Travel to Vietnam – Episode 76

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Adam and Alie about their recent trip to Vietnam.

We talk about Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and house, the My Li massacre, mopeds, customer service, Hoi An, Ha Long Bay, Champa ruins, signs, sickness, humidity, beer, and rocks shaped like… well like… you just have to listen.

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Show Notes

Adam and Alie’s pictures
Vietnam War
PBS: Battlefield Vietnam
Vietnam Map
Vietnam (Country Guide)
My Lai Massacre
Great Gallery of Vietnam pictures
Champa History
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh
Hoi An
Danang Tourism Department
Mekong Delta



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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

6 Responses to “Travel to Vietnam – Episode 76”



Hi Chris,

I would like to register for the message board, but I can’t seem to find a register button anywhere here or over on the boards either. Am I just really blind?




well, it is a little small. It is on the boards right under the index tag.

here is the link



Ah jeez, I am blind πŸ™‚
Thanks for that

Jimmy CraicHead


Great show, but I wouldn’t compare a dump desert like Iraq to the beauty of Viet Nam. The Amazing Race has passed thru on two different shows and the footage was awesome. Hey, politics aside, for a great movie on Viet Nam is The Quiet American which depicts what led to the war.



You may recall Iraq being called the “fertile crescent” back in high school history. It isn’t all dessert. There are also site like Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat) ( because of the wealth of history in the region.

That being said, I don’t think that was the point of the comparison Alie made.

Gary Hundley


Regarding the AirTran situation regarding the coulple with a 3 year child who refused to sit in a seat… The bottom line is that the rules are the rules. It is true that the FAA mandates a child over the age 2 is to be in his/her own seat. In other words, children over the age 2 are not considered “LAP CHILDREN.” Further, it is also the DOT (department of transportation) that has determined such. The DOT also determines carseat regulations both in automobiles and airplanes. With this, much of this is done for the safety of all parties involved. If one refuses to be seated and belted in…well, the safety is being compromised. The airline employess do not do the testing and write all the rules to determine proper ages for lap children/carseats, etc… Rather, the airline employees are only following the rules that they must follow in order to “operate” under the FAA rules. With this, I would be more concerned if the airline personnel did not enforce such rules.

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