I just can’t get it through my head, despite dozens of conversations over the past couple weeks with friends, family and acquaintances about our next steps.
In all of those conversations, one question always comes up: Where is your favorite place?
Every place is so different from the others. They all offered unique experiences that I’ll never forget. It would be like choosing my favorite child to pick only one, but there is a place that, no matter the day or who’s asking, it always comes to mind.
Vietnam stands out to me for many reasons but mostly because it was surprising. I’ve wanted to go to Vietnam for years and it didn’t only hold up, it exceeded expectations. My heart still melts a little ever time I see a photo on my phone or open my kitchen drawer and see the soup spoons that made it home unscathed.
Over three weeks we traveled from Hanoi in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south and a few stops in between, including my favorite city HoiAn. I already gushed over the people, places, markets and food in Vietnam so rather than repeating all of the things I loved, I thought you’d like a little glimpse into our trip. Maybe this will give you a little taste of what I loved so much.
We started in Hanoi.
Took a quick trip to Sapa for some hiking.
Next up, Halong Bay for a cruise and a private beach bungalow. Not too shabby.
Then on to the center of the country where we fell in love with HoiAn, which you already know about, and discovered some interesting sites in Hue.
Now we’re moving south to find the floating market in the Mekong Delta.
Last, but certainly not least, a prolonged visit to Ho Chi Minh (Saignon) where we spent about 10 days exploring the city while James got his first root canal.
If you made it all the way to the end then congrats and thanks for hanging in there! Where’s the place that surprised you the most? Comment below. We love hearing from you guys!