Hanoi and Hoi An

We landed in Vietnam a week ago and our time here has been incredible. I had few expectations upon arrival so everything I experienced has been surprising and new, the bes way to approach traveling in my opinion. Despite a brief problem with our visas at the airport, a local holiday leaving us with few bus options as we moved south, and a rolling blackout in Hoi An, our trip has gone relatively smoothly. We’re now Nha Trang waiting for the transfer bus to Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi was a beautiful city and one I hope to return to when I have more money. It has a really unique blend of French, Chinese, and Vietnamese art and architecture. The food was delicious and the people were friendly. We also were lucky to stay in a fun hostel and ended up going on a three day, two night tour of Halong Bay with them, sleeping one night on the Jolly Roger and another on Castaway Island. We only had a day in Hoi An but this too was a beautiful stop. It was an important port city for the history of Vietnam so we saw a blend of architecture from many different countries. I bought some placemats and traded in the book I just finished for a recent National Geographic magazine. All in all it was a productive stop.

Well we are departing soon so I will end for now. Until our next stop…


4 responses to “Hanoi and Hoi An

  • Jane

    Hello Caitlyn
    I checked the blog today as we were wondering if you are still in Thailand now that there is so much unrest. Charuayporn and Jittapat keep us up-to-date on the protests.
    Glad to see that you have left now…
    Hope you’ll visit Madison one day after you’re back.

  • Caitlyn

    Thanks Jane, it’s so nice to hear from you. My parents are also relieved that I am not in Thailand right now and that I won’t be traveling through Bangkok any time soon. Tell everyone I say hi and I hope to see you this winter sometime when I am back!

  • Gerri

    Hello Caitlyn,
    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time-despite the “problems” with the VISAS?? We need to talk!!. Cant wait to hear all about the tour of Halong Bay. It amazes me how much ground you are covering in such a short time. I cant wait to see all the pics from your travels. Safe Travels Caitlyn,
    Love Mom

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