An Atypical Day

October 31. Yesterday evening, drinks with Chet in the Executive Lounge and then very excellent dinner at hotel’s Vietnamese restaurant (Nancy was not feeling well). Carol and I walked to the Bihn Mihn Jazz Club near the opera house to listen to some jazz.

.Fabulous day today with a guide whom we requested to organize a […]

Ha Long Bay

October 29-30.  After breakfast, we depart at 7:45AM for a 3 1/2 hour drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay, stopping at a very commercial spot to learn about pearls.  We are cautioned by Hoan that this is not the best place to buy.

Arriving at Ha Long, we have a drink and […]

A quiet day in Hoi An and at the hotel

October 23.  Partook of a lavish breakfast buffet with Chet and Nancy, outside overlooking the beach and the main swimming pool. Interestingly, Chat and Nancy shared our view of the hotel, incredible both in what it is and in its failure to recognize the disadvantages of a room that seems almost booby trapped for the […]


October 21.  At 8:00 a.m. Our guide, Hoan (pronounced like Juan) picks us up at the hotel. Hoan is 39, married with two children, and is originally from the central part of the country, where both his grandfather and father fought on the side of the Vietnam Cong. After the war they migrated down to […]

First day in Saigon

October 20.  Spent the couple hour layover in the Hong Kong business club, where I managed to post yesterday’s blog, AND learn that the Cubs had won. Three more to go. Uneventful 21/2 hour flight to Saigon allowed me to finish EXIT WEST, which was excellent. Since we left for the airport inChicago at noon […]