quote:Originally posted by wine+art:quote:Originally posted by Seaquam:
What were the highlight of your trip?
I too look forward to reading the highlights.
Are you on Instagram? I kept a photo journal with commentary.
Highlights: Phong Nha (the caves, the countryside, the people); some incredible (and silly cheap) street food dishes especially in Hué; fabulous dinners in both Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City; the Citadel and Imperial City in Hué; a day riding bicycles through the countryside outside Hoi An; the emotionally challenging War Remnants Museum in HCMC... and the consistent graciousness and kindness of the people, from the Uber driver in Hanoi who found my phone in his car and drove back to the airport to track us down, to the manager at the restaurant in HCMC (where we ate our last meal before heading to the airport for our midnight departure for home) who comped our wine and desserts because he wanted us to leave Vietnam with a positive last memory.
Lowlights: Halong Bay (it has turned into an overcrowded, polluted tourist trap); the 4 1/2 hour DMZ bus ride from Hué to Phing Nha, squeezed like sardines into our seats, driving pothole-ridden roads; the insanity and culture shock of Hanoi old quarter; Mrs S getting food poisoning from the crappy Korean Air in-flight meal from Seoul to Hanoi and becoming violently ill as we were navigating the Hanoi old quarter.