It’s more like what didn’t we eat in Vietnam. There’s a very good chance we ate more food in Vietnam than we have in any other country so far. We loved the fact that there was tons of fresh produce included in every meal… we had missed our greens! While we ate almost every meal out at a restaurant (except the free breakfast included at all hostels), we definitely had a large variety of different types of foods. There was one point where we were burnt out on Vietnamese food so we devoured burgers, pizza and Mexican food. Here’s some of the many places we chowed down at…
That’s what they always say. In reality, we’re just spending a boatload of time together. Possibly more than married couples do in a year or even a few years of marriage.
We are parting ways for a few weeks to do separate things and it’s okay! Jenny will be continuing down south through Vietnam and into Cambodia with our wonderful Swiss friends (from Halong Bay) and Kerry will be heading to Perth for some R&R.
You’ll hear from each of us separately for a bit, but there’s no need to panic. We’ll be back in each other’s arms soon enough (in the Philippines).
In the meantime, check out our YouTube channel where we constantly add random videos.
~ Kerry & Jenny
The next stop on our Tour de Vietnam was Nha Trang. This was a town we were originally very excited to visit as we were longing for lazy days on the beach. However, as we worked our way south, all we heard from fellow travelers was how they did not like Nha Trang due to one thing: the abundance of Russians. Despite what we heard, we kept our original reservations and intended to stay for a week and enjoy the views.
Through the first part of our trip in Vietnam all we heard was about how great Hoi An was. Of course we had to go and see for ourselves. Hue, also known as the Ancient Town, is absolutely adorable, easy to get around by foot or by bike, famous for the lanterns that light up beautifully at night and for custom made tailoring… and also has a beach. What’s not to love?!
We left Hanoi for the final time on a Thursday night, cozily tucked in to the back of a sleeper bus. Our main mode of transportation throughout all of Vietnam were these buses. The first experience on a sleeper bus was to Sapa and it was not terrible, so we agreed to buy an “open bus” ticket for Vietnam. That meant we could travel between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with stops in Hue, Hoi An and Nha Trang, for $34 each. And we could stay in each stop for as long as we wanted.
Sapa was a trip we did not plan on. Originally we were going to skip this town on our visit to Vietnam, but we kept hearing great things about it and the people that lived there. One of our favorite blogs, theblondeabroad, had written about a trip to Sapa awhile back and it seemed great. We decided that if we could get the same guide that she was able to have, then we would detour to Sapa for a few days.
On our first night in Hanoi, our dormmate told us about a trip she had just been on to Halong Bay that she booked through a hostel nearby. When deciding our rough itinerary of Vietnam, Halong Bay made the short list, but there were SO many options when it came down to how you booked it. You can stay overnight on boats, go with tours, or book it all yourself, including the multiple means of transportation it takes to get there. We were thrilled when we met a girl who had a great time on an organized trip there that was budget-friendly, so we stopped researching and went to Central Backpackers the following morning to book our excursion!