A Bag & A Book – Destination Vietnam


Vietnam by Black Swan Journeys

Vietnam by Black Swan Journeys

A Bag & A Book (By Pagdandi & Black Swan Journeys) brings to you destination Vietnam. Customized travel experience with perfect book recommendations to go with it.

Vietnam is much more than the cataclysmic American war that everybody talks about; it is in fact a bewitching country that enthralls you with its myriad cultural influences, bustling energetic cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, natural exotic landscapes, island – studded azure seas and undoubtedly – Vietnamese cuisine. Despite fighting several civil wars, this country wears its history proudly. The ruins of Hindu temples -My Son, Po Nagar are shining testimonies to its heritage. But the biggest attraction remains to be the surreal looking Limestone Islets – Ha Long Bay. A visit to Vietnam is certainly a rewarding experience, where Vietnamese people envelope you with their warmth and the mysterious grottoes beckon you with a promise of tales untold.

Book Recommendations by Pagdandi:

  1. Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew Phamcatfish&mandala
    Part travelogue, part memoir. A vietnam born american travels through the heart of vietnam on a bicycle as he reconciles his past.
  2. Fragrant Palm Leaves by Thich Nhat Hanhfragrantpalmleaves
    A journal maintained by one of the most loved Buddhist teachers before he left Vietnam. Fragrant Palm traces his thoughts and his multiple efforts for peace that Vietnam deserved.
  3. The Quiet American by Graham GreeneQuietAmerican
    An Anti-War novel by the classic author. The Quiet American chases a British Journalist and an American CIA agent as they collide in their choices of love and sides of war.
  4. Destination Saigon: Adventures in Vietnam by Walter Masondestinationsaigon
    A true blue travelogue of 21st century Vietnam. Walter Mason is in his element as he spots the quirks of Vietnamese people, their street food and jungle mosquitos.


Book with us and get 2 books out of the recommendations free. 

Experiences in Vietnam the Black Swan way!  – 

  1. Spend a night on-board as you cruise through Halong Bay in a luxury junk boat and enjoy Tai Chi lessons.
  2. Cooking demo as you cruise along the Halong Bay.
  3. Explore the mystical Me Cung Caves.
  4. A 25 minute flight in a seaplane around Ha Long Bay. You’ll get to experience a birds-eye view of the spectacular Ha Long Bay from 300-500 meters above sea level.
  5. Tour the underground war tunnels at Cu Chi.
  6. Walk the markets of Hoi An: a unique amalgamation of Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese with an expert guide.
  7. Visit the historic Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City.
  8. A half-day bicycle tour to Kim Bong Carpentry Village , which allows visitors to see the artisans working with their skillful hands on the crafts.

and more…

To customize your travel and get free books Call Vishal on 9 8 9 0 9 9 2 4 7 0 or email us on

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Walk your Pagdandi – Travel

We have always counted travel as one of our first loves. Picking up our backpack and travelling is something we always look forward to. Those who know our story know it is the reason how we met and came to be together. Pagdandi took birth as result of this shared love for books, travel, conversations and the camaraderie we experienced with everyone we met while on the road.

Books and Travel. Like Sugar and Water. For us, no trip is complete without a few books to read. It could be just a simple guide or an evocative story set in our destination. Books offer a peek into the soul of a place and tell you stories that no amount of sightseeing will ever tell.

Until know we only associated Pagdandi with travel in a metaphorical sense. However, from the day we started we had a deep desire for Pagdandi to exist in the travel world literally as well. We collaborate and share in everything we do, naturally we wanted to find the right partners to collaborate in this as well.

So here we are. Our first partnership with Black Swan Journeys, experts in tailoring experiential trips, working together to offer you an enhanced travel experience. You can have your trip completely customized for your needs or choose one of Black Swan’s existing fixed departure tours. Both will make you eligible for FREE books custom selected and obtained by Pagdandi for your journey.

For Pagdandi: Vishal +91-9890992470
For Black Swan: Namrata +91-8975632092

Wishing you a beautiful journey on your ‘Pagdandi’,
With Love,
Neha and Vishal
Vishal’s 2 year solo backpacking trip across India:
Neha’s lessons of Yoga picked up from Ashrams and Schools across the country:


One of the fixed departure trips by Black Swan is their ‘Single Malt Safari’, an expert-led Whisky tour through some Scotland’s finest Distilleries. Books this tour using the code ‘Pagdandi’ and you will get the following 2 books as free gifts:

1) The Whiskies of Scotland: Encounters of a Connoisseur by Michael Jackson
2) Choose between Lonely Planet guide to Scotland or The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories.

Call Namrata +91-8975632092

Scotland Single Malt tour by Black Swan Journeys

Scotland Single Malt tour by Black Swan Journeys

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