Touring the Mekong Delta: The “Rice Basket of Vietnam”

January 16, 2024Vietnam

Grassy shades of green drift past my window like colors from a box of Crayola 64 crayons. Workers appear in the distance, up to their knees and waists in the fields, their conical hats bobbing as they move. Deep green coconut palm trees and golden wispy plants partially submerged in marshy water frame the scene … Read More

A Day in Ho Chi Minh City: Ghosts of Grandeur & Ghosts of War

January 14, 2024Vietnam

“I’m going to quickly take you from the Stone Age to 1858, when the French took over control of Vietnam,” our tour guide Thang was telling us. We are standing outside Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, site of the Fall of Saigon in 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its … Read More