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    Hanoi, Vietnam

    Anyone ever been to Hanoi? I've got a year left for my Ph.D., and I've been offered to teach a 3-4 week class in Hanoi. They're paying all my travel and food expenses, plus paying me about 4x my grad assisstantship rate. I'm married, but no kids, and the wife is fully supportive of the opportunity. I just really don't know much about Hanoi or Vietnam in general, and don't personally know anyone who has traveled there. Any input would be appreciated.



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    Anyone ever been to Hanoi? I've got a year left for my Ph.D., and I've been offered to teach a 3-4 week class in Hanoi. They're paying all my travel and food expenses, plus paying me about 4x my grad assisstantship rate. I'm married, but no kids, and the wife is fully supportive of the opportunity. I just really don't know much about Hanoi or Vietnam in general, and don't personally know anyone who has traveled there. Any input would be appreciated.

    My uncle was there in the late 60s for a couple of years. He sad they treated guests like crap, the foodsucked orwas non-existent and the "hosts" had a way of making him feel realy unwelcome.



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by cyeah View Post
    My uncle was there in the late 60s for a couple of years. He sad they treated guests like crap, the foodsucked orwas non-existent and the "hosts" had a way of making him feel realy unwelcome.
    This is the second thing I thought would be brought up.



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    This is the second thing I thought would be brought up.
    You shouldn't be surprised. Lot of bad memories for a lot of people of that country.

    Personally I have no intrest in ever travelling to that country.



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    I spent 3 weeks there recently and it is delightful place. I was anticipating some anti U.S. sentiment, but there was none. (probably cause why be angry they won) The past is clearly so far in the rear view mirror it just isn't a factor. I spent most of my time in Hanoi and I would go back in a heart beat. Great culture, very friendly helpful people and stunningly beautiful country. PM if you want some specifics for you and your wife. I was also over there with my wife.


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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    I spent 3 weeks there recently and it is delightful place. I was anticipating some anti U.S. sentiment, but there was none. (probably cause why be angry they won) The past is clearly so far in the rear view mirror it just isn't a factor. I spent most of my time in Hanoi and I would go back in a heart beat. Great culture, very friendly helpful people and stunningly beautiful country. PM if you want some specifics for you and your wife. I was also over there with my wife.
    They won the political part. They still got mugged on the physical war. That is why they would still be mad at us.


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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Do it, Kendall....def worth it on so many levels. Besides, a month is nothing, not like your'e over there for a multiple years! Everything I hear is that it's beautiful, inexpensive & mostly the peeps are friendly....one of the three places I'm looking into for teaching next year & I know you & I have similar perspectives - Go For It, Dude!!



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Here is a picture of some dudes that spent sometime in the Hanoi Hilton. This picture was snapped at the moment of wheels up on their return flight to the USA.




    For a more favorable review of the Hanoi Hilton you might want to consult Jane.




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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    They won the political part. They still got mugged on the physical war. That is why they would still be mad at us.

    Not disputing why we didn't win, just saying from experience you don't see that attitude in Hanoi.


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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

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    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    Anyone ever been to Hanoi? I've got a year left for my Ph.D., and I've been offered to teach a 3-4 week class in Hanoi. They're paying all my travel and food expenses, plus paying me about 4x my grad assisstantship rate. I'm married, but no kids, and the wife is fully supportive of the opportunity. I just really don't know much about Hanoi or Vietnam in general, and don't personally know anyone who has traveled there. Any input would be appreciated.

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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Anthony Bourdain has visited the area on his Travel Channel show "No Reservations". You should check it out if you're truly looking at going. Haven't been, but based on his show and a few friends that have, we want to make it someday. I'm a big fan of Pho and other Vietnamese food, so his show had my mouth watering!



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    I had no want to go Vietnam until I saw the Top Gear episode where they raced the motorcycles across the country. That was pretty cool.



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    Anyone ever been to Hanoi? I've got a year left for my Ph.D., and I've been offered to teach a 3-4 week class in Hanoi. They're paying all my travel and food expenses, plus paying me about 4x my grad assisstantship rate. I'm married, but no kids, and the wife is fully supportive of the opportunity. I just really don't know much about Hanoi or Vietnam in general, and don't personally know anyone who has traveled there. Any input would be appreciated.
    Go for it, you will love it. If you have time to visit Cambodia would suggest that too. It is like going back in a time warp a bit, the tallest building in Camodia is like
    a 12 story Intercontinental Hotel.

    Both Vietnam and Cambodia are beautiful countries with very friendly and caring people.



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    This is the second thing I thought would be brought up.
    Was the first thing a quote from Full Metal Jacket? Because that's what came to mind immediately.



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    Re: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by fsanford View Post
    Both Vietnam and Cambodia are beautiful countries with very friendly and caring people.
    Tell that to my wife's family. They have a son who's body has never been recovered. Witness's saw him get shot after his plane crashed(he was a mechanic).



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