A fairly typical billboard in Vietnam. Note the solidarity worker types and the hammer and sickle flag, although the official sign of Vietnam these days is a yellow star on red background.
Tourism brand cigarettes. Gotta love it...
It's astonishing, the things that get moved by cyclo. Here the driver is pushing the cyclo to get it started over the bridge; a few seconds later, he got on and pedaled off.
A Black Hmong skirt from Laos. Note the helicopters, etc. in the hem!
Look closely at this photo. Yes, Silicon Valley is everywhere...(Saigon, by the river)
If you've wondered about the travelingtiger, wonder no more. Here is the Traveling Tiger, a small stuffed tiger Jim gave me the night before I left. He's been all over Asia, including Angkor Wat....peeking out from the back of my daypack. (He's tethered there by some rubber bands, or I'm sure he'd take off on his own...you know what tigers are like, once they get to traveling. ;-) )
Carolyn, while the main pack is mostly clean, the daypack is acquiring more than enough dirt and scuffs to make up for it...
Boatman at the border
Me at the Vietnamese border.
Me and two German boys at a "bus station" near the border. We've just discovered that the "four hour trip" is going to be 13 hours over awful roads. Welcome to Third World travel!
Me in a cyclo, in Saigon.
Harvesting on a small farm near the border
A lone water hyacinth growing amidst trash on the Mekong. Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon).
A Vietnamese loom. This is where your fine silk satin, cheap cotton batiste, etc. come from. Not a "modern" factory!
The Mekong River, at the border station
A silverware container from a restaurant on the central coast.