Vietnam – 2019

After Singapore, we visited Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) > Hanoi > Dong Hoi > Buon Ma Thuot. When I first arrived, the culture shock was real (although it could have also been the fact I was very much disoriented from the sleep deprivation, not having any idea what time it was, and not knowing where I was).

The first thing I noticed was just how different traffic is in Vietnam. Technically there are traffic laws, but more like traffic suggestions and horns/blinkers are used for different purposes. The major cities Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi and very busy cities an chaotic.

Visiting smaller cities was certainly more calm though being a giant 6′ 4″ tall albino did get me a ton of curious looks from the natives. At one point I had a group of older Vietnamese women surround me and begin taking photos with me… That aside, Vietnam’s countryside is absolutely one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited.

Singapore – 2019

Singapore is an interesting place especially when you compare it to the rest of southeast Asia. Being a small country formerly part of Malaysia, Singapore is like a tiny pocket of super-capitalism – the business capital of southeast Asia. The county lacks natural beauty but has some impressive man-made structures such as the Gardens by the Bay. I did visit Universal Studios in Singapore (by accident as we were just trying to find a beach) and the entire place had an unnatural theme park vibe. The city itself interesting because it feels like it was once a 3rd world country that became a 1st world country in a very short span of time.