How to pick your Halong Bay cruise

Halong Bay is one of the “must dos” in Southeast Asia. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay is famous for abrupt karst rock formations caused by millions of years of geomorphology (thanks google) that jut out of the sea beautifully and randomly. The rock formations and resulting caves are uninhabitable and have thus…

Vietnam: A Country Full of Surprises!

Let me preface what I’m about to share with you by saying that I really enjoy surprises. I think you could probably place me in the upper tier of “surprise lovers.” However, two out of the three surprises listed below certainly made me question my love for surprises in a very big way. Surprise 1: Ho Chi…

Reflections on Cambodia

Cambodia is a case study on how good we have it in the U.S.  From 1975-1979, ~25% of their population was killed (2 million people) by the ruthless Khmer Rouge regime through a combination of mass murder, disease, and starvation.  Along with 2 million people, the Khmer Rouge also killed the Cambodian (also known as…