WANDERLUST: VIETNAM

My cousin is getting married this year, and he and his fiancee are planning wedding celebrations in both Vietnam (where she is from) and Maine (where he is from). I was so hoping that we would be able to attend the wedding in Vietnam and extend the trip for a few weeks, but it wasn’t in the cards for us this year. A few years ago when I was backpacking around Southeast Asia for an extended hiatus from 'real life', I spent three weeks touring Vietnam. While the travel was trying and I had more misfortunes than on any other leg of the journey (denied entry at the border, having a hotel withhold my passport, etc.) it has been on my list of places to return. I would fly to Hanoi for the iced coffee alone. Luckily we now have someone in the family to help us plan our next trip!