I should never have doubted my own ability to traverse #vietnam from the top to the bottom on my own.
The countless motorbike rides, the rough train rides, the winding bus trips, the boat rides, the mototaxis, you name it, I took it and I loved every fucking minute of it.
The most satisfying moments were stopping in at little villages and just saying hello to the locals, grabbing a beer and a bite then resting up for the night.
The best times came at the most unexpected times, walking into hostels and having conversations at bars, to talking with street vendors whom I'd bargain hard with then end up walking around town with their daughter, to the quiet nights with a beer and a feed, that's how I travel and the one person that reinforced that it's ok is my awesome friend, Rose. .
I motorbiked around #sapa#laocai#ninhbinh#hue#haivan#danang#myson#hoian and finally down to #saigon , and it was fantastic. .
"I am, above all things, a man of the people, a regular Joe, a man as moved by a simple slab of Mom’s meatloaf as I am of larks’ tongue in aspic, studded with truffles and moistened with the tears of a unicorn.” Anthony Bourdain.
Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the 2 major cities of Vietnam, very bustling and crowded, and yet are different from each other like in food, culture, religious practises and traditions.
People always like to compare them and ask which is better, just like Tokyo and Osaka, Melbourne and Sydney etc. Well, for me, each is unique, nice and beautiful in its own way. (of course there are also places like Sapa, Danang and Hoi An that are very nice too)
I have been to these cities several times, in fact, quite regularly too. What I like (my mum too) are the food there, things are cheap and people are friendly and warm too though some differences in terms of food taste and flavour, in particular.
For those who have been to these 2 cities, which one do you like better? And why?
And if you would like to join me (or get some good advice or recommendations) for a trip there, do contact me! You will surely have a nice and enjoyable travel experience there!
Attention cafe-lovers: Make a trip to Đà Lạt to enjoy long hours in cute cafes just like this. You’ll be spoiled for choice among the modern cafes, retro cafes, and outdoor cafes sprinkled all over this mountain town. ☕️ @karnwatchaa recently took a trip to Đà Lạt, where she snapped with picture at @route.66.cafe. What’s your favourite cafe in #VietnamNOW ?⠀
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#myvietnam 17.5.2019 dinner time at #buncha#huonglien in #hanoi
I knew about this place thanks to #anthonybourdain accompanying #obama here for dinner and beers on one of his #travel episodes. I had to try it, not so much for the food but more for the nostalgia of sitting in the spot that two of my hero's sat.
Obama was the first sitting US President to visit #vietnam , #bourdain , well if you haven't heard of his shows then you've been living under a rock. I managed to dine at every #vietnamese restaurant that he ate at during his visits here.
Anyway, make the trip to Bun Cha Huong Lien and chow down on delicious pork meat balls, soup, prawn rolls and a beer and wonder what it was like to be there the night Obama and Bourdain were there. 📍 24 Lê Văn Hưu, Phan Chu Trinh, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
HELLO HO CHI MINH• we have made it to our final destination in Vietnam in the wonderful Ho Chi Minh and of course our first stop was a trip to the apartment cafes for a spot of people watching and some lush dosh beverages 🇻🇳🏙💙
21 1244 April, 2019
BEER BYE• saying farewell to our last Vietnamese beach had to be done with a local beer and fresh coconut at a cute wooden beach bar. Nha Trang as been an amazing break from city life and a much needed beach break but now it's time to make our way to our last stop in Vietnam 🇻🇳🍺🌴
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TREKKING THE TRACKS• our next stop on our Vietnam adventure was to Nha Trang; one of the major beach resorts of Vietnam. Now away from the beach we found these gems including the gothic church and loads of cute streets along the tracks 🇻🇳🚂⛪️
4 12722 March, 2019
CHEERS DANANG• saying goodbye to Da nang in true style with a local beer and coconut on the beach; we are truly going to miss the stunning beaches, the countless bridges and the local beer. Da nang has been a great surprise and it has been so amazing to be back on a beach again but now it’s time to see what the beaches are like in Nha Trang 🇻🇳🍺🥥
8 13820 March, 2019
DA NANG THAT BEACH THOUGH• ending our days with the moped parked up and enjoying a beer on the beach front; the view is stunning with the beautiful lady Buddha in the back ground, the sound of the sea and the warmth of the sun. Here is hoping that everyday could end like this but back home in England there is hardly ever any sun 😂🇻🇳☀️
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Life is all about the journey and moments like these are precious. Vietnam is a beautiful country full of amazing beaches and coconuts. It is not rare to see local coconut shops like these throughout this gem of a country. Stop a while, slip a drink and laugh together🥥💦
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To infinity (pool) and beyond! 🚀 These fashionable rooftop pools are all the rage in @danang_fantasticity. With miles of beachfront property, great golf courses and #dreamy ocean views, this is one holiday destination you won’t want to miss. Take a cue from @alexandrapanfilova, and find your spot at one of these pretty pools in Đà Nẵng.⠀
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26 1,43517 July, 2019
The Temple of Literature 🖤
ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟ ᴛɪᴘs ☻
🇬🇧 Built in 1070, the temple is extremely well preserved and is a superb example of traditional Vietnamese architecture.
🇫🇷 Construit en 1070, le temple est extrêmement bien conservé et constitue un superbe exemple de l'architecture vietnamienne traditionnelle.
. #templeofliterature#vietnam#instavietnam .
28 5779 July, 2019
You know you're old when you're more excited about the idea of temple hopping first thing in the morning rather than bar hopping @mahasheclothing
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