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Tripadvisor one day without notice, banned my ip after years of my giving advice and receiving so many comment and emails of appreciation. Many of their destination experts for Vietnam became my friends and many regular posters as well. I enjoyed very much when they actually came to Nha Trang to visit with me and […]

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Tripadvisor Destination Expert?

Tripadvisor one day without notice, banned my ip after years of my giving advice and receiving so many comment and emails of appreciation. Many of their destination experts for Vietnam became my friends and many regular posters as well. I enjoyed very much when they actually came to Nha Trang to visit with me and […]

December 21, 2014 0
Really? That is almost a lie
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Tripadvisor Forums a Dissapointment

Most advice offered on the Tripadvisor forums is by other travelers that have visited the destination you are interested in going to. They have the best intentions and can give you advice as far as they understand, however, what if you want to get off the beaten path and see the country away from the […]

December 19, 2014 1
house
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Renovations Finished.

I have to admit that this time most of the renovations went smoothly. The original estimate by the contractor was 50 million (about 2500 dollars) for a couple of weeks worth of work. The actual time took 5 weeks and the total came to double of what was quoted at 100 mil (5000 dollars.) When […]

December 9, 2014 0
innocent today
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Cultural Slavery or Immigration?

When I relocated to Vietnam, I was forced to visit all of my moral boundaries and readjust where lines were drawn. I can accept that many of my western concepts and ideals were in the end unrealistic and based on a society with a different culture, but one I have trouble accepting is cultural slavery. […]

December 5, 2014 2
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Renovations Continue

I was asked to guide a tour thought he Central Highlands of Vietnam so I have been on the road for the past 10 days. It was a blast and finally I have returned. Renovations are winding down and 2 apartments are complete. here are some more pictures. The original cost was estimated at 50,000,000 […]

November 26, 2014 0
Kitchen and bathroom plumbing
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Riptide Homestay renovations continue

Wow….. I have to say Wow!! I think we are into our 6th day of renovations and there has been no fighting, cussing, people accusing of other being stupid. My wife has been walking through all the mess and dust with a broom sweeping away singing as she goes. This makes me happy as she […]

November 6, 2014 0
Out it comes
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Day 3 Renovations in Vietnam

Day3&4….Halloween and home renovations in Vietnam. Scary?? Hmmmmm. I woke up at 5:30 am to dogs barking and construction crews arriving two houses down. Thank God!! They were not my guys or there would have been hell to pay. I figure 7 am is early enough without disrupting the whole world around you, but that […]

November 1, 2014 0
How it started
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Riptide Homestay Renovations

My blogging is not only about tourism, but also day to day life in Vietnam. I have mentioned in past writing how Vietnam and Nha Trang in particular has been changing and so it is time that I keep up with the times. The Riptide Homestay was completed less than 2 years ago and we […]

October 30, 2014 0
Family Karaoke
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Retire in Vietnam ….. Yet again

I have been approached by a number of different people lately that are interested in more detailed information for those interested to retire in Vietnam and in Nha Trang in particular. One interested party sent me an interview form that would take a book to answer but has provided me a good format to try to write […]

August 27, 2014 6
New temple near Nha Trang
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Vietnam is changing

  I just returned from taking my wife and sister in law for a 3 day highland tour by car. Mai and Gia had never been to Kon Tum so. I decided to overnight there, and the second night in Quy Nhon before heading back to Nha Trang. I have traveled this same route many […]

July 9, 2014 4
A curious bunch
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V’Explore Travel to the rescue

  Many of you are nervous about visiting a country such as Vietnam because it is so different from the word from which we come. I understand this. I was exactly the same as you when I first came to this part of the world. Like you, I did a lot of reading on the […]

May 9, 2014 3
On the road from Nha Trang to Dalat
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Cycle in Vietnam

I have been contacted a number of people that have a desire to cycle in Vietnam. Often when I am on tour, I will pass a couple with veins swollen and sweat pouring as they make their way along the highway on the grand Vietnam adventure. Vietnam has a mystery and attraction that has many […]

March 26, 2014 0
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