Monthly Archives: February 2011

A ‘Massage Parlor Economy’

Here’s what Theroux wrote about Bangkok in 1975: When the American troops left Vietnam and all the Rest and Recreation programs ended it was thought that Bangkok would collapse. Bangkok, a hugely preposterous city of temples and brothels, required visitors. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The Rodeo Drive of Bootlegging

I had to get up at 3 am to meet my 6 am flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City, where I would transfer for the flight to Bangkok. I’ve been ill for over a week and couldn’t face … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Music

Having familiar music with me takes the edge off being so far from home and, oddly, makes the places I’ve been less foreign. I’ve been on a Neil Young, Richard Thompson and “The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Hoi An via Danang by Bus (rev’d)

The bus passengers from Huế to Danang and Hoi An were mostly European and of diverse ages. I now regret passing up the train, which would have taken longer but is through what must be very beautiful country. The route … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Preparing to Leave Huế.

Other than breakfast, which is included in the Romance Hotel room rate and is good, I have been living on ham baguettes, phở and chicken curry in Huế. The quality of the restaurants here is low, and they cater to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Huế’s Purple Forbidden City

I spent the morning at the Purple Forbidden City and Citadel in Huế. I didn’t know what to expect as my knowledge of Vietnam’s history, at least before the 1960s, is shamefully inadequate. The area is across the Perfume River … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments