Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 63 of 99 › view all entries
We spent about 10 days in Vietnam and could have easily spent twice as much time seeing more spots, but felt it was time to move on. We visited six different cities here and feel that we saw a wide variety of the country. Running into westerners were a far more regular occurrence here than in China and English was fairly common in all tourist areas. Many travelers were young backpackers living on a shoestring for weeks or months in SE Asia, but also many Australians made a 3-4 hour trip for a cheaper and closer vacation than Sydney.
From Hanoi we flew on to Hue which was the Vietnamese capital until 1945. While tourist attractions were much more expensive than Hanoi we couldn’t complain too much at the 55,000 Dong price (which is equal to about $3). After this it was time for our longest bus trip to date, but felt it was the only way to make the 130 Km (80 mile) trip to the old town of Hoi An.
From Hoi An we moved on to Nha Trang where we finished up our Advanced Scuba Diving course.
Our trip ended after a flight and one night in Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City). The city was even cheaper than other cities in Europe and had some pretty good western food. We also passed an interesting bar in our hotel which only had women in dresses inside with dark lights (brothel). From here it is time to try to another bus ride to Cambodia…