By Lisa on Oct 01, 2013 with Comments 2
What would you say if I told you that for the whole month of October we were backpacking our way around Vietnam?
Would you hesitate? Would you jump at the chance? Would you have any doubts?
Well I hope not, because guess what: we are spending the whole month of October backpacking Vietnam. And the trip might well lead into November and December for that matter.
Vietnam is one of my favourite countries in the world: the people, the food, the landscape, the contrasts… We are going to experience it all. So get your backpack packed, get ready to step into my shoes: we are going tomorrow! I’ll meet you here bright and early.
Oh, and I almost forgot; here’s our itinerary:
We are starting off in Hanoi, Vietnam’s crazy capital, where we will have our first introduction to the country. We will meet the people, taste the food and learn to cross the road and live to tell the tale.
We will see more motorbikes than we ever imagined existed. We will try bia hoi. We will visit a temple or two. Oh, and we will go shopping!
We will be awestruck by the sheer beauty of Halong Bay, as we sail among the dream-like rocks and cliffs that rise straight out of the water.
We will go kayaking, discover caves and stay on a paradise island.
We are going on a three-day cruise around Halong Bay so make sure you have your camera ready.
We will have an adventure on a crowded public bus to get from Halong to Ninh Binh. We will have an even bigger adventure on the back of motorbike taxis as we discover the beauty and uniqueness of Tam Coc.
We will be rowed down the river by locals who navigate with their feet! And we will see more amazing karstic landscape than we ever knew existed.
We will have such fun with street food and street restaurants.
We will spend five peaceful and fun days in Vietnam’s most beautiful town, where we will spend a lot of time in the tailor’s shop, go to the beach, hire bicycles and discover Kao Lao, Vietnam’s best dish.
And how do you fancy joining a cooking school to learn how to make those amazing fresh spring rolls?
We will also hire a driver to take us to Marble Mountain on a fantastic trip with a steep hike and amazing views.
In Nha Trang we will have an unfortunate run-in with local petty crime.
But don’t worry; we will also visit the photo studio of a local black and white street photographer and we will have a delicious seafood barbecue on the beach.
Next we will move on to Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, another old capital and a place steeped in history from the last century and the Vietnam-America war.
We will visit the Reunification Palace and learn about the history of Vietnam and America.
An amazing adventure will take us rowing down the Mekong River and will take us to places that we have only read about in books and seen in films.
We will spend time in the jungle, stay in a flooded town and experience a local floating market.
It will be a well deserved rest and a luxurious retreat when we spend six lazy days on Phu Quoc Island enjoying paradise.
We will dance over the burning sand to the refreshing sea and we will have beach barbecue feasts of fresh fish every single night.
From deepest south in the Mekong Delta to the furthest north, we will spend time in freezing temperatures with the Hmong hill tribes of Sapa.
We will hike through the rice paddies, mingle with the Hmong and even attend a local funeral!
And we will experience Vietnam’s overnight sleeper trains. Yawn!
So, dig your passport out, get a good night’s sleep, and we’ll set off bright and early tomorrow morning…
About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....