North Vietnam with a Vietnam-Based US Expat
I'm a Hanoi-based freelance writer, and I'm preparing an article on North Vietnam to shop to travel magazines. I'm looking for a fun and adventurous traveler to help me see Hanoi and Ninh Binh province with fresh eyes, and perhaps to star in some companion videos.
This is a really cool opportunity for a solo traveler or a pair of travelers to see the best of the North with an American expat who kind of, sort of knows his way around. Vietnam can be a bewildering place. You can easily spend 2 days overcoming the culture shock and, you know learning how to cross the street. I can tutor you through all that. We'll be able to share the cost of meals (Vietnamese food is very sharable.) and taxis. Plus I'm not a bad guy to hang out with.
My article is aimed at time-constrained American travelers who only have 7 or 8 days in Vietnam. My main point is that time-limited travelers should focus on the quality, not the quantity of destinations. They can see a little bit of the best of Vietnam by visiting Hanoi (for history, great dining and the 'big city' experience) and Ninh Binh Province (for 'Halong Bay on land', the caves of Tran An, the magnificent Bai Dinh Pagoda, heavy Christian/French colonial influences and Cuc Phuong National Park).
Of course, there's no reason for YOU to limit your itinerary to just those places. but for a week or so you'll have a really good time.
My website/blog is at http://www.global-imperative.com. If you're interested, the best way to get in touch is through the contact form at http://global-imperative.com/contact-me/. Or just reply to the thread.
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