Top 6 Things We Learned in Vietnam

Vietnam can be a confusing place for those accustomed to truth. It’s not so much that the Vietnamese are dishonest, rather they are eager to please and as such will tell you anything they think you want to hear. Here’s an example: “Does the train go to Mui Ne?” “Yes, sir. It drops you off right at the beach.” Translation: The train stops about an hour from Mui Ne, nowhere near the beach and you will have to pay through the nose for a taxi to take you there.”

We LOVED Vietnam and were able to enjoy it much more once we accepted the fact that truth can be a matter of opinion and life is much more interesting when you don’t know what to expect. So here are the top 6 things we learned in Vietnam:

1. “Yes” and “of course” often mean no.
2. There is no part of an animal you cannot eat.
3. You can fit a family of six and their luggage on the back of a motorbike.
4. You’ll never get a wife if your motorbike isn’t tricked out.
5. No trains go to Mui Ne.
6. Don’t believe anybody who tells you the bus has air conditioning. While it probably does, it will almost certainly be “out of order.”

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  1. I just found your web site and have to say your posts from Vietnam bring back so many memories. I had the priviledge of spending all of Dec 2006 in Hanoi. Shoot, we might have crossed each other’s path at times, though I think I would have noticed a family of 6 touring the city. I was in Hanoi to adopt our twin daughters and while I missed my girls at home and husband, I fell in love with the city and Vietnamese people. Never in my misconceptions would I have figured to meet such kind people on that trip and never would have I thought how badly I would want to return.

    Thank you for your posts and yes you are right…just because they say it is so doesn’t mean it is so! My best example would be “sure, sure that is no problem” and I knew right then and there I had no clue how it would turn out be it from someone on the street, a taxi (though I learned the dependable and consistent ones), or even a government official.

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