But a quick warning to people crossing the border into Vietnam by boat: Customs police at the river crossing are stern. Our recent bribery attempt on a day-early visa earned us this: "You may be able to do that in Cambodia but not in Vietnam!"
The guard was right about the distinction between the two countries. Little did we know the order, uniformity and beauty we were about to discover by crossing into Vietnam. As soon as we entered, red signs with comic book-style lettering adorned government building and instructed citizens on proper hygiene.
A moped ride through the border towns takes you along cliff-side roads with the Mekong to the left and villages and rice paddies to the right. Women in white silk gowns pedaled past on bicycles with fruit-filled baskets. "Picturesque" is an understatement.
· Southeast Asia Field Trip [Jaunted]