There’s so much to love about SE Asia! It’s a crazy mix of old & new; markets & temples; chaotic cities & miles of sandy beaches. We loved the food…a lot! We had great meals and beer for about $6 USD. The smiles of the people, the beauty of Hanoi. We can’t wait to go back to explore the whole country.
So much food!
The food in Vietnam is to die for. From the most decadent egg coffee to pho and everything in between. We toured Hanoi with a young man who fed us Bún Chả like President Obama & Anthony Bourdain, then whisked us away for soup,coffee and fruit. Another night we wandered to a restaurant reccomended by a friend for Chả Cá Thăng Long (Tumeric Fish with Dill). We could eat this food for the rest of our lives and be so happy! Catch a bite with us!
Vietnam is best visited from December through February. However, the country is long and narrow, so the temperatures vary from North to South. The North may be cool enough for a jacket, so pack one. But the South is more likely to be swimsuit weather, so fill one of those too!
The cheapest month to fly to Vietnam is September, the end of the super hot summer season. So it could be a good time for the budget-minded to go. The North will still be warm enough to trek through Sapa then too.
Hanoi reminded us so much of Paris, even having its version of the Notre Dame Cathedral. The same architect even designed it. We enjoyed the water puppet show very much. And the coffee! Well, that’s enough for a trip based on its merits alone. Plenty of culture and delicious food mixed with places to hike and backpack. What more could one want from a country?
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