Oh la la! Starting the New Year after an amazing three weeks trip through Vietnam. Ravishing coastline, breathtaking national parks, dynamic cities, outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. The people are super friendly, highly energetic and eager to learn and help.
We started our trip in the dynamic capital of Hanoi with his crazy motorbikes, busy streets and little food ‘diners’ on every corner. Hanoi offers amazing colonial architecture, great city highlights and makes it an easy landing spot to other spectacular places like Sapa, Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. We had an overnight at a traditional wooden junk (small boat) in Halong Bay, visited local fisher villages and did some kayaking and biking around Bai Tu Long Bay…truly amazing.
After taking a night train from Hanoi we continued our journey to Hoi An, a former French colonial. The city is a bit touristic itself, but shows a great variety in craftsmanship like tailoring and wooden furniture. Our homestay was at a local family, which again was a great experience.
Next stop was Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau for a dynamic city rush and relaxing on the beach. During our trip to the Mekong Delta Vinh Long was our starting point where we visited several floating markets like Cat Be and did some biking around small islands. Ha Tien is near to the border of Cambodia and nothing like the Mekong Delta at all but has more the influence of his neighbour countries.
We ended our journey during Christmas at Phu Qouc, a pearl in the Gulf of Thailand with white sandy beaches, amazing snorkeling places and the best seafood you can get. On your bucket list for 2014: Vietnam!