Ho Chi Minh City – the Vietnamese city with two names (Part 7)

In 1975, the North of Vietnam won the war and changed the name of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City, in honor of the prime minister, a revolutionary leader of the communist party. The name change was not voluntary on the part of those living in the South; it was a statement of the North’s success. Saigon is the last city of my trip in Vietnam – a big READ MORE

Can Tho – Vietnamese city with the Floating Markets (Part 6)

When you are in Hoi An and your next stop is Can Tho, one of the options is to take the taxi back to Da Nang, then – have a flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), and then – take the bus to Can Tho. In order to find the best transportation options, I used 2 things: 1) Baolau.com for Asia flights and 2) VeXeRe.com for busses in Vietnam.  READ MORE

Hoi An – Southeast Asia trading port of Vietnam (Part 5)

Hoi An is a city just 1h ride distance from Da Nang. It is a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. When I was getting through the city for the first time, my first impression was that 3 days of a stay seemed too much for this city, because the beauty of this area was yet to READ MORE

Da Nang – city in Vietnam with azure blue water and the dragon on the bridge (Part 4)

Da Nang was only a transfer city and staying there for a long time was not intended. The main destination of that day was Hoi An – the city of silk. But we will get there later. I spent the first part of the day at the Non Nuoc beach – swimming and sunbathing – enjoying the almost empty beach due to the off-season. Sun was burning hot and the READ MORE

Ha Long – natural wonder in northern Vietnam (Part 3)

Ha Long was only 1.5 days long stay, but it was spectacular. Before getting to the bus station, I checked at the hotel, where and how to get the tickets. Good, I did that. When I got to the bus station some local guy, seeing that I am a tourist, came to me and offered a deal, indicating a completely different direction, but I knew I needed the desk READ MORE

Ha Noi – the cozy, ancient capital of Vietnam (Part 2)

My plane from Europe arrived in Ho Chi Minh city, from where I had the next flight to North of Vietnam. After a few hours of transfer, I count Ha Noi as the first city where my Vietnam journey started, leaving exploration of Ho Chi Minh city for the last few days of the whole trip. In Ha Noi I spent 3 days, starting to know more about the READ MORE

Vietnam – far away, long ago – revisiting in memories from city to city (Part 1)

It’s been more than 2 years already since I was in Vietnam. During 2 weeks of my trip in Vietnam, I was in 6 different cities (Ha Noi, Ha Long, Da Nang, Hoi An, Can Tho, and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)) and one sanctuary (My Son), and had many different adventures in each place. I wish I could tell you every detail of my experience so that you could READ MORE