If you’re traveling to Vietnam, you will probably go to Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, Vietnam’s biggest city, a huge, buzzing, metropolis, which 10 million people call home! I’ve seen quiet a bit of Asia so far, but I never seen anything like this before, the best world I can use to describe Ho Chi Minh is crazy.
What makes it so crazy is the traffic, trust me, China is nothing compering to Ho Chi Minh. The very first day I arrived in Ho Chi Minh, I was alone, I didn’t know how to cross the road. Yes, I literally didn’t know how you were supposed to go on the other side of the road. Sounds weird right?
The amount of motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh was beyond any of my expectations.
Yes, I heard that it was intense, a lot of people, motorbikes everywhere, but nothing can prepare you for what you see when you arrive. Motorbikes are everywhere, they go fast and they never stop, never, unless they really have to, because a brave human being is trying to cross the street. I wasn’t very brave at first, because in my mind walking in front of hundreds of speeding motorbikes is not necessary a smart move if you want to stay alive, so I ended up walking in circles, trying to find roads where I could cross.
After a couple of days you get used to it. You realise that if you wait, you will never get to your destination, and you just learn to go for it, and the motorbikes drive around you, they are used to it. My point is, Ho Chi Minh is a great city, interesting and different, a must when you’re in Vietnam, but after a couple of days you might need something a bit more peaceful and quiet, and Mekong Delta is the perfect place.
Mekong Delta is area in South Vietnam, nearby Ho Chi Minh City, and if I would have to choose my favourite place in Vietnam, I would choose Mekong Delta. When I googled it before the trip, it sad that Mekong Delta is “a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies” and I thought that this is exactly what I’m looking for. Mekong Delta didn’t disappoint me, it was everything google sad it would be. Beautiful, authentic, peaceful (sometimes), warm, wet, green and super interesting.
So this is what you do if you want to see Mekong Delta. Although Mekong Delta is not far from Ho Chi Minh, the roads are not amazing and the traffic is insane, so the first 50 km out of Ho Chi Minh City took us about 3 hours! That’s why I would recommend a two days trip with one night in Mekong Delta, or if you have more time two nights and tree days (that’s what we did).
Usually I’m not the biggest fan of organised trips, I like to think that I can do everything on my own, but in case of Mekong Delta I really recommend to buy an organised trip. If we would go on our own we wouldn’t see 80% of things we saw, because we wouldn’t even know that these places exist, we wouldn’t be able to get their on our own (in Mekong Delta the most common form of transportation are boats) or it would simply take us ages to find a boat and negotiate the price (and we would probably pay way more than we should).
Mekong Delta is not the easiest place to see on your own, and the tours in Vietnam are quiet interesting and well organised. In Ho Chi Minh City there is a tourist office on every corner, where you can buy the trip. Tourist offices are also way cheaper, our hotel wanted to charge us twice us much as we paid in the tourist office down the street! For a two nights/three days trip with hotels, transportation, boat rides, breakfast/lunch, guide, all kinds of attractions (as temples, sailing, fruit farms, local performance) we paid 50 dollars per person!
This whole photo diary is only the first day of our Mekong Delta trip, so as you can probably tell, we’ve seen a lot already on this first day! Day two and three in Mekong Delta coming soon!
I’ve been recently making vlogs documenting the whole Vietnam trip, so check out my youtube channel! 🙂