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    Vietnam Round Up!

    Boat in Ha Long Bay

    Location: Vietnam

    After a month travelling around Vietnam we had visited nine different destinations, taken multiple methods of transport and met some fantastic people along the way. Sadly, after four weeks our visas were almost up meaning we needed to pack up and move on! What did we see? Where were our favourite places? What did we not enjoy? Would we go back?

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    What to see in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

    A birds eye view of Ho Chi Minh from Britexco Sky Deck

    Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh, also known as Saigon, is a city like no other. Think NYC but like ten times busier and with SO many motorbikes. Luckily, Ho Chi Minh wasn’t our first experience with this level of crazy traffic and by now we had learnt just to walk in to traffic and survive to tell the tale. There is so much to keep you occupied in Ho Chi Minh, especially in District 10, but these were our favourites from our week in the largest city in Vietnam.

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    Why you should shouldn’t miss Da Lat

    Location: Da Lat, Vietnam

    DaLat wasn’t originally on our ‘to go’ list for Vietnam, however, due to the typhoon that was battering central Vietnam we had to divert from our original next destination. We were due to travel to NaTrang which had neither power or running water as it was the worst hit during the typhoon, so we made a last minute diversion to a place we had previously never heard of. Hoorah for spontaneity!

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    Surviving a Typhoon in Hoi An

    Hoi An Temple gate with busy street

    Location: Hoi An, Vietnam

    As we arrived in Hoi An the heavens opened! (you can see our previous post on how we got there using the local bus here.) We decided to walk to our guest house as it really wasn’t that far away from the bus stop, although we did get very wet.

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    Getting a train from Hue to Hoi An

    View of a misty and rainy Hai Van Pass in Vietnam from a train

    Location: Vietnam

    I know, I know ANOTHER blog post about train travel. We thought we would put together a post about our experience getting from Hue to Hoi An via train/bus because when we were researching it was something that was lacking, especially the change in transport once you get off the train in De Nang. Many people opt for the ease of the plane journey from Hue to De Nang or even a long bus journey, but for us the train was kinder to our budget.

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    24 hours in Hue

    girl walks down a covered walkway in Imperial City Hue

    Location: Hue, Vietnam

    We were told by so many people that you really don’t need long in Hue, 1 or 2 days max. So that is exactly what we did -‘a day in Hue’. A fleeting visit in which we would try and fit in as much as we could. After our night train experience (you can read all about that here) and with no help from the in-coming (unknown to us) typhoon weather we found this harder than expected.

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