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Saigon

Previously known as Saigon, this was our first stop in Vietnam and Kip noted how much it has changed since he had visited 12 years ago. Skyscrapers, Starbucks, and chain stores have popped up amongst the local vendors and hole-in-the-wall restaurants but the history is still rich. A visit to the Reunification Palace and the Cu Chi Tunnels was a difficult reminder about America’s presence in this country but the people here are friendly and proud of heir nation, welcoming us with smiles and open arms. They are enterprising, clever, and beguiling.

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Hoi An

This may have been one of our favorite stops in Vietnam. We loved biking all over town, eating delicious food, and seeing the city light up with an endless supply of colorful lanterns. This is also where we realized how friendly the Vietnamese are to everyone, including Americans. Given our history, it’s pretty amazing.

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Hue

Our adventure to Hue started with a guided motorcycle ride from Hoi An. It took all day since we made multiple stops along the way, but it gave us the opportunity to see the country in a different way. We also had the unique experience of spending an entire rainy day with Vietnamese locals at a birthday party for an employee at our hotel. While we may have missed out on a few of the tourist attractions, we felt lucky to have the time to hang out with new friends and learn more about their lives in this country.

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Hanoi

If you watch Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” episode on Hanoi, you will get a very accurate representation of what this city is like! Scooters buzzing by at every turn, copious eateries offering pho, ban cha and bahn mi, and for us, many friends!

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Meo Vac

We were thrilled that we were able to meet up with Uncle Craig and Cousin Emily for a tour of the north. It was a windy road all the way, but we often hopped off the van and walked through remote villages interacting with local people and attempting to learn more about their way of life.

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Ha Giang

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Halong Bay

While this has easily become one of the top tourist destinations in Vietnam, the beauty of the landscape is still undeniable amongst the many many junk boat tours. We opted for one night on a “deluxe” boat and while it was anything but deluxe, we basked in the 1969 gorgeous karst rock formations.

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