Good day peeps,
Let’s do another throwback before all this corona-virus strikes our beloved earth, shall we?
Now, this is a rather long weekend story to share. It all started when my parents came to Kuala Lumpur to visit me. We have planned to have a family vacation to Vietnam on June so Kuala Lumpur will be their transit point before reaching the final destination.
After my parents short stay in Kuala Lumpur, off we all go to Vietnam. Once we reached our destination, everything seems so different. Vietnam looks very mellow and vintage.
One of the most interesting experience I had there happened when I reached Noi Bai international airport. Normally, in Indonesia or Malaysia, immigration staff who checked our passport just left the post after their shift end. However, in Vietnam, they needed to do some kind of a small ceremony to leave their post during the shift change.
Our first destination is Halong Bay. It was definitely the most touristy destination in Vietnam.
Halong Bay trip is full of boat ride to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. We didn’t go on a cruise, we just hopped on a small boat. Nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable experience. The boat was clean and the inclusive meal provided was not bad either.
The next destination is Ninh Binh where the sceneries are pretty similar with the one we witnessed in Halong Bay but we got to make several stops during our small boat ride. The highlight of Ninh Binh is definitely visiting the “Kong: Skull Island” filming location.
After visiting Ninh Binh, we continued our journey to one of the most popular city in Vietnam, Hanoi. It is definitely an interesting city full of delicacies. We definitely have a very satisfying foodventure here. My personal favourite food in Hanoi is “Bun Bo Nam Bo” which is a rice noodle dish topped with beef, mixed vegetables, nuts and that delicious sweet and sour sauce. Another great food to try is “Pho Bo” from phở 10 lý quốc sư, Bahn Mi and obviously the fresh and fried spring rolls. Yum!
If you are feeling more adventurous, give the egg coffee a try. It was definitely a great local delicacy and believe me you won’t regret trying that extremely creamy coffee. Plus, it doesn’t taste eggy at all. I tried mine in the famous Cafe Giang.
After Hanoi, we went to Sa Pa. A colder area in Vietnam compared to the other cities I visited there. It was definitely a beautiful city and I personally like it a lot here. The view in Sa Pa looks like European cities scenery but in reality, it is in Asia.
Before we went to our last destination, we visited Hoi An, an ancient town in Vietnam. It was a unique place that made you feel like you are being brought back to the 90s. Definitely a cute vintage looking area filled with lantern everywhere. It’s such a shame that I didn’t stay until late night where the lantern is lighted. It must have been a very breathtaking scenery.
My last destination in Vietnam is Da Nang. I don’t know why I lost the footages from my time in Da Nang.
However, my 2 days visit in Da Nang went pretty great. We enjoy fresh seafood and a peaceful walk at the beach. We also went to the famous giant hand bridge at Sun World Da Nang. It was definitely a memorable experience with my family.
Lastly, if you asked me if I ever wanted to went back to visit Vietnam again, I think in the meantime, I might not want to. It’s not because I didn’t enjoy my visit there. Despite the bad traffic, I really enjoy the sceneries there. However, there are plenty of other places that I enjoyed more than Vietnam and other countries that I’ve never visited before. Therefore, I think in the time being, Vietnam won’t be in my travel itinerary again.
Thank you for reading folks! I hope you enjoy reading another one of my travel journal and see you in the next post.