Video: Monkey Like Banana

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Angkor Wat Monkey

The last time we visited with the kids of Angkor Wat, I taught one little girl a killer strategy to improve her sales–the favored knock knock joke. The problem is that not all of the kids took my advice. In the first video of a young lady trying to sell me bananas for the monkeys near Angkor Wat, her approach was to whine until I bought her produce. There was one kid, however, willing to take his salesmanship to the next level–see video two. He sang me a song about monkeys and bananas in order to secure me as a customer. (If you’re having trouble viewing any of these videos, just click on the link here.)
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Speaking Vietnamese

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Vietnamese Protest in Hanoi

The Vietnamese alphabet has less letters than the English alphabet, but each of their vowels has quite a few tones, which makes the language very confusing.

For example, the word ma means ghost, cheek, tomb, rice seedling, butt, or horse. It just depends on your tone.

Similarly, hii can mean two, funny, harmful, sea, or scared.

How confusing would it be to say the following sentence in Vietnamese?

“I was scared when two harmful seas converged.” In Vietnamese, it would sound like this: “I was hii when hii hii hii converged.”

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Crawling the Cu Chi Tunnels

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Sealing Up the Cu Chi Tunnel

One of the best day trips in Vietnam is the Cu Chi Tunnels. Though nearly one thousand visitors descend into the Cu Chi netherworld each day, during my visit, I didn’t sense the crowd.

“What a crazy bunch of devils,” the narrator on the video said of the US military. Here, one must remember that the Viet Cong are seen as the “heroes.”

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Interview: The Grumpy Traveller

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The Grumpy Traveller

Welcome to the first installment of the 4,007,236 part series Are There Any Other Travel Bloggers? Whether you’re an adventurer looking for another travel blog (other than Somewhere Or Bust), a blogger wanting to learn the ins and outs of the industry, or someone who enjoys ridiculous questions where answers lack relevancy, you’ll like this segment. This week I spoke with David Whitley, AKA the Grumpy Traveller. Read more

Video: Knock Knock Jokes in Angkor Wat

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The children around Angkor Wat are adorable and sadly their cuteness is used against them. Their parents, who are very poor, are forced to send their kids out to sell crap to tourists. Most of the kids sell postcards and their strategy is to approach you and say, “Mister you buy postcard.” And then they count the postcards. “1, 2, 3… 10.” It’s adorable and sad. When one girl came up to me, attempting to sell me postcards of Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples by counting to ten in eight languages, I decided to provide her with another sales strategy. I taught her a Knock Knock joke. I thought it would kill and bring her a fortune. Check out the videos and outtakes to see how it went. Read more