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  Hue's atmospheric temple ruins
by richiecdisc

Favorite thing: Vietnam has its share of sights and the people are colorful as well but for me, the highlight is the food. You have to not only try as many different dishes as you can, but you should make a concerted effort to eat in local restaurants too. Not only is the food better (and cheaper!), but you can sometimes interact with the owners and that can make a trip that much better.

Fondest memory: There is a moment in every trip where it all seems to make sense, where you finally turn the corner and feel you have not wasted your time traveling so far. Vietnam had been disappointing up to this fateful night in Hue and wouldn?t you know it, it all came down to a bowl of soup. If Hanoi?s cold climate and equally frigid populace had been a rude introduction to this much anticipated portion of a two-month southeast Asia trip, then the weather remaining dismal on arriving in Hue all but had us making a beeline for Cambodia.

The city was a relief after the hectic pace of Hanoi in the midst of pre-TET celebrations, but gray skies and drizzle did little to convince us we had not made a big mistake in leaving Laos after merely two weeks. The food scene was a bit disappointing as well with my anticipating the ancient capital a culinary highlight on the trip down the coast to Saigon. But just when all seems for naught, you come across one of those places that make travel all worthwhile. (Continued below in My Fondest Memory)

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  • Updated Jan 18, 2005
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