All Alone on a Tiny Island

The first Thai Island on my list was Phuket, which proved to be extremely overrated. I found a room in Phuket Town, but quickly learned that people used the town as more of a transit point to reach the other beautiful islands. I barely lasted one night and then hopped on a ferry the next […]

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Wandering through Southeast Asia

Wandering through Southeast Asia

I was in Southeast Asia, which just so happens to be the perfect place to wander. After completing my volunteer placement in Hanoi, I decided to forfeit my plane ticket to Australia, leaving me with the realization that I had all the time in the world, with no restriction on where to go or how […]

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From the Hanoi to Saigon…Are you sure I don’t need a passport to enter?

From the Hanoi to Saigon…Are you sure I don’t need a passport to enter?

I was expecting subtle differences going from Hanoi to Saigon, but instead I felt like I had entered a different country. I was already anticipating a different experience than my time in Hanoi simply because I would no longer be a volunteer living with the locals, but rather a backpacker staying in the tourist district. […]

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Who can resist tailor made clothing?

Who can resist tailor made clothing?

My first stop after leaving Hanoi was Hoi An, a small city (more like a town) known for  tailoring. I had been dreaming about getting fabulous tailor-made clothing for about two weeks before I left Hanoi.

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Cultural Differences in Vietnam

Cultural Differences in Vietnam

During my pre-departure preparation for Vietnam, I ensured that I was well-versed in the country’s culture and customs.

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Respect

I know I already touched on the bus topic, but because I learn something new on the bus everyday, I feel like I need to revisit. The bus is where I get a chance to zone in for an hour and get some good old, uninterrupted, people-watching time. Everyday, I leap onto a moving bus […]

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Vietnamese Culture 101

We were fortunate enough to have our host organization give us a crash course on life in Vietnam…Of course, we had this orientation 3 days after we arrived, so we were forced to unknowingly dive right in. The accommodations at the Volunteer House were very basic, which made me appreciate the luxuries that we are […]

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No Right of Way in Vietnam

I read my fair share of travel guides prior to my departure for Vietnam, so I was therefore well versed in the infamous rules of the road as a pedestrian in Hanoi. Looking back, I didn’t truly understand what it meant to cross a road in Hanoi until I found myself standing at the side […]

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My New Job

I must admit that it feels very odd to be working a full-time job in Vietnam, and even more so to be branching out of the profession that I am accustomed to. Prior to my departure, I was aware that I would be working with a public health organization and doing a lot of proposal/project […]

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