History (and Heat) in Hoi An

WE PULL into Hoi An, Vietnam at around 6:30 am, jittery, exhausted, and frankly relieved to be alive. The 12 hours previous to our arrival have been a nightmarish, non-stop, seeming suicide attempt by an overnight bus driver who insisted on barreling around 25km/hr corners next to 500m sheer cliffs at twice the speed limit,…

#NWRoadTrip Instagram Contest and Geo-Quiz!

Hey everyone! In honor of our successful Kickstarter campaign for our webseries, I Do: A Wedding of Cultures, we’re running our first-ever contest for new followers on Instagram, plus a Geo-Quiz every day for those who want to play. For the next 2+ weeks (August 9 – 25), we’re holding a #NWRoadTrip  Instagram Contest.. We’re posting…

PHOTO ESSAY: Ek Phnom Temple or Can I get a wat?

Ek Phnom Temple The ancient ruins of Ek Phnom Temple are quiet most days of the week.  Monks peek curiously out of their bare wooden stilt houses at travelers. Dogs sleep in the sun, leaves rustle and families from surrounding villages picnic upon giant blocks of weathered and chiseled sandstone.  It is an impressive, but…

Saigon/HCMC Vietnam: Pham Ngu Lao-cious

by Beej McKay The 23/9 Park across from Pham Ngu Lao street in Saigon’s backpacker district is swarming with activity from 6 am on. This being a large Vietnamese city where authority is centralized, most of the activity is pretty tightly regulated. The first day we’re there, dozens of organized groups are kicking the shuttlecock…

Dalat, Vietnam: Shizz be ca-RAZY at Crazy House

Before the Misadventurists visited the Hang Nga Crazy House in Dalat, we suspected it might be just another overblown tourist trap not worth the entrance fee. By way of explanation, some of subpar “attractions” exist throughout Vietnam, their reputations inflated by overzealous tour organizers who want to add another paid stop on the merry-go-round (personally…