As you may or may not know, I’ve just returned from a short backpacking trip in South East Asia.
I wanted to do a little series of posts so I could share with you all the cool things I did and saw. This first post is about the first country I visited, Vietnam.
I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City around early afternoon after 20 hours travelling so felt exhausted! The city is pretty hectic to get around, there’s hundreds of motorbikes weaving in and out all the traffic and the roads were fairly lawless, plus I’m almost certain I got ripped off by the taxi driver which I guess is one of the perils of being a lone female amateur traveller.
A few hours after I arrived, my friend joined me and we went out for dinner with the group we were travelling with. We spent the evening getting to know each other and I got to try so much amazing vegetarian Vietnamese food! We all went to a cool rooftop bar afterwards for cocktails which had amazing views of the city. It was so busy, there was people everywhere and traffic driving in every direction but it was a lot of fun.
The next day we got up early and went for a boat trip down the Mekong Delta. We stopped at a few different little islands, one of which was called Unicorn Island! We stopped somewhere that had a bee farm and we got to taste fresh honey straight from the hive. They made us honey tea too which is honey, hot water, a squeeze of lime and some pollen. I’m not a lover of honey but it was actually really tasty. They also gave us some banana wine which was basically whiskey, it was so strong! We then went for lunch where we had lots of different fruits covered in salt and chilli – the pineapple was delicious!
Over on a different island, we saw how chocolate is made from fresh cocoa pods and got to taste some raw and cooked. I’ll be honest, neither were good. You could tell it was chocolatey but it was really bitter in both forms. They had some cute snakes there too that they had as pets and I got to stroke a lovely python called Baby Banana.
We then went over to the next island where they made loads of stuff out of coconuts: sweets, wine, plates, bowls, jewellery etc. I don’t like coconut at all so I didn’t eat any but I did buy three beautiful bowls made from coconut shells; one for myself and two as gifts.
Later, I got to go on a tiny little paddle boat down the river which was absolutely beautiful.
The following day, I saw a performance called ‘Teh Dar’ which is like a circus show, at the Saigon Opera House. It was amazing, kind of a mix between opera, acrobatics and stomp is how I’d describe it. Then afterwards you got to meet them all which was a lovely touch.
If you want to see more photos from my adventure, head over to my Instagram.