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.
Phú Quốc Island, our first taste of Vietnam, was just a few days of relaxing before we embarked on our three months of exploring this country and the boys return to a more regular schooling routine.