I want to mention a couple more things about Asia.
-the pictures are here if that so interests you.
-I think I've shat once in two weeks. I guess Vietnam had the last laugh.
-I forgot to mention my biggest pet peeve about all of Southeast Asia, other than the aggressive and lascivious transvestites. There exists not one sign, billboard, menu, etc. without at least one misspelling or grammar mistake (there's a small-- maybe 2%-- chance, in my mind, that "misspelling" only has one "s". That means I have a 98% chance of enduring no humiliation at all from that sentence-- I'm satisfied with those odds. You can't have it all in life, and I'll take 98% any day). Huge, undoubtedly expensive, fluorescent signs would say "Manh Thung Restuarant" or "All Day Breafast". There would be a stack of nice-looking brochures in a tourist agency, that would advertise "Overnight Tous to Halong Bay."
I don't know why it bothered me so much. But it did. How frickin hard is it to ask any tourist off the street to proofread the pamphlet before you print 2,000 of them, or before you order the huge lit sign that will be there for the next 15 years? I guess it's a culture thing. Americans would never send out an order before checking the spelling. Just another vast cultural contrast.