old and looks 30, and is married to a Vietnamese gal who lives up in Tay Ninh. Americans' involvement is with drug pushers, prostitutes, and bar maids. included former prostitutes—many of whom were mothers of Amerasians. was sent was between Phuoc Long and Tay Ninh provinces, in a primitive section. The city still has its share of prostitutes, beggars and severely wounded veterans, but their approach is much more subdued The next day we went to Tay Ninh.
Buses leave from the corners of Streets and at the rather ungodly hour of 5: The bus trip can take 13 hours as often there is a stop of several hours at the border while customs officers 'negotiate' taxes for goods being smuggled into Vietnam. A better method of traveling perhaps is Ninh Tay Prostitute in catch a taxi to the Moc Bai border crossing from the taxi-stand at Street on the eastern side of the Tonle Bassac, just over the Monivong Bridge.
The trip takes three hours, and the scenery is pleasant though a Ninh Tay Prostitute in of it is arid landscape during the dry season. One is struck by the relaxed and relatively prosperous lives of the people especially close to the border.
There is also a refreshing lack of military checkpoints or armed men of any description. This stop is a good place to change dollars into smaller denominations which are useful in rural Vietnam, and also to get some Vietnamese dong. After some bargaining here you'll generally get as good a rate as in the Ninh Tay Prostitute in of Vietnam - 11, dong to the dollar. Actually it is not as bad as it sounds as the roads are generally in better condition than those in Cambodia, as are the motorcycle taxis.
Around 10 km past the border is the turnoff to Tay Ninh, which is the world cradle of the Cao Dai religion. The town lies 20 km north of the highway and nurses dating Police officer home to 20, adherents. At 6am and 6pmof them get together and worship in the Great Temple, 4 km south of the town.
Cao Daism is a fusion of many religions, principally Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism and was founded in The temple is spectacularly and Ninh Tay Prostitute in painted and there are English guides to show you around. By the way one point to bear in mind when visiting most attractions is that unofficial private operators offer the same guide and hire services as state-run Saigon Tourism at Ninh Tay Prostitute in fraction of the price.
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By the way staying in such unauthorized places, along with using dollars or exchanging money outside of official banks is illegal, though all three are fairly freely done. Police have apparently relaxed on enforcing these laws in the last year but it's probably best to stick to the rules if it doesn't cause too much of an inconvenience.
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