“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling on under the stars.”
There’s no doubt that it’s a collective love of the human race that we like to dream of packing our bags, forgetting our worries and jetting off to a tropical island filled to the brim with coconut trees, a whole lot of sunshine & a whole lot of freedom. With this in mind – my travel companion Sophie (New Zealand native, creative, total babe) decided on a whim to do just that.
Sophie flew from Auckland into the Gold Coast where we would meet for the first time ever in person as we were boarding our flight to Kuala Lumpur and then on to Vietnam. Safe to say we hit it off from the get-go when we found out our extreme mutual love for food (which we were about to indulge heavily in once we hopped off the plane).
The following two weeks were filled with tuk-tuk rides through coconut forests, bike riding through rice paddies, enough food at our table to feed a small village, boats along the Mekong, the quaintest streets we’d ever seen, flower markets, heat-stroke (hello 40 degree heat) and most importantly and wonderfully of all: $1 coconuts with every single meal.
Vietnam, thanks for being a total delight!
STOP N.1 – Ho Chi Minh City
We stayed in two great places in Ho Chi Minh. Our first stop was the amazing Air Bnb that’s pictured with the net and tree that hang in the middle of the house. For those who messaged me asking where the quaint little building with the net was on my Instagram, this is the one for you! The area around this accommodation is great for seeing the ‘real’ Ho Chi Minh. We didn’t come across many Westerners at all and the streets are lined with incredible street food vendors. Such a sweet, authentic place to stay & see!
Find it here: https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/10528770?ref_device_id=472807cb00427629f2d05faa596425a68a07edbf&s=41&user_id=962875
Villa Song was the second place we stayed in Ho Chi Minh. It is the epitome of luxury! Practically everything in the hotel is complimentary (even the mini bar…since when is that a thing?!), and best of all the hotel has a private boat for guests that will take you straight into the city via the river. The entire hotel is gorgeous and an absolute treat! Would 100% recommend staying here if you’re looking for something a little more luxe in Ho Chi Minh.
Find it here: http://villasong.com
STOP N.2 – Hoi An
Imagine the sweetest French village possible, add a little Asian twist, and you’ve got Hoi An. Filled to the brim with cobblestone streets, lanterns and flowers that hang over the sidewalks and the little town being surrounded by coastline and rice paddies. I would recommend staying 3 nights to have time to wander the streets and make use of the incredible tailors that line the streets and can make literally anything your heart desires.
We stayed at Anantara Resort. A beautiful boutique hotel right on the water and a 2 minute walk from the heart of Hoi An. The best thing about staying here was the complimentary bikes you could hire whenever you please. We would spend our days riding through the rice paddies and down along the coast. Bike riding is a must in Hoi An as traffic is pretty minimal and it’s 100% the best way to get around.
Find it here: http://hoi-an.anantara.com/
Thanks for the wild ride Vietnam!
Until next time!
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