April 19, 2003

Good Morning (from) Vietnam!

Greetings,

I'm writing this from an Internet cafe in the town of Hue, about half way between Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Hanoi. This evening I'm taking a bus the rest of the way up to Hanoi and over the last few days I have spent time in the Mekong Delta, Saigon, Dalat (hill country) and Nha Trang (beach resort). I don't have time to go into detail right now, but a few highlights include fresh strawberries from Dalat, locally made fresh yogurt (in one case combined with the strawberries for an excellent breakfast treat), waterfalls, floating markets and of course the beach.

So far everything here has been great and we have been getting some great deals as the tourist numbers are down due to the SARS media hype. On the down side one of the buses we wanted to take was canceled, but we caught an earlier one last night instead. Due the schedule change we split up with Jonathan the night before we had originally planned to, but it worked out alright. He is on his way back to Phnom Penh where he has to get back to work sooner than the rest of us.

Anyway, I should probably get going so that we can seen a little bit of this city before our next bus leaves. It looks like we'll probably be crossing into Laos later this week.

I hope all is going well and I'll talk to you later!

Andrew

PS FYI for those who are worried, according to the WHO SARS is now under control in Vietnam.

Posted by andrew on April 19, 2003
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