Ho Chi Minh/Saigon whatever you fancy calling it

Our final stop in Vietnam was set to be Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon. Originally, we had planned to travel further south and into the Mekong delta, but literally every traveller we encountered told us to avoid it. The main reasons being that it is scam central, dirty and not very scenic. We guessed…

A brief beach catch up

The coastal city of Nha Trang is Vietnam’s oddball. Depending on their interests people love it or avoid it. It is Vietnam’s go-to place for Russians, parties and beaches. The center is busy with many high-rise buildings growing, but there are still some older quarters left. Another reason for people to go there is the…

Hoi An

From Hue’s rainy imperial city we took the train to Da Nang. Da Nang is the nearest railway station to Hoi An, our next destination. Once we arrived in Da Nang we just had to ignore the five taxi offers and walk to the bus stop. The bus between Da Nang and Hoi An was…

The last imperial city of Vietnam 

Hue is Vietnam’s imperial capital and was the seat of the Nguyen dynasty. It’s located in central Vietnam and made a nice stopover for us on our way south. We arrived by another lovely sleeper bus that took four hours to make the journey from Phong Nha to Hue even with the stops to deliver…

Phong Nha Ke Bang (we didn’t make up the name)

Next stop on our agenda was Phong Nha Ke Bang national park and our base for a few days Son Trach village. Having been on a sleeper bus for 6 hours during the day when we visited Sapa we decided against it. Supposedly the buses are cheaper, but we were quoted $22 per person which…