Back in 2007, I took a risk. No one in my family had ever been to this part of Asia. My feelings were quite mixed up. But, I did it.
I really didn’t know what to expect. All I knew about Vietnam was the food that I have eaten at home. The weather was humid and hot.
Sipping Vietnamese coffee beside the “Perfume” River
‘The Perfume River is a river that crosses the city of Huế, in the central Vietnamese province of Thừa Thiên-Huế Province. In the autumn, flowers from orchards upriver from Huế fall into the water, giving the river a perfume-like aroma, hence the sobriquet.‘ Wikipedia
The seafood was very fresh. There were so many types of seafood that I have never seen or eaten before….
Cruising on Ha Long Bay
Cruising on a junk boat… what an experience! We got to sleep and eat on this beautiful boat. Vendors would paddle up to our boat to sell us seafood that the crew cooked for us as our dinner.
From our boat, we took a small boat to visit the Hang Sung Sot Cave, which was situated in this UNESCO Heritage Site. The Sung Sot Cave was the largest cave in this area.
Back On Land
There was so much fresh seafood everywhere….Even the street food carts were selling seafood!
Drinking coconut water was my favourite memory as it cost a fraction of what I would pay for at home….
The Củ Chi Tunnels were used back in the days to hide, travel and ambush enemies. The openings of the doorways and paths were so tiny!
“The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong‘s base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968.
The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort.” –Wikipedia
Vietnam gave me a lot of wonderful memories and experiences. I would love to visit again someday…..