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Offline R.H.H

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« on: December 28, 2019, 07:52:56 pm »
Hello all.

Travelling to Vietnam for the first time in February.  :dharma:

Any advice on places to go, things to see/do (Buddhist or otherwise)? Any particular experiences or adventures you'd recommend (was considering volunteering somewhere if anyone has any experience with any such websites)?

I'll be flying in and out of Ho Chi Minh City but looking to travel around a fair bit in between.

Feel free to throw any tips/stories/advice my way. This is only my second time ever overseas and knowing that such opportunities can be few and far between in life I really want to make the most of it.

(Hopefully this is the most appropriate thread for such a topic, I'm still navigating my way around the website).

Thanks all, much love  <3


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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2019, 12:09:39 pm »
Hello all.

Travelling to Vietnam for the first time in February.  :dharma:

Any advice on places to go, things to see/do (Buddhist or otherwise)? Any particular experiences or adventures you'd recommend (was considering volunteering somewhere if anyone has any experience with any such websites)?

I'll be flying in and out of Ho Chi Minh City but looking to travel around a fair bit in between.

Feel free to throw any tips/stories/advice my way. This is only my second time ever overseas and knowing that such opportunities can be few and far between in life I really want to make the most of it.

(Hopefully this is the most appropriate thread for such a topic, I'm still navigating my way around the website).

Thanks all, much love  <3

I doubt you'll find anyone here who can comment on Vietnam, but you should check out travel forums like TripAdvisor and Fodor's.  Forums like that hellped us a lot to make preparations for a 2-wk trip through Egypt a couple years back.

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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2020, 07:52:27 am »
Hi, R.H.H.,

My travel experience in Vietnam goes back to 1963 during the pre-Vietnam
War.  I arrived there the day after President Kennedy's assassination in a cute little town called Danang in what was then South Vietnam.  From there I drove in a military caravan to another small village called Phu Bai, just south of the demilitarized zone, where we were stationed as Military Advisors for the South Vietnamese Government.

Just North of Phu Bai is the ancient capital of Vietnam, a city called Hue', where there is a large Zen Community of monks.  Master Tich Nat Hahn was a novice monk there.  The temple there and in the surrounding areas about Hue's are worth seeing.

It was in Hue' and in what was then called Saigon, that the self immolations occurred by senior monks protesting the treatment of all Buddhists by the Catholic government, which was predominant at the time.

Probably the most beautiful parts of Vietnam at the time where their beaches, which were / are accessible to the East in Hue' which lie through the villages.

I am certain you will enjoy your trip.  The people are very friendly and the country is beautiful.

I have a lawyer friend, who goes there periodically.  He has adopted several children from Vietnam and has traveled all over the country, both north and south.  If you send me your e-mail address I will contact him and make him aware of your journey.  You can ask him for his personal recommendations.

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Re: Vietnam
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2020, 04:44:55 am »
My neighbour used to holiday there frequently. He loved everything about the country as it was really beautiful and the people very friendly. The only word of caution about the people is if you get friendly with a family, go to visit their home and eat with them, they do expect some kind of financial support from you, or at least this is what he found twenty years ago. it may have changed since then.
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