The Perils of Tourism

Here’s my favorite quote from my trip to Vietnam… Helene and I were having a beer with a Canadian, Alan, and his guide, An, while in a guesthouse in Ben Tre. Alan is touring Vietnam for one month on the back of a motorcycle; from what he has to say, it’s as cool as it sounds.

The conversation went longer than this, so this is paraphrased, but the tone is the same.

Alan: “One place I’ll probably never visit is Cambodia. I hear they still have unexploded ordinance there.”

An: “Hey, don’t worry. If we ever run across an unexploded mine or booby trap, you can trust me… I was part of an elite recon unit in the American War; I can disable these with my eyes closed.”

Alan: “I… Damn, I thought there were no unexploded ordinance in Vietnam…”

About Daniel Roy

Daniel is a writer, backpack foodie, slow traveler, and endurance runner. He is the author of the upcoming book, "The Way of Slow Travel: A Hands-On Guide to the Best Travel of Your Life."

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