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Well, so but as is well known, I love Viet Nam. Ha Noi has got to be one of the coolest, most beautiful cities in the world. We had a great time there. Went to the Jazz Club twice, the Hanoi Opera House once and just generally had a blast. We got poured one on morning, but other than that, it was pretty good weather. Hue was great and Hoi An was nice too, though not what I expected it to be. Saigon is even richer than it was in 2002 and is also a very nice city. Very livable. I've said it before and I'll say it again: once Viet Nam gets a decent, responsive government committed to the rule of law, it will become an economic superpower. Richer than South Korea or Taiwan.
Temple in Saigon
Temple in Saigon
Same temple
Same temple
We went to like three of them
We went to like three of them
The temples in Viet Nam are markedly Mahayana, and a world apart from the mainly Theraveda of this trip
The temples in Viet Nam are markedly Mahayana, and a world apart from the mainly Theraveda of this trip
I get a kick out of this mirror thing
I get a kick out of this mirror thing
Nice details
Nice details
Again, still in Saigon here
Again, still in Saigon here
Getting a bit old
Getting a bit old
Outside the former US embassy in Saigon
Outside the former US embassy in Saigon
Here too
Here too
Atop the former US Embassy in Saigon
Atop the former US Embassy in Saigon
I'm guessing Korean
I'm guessing Korean
Street life
Street life
Uncle Ho, cradling an infant, Western Capitalism at its finest over his shoulder
Uncle Ho, cradling an infant, Western Capitalism at its finest over his shoulder
What?
What?
Just by the post office, we're still in Saigon
Just by the post office, we're still in Saigon
Saigon's Hindu temple
Saigon's Hindu temple
The Beautiful Iranian encounters an egg
The Beautiful Iranian encounters an egg
Inside the Cao Dai temple, Hue
Inside the Cao Dai temple, Hue
Outside
Outside
The eye represents god in Cao Dai. They worship, among others, Victor Hugo and Churchill
The eye represents god in Cao Dai. They worship, among others, Victor Hugo and Churchill
Outside the walls of the Citadel
Outside the walls of the Citadel
Same
Same
Same
Same
We like the glare, they HATE me.
We like the glare, they HATE me.
Perfume River tributary
Perfume River tributary
What we came to call the Buddha Virgin Mary
What we came to call the Buddha Virgin Mary
Mr. Vu. He took me on a countryside ride on motorbikes that was, easily, the highlight of my entire summer
Mr. Vu. He took me on a countryside ride on motorbikes that was, easily, the highlight of my entire summer
Saw this
Saw this
And this
And this
And this
And this
Paddies
Paddies
More great shots from Mr. Vu's ride
More great shots from Mr. Vu's ride
Monument to Vietnamese killed by my brave countrymen, for no reason whatsoever. We're good at that. A specialty, if you will.
Monument to Vietnamese killed by my brave countrymen, for no reason whatsoever. We're good at that. A specialty, if you will.
Canoeing.
Canoeing.
Ducks
Ducks
River life
River life
Guardian lion
Guardian lion
The Buddha looking like a gay baby
The Buddha looking like a gay baby
River life
River life
More
More
Fun with Mirrors
Fun with Mirrors
This nonsense was set up inside the Citadel. I suspect the Chinese
This nonsense was set up inside the Citadel. I suspect the Chinese
Ferocious temple detail
Ferocious temple detail
Inside the Citadel (we're in Hue, by the way)
Inside the Citadel (we're in Hue, by the way)
These fish-head drain piples recur
These fish-head drain piples recur
Hue
Hue
Waiting for work
Waiting for work
Paddies
Paddies
Sareh
Sareh
We had such nice weather
We had such nice weather
Now we're in Hoi An, or, just outside it
Now we're in Hoi An, or, just outside it
Very Tibetan
Very Tibetan
Outside Hoi An
Outside Hoi An
How I feel most days
How I feel most days
On a motorbike ride outside Hoi An
On a motorbike ride outside Hoi An
This one too
This one too
The Beautiful Iranian
The Beautiful Iranian
You see this yellow, this beautiful, only in Viet Nam
You see this yellow, this beautiful, only in Viet Nam
Kid
Kid
Gang, giggling at us, on our motorbikes
Gang, giggling at us, on our motorbikes
Hoi An temple
Hoi An temple
Yeah, enough already
Yeah, enough already
Street life
Street life
Hoi An085.JPG
Hoi An085.JPG
Hoi An market
Hoi An market
This one too
This one too
Saint Nick
Saint Nick
Nasty looking
Nasty looking
?
?
Guardian dog
Guardian dog
No idea
No idea
Temple roof
Temple roof
Cyclo
Cyclo
Tourist monks
Tourist monks
Again
Again
Sellter of thingies
Sellter of thingies
Hoi An at night
Hoi An at night
Again
Again
The Beautiful Iranian, in shadow
The Beautiful Iranian, in shadow
Clouds rising over Hoi An
Clouds rising over Hoi An
Fisherfolk
Fisherfolk
Hanoi at night
Hanoi at night
At the Ha Noi Hilton
At the Ha Noi Hilton
A temple by the cathedral
A temple by the cathedral
The road by the Opera House
The road by the Opera House
Sareh and Robin, outside the Opera House
Sareh and Robin, outside the Opera House
Ha Long bay
Ha Long bay
DO NOT GO HERE
DO NOT GO HERE
It blows and sucks and is the worst place
It blows and sucks and is the worst place
Any of us have ever in our lives been
Any of us have ever in our lives been
And after like 1 hour, you're SO done with limestone
And after like 1 hour, you're SO done with limestone
Ah, Hanoi
Ah, Hanoi
It really fucking poured
It really fucking poured
Like, I mean, it rained
Like, I mean, it rained
It became a little Venice
It became a little Venice
Got some nice shots though
Got some nice shots though
Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake
As close as I would let us get to the Water Puppet show.
As close as I would let us get to the Water Puppet show.
We tried so hard for blurred motorbike shots
We tried so hard for blurred motorbike shots
And just general motorbike shots
And just general motorbike shots
Cha Ching!
Cha Ching!
Again
Again
These are for sale all over town
These are for sale all over town
Desaturated
Desaturated
Overexposed
Overexposed
Madonna with child
Madonna with child