One Year in Southeast Asia – The Best & Worst

After spending one whole year as a full-time travelling family (wahoo!!) and having spent 359 days of this in Southeast Asia, we thought we would look back on the good and the bad.

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An Exciting Start to Exploring Hà Nội

With one month left of our three-month Vietnam visa, we had plans to spend a total of three weeks in the Vietnamese capital, broken up into two stays. We are really glad we did as we have thoroughly enjoyed our time in the north and feel we saw a more authentic Vietnam than we did in the south. Continue reading “An Exciting Start to Exploring Hà Nội”

Sa Pả – A Town Amongst The Clouds

Sa Pả, located within the very northern reaches of Vietnam was on our must-see list since leaving New Zealand. Nestled high up within the Hoàng Liên mountain range, this small town offers a geographical isolation that we had not yet seen during our time in Vietnam.

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Đà Nẵng – Full Of Surprises

After a short 40 minute drive from Hội An, we arrived at our next home in Đà Nẵng; a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment a short stroll from the beach. I did not have many expectations of Đà Nẵng but found myself pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed our 10 days here.

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Nha Trang – Vietnam’s Seaside Resort Town

Although we enjoyed our time in the bustling city of Saigon we were all looking forward to getting somewhere a little more relaxed, so we were hoping Nha Trang would tick the box. After an overnight train journey of around seven hours we arrived in the early hours to very deserted streets, however this only lasted until sunrise when the roads filled with vehicles of every size and shape. I don’t think I have ever seen more tourist buses in one place. They were everywhere, each picking up dozens of tourists from their hotels for a day of sightseeing.

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Hồ Chí Minh City or Saigon?? Either Way, It’s Still Amazing

After a quick and painless 45 minute flight from Phú Quốc Island we landed in Hồ Chí Minh City, or Saigon as it is still often referred to. And if we thought that the traffic on Phú Quốc was hectic, we had a high-octane lesson on true traffic mania on the drive from the airport to our apartment as we entered the city of over nine million (registered) scooters and motorbikes.

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