Vietnam

I should have known something unusual was in store as we visited the bustling food market known as Tarantula Village on a tour from our AmaWaterways Mekong River cruise in Cambodia. Tables were piled high with big platters of things many of the shoppers lined …

River cruises in Europe have certainly matured in the past few years, offering the kind of amenities, luxury and cuisine once only found on ocean-going ships. As their popularity increases, all the river fleets are expanding rapidly, to the point where is can be almost …

The war for South Vietnam is officially over, but it’s not quite clear who eventually won. Although Saigon is now named for Ho Chi Minh and revolutionary banners and slogans are everywhere,  the locals still call the city Saigon. And it’s looking increasingly capitalist by the …

Life in Asia has always depended on rivers. Some of the world’s oldest civilizations developed along the Yangtze, the Mekong, the Irrawaddy and the Ganges. These rivers are still main sources of water, irrigation and trade, as well as places to do the laundry and cool …

  There’s something I always ponder when I visit royal fortresses. Were their high walls, moats and drawbridges mainly to keep marauding invaders out, or were they craftily built to keep the politicians in, so the people could get on with their lives? The historic photos …

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