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Monday, August 5, 2019

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Greet Autumn in the US--Saigon









Elevator in an Aeon Shopping Mall:

GREET AUTUMN IN THE US
"BEAUTIFUL" PRICE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT

INCLUSIVE OF ALL SERVICES
$1,295.79
AMERICAN WEST COAST: LOS ANGELES-HOLLYWOOD-
LAS VEGAS-HOOVER DAM (7 DAYS)
LEAVING: NOVEMBER 10,11,17, 19, 24.

* LIMITED SLOTS



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4 comments:

eahilf said...

Seems like a LOT of money for the average person in Vietnam.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi eahilf,

I often see travel ads and travel agencies, especially in the cities, so Vietnamese are obviously traveling quite a bit, especially to nearby countries, where they often don't need a visa. I also see travel articles and blogs. Of course, these are still only a minority. In Ea Kly, for example, most people have never been overseas. A driver there has crossed into China and Cambodia, and a gas station owner has been to about five foreign countries.

The deal above is not so great, since two of the seven days are spent on the plane. Though the ad shows the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge, you won't see either, since you'll only briefly visit Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In LA, you'll see Hollywood and an Orange County Vietnamese shopping mall. In Vegas, you'll see the Strip and Hoover Dam.


Linh

Linh Dinh said...

P.S. Cambodian casinos just across the border are the most common destinations for Vietnamese travelers, but if they want to see Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat, they can take a $215 four-day tour that includes most meals. Not a bad deal at all.

Linh Dinh said...

P.P.S. What many Vietnamese blow a lot of money on is gambling, so a guy who makes $500 a month may lose thousands of dollars on a soccer match!

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, but have returned to Vietnam, where I live in remote Ea Kly. I've also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), a novel, Love Like Hate (2010), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), and six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems apparently cancelled by Chax Press from external pressure. I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in Tokyo, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.