Solo backpacking in Vietnam was the best decision I made this Summer. From the North to South, I visited 9 places – Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Phong Nha in Dong Hoi, Hoi An, Dalat, Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh City – in 3 weeks.
I was never really travelling alone. Along the way, I met fellow backpackers with whom I shared unforgettable adventures. Travel memories are built from people you meet and experiences you go through; more than from the sights, marvellous as they are.
Vietnam’s tourism tagline is “Timeless Charm”. How true ! It is one of world’s best kept secrets – I had never expected the country to be so varied and rich in its landscape and culture, even from what was just a sample (1/3rd?) of the country I could visit. I must admit I didn’t know much about the “American war“. Without taking sides, one can only admire the strength of common folks who have gone through any war.
The photos captured details, moments and scenes which moved me. I will share in a later post, more titbits, and practical tips about travelling in Vietnam (and backpacking in general).
This trip was like a refresh button and eye-opener. I am totally smitten – I sense this Vietnam trip is just the kick-off of a long travel series!
Pictures were taken with Fujifilm X100t. I had problem charging my camera while traveling. Hence, I couldn’t take as many pictures as I wanted to from Halong Bay to Hoi An.
Danang – Marble Mountain