Vietnam is a country of fantastic diversity, fascinating history, and wonderful food. We spent three weeks here in November 2016, a turbulent time of the year climate-wise, and it was a wicked few weeks – time went very fast.
Our whirlwind adventure along the eastern coast began in Hanoi; one of the country’s oldest cities, its grand but still manages to maintain its old-style Vietnamese quaintness. Hanoi is the manifestation of the proverbial ‘culture shock’. It’s loud, proud, and full of exhaust fumes and incessant beeping. Hawkers on every street proffer food, trinkets, and other tacky delights and the city is all the better for it. Hanoi is one of our favourite destinations we’ve visited.
The next stop was Phong Nha, a mere 18-hour bus ride away, where we visited the national park on motorbikes, caught our own dinner at the Pub with Cold Beer, and descended into the massive Paradise Cave.
Hue was cool and wet, and the streets flooded from the recent typhoon. We indulged in a much needed rest in our homestay, only visiting one attraction; the Imperial City, the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Hoi An was where we started to get used to Vietnamese life. We spent a few days milling around the Ancient Town whilst waiting for clothes to be tailor-made for us. Its a very pretty town.
In Dalat, which we compared to Devonshire in the UK for its winding hills and narrow alleys in between houses, showed a different angle of Vietnam – the countryside. We went canyoning through waterfalls and got lost in the maze of the Crazy House.
Mui Ne in the south brought sun and its accompanying burns. We met a few great people at our awesome accommodation and had a very chilled out time in the sun – a change from the blustery experience we’d had so far.
Terminus was Ho Chi Minh City, a sprawling city full of traffic, markets, and western food chains. The rain returned and we swiftly left this city, and Vietnam behind for the sunnier climes of the Philippines.
Our highlights reel for this country is extensive but we hope you enjoy watching what we’ve been up to: