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Seniors in Vietnam

My parents are planning a trip to Vietnam this winter. They're both in their 70s. My dad has not traveled outside the country since his time in the Army, and my mom has never traveled internationally. Neither of them fly much, and my mom did not fly at all until maybe 10 years ago. This is a trip that has been discussed for decades and apparently may actually happen at last. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Jeremiah Denton blinked Morse Code as a POW. Who figured that out?

Jeremiah Denton was an American POW in Vietnam. When interviewed for a propaganda video by the North Vietnamese, Denton provided confirmation of conditions by blinking "T-O-R-T-U-R-E" in Morse code while feigning light sensitivity. How did American intelligence know he was blinking Morse code? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Nov 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Death Takes a Holiday

Is there any serious confirmation or statistical corroboration for the idea that they changed the dates on death certificates in some wars, on certain dates? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Sep 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Pros and cons of group tours

I'm hoping to spend my next vacation exploring Vietnam. Can you tell me about the pros and cons of taking an organised group tour to somewhere like Vietnam? What do you wish you had known before you went on your first group tour? Would it be safer than travelling alone for a Western woman?
posted by EatMyHat on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Where to stay/visit in southern Vietnam on a two week adventure?

I'm traveling to Vietnam in mid November for two weeks with my partner, and am having trouble nailing down spots to visit/stay. We've settled on visiting Phu Quoc, but would love any/all suggestions. If you've traveled around southern Vietnam, what was a must see/do for you? [more inside]
posted by toofuture on Oct 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Travel problems! Stitches and Credit Cards?

I'm in Vietnam, soon to be India, and I have a medical problem and a credit card problem. (1.) How to treat stitches in my leg from an injury I got 17 days ago? YANMD, but you speak English. (2.) Credit card: My card is lost, where in Northern India should I get the replacement sent? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Mar 1, 2015 - 22 answers

Vietnam Tourism For (US) Veterans

My Vietnam Veteran (US) relative wants to tour Vietnam. Help me find tours, companies, and experiences that will respect his experience, while also respecting Vietnam today, and the legacy of the war. [more inside]
posted by gregglind on Feb 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Recommend an environmental charity in Vietnam

Does anyone know of either a reputable environmental NGO based in Vietnam or an international environmental NGO that would allow me to donate specifically to projects in Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Dec 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Necessary documents for not going to Vietnam

I have a multi-stop plane ticket that takes me (a US citizen) to Ho Chi Minh city by way of several other places. I am not planning to go all the way to Vietnam - I'm planning to throw away the rest of the ticket upon arrival in Rome. It's my understanding I *would* need a visa (or written approval for a visa upon arrival) if I were to go to Vietnam. Will airport check-in agents on the earlier flights want to see that I have a visa or VOA letter for Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Oct 1, 2014 - 17 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

SE Asia Tips for Solo Lady?

I'm a solo female traveler with 3 weeks free in Dec/Jan. Thinking of checking out SE Asia - maybe Laos + Cambodia. Do you have other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Oct 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Best way to book a ticket to Southeast Asia

A number of questions about planning a longish trip in Southeast Asia [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick on Oct 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Accidentally travelling through Vietnam: please explain visas to me!

I'm flying from Australia to Europe with Vietnam airlines. I think I might have a hidden domestic leg of the flight in Vietnam on the way there, or maybe on both routes. My travel agent says I don't need a visa for this domestic flight. I suspect he is wrong. Has anyone done this flight before who can give me more info? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me find this American Studies 101 textbook about the Vietnam War

Help me find this American Studies 101 textbook about the Vietnam War. The book covered the war from a social angle -- not a military history, per se, but a social look at the politics, the day-to-day experience for a soldier, how the war was perceived at home, how it went wrong, etc. It was a blue-covered paperback, and I believe the title was one word. I also recall the author being a woman. It was used as an American Studies 101 textbook in the late 80s, early 90s.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jun 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Your recommendations for books about Vietnam (the country, not the war)

A friend of mine is about to move to Vietnam. I'd like to get him a book as a farewell gift. Please give me your recommendations for books about Vietnam the country - that is, books that cover something of the country's history, society and politics other than the American war.
posted by girlgenius on Jun 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Myanmar and Southeast Asia Backpacking Questions

I leave for an extended trip to Southeast Asia on Wednesday. I have a weekend in Kuala Lumpur, a month in Myanmar, and then two and a half months to work my way from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur overland. What might I be missing in my planning? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Jan 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me plan a 3 month trip to Southeast Asia: Thailand,Laos,Vietnam,Cambodia, and Malaysia

I will be backpacking in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia, so any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Trinergy on Dec 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Recomend me and advise me on how to safely eat exotic and bizarre foods in South East asia

Recomend me and advise me on how to safely eat exotic and bizarre foods in South East asia [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Dec 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Featherbed in Vietnam? Good idea?

Should I get a feather bed mattress topper? Twist: Vietnam. [more inside]
posted by p1nkdaisy on Sep 27, 2012 - 5 answers

vietnamese poet

I'm looking for a Vietnamese (?) diplomat-politican-scholar who, when asked of the French Revolution, said something like "it has yet to be seen". Do you know this is? Do tell!
posted by beshtya on Sep 26, 2012 - 3 answers

What to do in an 18-hour layover in Tokyo?

Hi! On Xmas day this year, we'll be en route to Vietnam for two weeks... But before that, we'll be spending an 18 hour layover in Tokyo. Any recs on what we can do/see in that little time? [more inside]
posted by picarosado on Sep 16, 2012 - 13 answers


Two questions about Vietnam! 1) Safe to take my macbook on travels through the country? 2) What should I be buying cheaply in Vietnam?
posted by freddymetz on Jul 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Planning a Ramble Around South-East Asia

Having completed my research in Malaysia early, I find myself with two weeks to travel in South-East Asia. Where should I go? I have many options and not enough time to plan. Please guide me! [more inside]
posted by reren on Jul 19, 2012 - 14 answers


Looking for a name of a novel, but can only remember one scene, where a guy is recruited for some sort of mission in a video arcade. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Does anybody want collected letters home, even from someplace/time interesting?

How to find out whether historic letters are of any interest to somebody researching the era? [more inside]
posted by acm on Jul 10, 2012 - 5 answers

How likely were you to be drafted during the Vietnam war?

How likely were you to be drafted during the Vietnam war if you were eligible? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on May 4, 2012 - 25 answers

Southeast Asia travel suggestions

Southeast Asia travel advice desired. Where should two vegetarians who speak English go for a 5 day vacation in mid December? [more inside]
posted by holyrood on Apr 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Where was I in Vietnam or Laos?

Five years ago, while either in Vietnam or Laos (memory is hazy), I was taken out to a remote working Buddhist monastery. We went by taxi and walked into the monastery at night. I managed to snap this picture before we went in. Can anyone tell me where I was?
posted by vacapinta on Mar 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me identify these little bits of goodness.

What is this candy from a Vietnamese restaurant? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Feb 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Transit mode bingo in Southeast Asia

We're going to SE Asia in April, and I'm trying to discern the cheapest/simplest/fastest route from Siem Reap, Cambodia, to Hanoi, Vietnam. I've looked into bus, flights that originate from Siem Reap or any other local hub. Your advice? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Jan 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Documenting on a Budget When You're Also a Unique Snowflake

What makes more sense for documenting my trip to South Korea and Vietnam, an HD video camera or a digital still camera? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Halong is it gonna take for me to find a good tour company?

A friend and I will be in Hanoi in January. We want to do an awesome trip in Halong Bay. How? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Dec 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Backpacking trip planning advice.

Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Where to spend 18 days in Southeast Asia

We've got 18 days in Southeast Asia - where should we go? [more inside]
posted by JPD on Nov 7, 2011 - 16 answers

3 weeks in Ha Noi / Vietnam - can you please advise on accommodation and give some general advice.

3 weeks in Ha Noi / Vietnam - can you please advise on accommodation and give some general advice. [more inside]
posted by dmagic on Oct 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Draft dodges throughout history?

I need more info (links or book recs) about draft dodges and other similar happenings throughout history and the world (i.e. people relocating to avoid participating in a war). Sources about the Viet Nam draft dodge are great, though I'd rather also have sources about other happenings.
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 25, 2011 - 3 answers

most decorated US helicopter medevac crew in the Vietnam War?

How would I go about finding the most decorated US helicopter medevac crew in the Vietnam War?
posted by El Curioso on Jun 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Not just the bloody bits, please.

What is the definitive history of Vietnam in English? [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine on May 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Should I go to SE Asia this summer or is it too rainy?

I want to travel this summer - in the "backpacking" sense - and I'd love advice on where to go. I'm leaning towards ~6-7 weeks in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma..but I'm worried about the rainy season. Should I go somewhere else? How many countries should I hit? Any other advice? [more inside]
posted by User7 on Feb 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Tet Offensive and the Viet Cong

Was the purpose of the Tet Offensive to destroy the Viet Cong? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Feb 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Clean, no hassles, beautiful scenery.

What's the best tour company for a trip to/within Halong Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Feb 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Help with Dog Tags

Does anyone know if Vietnam era Pilots carried Dog tags, and if so, did they have the same info on as their Army counter parts?? I know that Army service guys, carried (amongst other things) their service number proceeded by RA for regular Army, so would Airforce guys be proceeded by AF?? And What about Marines??? I tried to search the web, but cannot really find the answers to my Questions, any help appreciated
posted by maxmix on Feb 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Asthma medicine in Asia: are there restrictions on import, and is it easily purchased?

I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form. I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Jan 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Vietnamese book

Help me find/purchase a Vietnamese book [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Dec 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Do my visa plans for Asia make sense? Thoughts and advice greatly appreciated.

Do my visa plans for Asia make sense? Thoughts and advice greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Dec 12, 2010 - 11 answers

What's the coolest thing you saw in Vietnam?

What's the coolest thing you saw in Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Dec 10, 2010 - 15 answers

How did the Vietnam draft work pre-1970?

How did the Vietnam draft work prior to the first lottery in December 1969? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Vietnam war deaths

More american soldiers participating in the Vietnam war have died from suicide than from war related deaths - True or false? Please supply source.
posted by Catfry on Nov 14, 2010 - 8 answers

What cultural differences can I expect from a Vietnamese new employee?

What cultural differences can I expect from a Vietnamese new employee? [more inside]
posted by kag on Nov 8, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me hone my Vietnam/Cambodia vacation.

Excited for Hanoi and HCMC, but what should I visit between those two lovely cities in Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Sep 28, 2010 - 14 answers

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