Back in 'Nam..
Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
48Trip End Jun 25, 2011
After our volunteer trip in Cambodia ended my friend from Wakayama, Parry and I headed to Vietnam to travel for our last week of vacation. I love Asia because for the most part the countries are relatively close to each other. Parry and I flew from Siem Reap, Cambodia to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. We had arranged to be picked up by someone from the hostel and walked right past the sign with my name because it was spelled "KatE ClUkAtluE"!! When we realized there was no one there to pick us up we walked around again and spotted that sign, and thought that must be it despite how badly they butchered my name.
We stayed in a dorm style hostel room with 10 people in it, but to our surprise it was really clean, spacious, and the beds were comfortable
Parry and I decided to devote our last full day in Hanoi to a coffee taste test and we visited over 6 cafes just sampling their coffee, rating it and writing postcards. It was a really fun morning and we definitely felt a strong buzz from the strong coffee!!
Overall I really enjoyed Hanoi, the way the city is centered around a lake and the French colonial feel to a lot of the buildings. Oh, and did I mention the food? Unbelievable!
Our next and final destination was Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City
I didn't particularly like HCM because it was so big, and difficult to get around because of how hard it is to cross the street without getting hit by a car or motorbike, but on the positive side I did learn a lot about the Vietnam War, or as the Vietnamese people call it, the American War.
Due to a 15 hour lay-over, Parry and I spent the night on couches at the airport in Taiwan before our last flight home to Japan. It was nice to come back to clean and orderly Japan after our 2 week journey...but it's always hard for me to start working after great vacations :( I always want to start thinking about the next place I'm going, and luckily spring break wasn't far off...