What I loved most about Vietnam was it diversity. You could find vibrant cities, remote areas with barely any telecommunications, beaches but also mountains. As I travelled my way up from the south, starting in Ho Chi Minh City, I fell in love with the country. Ho Chi Minh actually was my favourite among the bigger cities not only in Vietnam but in entire South East Asia. It is more relaxed than the metropolises of Bangkok or Hanoi but you still get a real “Big City Feel”. The reason why I may have liked it so much and felt like I could have stayed for longer was that it was pretty European.
I continued my way via Nha Trang, a city famous for its beach where also many Vietnamese people spend their holidays or long weekends. My tip for you where to go in Nha Trang is the Sailing Club. You can go there in the morning and literally spend the whole day there, as the food is good, they provide you with beach loungers and have parties in the evenings. If you spend more time there than just a weekend you sure want to see more than just the beach (or not). If so however, take a bike-tuk tuk and you can make a little tour around Nha Trang, like for example to the Hon Chong Rocks or Long Son Pagoda. Also, the night market is worth seeing (if you haven’t been to many Asian markets).
I was wearing a Cos Shirt, shorts I got in Vietnam, Urban Outfitter shoes and a Sportsgirl bag I got in Sydney.
I contunued from there to Hoi an, often referred to as the city of the 300 tailors. If you want a custom made dress or even shoes, this is the place to be for you! The entire city is about custom made clothes, nearly every building offers you all kind of fabrics or designs. And of couurse I got myself something too! I bought 4 dresses and my boyfriend two suits and like 5 ties haha!
Dress No. 1
Dress No. 2 (and my hair)
Dress No. 3
Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of dress No. 4 yet, but as soon as I will wear it, I will present it on my blog.
After that, I passed by Hue and Hanoi. The latter is super vibrant but at the same time very exhausting! It is hardly possible to find a quiet minute, especially because of the crazy traffic and the numerous street vendors.
The perfect getaway after Hanoi was the Halong Bay, where I went on a 2-day cruise. It is definitely worth a visit, even though it is hard to get there without an organized tourist tour. But don’t worry, you won’t get disappointed there. My favourite part of visiting Halong Bay was the Floating Village, a little area of people who have never lived on the mainland.
My final destination in Vietnam was Sapa, and as much as I enjoy a sunny beach I have to say that Sapa has become my favourite place in Vietnam! It is a cute city up in the mountains of northern Vietnam. The views you get there are just amazing! However, I sometimes forgot that I was in Asia, the buildings but also the mountains themselves somewhat felt so familiar to me that I had the feeling of being in a mountain village in the European Alps! Make sure you don’t visit Sapa in summer or winter. It gets too hot for trekking or long walks during summer and the even if the rain in winter doesn’t make it impossible, you will miss out on the breathtaking views! Furthermore, it is interesting to get to know and learn about the indigenous Vietnamese people of Sapa.