Month: December 2017

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

With another typhoon threatening Vietnam – I contemplated my options. Option 1: Stay put, and risk spending the holidays in a wet dorm. Versus Option 2: Nip home for a surf and some solid free loading. Not a tough call. I wont let a typhoon ruin my holiday. I flew into Sydney – a town …

+ Read More

Yeah, Nha. Nha Trang is Shit

Yeah, Nha. Nha Trang is Shit

What has flashing lights and smells like cabbage? Now, hold up, I know what you’re thinking. But no, sorry, it’s not a flying salad. Here’s a clue… This beachside town was set up for Marines – a slice of home where they could relax and unwind, or swim in the sea and let off grenades. …

+ Read More

Back, Sack, and Travel Hacks

Back, Sack, and Travel Hacks

[Judgey John Lennon voice] And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? [Derisive Evan voice] Well, John, I haven’t written any so-called “songs”, but I’ve done a bit of travel. And here are some tips… MapsMe. My travel is divided into two distinct periods – the Dark ages before MapsMe, and the Enlightenment …

+ Read More

A Script: Three Towns in Central Vietnam

A Script: Three Towns in Central Vietnam

Rewind to March 8, 1965. The opening scene. Picture a lazy day Da Nang. A fisherman stands on the beach. He checks the wind, scratches his ass, then sniffs his finger. Mmm…fishy. The camera pans from shore to sea. There’s soldiers. That’s odd. Quickly, arrange all the dancing girls and hand-shaking dignitaries. And, with that, …

+ Read More

South Vietnam: So this is Socialism?

South Vietnam: So this is Socialism?

Question: What’s the most popular name in Vietnam? Answer: It’s Nguyen – a name shared by the former president, current prime minister, Vietcong leaders, and practically everyone else you meet. But, in this socialist country, you can’t tell your Phuong Nguyens from your Ayn Rands anymore. I crossed into ‘Nam via Phu Quoc – a …

+ Read More

A Lucid Dream in South East Cambodia

A Lucid Dream in South East Cambodia

Am I in a lucid dream? I mean, would I be asking that question if I wasn’t? Either I’ve been tripping around South East Cambodia for the past few weeks, or I’m passed out on a couch… It started in Sihanoukville. The place is a latrine for Chinese tourists. Dumplings go in, then dumplings come …

+ Read More

November Summary

November Summary

Visit Cambodia: where anything’s possible. This, I quote, is what her profile said. Ok, sounds good Cambodia. I’ll call you, I told her. We’ll tee up a date, how’s November? It started in Phnom Penh, the capital. While tolerable, it’s hardly a destination. My highlights included surviving a spiked drink and the excitement of leaving. …

+ Read More