Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
There are two very enticing photos in part of the downloadable Lonely Planet Vietnam guide (.pdf format); you can download individual chapters or the whole book (well, at least here in Australia!). The country is pretty accessible and quite different to the ultra-modern world that most of us live and work in; in some respects it's like stepping back a few centuries! I would expect a few surprises. Might be best to go on an organised tour rather than solo; it seems to me that many solo travels pose the most perplexing questions in forums (e.g. lonelyplanet.com/thorntree).

What is your genre, landscape, people, architecture, mountains, festivals, night scenes? At the time mine was people and architecture (now, for a long time, the landscape). I can recall having been overwhelmed for a few days until I got my marbles back!! I was initially even fearful of the place (many beggars and touts that I can recall). Keep your wits about you and be wary of flashing expensive camera gear around in big-note cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh.

Well my genre is landscapes and culture, I especially want to see places few have been yet (No, I'm too scared to go to North Korea for now.)

Though right now I'm trying to determine a budget for the trip, plane fare is no problem with accessible budget flights like airasia. But generally what can I expect in terms of logging, food and transport? Will not be buying march, the only thing I hope to be taking back are photos, memories and a better sense of other cultures.

and also hopefully an addiction to do more travelling