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Vietnam Video pt 1 and 2

Vietnam was the fourth country on our Round the World list. After a rocky start, everything went smoothly. We arrived in crazy Hanoi and visited Bia Hoi Junction for 30 cent beers, did some shoe shopping in Hoi An, visited relaxing mud baths and hot springs in Nha Trang, and had great sleeps on the sleeper buses (well mostly when the driver wasn’t always honking)

After relaxing in Nepal it was time to get back to the hustle and bustle of the busy cities. We had an amazing experience in Vietnam and it was a lot of fun to explore.

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Lisa Wood December 31, 2012 Reply

    The long journey so does not sound like fun, but the idea of travelling in a new country sounds amazing. i love the idea of hot springs and mud baths! Never heard of beer being so cheap before (20cents – gosh that is so good!) 😉
    Vietnam traffic looks really busy, and gee do they load up when carrying goods.

  2. Diana Edelman January 9, 2013 Reply

    I SO want to go to Vietnam!!

    • Giselle and Cody January 9, 2013 Reply

      Diana, if you do go to Vietnam make sure to go to a place in the north called Sapa. We have a video we will be posting soon about it. Favourite place in Vietnam hands down!!!

  3. Cheap beer + big dirty city = my kinda place. Can’t wait to visit on my trip!

    • Giselle and Cody January 9, 2013 Reply

      Make sure to go to Sapa!!
      How long are you in Thailand for David?

  4. Abby January 9, 2013 Reply

    You are not the only Sapa fans I’ve encountered recently! Someday I’d love to go to Vietnam…

  5. Erica January 9, 2013 Reply

    You had me at 30 cent beers..

  6. Alex January 9, 2013 Reply

    Thanks to my horrific internet connection on this Thai island, I can’t watch your video! That makes me super sad, because I love the films you guys make…

  7. Camels & Chocolate January 9, 2013 Reply

    Vietnam is one of my absolute favorites, from the people to the food to the awesome tailors. Can’t wait to go back!

  8. Ayngelina January 11, 2013 Reply

    Loved these videos. It brought back such great memories of Vietnam.

  9. Regina February 11, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for this insight into your Vietnam travels. We just arrived in HCMC with plans to stay in Vietnam for the next 3 months. You are giving us some ideas for trips to take. Happy travels!

    • Giselle and Cody February 12, 2013 Reply

      Wow, 3 months hey? that’s awesome.
      Another place we would highly recommend is Sapa, Vietnam.
      It is a overnight train ride from Hanoi and it is so beautiful!! You are located in the mountains and close to the Chinese border.
      Rent a scooter for the day and go get lost in the mountains. So amazing. We have a video about Sapa that you can check out here:

      Welcome to Sapa!!!

  10. PepiSmartDog February 20, 2013 Reply

    Hi, thank you for helping the dogs from the 1,000 Dog Truck. I’m an investigative journalist and front line fighter against the dog and cat meat trade and have spent time photographing and documenting Vietnam numerous times. Consequently I’ve written a lot of articles about Vietnam’s ongoing cruelty. For animals it is one of the cruelest countries on the planet. Many of the dogs in the meat trade are stolen and once-loved pets, still wearing collars and name tags. Each animal undergoes mandatory torture, at the most horrific levels,to make adrenaline flow thru it’s body at the point of death – to make the meat tough. Vietnamese people believe eating tough meat makes the men tough when they eat it. Cats are boiled alive for Cat Juice. If you eat meat in Vietnam or Cambodia, think twice! Dog is often called goat, etc. If you eat tough meat – it was tortured first. It is NOT cultural; that’s perpetrated by dog traffickers. And cattle and sheep (eaten in western cultures) are not deliberately tortured for up to an hour before being skinned and boiled alive.
    As you go down the Mekong River and see little shelter huts, they are for illegal dog traffickers to throw off cages of dogs in the dead of night.
    Tour guides go to great trouble to shield tourists from ‘seeing’ the truth! Every tourist in Vietnam is in contact with the dog and cat meat trade, but doesn’t ‘see’ it through their tourist eyes.

    • Giselle and Cody February 21, 2013 Reply

      Hey Pepi,

      Our experience was pretty heartbreaking, and it was terrible to learn how the dogs are treated before they become meat. But for us, a pig is a dog, is a cow, is a chicken. They are all sentient beings, they all suffer, and feel great fear. The only difference unfortunately is in most people’s heads. We don’t eat any animal flesh or animal products. There is no need. Compassion is really needed for this world to evolve. Truly.

  11. BakoymaTravels September 17, 2013 Reply

    “Mekka for custom clothes and shoes”… I so can’t go there ;-D
    Gisele’s not the only one who would’ve gone overboard.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Giselle and Cody September 19, 2013 Reply

      🙂 No problem, glad you liked it.
      If you get the chance to head there we would recommend it….but just make sure you have extra room for custom shoes and clothes 🙂

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