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Good Morning, Vietnam

Cut out Vietnam figuresVietnam. We all know what Hollywood means when it says that word, and when we hear it from politicians too.

Well, now I am here. In Vietnam. And, as you might expect, that one word has already blossomed into hundreds and thousands of different things. Scooters, rice paddies, blue-lit trendy bars. Smiles, frowns, queues, taxi meters, noodles, spicy soup and soft-sweet beer. Smells of lemongrass, scenes of puppets, scarlet lanterns and a chilled, embalmed body (no that’s not clumsy typing, that’s the body of Ho Chi Minh.)

Tonight I’m in Hanoi. It’s hot. It’s humid. I’m jet-lagged.

I’m also thrilled to be here.

Stay posted. There’s so much more to come. After all, I’ve only just rolled down the window and said good morning to Vietnam.

Good morning Vietnam001

Good Morning Vietnam is part of the #DragonRoute

Internet permitting, I’ll be posting updates and photos as I travel across all my social media networks (see the flasks top right for an intro.) I’ll write the odd blog post as I go along and then delve into the in-depth stuff once I get back home.

Words & Pictures On The Go

The Inside the Travel Lab Facebook Page

@insidetravellab on Twitter – use the #DragonRoute hashtag to filter out the chat

Pictures On The Go

Instagram – profile @insidetravellab

Pinterest – profile @insidetravellab – “Where I am right now” board

The “On The Road” section of this blog…


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Check back here for all the details after the trip. (Hint – you can subscribe by email to find out when that will be!)

Disclosure: this whole project comes about thanks to Cathay Pacific UK, my “artistic sponsor” if you will. They fly to Vietnam, Burma/Myanmar, Hong Kong and mainland China. They don’t yet, alas, fly to Wales


What is the #DragonRoute? Find out here…


4 Responses to Good Morning, Vietnam

  1. Maria April 22, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    I’m definitely subscribing now, I’d love to win that £200

    • Abi King May 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

      Watch for the details, then! Shouldn’t be long now…

  2. Travelwriticus May 1, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    I am very impressed by the first picture. Is that paper work or a metal piece?

    • Abi King May 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      Paper…You can find all sorts of cut out cards in Hanoi that look as detailed and beautiful as this. They cover the Vietnamese classics but also objects from further afield…like the Sydney Opera House!