It is to my great pleasure to say that we have crossed the Vietnamese border into Laos. And have left Vietnam and its mediocracy behind. Filled to the borders with taxi scams, train station gangs, war propaganda, and Pho which barely reaches the bench mark of tasteful; Vietnam is no country to write home about.
Pho: A Vietnamese trademark soup consisting of rice noodles, local spices, and an array of fresh vegetables.
As many travelers do, we hold Anthony Bourdain's opinion, on his show "No Reservations", in high regard. And as many travelers were, we were disappointed. Anthony Bourdain's opinion on Vietnam was more than generous. We thought perhaps it was just our experience, until we met handfuls of other travelers who all had come to the same conclusion; Anthony Bourdain is a Liar.