Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Our last stop in Vietnam was the highly anticipated Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to by the locals as Saigon. After a nine-hour bus ride from Dalat, where I read the whole of The Fault in Our Stars, (what a tear jerker), we were, as anticipated, dumped on the side of a road in…

The Phuong Trang bus and Dalat

The latest word on the travelling grapevine was, ‘You have to go canyoning in Dalat. It’s amazing!’ Not one to ignore recommendations from fellow travellers we rechecked the calendar and managed to squeeze in two nights and a day in Dalat. Please note: As the journey to Dalat was far more amusing than the canyoning…

Hoi An: The city of lanterns

If you’re a Top Gear fan I’m sure you’ll be aware of the Vietnam special they did a couple of years back. This hour-long programme pretty much sums up our trip and time spent in Hoi An. For those unaware, or like my Grandad can’t stand Clarkson, here’s how it went… We left Hanoi late…

The descending dragons of Halong Bay

Named one of the new natural wonders of the world by UNESCO, Halong Bay is a true landmark of Vietnam. I’d seen pictures of the jagged rocky islands protruding from the sea hundreds of times, but nothing could compare to seeing it with my own eyes. Deciding against the classic backpackers party boat, we booked…

Hanoi: Good morning Vietnam

The time had come to visit my most anticipated country, Vietnam! We flew into the capital Hanoi late one evening and on our trip into the Old Quarter, we were instantly struck by its chaotic culture. With a population of 6.5 million, the streets were brimming with people and car horns and shouts filled the…