make for some pretty photo shoot backdrops, but a few hours of wandering around the Ancient Town, and we were worried that we weren’t going to like it here very much.

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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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Ha Long Can We Keep This Up? | Ha Long Bay | SE Asia #003

There’s a reason people come to Ha Long Bay. It’s absolutely stunning. Islands of lush green mountains ascend out of the water as far as the eye-can-see. Close your eyes and imagine what it would have been to be the first people to have sailed into this bay. It’s magical and filled with wonder.

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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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