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Enjoying the Beaches of Hội An, Vietnam




The “motorcycle gang” started off in Huế en route to Hội An, and the trip was worth it. Hoi An was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited. The weather was cool and breezy.

Wikipedia will tell you all the high-brow facts of Hoi An. For example, “Hội An is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hội An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century.”

We came for the beaches, custom suits, and swag bags.

I’ve been to many of the world’s best beaches like Cabo and Miami, and of course I lived in Los Angeles for over a decade.

While there isn’t a party scene, the beaches of Vietnam are equally beautiful.

Hoi An Vietnam beach

Check out this coastline.

hoi an beach

You can also shop for custom suits and leather travel bags in Hoi An.

 I had food poisoning and didn’t get a suit made, unlike these two handsome men.

custom suits hoi an vietnam

I’ll be back later in the year for a custom tailor job.

I was able to pick up a handmade leather bag.

In “money see, monkey do” fashion, all four of us bought a leather travel bag.

leather travel bag

You got a problem, bro?

cow hoi an

Old Town Hoi An by day.

old town hoi an boats

Old Town Hoi An by night.

old town hoi an at night

Looking at city lights reflecting off of the water while enjoying a cool breeze is one of life’s simple pleasures.

old town hoi an lake night

We stayed at the Alma Courtyard in Hoi An. The stay included a huge breakfast spread and a massage.

The view of Alma Courtyard during the day.

Alma Courtyard Hoi An Vietnam

Time to unwind.

alma courtyard hoi an at night

It’s a long and winding road.

long and winding road hoi an

Some travel by oxen.

oxen hoi an

Others by boat.

boats hoi an vietnam

And still others travel by bike.

scooter hoi an vietnam

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  • Austin Schneider

    These simple little vignettes are cool. Can’t wait until I graduate so I can go visit!

    Btw, what did Mrs. Danger think about moving to Vietnam?

    • I’m working on learning how to tell a story with pictures and only one caption, so it’s a work in progress. Glad you like it!

      Traveling the world, biking up and down mountains and zig-zagging through busy city streets, hanging out at beaches….Women want danger and play.

      • Liam

        Yea these are cool little reads. Think i may copy your style when i hit the road shortly.

      • Jim

        Is Mrs. danger of Indonesian extraction?

  • Liam

    From the pics those beaches remind me of Naples,FL or Hawaii somewhat. Everyone’s mileage varies man but to me Newport Beach, Malibu, Laguna Beach, and Santa Barbara are my favs.

    I have not been to San Fran though- how is it?

    • Crissy Field in San Francisco is nice, but I wouldn’t go to S.F. for the beaches.

  • It’s amazing how Vietnam wasn’t even on my map of places to visit until about 3-4 years ago but now it is. Looks gorgeous out there.

  • Hlingzing

    Thought you were just traveling to Asia for a brief visit.
    How long you plan on staying abroad?

    • I’ll be abroad for all of 2015.

      • CR199

        All 2015 abroad? Are you spending the whole time in Asia? Come to Oz!

        • Australia and New Zealand are on the agenda.

          • CR199

            Cool bananas. Let me know if you come to Perth and I’ll show you around town.

          • I’ll post an announcement when I make it out there. Looking forward to it!

          • CR199

            I’ll keep an eye out for it 🙂

  • Ben

    I really like this site Mike. Much more my speed. I also like the medium. As I have gotten older, I think I enjoy the audio (podcasts) and visual (pictures & videos) much better. Sometimes reading gets a cumbersome. I think you assimilate more info via visual and audio means. Or maybe it is just me. Great stuff.


    • Thanks, Ben! I’ve been experimenting with new forms of story telling and am glad you’ve noticed and enjoy it.

  • Allen

    As an individual with a philosophy background- do you share much interest in Austrian economics/Libertarianism/Randian individualism over collectivism etc.?

    • I read all of Rand’s book in college, including her non-fiction/essays and read von Mises. There’s some truth in there but ultimately she was a dogmatist. No one has a comprehensive model of how the world works.

      • Allen

        I couldn’t agree more man. You also have in that libertarian movement patriot thinkers like Dr. Gary North, James Wesley Rawles (highly reccomended love his work), Kenneth Royce aka “Boston”, Texe Marrs (ex spook with good info on the Illuminati), etc. Personally, I’ve always disliked many of the guys at Laissez-Faire books and their ilk because they howl about ideology endlessly and cry “the free market this and that” but aren’t men of action like James Wesley Rawles or his mentor Gary North (who worked at the Von mises based Foundation for Economic Education/FEE and on Ron Paul’s staff). Like Boston/Kenneth Royce says you can bitch about ideology all the way to the railcar and camps but an M-14, gold coins, and 10 acres of land is far more useful.

        I’d also say all ideologies seek sheep to follow them. A lot of its about power, control, and capital. With all the movements that exist- why aren’t we seeing powerful and lasting change?

        • The System will always be corrupt. All we can do is take charge of our own lives.

  • Hey Mike, I noticed your recent tweets RE: the podcast logo and how you’re focusing on making ‘Cernovich’ the core brand rather than ‘Danger and Play’.

    Currently you’re focusing on marketing and travel on, mindset on, testosterone/fitness/everything on and of course juicing on

    If you had to start again, would you have put everything on and then created niche sites, or if not what strategy would you have followed?

    I’m curious how your current thinking differs from your previous thoughts:

    • Everything has worked out for the best and I wouldn’t change anything.

  • Anon1

    Absolutely loving these shots Mike. Vietnam is most definitely on my list. I remember watching a Top gear where they visit a restaurant that’s built on the water, and small fishing boats can come up and dock to it. worth a look out if you’ve not been yet

    • Glad you like it and I’ll be sure to check that episode out.

  • SamNock

    Really enjoying the new blog. It’s awesome that you’re always wearing a D&P shirt. Speaking of which, will you be making those available for sale?

  • Ken

    Just really curious, did you bring Juicebro Dog wih you?

Living Vietnam

Cigars in Saigon




Once upon a time in America a man could sit down with complete strangers and set aside the cares of the world.

Some men were CEOs, others were blue collar workers, and some of us were students. All were welcome and status did not matter.

Even women were welcome, and in fact the sight of a woman smoking a cigar was seen as a unicorn.

In the cigar lounge there was a certain brotherhood. Some even called it the “brotherhood of the leaf.”

I smoked cigars with Axl Rose and helped David Arquette choose the best cigars for his home humidor. In a cigar lounge, no one is a celebrity or rich guy. Everyone was equal.

I fell out of the cigar scene as smoking restrictions became more severe.

In an effort to protect workers’ health, California enacted various draconian smoking bans. No one would be allowed to smoke indoors, even if the employees had no issues with inhaling second-hand cigar smoke. (I happen to enjoy it!)

Even owners were prohibited from working around cigars. In a nation of obese people, you’d think we’d have bigger issues to address than cigar lounges.

Some of us viewed attacks on cigar lounges as a broader attack on masculinity. Men would go to the lounge to “get away from it all,” to kick our feet up in peace and quiet.

I’ve re-discovered my love of cigars in Saigon.

Like many Americans, I’ve learned the “communist countries” my government told me to fear offer more freedom than the land of the free and home of the brave.

My two favorite cigar lounges in Saigon are SIQAR and the Saigon Cigar Club.

As any cigar aficionado knows, there are more counterfeit Cuban cigars circulating than there are authentic ones. It was thus of paramount importance for me to interview the owners of the respective cigar lounges.

Last week I had a detailed discussion about cigar sources and counterfeits with the owner of the Saigon Cigar Club.

Today I had the pleasure to discuss cigars with the owners of SIQAR and can confirm their cigars are authentic. They order from a reliable source and unboxed a sealed box of Cohiba Behike, two of which I enjoyed.

(FYI, I don’t do sponsored posts or talk to anyone before reviewing their establishment. This is entirely unpaid.)

Drinking a Vietnamese milk coffee while writing and smoking.

milk coffee vietnam cigars

“A cigar oughtt not to be smoked solely with the mouth, but with the hand, the eyes, and with the Spirit.” – Zino Davidoff

A cigar is smoked with the soul

A fresh box of Cohiba Behike at SIQAR in Saigon.

Cohiba Behike Saigon SIQAR

SIQAR’s humidor is well stocked with a selection of Dominican cigars like Fuente and Padron as well as Cuban cigars.

SIQAR humidor Saigon Cuban cigars

The Saigon Cigar Club has a full selection of whisky and Cuban cigars.

whiskey and Cuban Cigars

Women are welcome at cigar lounges, too.

Cigars and women in Saigon Vietnam

One life. Enjoy!


For more information, check out SIQAR on Facebook and the Saigon Cigar Club’s website.

Do you smoke cigars?

If so, what’s your favorite cigar?

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Living Vietnam

A Day (and Night) in the Life of Saigon




I’ve travelled enough to not get goo-goo eyes for each new city. We all know the type, “OMG! THIS PLACE IS AMAZING I AM GOING TO LIVE HERE.”

Well. Oh my.

Saigon is amazing. I. Live. Here.

Saigon has a vibe as all cities do.

Saigon has a fair amount of chaos and disarray, which excites me. I approach each new day without expectations.

Here are some photographs of Saigon I’ve taken.


Saigon is humanity.

Light traffic in Saigon

Saigon is narrow streets.

Saigon street

Saigon is work.

Coffe shop and cafe in Saigon

Saigon is a lot of coffee.

Vietnamese coffee Saigon

Saigon is traffic.

Moto in Saigon

Saigon is new games.

Chinese chess

Saigon is walking.

Saigon streets

Saigon is riding.

shark moto bike saigon

Saigon is good food.

pho in Saigon Vietnam

Saigon is service.

The Saigon Cigar Club

Saigon is open air.

Tran Hung Dao statue Saigon

Saigon is water.

Saigon river at sunset

Saigon is a city.

Saigon sunset city skyline

Saigon is life.

Saigon is whatever you want it to be.

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Living Vietnam

What’s it Like Living in Saigon, Vietnam




When you tell people you’re moving to Vietnam, they look at you like you’re crazy. Aren’t you afraid of crime and stuff and won’t you miss living in the United States?

Fortunately for me, all of my friends already know I’m off the reservation and no one gave me any static about the move.

People are asking me, “What’s it like living in Vietnam?”

Vietnam is a geographically diverse country. Like California, you can go out to an exotic nightclub, enjoy great dining, or chill at the beach.

I’ve been visiting as many of Vietnam’s great towns and cities as possible, and even took a several hours motobike ride down the coast.

Thus far I’ve been to:

  • Phong Nha – a national park with Jurassic park like scenery.
  • Nha Trang (entry forthcoming) – a beach town with cool sea breezes and a chill vibe.
  • Hoi An (Motorbiking from Hue to Hoi An) – a beach town where you can also get custom suits made.
  • Hanoi – full of hippies and backpackers.
  • Saigon – I live here!

I’ve set up residence in Ho Chi Minh City (also called Saigon).

Saigon is a major metropolitan area with 8 million people. You can find anything in Saigon, as illustrated in a day in the life of Mike Cernovich.

  • Wake up in 3-story mansion in quiet, almost rural area.
  • Go to cafe with large tables, great coffee, great breakfast, and excellent wifi.
  • Get a massage. (Happy endings are less common than you’d think; those types of massage parlors are in the backpacker district, which I avoid.)
  • Hit the gym. (Vietnamese gyms are lacking in the heavy weight department, as dumb bells top off at 80 pounds. But the gyms are spacious and clean)
  • Grab a fresh-pressed beet-and-carrot juice for some post-workout recovery.
  • Stop by supermarket for food or anything else needed at home.

Nearly half of the 8 million people living in Saigon are under 35, giving the city a youthful vibe. (NY Times, “36 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City.”)

That energy is felt in the cafe scene, which runs deep. (James Clark, “The incredible cafe scene of Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam.”)

This looks like a cozy living room. It’s actually Cucuta Coffee, one of Saigon’s incredible cafes.

Mike Cernovich coffee

An English breakfast in Vietnam.

English breakfast Saigon

Meet the chefs.

street food Saigon

You can find street food to cook yourself.


Or you can enjoy some sashimi at an elegant Japanese fusion restaurant.

sashimi Saigon

Which Cuban cigar would you like to enjoy after dinner?

Cuban cigar Saigon Vietnam

Some call me a douchebag. I call myself a man who enjoys life.

Mike Cernovich cigar


I’ll be writing more about Saigon in the coming weeks.

This is a huge city with several different districts, each of which have their own character.

Feel free to post any questions or comments you have in the comments below.

P.S. If you like these travel pics, check out Mike Cernovich’s Instagram.

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