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Return to Vietnam 2008
After planning it for years, finally in September 2008, along with good friend Minh (who is from Vietnam), I made my "triumphant return" to Vietnam. Here's how it happened.

Below you can see the slideshows of various portions of the trip, plus narratives as to what happened on each leg of the trip.

Click on "Slideshow" to see the pictures; click on "Story" to read the narratives. Naturally... BTW, since the photos are on the large size, you might profit from pressing the F-11 key (on most browsers) and view the slide shows full screen. The slides are timed to change every five seconds.

NOTE: This is still very much a work in progress. I've found it difficult to make the time to label all the pictures in the slideshows, plus write a narrative for each leg of the trip. But I'm working on it.
Right now there are narratives to the first seven sections, Hanoi, The Wedding, The Hanoi Hilton, Halong Bay, Hue and Nha Trang. Be sure to check back periodically to see the new narratives that have been added.

Slideshows & Stories:

1. Hanoi Slideshow     Story

Pictures of Minh and me, the happy couple, the streets of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the statue of Lenin, the Military Museum, our hotel and Hanoi at night.

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2. The Wedding Slideshow     Story

Pictures of the wedding on September 14th, including the happy couple and me with my "adoptive" Vietnamese parents.

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3. The Hanoi Hilton Slideshow     Story

Pictures of the notorious prison in Hanoi that housed American POWs during the Vietnam War.

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4. Halong Bay Slideshow     Story

Pictures of our overnight trip on a boat in Halong Bay, including the treacherous trek through a gigantic limestone cavern.

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5. On the Trains Slideshow     Story

Pictures from two of our three train journeys, including the overnight Hanoi-to-Hue run and then the day train from Hue to Nha Trang along a spectacular coastline.

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6. Hue Slideshow     Story

Pictures from the old imperial capitol of Hue, including tours of several elaborate tombs of the emperors and a visit to the old walled city which became so infamous during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

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7. Nha Trang Slideshow     Story

Pictures from our stop at the beach resort of Nha Trang, including a visit to the Vin Pearl Resort, a boat trip on the bay and some pictures of future opera diva mezzo soprano Mareike Braun.

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8. Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City) Slideshow     Story

Pictures from Saigon, including downtown, the central market and our hotel on "backpackers' alley".

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9. Thu Duc Slideshow     Story

Pictures from the former village and now urban district Thu Duc.

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10. 543rd Trans Co & TC Hill Slideshow     Story

Pictures from the former location of the 543rd Transportation Co at Thu Duc and the former Transportation Corps HQ at TC Hill, Long Binh.

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11. Military Cemetery Slideshow     Story

Pictures of the former South Vietnam Military Cemetery at Thu Duc, including pictures of the grave of South Vietnam's Unknown Soldier.

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12. Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh Slideshow     Story

Pictures of the Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh, and some pictures of the road from Saigon to Tay Ninh.

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13. Cong World Slideshow     Story

Pictures of the Tunnels of Cu Chi "destination park" – which I immediately dubbed "Cong World".

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14. Mekong Delta Slideshow     Story

Pictures from our overnight trip to My Tho and Can Tho in the Mekong Delta southwest of Saigon.

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15. Floating Market Slideshow     Story

Pictures from our trip on the Mekong by boat to see the floating markets.

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16. Vung Tau Slideshow     Story

Pictures from our overnight hydrofoil trip to the coastal resort of Vung Tau.

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17. The "Beer Tour" Slideshow             

This is us, drinking beer in various locations throughout Vietnam; we drank so much of it – all local – that we started calling the whole trip our Beer Tour. There's no "story" link because there really wasn't a story to tell. Just pictures of us drinking beer.

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18. Dogs of Vietnam Slideshow             

For some reason I found myself taking a picture of nearly every dog we happened upon – probably because 40 years ago, pretty much the only dog you saw was on the menu… As with the Beer Tour, there's no "story" link because there really wasn't a story to tell. Just pictures of dogs.

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19. Panoramic Photos
I also took an occasional series of photographs with the intent that I would "stitch" them together into a panoramic image when I got back. You can see the results of that on the Panorama Photos page. Some of them turned out pretty good, others not so much.
The series I took at the former location of the 543rd Transportation Co turned out the best, I think.