Over Mid-Autumn Festival I finally had the opportunity to visit Vietnam, one of the top countries on my wish list. My first stop was Hanoi where I enjoyed some condensed milk heavy Vietnamese coffee. During my first day there I spent many hours wandering the busy streets of the Old Quarter and getting lost. This was no hassle though as I was in no rush to be anywhere.
The next day I met up with my friend Joe and we visited the War Museum. It was cool seeing all the French colonial architecture everywhere.
The next two days I spent my time cruising around Halong Bay. The scenery there is incredible, and I had a chance to visit a massive cave, a pearl farm, and climb to the observatory on Tea Top Island where you get an amazing 360 view of the bay.
During the next leg of my trip I spent most of my time in Sapa. Here the rice fields are super scenic as well as the colorful clothes of the minority groups that reside in this part of Vietnam. Here I got a chance to do a day trek into the mountains and eat the local Hmong cuisine.
The next day I got on a bus to Bac Ha, which is a town that is famous for it’s large and colorful market. It was lovely walking around all the different shops, trying out different Vietnamese snacks and buying souvenirs.
On my last day in Vietnam I decided to rent a petrol scooter and explore more villages and beautiful scenery.
I also visited the quaint village of Cat Cat, which was absolutely stunning.
Vietnam has left a positive impression on me and I can’t wait to return again some day.