February 20, 2018

Finding Russia in Vietnam

Many in Asia follow Western or Japanese or Korean popular culture but some of us cold warriors, we miss Russia — remember all those inexpensive and colorful science books, Tarkovsky movies and upbeat Tsoi music videos. Fortunately for us, these days Russia can be found easily in South East Asia — all you have to do is to go to certain beach areas. For example: Nha Trang

Russian travel agent welcoming newly arrived tourists.

Russia in Vietnam

And if you miss the Vietnamese fare, there are always small alleys you can walk into.

Russia in Vietnam

This place is popular with the Chinese too, with several direct flights from smaller cities in China.

Russia in Vietnam

This shop can copy any swimsuit design in one day.

Russia in Vietnam

Heavies — perhaps former inter-agency colleagues.

Russia in Vietnam

Most street signs in the couple of streets along the beach are in Russian and Chinese — here is a pharmacy, next doors is a Russian restaurant.

Russia in Vietnam

Celebrating Russia-Vietnam friendship. And of course, wi-fi everywhere.

Russia in Vietnam

Russian spoken here” at a travel agents

Russia in Vietnam


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