So round mid June, i do a visa run to Hong Kong and back to Hanoi and then ride the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city as i blogged before. I want to take at least three side trips before leaving for Cambodia in September. I’ve booked a trip to Con Dao already for a week in July. I decided to take a trip to Vung Tao in August which does not require a flight. One can ride a ferry boat from HCMC there in 90 minutes and then back to almost District 1. So that will be my second journey. I think my final one will be a 3 day tour of the Mekong Delta in August or so.
I just want to make sure I have seen stuff in Vietnam north, central, and south before leaving for Cambodia. Best way is to just find the places and then book the hotel and find the way to get there. In the case of Vung Tao one can go by Ferry boat which sounds ideal.
I figure I will have weeks and more weeks to explore HCMC to my content but will also have three trips planned to various places by the time I’m done. I was thinking about it over beers tonight and I want to make an attempt to see Vietnam whether its something like Halong Bay or Hoi An or places south. Vietnam has so much going for it. Did I mention the people are great? They are. Did I mention the food? I’m sure I did.
Here’s a pitch with no adwords. Go to Vietnam. Take a trip somewhere. You will not be disappointed. You can live on the cheap if you want. Find a long stay hotel in the Old Quarter or find a hostel. I don’t stay in Hostels. I don’t like barracks of people that snore, cough, come in drunk. That’s just me though. I can find competing private rooms and enjoy my solitude for a competitive price in Vietnam. You may dig the Hostel scene. Great! Go forth and Hostel.
The main thing is look at a map of Vietnam. Pick a place like Hanoi or HCMC. Then look at all the other places you can get to with minimal effort. This is one great country for living folk. I opted for six months here because US citizens get a Visa like that. I also have to leave for a Visa run. Its all okay. Consider staying longer. Its worth it. I think you will be astounded by the variety of places to see here. Its not only Hanoi but I really like this city and its bustling, crazy scooters, food, neighborhoods. Get out of the Old Quarter because there is so much more. Walk the city. See what it has.
Then plan trips out of it. I think you definitely have to do Halong Bay. Its a once in a lifetime thing. But other places offer beaches and history and eating and scenery and local things. Traveling on the domestic airlines is a cheap thing folks. You can do it!
I’m an old retired guy and I did it.