Vietnam has always been on top of my bucket list. There is something about this country, that has always made me feel very curious. The Vietnamese style hats, green rice fields, sunny beaches, palm trees, Pho and spring rolls…
The idea of making this dream into reality, came up in my mind when my fall semester exams schedule was revealed. I had the whole January off, if I would pass all the exams in December that is, which of course makes it a bit more tricky, but also quiet motivating. Is there anything better than a though of backpacking with your friends in warm, beautiful and sunny Southeast Asia in January, when temperature in Copenhagen is usually somewhere around 0 C?
So on 6th of January, when Copenhagen felt like one big fridge, I took 3 flights, Copenhagen – Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf-Abu Dhabi and finally Abu Dhabi-Ho Chi Minh City.
I was supposed to be traveling in Vietnam with my two good friends from High School, but since one of them was in Australia finishing her semester abroad, and the other one had an exam at home, I decided to come to Vietnam a few days earlier. And I am really glad that I did.
Traveling with friends is awesome. I would definitely not want to travel around Vietnam alone. I just don’t think that traveling alone for a longer time is my thing, but being alone for a couple of days is actually quiet fun. It’s a whole different experience, than traveling with friends. You notice much more of your surroundings, you get to do whatever you want and you get to spend some time with yourself, and how often in life do we actually get a chance to do that?
I landed late in the evening, after 25 hours of traveling, and thanks to my dear friend Sarah (who used to live in Ho Chi Minh and explained to me how to get a taxi from the airport and not get ripped off) I managed to get to my hotel without any difficulties. Years of traveling have thought me one thing, if you can survive getting from the airport to your hotel, it’s a good sign. For some reason this very first part of the journey can often be the most difficult one, and if you are white, girl and tourist, your chances of getting into troubles are unfortunately quiet big.
I got into my room, changed into a bikini, went for a late night swim in a rooftop pool with shining lights of Ho Chi Minh around me, ordered a pizza (I know, traveling to the other half of the world for a pizza) watched some Kpop videos and felt very happy.
and here is the first part of my Ho Chi Minh photo diary, more coming soon 😉
If you want to see me being on a plane for 25 hours and hanging out around Ho Chi Minh City on my own check out my vlog! 🙂