I can’t believe that it’s almost over, my Vietnam trip is really coming to an end.
I’m obviously not in Vietnam anymore. I left almost three months ago, but working on my blog posts, editing videos and pictures, made me feel like a little part of me was still left in sunny Southeast Asia.
But this is it, my last post from Vietnam, the journey is coming to an end.
After three weeks of traveling, visiting 7 different cities, rarely staying in one place for more than two nights, countless buses, few taxis, many beautiful sunsets above the rice fields and palm trees, we took our final flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City, back to where we started.
The flight was easy, only one hour, saying goodbye to Da Nang was harder. This place really felt special to me, it was simply so beautiful, so peaceful and relaxing. The beautiful white sand beaches, blue ocean, green hills and endless rows of palm trees. Even though Da Nang is quite a bit city, it didn’t feel as busy or hectic as some other cities in Vietnam. It’s just one of these places that you don’t forget. I made it my mission, to come back one day.
We arrived in Ho Chi Minh late in the afternoon, just in time for the rush hour. It took us almost 2 hours to get from the airport to our hotel. The traffic in this city is definitely something I haven’t experienced anywhere before. Even India and China are nothing compering to Vietnam! The amount of motorbikes and the fact that the street lights literally don’t mean a thing, can be a wild and dangerous combination.
We checked in at our hotel, in the backpackers’ district, located around the Phạm Ngũ Lão street, which is probably one of the crazies places I ever seen. Full of people from all around the world, hostels, tourist offices, shops, bars, drunk tourist, motorbikes and wires hanging from literally every building and street lamp. You can rarely use the sidewalk, because it’s usually occupied by chairs and tables, or street food sellers. It’s noisy and busy by day and it becomes even more noisy and more busy by night. It feels like every singles budding squeezed on the street, lives it own life. This is the area where most young people staying in Ho Chi Minh live, and it’s really not that big, so after a while you start to recognise familiar faces on the streets, which is kind of fun.
We spent the last couple of days saying good-bye to Vietnam, or more see you later, I hope. We would start every day with a not very impressive hotel breakfast, which offered exactly 5 pancakes for the whole hotel, so basically if you came later than 7.30 pancakes were gone, and it was simply not possible to make more, as we’ve been told. Than we would follow up with strong and sweet Vietnamese iced coffee (instead of regular milk in Vietnam they use condensed milk, which gives coffee the sweet flavour). Coffee in Vietnam is simply delicious, and so refreshing, it’s definitely a must try.
We walked around the streets exploring the city, we went to Ban Than market about 100 times (to our excuse, it was literally 5 minutes walk from our hotel). We got plenty of coconuts, buddha necklaces and other unnecessary stuff. I would buy jack fruit almost every day and eat it all by myself (my friends didn’t really share my new found love for jack fruit). We would end days with noodles and spring rolls, followed up by doughnuts in this trendy doughnut place (as we assumed, because it was always full of trendy looking teenagers, couples and us).
It’s funny how fast time flies by. It seems like yesterday, I was snacking on spring rolls, laughing with good friends, taking countless pictures of everything that surrounded me and wondering through busy streets of Ho Chi Minh. It’s been a while, but it’s still all very fresh in my mind. That’s the real beauty of traveling, time goes by, but the memories stay forever.
All I have to say is, travel to Vietnam people! It’s truly an incredible, super interesting and beautiful country! I’m so happy that I got a chance to see it with my own eyes.