vietnam: part one.

if there’s a common theme throughout these photos of vietnam, it’s likely to be the food… hands down, favourite food destination of all time. everything was just so fresh, flavoursome, and perfectly balanced: bahn xeo, bahn mi, pho bo, bahn bo nam bo etc etc etc. we even got to do a cooking class to learn a few classic vietnamese dishes too, which was a highlight.

we started off in hanoi where we adjusted to being surrounded by scooters (and marvelled at the things they dared to balance – a big screen tv! 300 eggs!) and wandered the streets, admiring market stalls and finding tiny plastic stools to perch upon.

halong bay was also on the list, and though we definitely didn’t regret making the trip out there, i was taken aback by the massive amounts of rubbish in the sea there 😦 kayaking beneath the limestone peaks was an unforgettable experience.

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hue was an unexpected highlight, where the food recommendations of our airbnb host lead us to a few hidden, delicious gems. we toured the imperial city, ate fresh mango, and rode a scooter out to the beach (where we passed some friendly fellow motorists, keen for a photo).

next on the list was hiring a scooter to ride the hai van pass – a scenic mountain route made popular by jeremy clarkson. sweeping coastal views and switchbacks made the ride well worth it (even if we were absolutely covered in dirt and filth by the time we arrived in hoi an). good thing josh is an excellent driver. upon arrival in hoi an, we stayed one night in a homestay-style bnb where we got to know the local kids and josh joined them for a game of football. they showed us the locals’ route into town, and also cooked for us! it was a wee glimpse into life in rural-ish vietnam – such a treat.

our next stop was a couple of days relaxing in the heart of hoi an, where we wandered the shops, ate more pho (and josh got taken hostage by an unsuspecting chilli lolol) and took in the sights of the lanterns by night.

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