I’ve been in Vietnam for two weeks riding a motorbike north of Ho Chi Minh City towards Hanoi, sort of aka Top Gear but far less glamorous on a 100cc Honda Dream. It’s been an interesting journey from areas on the coast to the central highlands with scenic highlights including wide sandy beaches, mountains, coffee plantations, fishing villages, rice fields and more.
I’m currently in Nha Trang, a coastal resort on the south central coast where I spent the day snorkelling off small islands off the coast.
If you weren’t already aware, Vietnam is a VIP destination with hostels in Hanoi and Hoi An, places I’ll get to later in this trip and give a few personal insights on the experience that might tempt you over here.
I spent two weeks in Vietnam in 2007, and the experience inspired me to come back. Here were five highlights from my last trip to get the ball rolling, feel free to email in your own.
1. Hiking through minority villages in the hillsides of Sapa, north Vietnam.
2. Learning to cook stuffed squid at a cooking class in Hoi An and getting personally tailored clothes made up.
3. Eating pho noodles with hundreds of others in elegant Hanoi.
4. Tracing war memorabilia in the mesmorizing metropolis that is Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
5. Drinking cafe sua (strong black coffee with condensed milk) at least once daily in salons, bars and streetside cafes around the country.
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