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S: Claire and Adam's Vietnam Honeymoon

BC: March 2011 | We love you, Gilda

FC: Claire and Adam's Vietnam Honeymoon

1: Outside Dulles | Presenting our plane... | Adam's favorite quip of today: "An entire country sponsored by a soft drink?" | Best thing about Korean Air? BiBimBap

2: First day in Ho Chi Minh City | View from our hotel | Reunification Hall | View from the Hall | One of the tanks that bulldozed through the gates in April 1975, ending the war | Old equipment left in 1975

3: Post office exterior, interior and phone bank | Notre Dame Cathedral, where we saw at least four brides taking pictures | Street sweeping

4: Two pagodas | Turtles for sale outside pagoda | Turtles released for luck in pagoda | Birds for sale outside pagoda | Candle offerings | Central courtyard

5: Cyclo ride through Chinatown | Reflection of my cyclo in the back of a truck after being covered up against the rain

6: Pho 2000 for the President | ...so named because Clinton ate here in 2000 | Yum

7: Cao Dai Temple | The Cao Dai religion embraces Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and other non-traditional saints, including Louis Pasteur, MLK Jr. and Victor Hugo. Plus, they are vegetarians 10 days a month. Pretty awesome,

8: Rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel | View from the Rex over Saigon | The Rex was the location of the "Five O'Clock Follies," the daily press conference led by American generals during the war

9: Cu Chi Tunnels | Traps set by the Viet Cong to injure the "band of crazy American devils" | Trying out the entrances to the tunnels

10: Posing in a bomb crater | Claire inside the tunnel Adam refused to to enter | We finally convinced Adam... | ...and doesn't he look like he had fun?

11: Washing up at the bamboo sink | Partaking of a Cu Chi delicacy: tapioca and peanuts | Saluting Uncle Ho | Hanging out with some happy Viet Cong

12: Quan An Ngon Restaurant | Lunch with our guide, Giang | Trying out some coconut milk dessert with all sorts of gooey noodle-y things

13: Nha Trang | The amazing view from our window | Welcome fruit plate | The view from the room into the bathroom window (?) | Our decorated bed

14: Fun in the sun | Parasailing | Adam playing in the sea | Toweling off

15: Our fancy water bottle-in-a-bag | Adam enjoying a strawberry mojito with sugarcane | Dropped in the ocean (surprise) | High in the air

16: Thapba Mud Bath and Hotspring

17: Po Ngar Cham Towers | View over the river with fishing boats | Cham dancers

18: Evanson Ana Mandara Resort Our fanciest dinner of the trip | Our table, right near the beach | A table actually on the beach | Sampler of non-alcoholic drinks (our favorite was the lime and salt concoction) | The passion fruit degustation that cured Adam of his passion fruit obsession

19: Food in Hoi An | Mr. Kim of Cafe des Amis | The amazing quantity of food at Cafe des Amis | Morning Glory Restaurant (where we had our cooking class) | Waffles and ice cream. | Adam and a Vietnamese Hoagie | Completely fried breakfast at Betel Garden Homestay | Mango Rooms

20: Hoi | Clothing stores | Japanese | Dog statue | Lanterns for sale

21: An | Adam scaring a chicken | Children selling lanterns | River view in Hoi An, with fishing boats | bridge | Window detail in Japanese bridge

22: My Son | a Cham temple complex | Adam and a linga | Claire in many guises

23: Adam on a bridge | The road to nowhere? | Finally, a destination

24: One of our drivers, Ngo, showing us peanut plants | A very cold stop at old US army barracks | Our motorbike ride

25: Getting prepared for the rain | Two stops post-rain: the "elephant" waterfall and a fishing village | Our cheapest meal of the trip (and the scenery)

26: Pilgrimage Village | Adam, post-motorbike. Dirty, bloody and wet. | The spa where Adam recovered his "quan" post-ride | Claire, post-breakfast, with cookies. Yum. | The rainy pool | Breakfast

27: Hue | Khai Dinh's Tomb | Posing as mandarins | Ornate ceramic interior | Elephants, horses and mandarins, oh my | Entrance to the tomb

28: Cuddling up to the animals | Adam as a civil mandarin | Entrance to summer residence

29: Tomb of Tu Duc | Lake pavilion | Apology by the king for his reign | Tomb entrance

30: A pagoda (not sure which one) | Adam makes a novice monk friend

31: The Citadel and Imperial City | Adam meets an elephant | Our guide and driver | Adam at the theater | Car air freshener

32: Welcome drinks | Honeymoon cake | Hip Hanoians | City founding legend | Hoan Kiem Lake

33: Bamboo sellers street | Bodhi tree | Typical restaurant: note the tot-sized chairs | Hanoi

34: Sa | Sapaly overnight train

35: Sapa | Water buffalo | Bundled up

36: Looking for Jeeves's relatives | Foggy Sapa morning

37: Hen protecting her chicks | Waiting for us to leave the restaurant | Adam's least-favorite meal: baguettes and eggs | Sapa

38: Our "slippery" hike | So much mud | Our path | A bridge (in use)

39: Our (unsolicited) guides

40: Sapa: the second day | Rice (re)planting | Women in traditional dress

41: The Bac Ha Market | Chiles | Kohlrabi | Sugarcane | Mung bean filled donut

42: Lamar the lemur | Lamar's awful seller | Pham after buying Lamar for 5 dollars | Kids watching Lamar | Lamar on a boat

43: Water buffalo ploughing | Rice fields

44: Saying goodbye to Pham and Lamar | The Chinese border with Lamar

45: Halong Bay | Welcome drinks | Our room

46: On an island for kayaking and spelunking | Cave | The chef's pumpkin creations with dinner | Adam falling asleep at dinner, courtesy of Dramamine

47: Our boat | K | Kayaking

48: View from our window | On our way to the fishing village | On the rowboat | It's started raining, thus the hats | Our rower

49: Relaxing on the upper deck (falling asleep in Adam's case...that Dramamine again) | The crew | Convenience store | Fishing family | Ready to disembark

50: Hanoi, Part 2 | Adam in front of Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum | House on stilts | Uncle Ho

51: Hanoi Hilton, i.e., Hoa Lo Prison | New international high-rise behind prison | Strange metaphorical exhibits in Ho Chi Minh Museum

52: Adam pantomiming B52 bomber | Hun Tiep Lake and the Downed B52

53: Adam and the new Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel | Ice cream sushi at Fanny's | Delicious (?) glutinous rice dessert | Flower seller | Adam uncomfortably sitting on floor to eat at NewDay

54: Hoa Lu: ruins of the ancient capital with temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le | The five elements flags | Rowing with feet

55: Tam Coc: the Halong Bay of the Rice Fields | Bicycling through the rice paddies | Rowing in the dark | Adam and bull cart

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