Jungle surrounds ancient Cham ruins in Central Vietnam today. This former Viet Cong hideout was heavily damaged by bombing during the war

The story here is written by my friend Geno who has traveled and worked in many countries around the world. Enjoy reading his stories!

When I first told friends that I was going to live in Southeast Asia and travel extensively through these countries, their first reaction was between shock and surprise. Then came the inevitable questions.

“Isn’t it dangerous?”

“Don’t the people there still hate us?”

The questions were understandable, since these were the lands from America’s longest 20th century war, the first war America didn’t win. The cold war quagmire spread across Vietnam’s borders to include Laos and Cambodia. Faraway places that Americans had never heard of before the conflict, became infamous: Saigon and Khe Sanh. Hanoi, and the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Phnom Penh, and the Mekong River. Continue reading

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