From September 12 to 19, the Chinese and Russian navies conducted their largest ever bilateral combat exercises. “Joint Sea Exercise 2016” wasn’t just noteworthy for its size, but also its location: the South China Sea. In addition to having large swathes of its waters contested by Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam, the South China Sea is also a flashpoint in Sino-American relations.
If you ever find yourself with an itch to leave your desk job and like, never come back, I highly recommend disappearing away into Southeast Asia. It’s such a stunning place with so many different cultures and landscapes and wonderful food and to properly do it right, you need to be leaving something behind with out a real sense of direction of where you’re going next.
Vietnam is one of my favorite places in the world because the country is just beautiful, the food is absolutely fantastic and the people are so kind. I’m also completely biased because that’s where my family is from. But still! Watch this video that tours the wonders of Vietnam and try and say you don’t want to go. It’s impossible.