Saigon for Christmas

Two weeks ago, I realized with a great amount of trepidation that I actually could afford to take a full week off of my current project for Christmas. Moreover, this week actually coincides with Helene’s own Christmas vacation. Joy!

So, what to do, what to do… What not to do is definitely to visit Montreal during Christmas time. Sorry, friends, sorry family! I’d love to visit again, but my body has attuned so much to Shanghai weather in the last two years that I consider -5°C “butt-freezing cold”, and 35°C to be “nice and warm”. The prospect of facing -30°C ranks about as high on my list of favorite Holiday activites as getting a root canal.

So… Helene and I will be headed to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south of Vietnam, instead! We’ll simply forget about snow and tourtière for this year, and instead partake of tropical humidity and raw beef noodle soup!

Hey, they’ll be plenty of white Christmases in the future… For the time being, what I want is a sweaty, jungle green Christmas. Friends, family… I will be thinking of you all just the same. Promise.

About Daniel Roy

Daniel is a writer, backpack foodie, slow traveler, and endurance runner. He is the author of the upcoming book, "The Way of Slow Travel: A Hands-On Guide to the Best Travel of Your Life."

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