Saigon or Ho Chi Minh city is the biggest city in Vietnam. Like everywhere it is bustling with motorbikes, street vendors and food everywhere. We are here for a few days before Bells travels back to Thailand to see her BF and I travel through Cambodia to finally meet her in Siam Reap.
We are staying in Can Tho for a few days whilst we get our visas extended. Its been a bit stressful as there have been some complications but I think its sorted now so we just have to wait until we can pick them up in Saigon in a few days.
Today it is the Moon Festival and we celebrate by eating a Moon Cake. Im not really sure what they are but we have brought one and its disgusting. Some Asian countries use Moon Cakes as part of the celebrations for the Mid Autumn festival. They are often given as gifts to business partners and influential people. Some of packaging is very extravagant. They sell them for weeks before on big stalls and hundreds are sold each year. I like the idea of them but the reality of it wasnâ€™t very nice. Maybe we just brought a bad one.
â€œNever say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.â€Â â€• J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
â€œI travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.â€ – RLS
Today it is six months since me and my little backpack boarded the plane to Delhi and I can’t believe it. It’s gone so quickly. I think back to some of the places I’v seen and think about some of the people I’v met and I smile. I wonder if I’v changed much since leaving?
So it turns out Dalat is awesome! I was a bit disappointed at first as I had thought it was going to be a lot more like Sapa, which in honestly is my favourite place on Earth. Dalat, however, is a lot bigger with way more traffic and the city itself doesn’t have nearly the same charm.
So I have been in Dalat for a few days now. Its not quite what I expected but I don’t think I have seen the best of it yet. Didn’t start on the greatest note as there was a bit of a disaster on the bus involving a box of fish and my backpack. Im not quite sure what happened but it seems they were involved intimately with one another and juices were exchanged. My backpack isn’t waterproof around the zips and some seepage occurred resulting in everything smelling unfavourable. Read more »
In my opinion there is nowhere in the world as pretty and as char mining as Hoi An. Also known as Lantern town, it transforms at night into a magical place. Its also one of the best places to get made to measure clothes from. You can get dresses, shirts, suites even shoes all made beautifully for a very reasonable price. Me and Bells treated ourselves to a few little numbers. Being quite tall I have struggled to find clothes that are long enough in Asia so being able to determine a exact length has been lovely. I donâ€™t suppose they will last all that long but as long as they see us through the rest of the trip I donâ€™t suppose it matters.
Today we visited Bac Ha market, our last stop in Sapa before we catch the train back to Hanoi in a few hours. The market is spectacular with many of the different tribes meeting to sell and buy produce. With each tribe unique with its own colourful outfit, its beautiful to see them all mixed together.Â Read more »
Yesterday me and Bells went on a brilliant one day hike here in Sapa. The weather was glorious and the scenery spectacular. We visited 4 different hill tribe villages and met people from Hâ€™mong and Dzay minorities.