As an intern, I spend my weekdays at work and exploring Ho Chi Minh city in the evening. However, on the weekends, my new friends and I love to get out of the city and see other sides of Vietnam! It has been really interesting to see how the scenery and lifestyles range so drastically between provinces. I feel like I’ve been to numerous countries despite never leaving Vietnam. My confidence in traveling has really grown throughout my time in Vietnam as I get more comfortable finding transport and hostels etc. It’s awesome to feel this sense of personal growth.
Vung Tau was a really gorgeous town. It felt like a Vietnamese Rio – the town even has its own Christ the Redeemer! We were also so blessed to stay in accommodation that would have been weellllllll above our price range back home.
Mui Ne was sooo cute. It was Melissa’s 21st birthday, so we got to have a lovely time celebrating her at the beachfront. This town felt like a completely different country to Vung Tau. To me, it was a mix between Northland NZ and Mexico!
Mekong Delta was an experience. We visited the floating market and local farms and businesses. It was really interesting seeing people’s different lifestyles. My favorite part of the weekend was going for a slow bike ride around the village.
HUE TO HOI AN
Perhaps my favourite weekend, we finished our trip with a bang! Flying into Hue, we visited the Imperial city before taking a Motorbike tour down the beautiful Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Hoi An was a magical town; it felt like we were in a little fairytale as we explored Hoi An’s streets.
I have been truly blessed with my experience in Vietnam! I have fallen in love with this diverse, exciting, beautiful country!