We are home but it's not over yet, a few more entries to go. Ah Vietnam... where your fashion statement is your helmet, mask and seat cover. We spent 3 ½ amazing weeks traveling up the coast of Vietnam. We got to meet up with friends in Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). Alexia & Pepyn were visiting Pepyn’s parents in HCM. I can’t tell you how happy Brett and I were to see familiar faces after several months. It was just what we needed! I think Vietnam surprised us both and ended up being one of the more memorable experiences of the trip.
Traveling through SE Asia for a few months prepared us for the INSANE traffic of Vietnam. I thought it was crazy in Cambodia, but Vietnam takes the cake. Here’s just example of city traffic. Driving down the highway was a whole other experience!
After a quick flight from HCM, we landed in Danang and headed to Hoi An to meet up with A&P. Hoi An is a charming little city know for its gastronomic delights and talented tailors. The old town architecture and art was untouched by the war. Just when we thought the food couldn’t get any better, it did. Hoi An does not disappoint. We spent most of our time eating, catching up with Alexia & Pepyn and getting clothes made (well, that was Alexia & I). I ended up with five dresses, two tops and coat.
We went back to HCM to see a little more of Alexia and Pepyn before they headed back to the UK. We relaxed by the pool, ate more amazing food and checked out a little HCM nightlife at Apocalypse Now and Crazy Buffalo. Sadly after they left, it was back to backpacker land and the tourist trail. We visited the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels. They refer to the Vietnam War as the American War. It was eye-opening to learn about the war from the opposite side. At times it was completely subjective, but by the end I think we had a much better understanding of the devastation that occurred on both sides.
Spending time with Alexia & Pepyn
Cu Chi Tunnels
Make shoes out of tires
Brett's favorite thing to eat bahn mi
Saigon traffic & wires
After HCM we took a bus up the coast to the little beach town of Mui Ne. Mui Ne is also known as the “Sahara” of Vietnam because of its beautiful sand dunes. Kitesurfers come from all over the world to ride the waves of Mui Ne.