Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

Teaching in China – October Holiday 2017 – Exploring Northern Vietnam

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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.

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

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.

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

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.

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

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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.

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

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.

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

On my last day in Vietnam I decided to rent a petrol scooter and explore more villages and beautiful scenery.

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

I also visited the quaint village of Cat Cat, which was absolutely stunning.

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

Vietnam has left a positive impression on  me and I can’t wait to return again some day.

Teaching in China, Shane English School Yuxi

About the Author

Austin

Spending a significant part of his childhood in Turkey and raised in the US, Austin is a perpetual traveler. He currently lives in southeastern China where he splits his time between teaching kids English and exploring the last unexplored corners of that part of Asia.

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