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VACommuter's Shenanigans in Japan

Discussion in 'Asia' started by VACommuter, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Show up at the airport at 1100. Tour company screwed the pooch and no names made the manifest. They got it squared away eventually but we had to sit at the airport till 1930 that night for a later flight.
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    Crew team heading back home. Dad was in country 51 years ago. Of course he wasn’t staying in a five star hotel and he spent his 13 months here getting shot at.
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    Tap water also not potable here. Fortunately the stocked minibar is free so I’ll drink and brush my teeth with Vietnamese beer. Spending most of the day on a city tour to see the highlights.
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  2. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Merry Christmas from hot and humid Saigon Vietnam, you filthy animals.
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  3. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Christmas Day on the boat. Cruising the Mekong River.
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  4. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Merry Christmas to you both !!!
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  5. Dynamick

    Dynamick Waxing Gibbous Supporter

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  6. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Spotty WiFi on the river boat so I’ll stick to the important shit.
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    I’ll catch you up on the daily sights when we get better connectivity, maybe in Hanoi.
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    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Are them Klim flip flops?
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  8. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Quick sample of some Cambodia pictures from the capital of Phnom Pehn. Cyclo ride around the town was fun. This poor bastard earned his tip.
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    If I see one more hot girl on a scooter I might have to move here. Unlike Vietnam I actually saw full size bikes here. Guide says no license required for scooter less than 125 cc so everybody gets one Vice a car.
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    Only 3 people on this scooter and I actually saw them hit the tuk tuk. Traffic is crazy and it only favors the bold. Crossing the street as a pedestrian you raise your hand and walk steadily. Traffic is supposed to part around you. I felt like Moses at times parting the Red Sea.
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    Lots of scooters mean lots of mechanic shops. Very small and messy affairs. I have seen several mobile flat repairs being accomplished but not quick enough to capture with the camera. Away from the tourist areas Cambodia is very cheap. Everyone seems to accept US dollars but you better have a shit ton of singles. Speaking of which, good thing I’m not single or I’d leave here with a Cambodian wife.
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  9. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Quick catch up. Nice view from hotel in Saigon.
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    Small but excellent breakfast. Hit the buffet for some starters.
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    Then a wee steak and eggs.
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    Helped wifey finish her Bon mi sammich.
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    Another peek out the window.
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    Wifey showing off with a fist full of my Dong. Huge bills as there is over 23,000 Dong to the dollar.
  10. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Crazy traffic downtown. Going to see the Unification Palace that was formerly the South Vietnamese presidential palace.
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    Random hot babe photo.
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    The palace.
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    Various restored meeting rooms.
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    State conference room.
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    Map room.
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    Presidential office.
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    Tusks.
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    Trophy tanks under the trees.
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  11. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    I still need to catch up on posts. But in the meantime....

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    This sweetie was trying to sell me scarves. Oh my was she adorable.
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    Passing shot of Cambodian Johnny Law’s ride. Nice Honda.
  12. WayneJ

    WayneJ What?

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    So how many did you buy?

    :lol3
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  13. VACommuter

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    Elephant shoes in the palace.
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    Tactical maps from the war.
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    Communications room in the basement bunker.
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    Sweet Jeep.
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    War trophy. Former president’s limo.
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    Lots of bicycle vendors. Conical hats everywhere. Tour guide said if you buy one don’t wear it in Cambodia as they still have some issues with the Vietnamese from their war.
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    Building in front of the skyscraper is the old CIA building. There is an iconic photo of a Huey taking off as the NVA stormed the capital at the end of the war.
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    French built catholic cathedral.
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    The old colonial post office built by the French.
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    We may have lost the battle but in the long run I think we won. Murica!
  14. VACommuter

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    The man himself. Uncle Ho. Died before his team “won”.
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    Had lunch here. Famous as President Clinton dined here during his visit. Greasy dirty little place but authentic food.
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    Had the spring rolls.
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    And of course the Pho.
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    And a national brew to wash it down.
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    Hectic streets. Amazing what people transport on scooters. Took this for the handyman with the ladder and 12 feet of pipe.
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    Delivery guy with boxes.
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    Bigger ladder.
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    It’s been an hour and we haven’t visited a temple.
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    Check that box.
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  15. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Big pot for burning incense.
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    Ornate wood carvings.
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    Temple booty.
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    Interwebs picture of the CIA building evacuation. People often confuse this with the embassy photo.
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    Had some laundry done at the hotel. Shit came back wrapped like new with cardboard inserts and cellophane wrapping.
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    Breakfast of beef noodle soup. Quite tasty.
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    Hotel lobby area. Very fancy.
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    Plethora of food carts.
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  16. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Toured a lacquer ware factory with accompanying gift shop. Interesting process that is labor intensive.
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    Saw this trike scooter in the parking lot.
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    Plenty of tread on that inside tire. Fine line between too much oversight and regulation and not enough. Scary what is on the road in third world countries.
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    Off to the Cu Chi tunnel complex. Lots of war trophies on display. I believe most of this was from the South Vietnamese Army. This tank saw better days.
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    Old C-130.
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    Side of an APC.
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    Artillery piece.
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    Old Huey. I flew CH-46’ s that we’re old enough to see action in Vietnam.
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    Front view of that tank.
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  17. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    VC uniform display.
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    Hard to capture in photo but lots of huge craters from B-52 carpet bombing.

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    Demo of various spider holes and bunker entrances.
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    Booby traps.
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    Bunkers enlarged and made easier for tourist access.
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    Hospital bunker.
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    VC pussy.
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    Guy making VC sandals out of old car tires.
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    No time for the shooting range.
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    VACommuter Long timer

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    Time for a lunch stop.
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    Family style.
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    And a Vietnamese coke.
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    Dude in the wheel well making some repair.
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    Meat shop. Don’t mind the flies.
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    Scooter trash man?
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    Welcome drink as we board the Mekong River cruise portion of the trip.
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    VACommuter Long timer

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    First dinner on the boat. Good food given the small crew. Only 56 passengers.
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    Weird cookie with dinner.
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    Flying the national flag.
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    Safety first.
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    Good breakfast buffet every morning.
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    Most excursions required loading into a sampan.
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    Local woman in purple giving us the color commentary in English.
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    VACommuter Long timer

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    Lots of colorful and interesting traffic on the river.
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    Boat selling plants for the lunar new year.
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    Stopped in to see how some common village foods are prepared. Making popped rice.
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    And fried noodles.
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    Cooked over a fire of rice husks.
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    Sifting our the sand that is mixed with the rice to aid the process.
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    Making rice based snacks. Look like rice crispy treats to me.