My first trip of 2017 is here and I am so excited. I first went to Vietnam in September 2011 on a school excursion for my year eleven modern history class. We spent three weeks traveling around the country, and I fell in love. Before becoming a principal, my dad was a high school history teacher and has wanted to go to Vietnam for years, and finally our availabilities all aligned in order for us to be able to make the trip as a family.
I’ve heard that a lot has changed in the five and a half years since I was last in the country, so I’ll be interested to see what these changes look like, and whether they have a positive or negative effect on what tourists want to experience.
My parents have already been in Vietnam for a week, exploring Sapa and Halong Bay (which I’m so sad to be missing!) before my brother and I arrive in Hanoi tomorrow morning. We’ll be splitting our time evenly between Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, with mini trips to the Cu Chi Tunnels and Long Tan/Nui Dat planned from HCMC.
Family holidays are a little bit different to my solo trips as I’m not quite as reliant on sticking to a budget (thanks, mum and dad!). That said, Vietnam is notorious for being an extremely affordable holiday location, so I’m sure I’ll be sharing travel and shopping tips as I come across them. I’m especially looking forward to making a guide to shopping in Hoi An, because if my research has shown me one thing, it’s that good advice and recommendations for tailors and leather makers are confusingly hard to come by for the touristy town.
Flying with: Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines (internal flights)
Route: SYD – KUL – HAN – DAD – SGN – KUL – SYD