1. How to lend a helping hand.
Step one foot into Vietnam and you’ll be greeted with two things: sticky, steamy air and the warmest of welcomes. While America is made safe and welcoming with tedious and drawn-out security checks, expensive alarm systems, and keeping children inside with video games, Vietnam is made safe and welcoming by the generosity of its people. You’ll see this for yourself when your bike breaks down on the side of Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa and you’re rescued within minutes by a kindly-looking man with grease stains up to his elbows. He’ll beckon you to his nearby sửa xe (bike repair shop), hand you a red plastic stool, and unabashedly make small talk with you in broken English until he’s fixed your bike and you’ve exchanged numbers on squares of toilet paper.