South East Asia is just crazy, you can find everything here, and there are endless possibilities to have fun. It is mostly an up and down of your feelings – the one day you stand on top of a mountain and feel like a king, the next day you might want to die because the journey to the next city takes you the last piece of calmness and energy. In a town, you have so many good food choices you wish to get never full, in the next city you just want a burger because you can’t see rice anymore. Sometimes your heart beats faster because you get the warmest greeting from a young Thai woman in a restaurant, and sometimes tuk-tuk drivers attack you because you protect people from getting scammed. But after all, you’ll have the time of your life, and I’m sure you want to come back.
I traveled to all of the four countries one after another, and now on my way further down to Indonesia, I know that these countries – even though they seem similar – have huge differences. I can imagine living in Thailand and settle down in that country where I’m sure it was the first and only time I visited Cambodia. There were days of pure joy – reaching the top at a rock-climbing adventure or getting overwhelmed by the food choice on a night market in Chiang Mai. But also, days of pure frustration – while traveling for two days on shitty streets, in shitty busses, warm and with a headache only to make 400 km.
I traveled to all these four countries one after the other in around three countries, and it’s exciting to compare these countries to each other. You may think that these countries are similar to each other, but that’s not the case. There are vast differences, and one of these differences is the quality of Hostels. I think that’s a critical point when you are traveling for a long time and especially when traveling solo.
I visited Vietnam for 30 days in total, and I had the best time of my life, I met many friendly and helpful people, saw amazing landscapes, beautiful beaches, and everything for a very affordable price. But what did I visit in Vietnam? Where did I stayed and for how long?
I traveled one month around Vietnam, and I enjoyed this country so much. So far it is one of my favorite countries overall. Vietnam has so much to offer, the people are nice everything is super cheap, and the beaches are perfect for relaxing. Here are my five reasons why you should visit Vietnam.
I love Vietnam, but traveling is sometimes a pain in the ass in this enormous long country. There is only one train line, the reunification line and it goes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh alongside the sea. A lot of places are not covered by this train, and it costs way more than the night buses.
I spent around one month in Vietnam, and I tasted the local food from the north to the south, and I could go the other way round again because it was so amazing. Here are the best dishes I ate:
Vietnam is cheap – very cheap! In the past, I showed you how much I have spent in one day in Bejing in Macau and now in Vietnam. Vietnam is here definitely the leader and you can have a great day for under 20 euros! Like this, I did a motorbike tour from Hoi An to Da Nang, slept in a Hostel, had good food and this for around 18 euros. Definitely one of the reasons why you should visit this beautiful country.
This journey was so crazy I must write about it and deliver a message that you shouldn’t underestimate a tropical storm. At the end I needed 48 hours to get to my actual destination, my legs are injured, and my valuables were nearly destroyed. But let’s start from the beginning.
I spent a total of 4 nights in Hoi An to visit the city and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, the weather was not the best because there was a typhoon in the south part of Vietnam. However, I had some fantastic days and here are the things you can and should do in Hoi An.