International Hassles of Renting a Motorcycle

International Hassles of Renting a Motorcycle

Apparently we talk about riding motorbikes in Southeast Asia quite a lot. As such, one of our long-time listeners wants to know more. Like are licenses required? How much does it cost to rent a motorbike in Thailand or other countries in SE Asia? And just what is required to rent one of these two-wheeled death traps? We have the answers. Listen in!

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Hobos From Hanoi & Bali Biking Boo Boos

Hobos From Hanoi & Bali Biking Boo Boos

Nothing says “romantic” like a train ride. Unless, of course, it’s a 33-hour train ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. That’s just nuts. And nothing gets you closer to the locals than requiring immediate medical attention after plowing your motorcycle into a wall in Bali. No, really. World travel is awesome.

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We Put The Beer In 4DX & Photographing Mrs. Not-Huh

We Put The Beer In 4DX & Photographing Mrs. Not-Huh

We debated not putting out a show this week, in light of the myriad attacks by Daesh. But we can’t stop bad things from happening, and figure you might welcome a light-hearted break from the bad news. This week, we tell a stories of sneaking beer into a Hong Kong movie theater, and our friends Amber & Eric from Husband In Tow relate the magic of one photo taken in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Quarter Life Crisis & The BB Clee

Quarter Life Crisis & The BB Clee

You know what’s the best part of taking 12 weeks off from podcasting? Coming back. This is the first episode of Season Two of the Opportunistic Traveler’s Podcast! 

This episode mixes beer and finance in one unexpected little package, with stories told in Hue, Vietnam and in Hong Kong. It’s just over 14 minutes long, so listen and enjoy!

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Why Ant Dens & Bee Hives Make Terrible Travel Destinations

Why Ant Dens & Bee Hives Make Terrible Travel Destinations

Describing Da Nang is impossible, as changes from block to block are vast! One neighborhood is very much a traditional Vietnamese village, with people cooking in outdoor kitchens and using sidewalks as their dining rooms. On the next street over there's a 12-story high-rise, with accommodations that wouldn't look out of place in any other modern city around the world. On the beach, there's a huge all-inclusive resorts that shares a border with a small hotel, which in turn shares a border with three or four houses nestled together. 

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Making Heads & Tales of North & South Vietnam

Making Heads & Tales of North & South Vietnam

The picture was taken inside the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City. There isn't anything describing this particular display, but I get the feeling it's left as an example of what not to do. A reminder of the stark differences between the wealthy ruling class in the south and, well... everyone else in Vietnam at the time.

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These Are The Things You Cannot Do On The Beach In Nha Trang

The beaches of Nha Trang, Vietnam, are lovely. But they're a little different from what you're used to, so Vietnam has some helpful rules you should follow so that you and everyone else -- mostly scowling Russians here -- have the best possible time.

  • No organized catering. Unless, of course, you're the organized caterers setup to rent out the cabanas or bring food and drink situated not more than 20 meters from this sign. Well obviously not them.

  • No kites. Because everyone knows that it's not the dangerous undertow that will kill you. It's the kites. So don't buy kite from that street vendor set up on the beach. Everyone hates kites.

  • No stepping on grass or destroying of trees. Sure, you can step on the trees and you can destroy the non-existent grass. But if you reverse those two, you shall be taken out and shot.

  • No animals grazing. Don't bring your pet worm from Arakkis, the only animal I know of that actually grazes on sand. Or your sand-eating dog.

  • No indiscriminate defecation. Because the people of Vietnam have put up with your random shitting for far too long.

  • No ball games. Like frisbee. Which isn't a ball. But still, no ball games. You know what? While we're at it; no games at all. This is a serious beach.

  • No fire. You don't want the sand or the ocean to catch fire, now do you?

  • No fishing. Ignore those boats just off shore. They only look like they are fishing.

  • No hawkers. Also ignore all those hawkers selling everything from books to sunglasses to freshly broiled lobster (totally not kidding). Because no hawkers.

  • Walking only. Not only are running, skipping, and crawling out; but we're not sure you should swim, either. Just walk. It's safer.

  • Wear a life vest. Yes. When you walk. It's safer.

  • Garbage at designated places. Take it with you, then drop it on the nearest street, sidewalk, or gutter. You don't want to put the street-cleaners out of work, right?

Ah, Nha Trang. You were a special place. Do svidaniya!