Do you like interesting food? Do you like to experience a completely different culture? Do you like exploring new places? If you are looking for somewhere to go, Vietnam should be at the top of your list. I’ve been to every state in the U.S. I’ve also been to South Korea; New Zealand; Greenland; Iceland; Canada; Tasmania; Iraq; Somalia; Kenya; Ireland; England; Singapore; Australia; Indonesia; Hong Kong; Japan; both The US and British Virgin Islands; China; Bahrain; The UAE; Quatar; Italy; Switzerland; Kuwait; The Netherlands; Mexico; Cayman; the Bahamas; Turks & Caicos; Anguilla; St. Martin; Antigua; Aruba; Cuba; France and many other places I can’t think of at the moment. I strongly recommend you visit Vietnam if you ever get the chance. Of all the places I’ve been, it’s one of my absolute favorite places.
Getting to Vietnam is a challenge. It will take you just shy of twenty hours. Typically you fly through South Korea, or Taiwan, and then on to Vietnam. Most guide books will tell you to either start in the north at Hanoi and work your way south to Ho Chi Minh City, or start in the south at Ho Chi Minh City and work your way north. I disagree with this approach. Vietnam has too much to offer to attempt to explore it all in one trip. The food and culture in the north are vastly different from that of the south. I think each deserve a separate trip. Recently I traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Once I arrived and rested, I chartered a boat, and went approximately 150 miles up the Saigon River, and then the Mekong River, almost into Cambodia. I spent the night one night with a local family, and then went even further. After I returned from this “side trip,” I spent the rest of my visit in Ho Chi Minh City, strolling and taking in the local sights, and more importantly, enjoying the local culture and food. Along the way, I made many friends, one of which was a local who owned several restaurants who showed me all of the restaurants considered to be the best of Ho Chi Minh. The food!!! I could see myself spending a lot more of my time in Vietnam. There is enough there to spend a month. I will be back.