Email #12 (1-19-01)
Hello Everyone!

We are in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

Since our last email, we continued north through
Thailand.  After a few days in the wild and crazy city
of Bangkok, we headed east, by land, into Cambodia. 

The travel guide books will tell you that the Temples
of Angkor and the revitalized capital city of Phnom
Penh are Cambodia's major draw cards, and they were
awesome.  But for us, the best part of Cambodia was
the people.  The people of Cambodia are friendly, warm
and genuine.  The have come through decades of
incredible hardship, still wearing a smile.

You can check out all the details of our travels in
Cambodia, specifically, in our journal entry:

http://joelsward.com/lisaandjoelsexcellentadventure/cambodia.html

After cutting across Cambodia, while experiencing our
most hard-core land travel to date, we crossed into
Vietnam. 

Ho Chi Minh City is a hustling, bustling mixture of
East meets West, old clashing with new and traditional
ways dealing with the onslaught of the modern world.

Since arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, we have toured the
War Remnants Museum (a sobering reminder of the
horrors of war), checked out the Jade Emperor Pagoda
and slithered through the Cu Chi Tunnels (see attached
picture), plus much more. 

Our journal entry:

http://joelsward.com/lisaandjoelsexcellentadventure/vietnam.html

will have the rundown of our time in Vietnam.  When
viewing the journal, be sure to click on the colored
words for cool pictures to go along with the text.

Next, we plan on heading north through Vietnam, then
west through Laos into Northern Thailand before
returning to Bangkok -- all by land.

It should be interesting so stay tuned to our around
the world adventure, by viewing our web site.

We hope all is well with everyone.  Take care.

Lisa and Joel

Lisa's Email:
lisa@joelsward.com
Joel's Email:
joel@joelsward.com
Web Site:
http://www.JoelSward.com
 
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