How could I define Vietnam in only one word?... BEAUTIFUL (Deplam in vietnamese)!!. Each single destination I have been at has something special and different to offer, mountains, beach, canyons, dunes, monuments, atmosphere, craziness!
The scenery here is just...amazing...some destinations need more time than others to discover their beauty, but every single one has really deligthful views...underwater sometimes!.
Travelling in Vietnam is so easy..., there are cheap buses going from South to North stopping at each interesting destination..for only around 20US$ !!. At the same time, this helps a lot in meeting new people..and this has been definitely, even more than the scenery, what has made my time in Vietnam so nice!!.
Andrew, Anne Sophie, Alex, Asier, Brianna, Caroline, Courtney, Daragh, Dave, Eliane, Gael, Janelle, Jo, Jose Ramon, Isabel, Kim, Paul, Patricia,Therese and many others thanks for all these moments spent together...you all have made my time in Vietnam so special. Hope I will see u all later on somewhere ! (at the moment I am writing this lines, I have bumped into Daragh and Caroline...in Malaysia...the world is really so small!!)
After this brief (?) introduction, here u are the path I have taken, from South to the North:
Mekong Delta: green rice paddies, quiet canals, floating houses and floating markets. The region main economic activity is rice growing...Vietnam is the 2nd worlwide rice producer , and most of this rice is produced on this area..., 3 crops per year and virtually all the surface of the mekong delta is used for rice growing.
The Mekong delta is something really picturesque, and it is so amazing cause everything here happens on the river...do u want a cup of coffee?..no worries, just raise your hand and someone will bring it to your boat!
Close to HCMC u can visit the Cao dai temple. The Caodist religion is an eclectic mix of catholic, buddhist and confucionist religions...a sort of mother of religions which tries to implement the best of each. The colorful temple is completely different to any other temple I may have seen before...
Mui Ne: peaceful place on the coast side, a strong wind area very appreciated by kite surfers...At the same time, it's got one of the best countryside views of all Vietnam. I let you judge...
Dalat: mountain station, cold weather, waterfalls, pines, pines, pines everywhere...someone would say we are in the Pyrenees or in Grenoble surroundings!.
and crossing a bridge over the nice (and very dirty!) Tiger waterfall
Nha Trang: beach resort, nice beaches, nice party, the place to meet people and to go partying until late...beside that...the best scuba diving site in Vietnam!!...Partying and diving...and explosive cocktel I would do not recommend to anyone...can u guess arrive at the hotel at 3 am, and wake up at 7am for diving...with a hangover like hell...??!!
And that's all so far. I will try to post soon the trip at North of Vietnam. Until then, take care!.