Santa Con

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Santa Con

Last year, I attended Santa Con in New York City. It was a last minute decision and all I had for a costume was a La Chouffe elf’s hat. To make matters worse, the friend who I went with was dressed up as a Twenty-First Century Scrooge–jeans and a winter coat.

This Saturday, December 15, marks Santa Con 2012, which will take place again in New York City, as well as numerous other states and fourteen other countries. (Santa Con will also be held the weekend after in many more cities, including Long Island.) Here’s a list of the dos and don’ts of Santa Con. Read more

One Day in Vientiane

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Buddha Park, Laos, Outside of Vientiane

The guidebooks will tell you that Vientiane, Laos, has a “French feel” or retains its “placid charm.” My experience is that Vientiane is a collection of impossible to cross streets and sidewalks filled with parked cars. It is as French as French fries and as charming as Los Angeles during the riots. I kid. It’s really not that bad. And since it is the capital of Laos, travelers might find themselves passing through the city. If that’s the case, I would definitely stay in Vientiane for one full day.

Here are the best things to do in Vientiane

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37 Hours: Hoi An

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The Streets of Hoi An, Vietnam

Most travelers arrive to Hoi An, Vietnam, after visiting the insanity of Hanoi or the chaos of Saigon. So there is no better time to enjoy the relaxing stopover in the middle of Vietnam before venturing off to visit that next headache of a city. Hoi An offers a beach lined with seafood joints, quaint shops in the ancient town (a World Heritage site), skilled tailors, and some of the country’s best cuisine. While some newspapers like to give you 36 hours in a city, Somewhere Or Bust gives you 37. Here’s 37 Hours in Hoi An. Read more

Improving Business Etiquette in Vietnam

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Hanoi Vendor

When I attended the Robert H. Smith School of Business–They keep asking for donations, I thought I’d give them a plug instead–at the University of Maryland, my statistics teacher brought in a business etiquette coach.

“Do not slouch… Shake with your right hand… Pick up the small fork for salads…” This was some of her advice to the class.

As a visitor to Vietnam, I thought about that etiquette coach for the first time. Ma’am, if I could give you some advice: you could make a killing teaching business etiquette in Vietnam training the touts and shop owners. Ma’am, as properly as I could state this: get your ass to Vietnam. Read more

Me Wrong About Mekong

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Best things to do in the Mekong Delta

Before experiencing the best of the Mekong Delta, my imagination cruised me down quiet rivers shaded by palms, while other sampans paddled over to sell me tropical fruits. I was shocked to discover there was very little serenity and very little shade. There were the canals of Ben Tre, but they were set aside for tourists, as you can see from our Raiden hats and in the faces of the happy boat people of the Mekong.

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