As our three month visa for Vietnam was coming to an end, so was our time in the beautiful capital. Here are some of the highlights from our last week or so in Hà Nội.
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.
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”
After seeing the amazing sights and island formations of Lan Ha & Hạ Long Bays during our stay on Cát Bà Island, we decided to venture to the ‘Hạ Long Bay on land’ – Tam Cốc.
For us, Cát Bà Island was a much more budget-friendly option than the hugely popular Hạ Long Bay and it’s well-known cruises, but it still gave us a wonderful taste of this beautiful part of Vietnam.
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.
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.
Hội An was our fourth stop during our Vietnamese adventures and after a 10 hour sleeping bus trip we were immediately struck by how many beautiful lanterns and colourful flags were strung up around the streets.
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.
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.