Climate, currency may inspire a re-return to Vietnam
On this freezing New York winter day, with my nose turning fuchsia and my father bundled up like South Park’s Kenny just to do some yard work, we needed a photo like this to remind ourselves we were in sunny, warm Vietnam – standing on the top of the Black Virgin Mountain – just a few weeks ago.
Butch Sincock, a Vietnam veteran who runs MilSpec Tours, said more veterans have been returning to Vietnam in recent years because as they retire, they have more free time and money, and some of their physical and emotional wounds have healed, or at least formed scar tissue. Some are also motivated because their children are now adults who can share in their journey. All of the above apply to my father, but as he begins contemplating a re-return next year, he tells people the hot climate and the fact that everyone there takes U.S. dollars are also excellent reasons to visit Vietnam…