A Taste of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh!

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For me, there were a few things about Vietnam that stood out immediately. Firstly was the food; it is delicious, and I ate so much of it! Secondly was Vietnam’s incredible history; the country has been fought over many times by a number of powers, but through all of that, the country has emerged with a very strong sense of its own culture.

Lastly, I was moved by its magnificent landscape and beautiful architecture; a mesmerizing blend of influences from so many cultures. Entering Ho Chi Minh is like going into a different world. If you take the local bus from the airport you will get a crash course in Asian cities; hot, busy, cramped and surrounded by hundreds of buzzing scooters.

I spent a few of days in Ho Chi Minh so needed to make the most of it. It is very easy to get around the city on foot, and there is plenty of walking routes to ensure you visit everything. It's a superb idea to pre-book your tours like a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta or maybe a cycling tour.

If you like the beach life then travel up to Mui Ne, a very popular beach resort about 5 hours to the North –i took the bus, but you could take a smoother ride with a private car and driver. This beach resort is famous for its year-round water sports including kite surfing and wind surfing; this is a great place if you want to get away from the madness.

As Mui Ne as a base, you could learn to kite surf, relax on the stunning beach or hire a scooter for the day and head up to the sand dunes.

After visiting Hoi An, it will be my favorite place in Vietnam, and I would highly recommend a visit. It was a major port until the 19 century where the river silted up, forcing the port trade to move out to Danang. What now remains is a traditional Vietnamese town that has kept all its character and architecture from a time gone by.

Famous for its many tailors and handmade clothes and shoes, you’ll need to spend at least three days here if you plan on getting anything made, but there is plenty to do.

You could spend time exploring this traditional town and its many alleyways of shops, cafes and extensive food market or maybe you could hire a scooter and head out to the gorgeous local beaches.

My highlight was a trip to Marble Mountain - 30 minutes from Hoi An by scooter. From the bottom, there is not a lot to see, but once you get to the top, there are tunnels and caves that reveal the most amazing sculptures.

This is a country I will never forget, and I will definitely return some day very soon.

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