So we finally received our visas for Vietnam! I can’t quite believe it’s only 19 days till me and my best friend/boyfriend get to go on our amazing 17 day adventure! This travel holiday has been nearly a year in the planning! I can’t actually get over the fact we are finally getting to go! Even tho the thought of leaving my little baby (fur baby) for the first time is killing me! But knowing he’s going to be with my mum makes me feel better! So this is a mix of emotions at the minute! But mostly excitement!
So we have packed out this holiday like you can’t believe! We are staying in 6 different places in the space of 17 days. But hey it will probably be the only time we go to Vietnam so we might as well make the most of it!
So with this trip coming along very quickly I thought I might share my ridiculously packed out itinerary with you all
March 10th – 11am .. skip 12 hours sitting on a flight then + 7 hours time difference then we finally arrive at Hanoi on the 11th of March at 5am (hello jet lag). And from the second we arrive in Hanoi the craziness begins! We get to spend 1day/night in Hanoi!
Halong Bay- no time for jet lag the next day as we get picked up around 7am for our 3.5 hour car journey over to the famous Halong Bay! Where we get to spend 2days/1night on an over night cruiser taking in the beautiful sights of Halong Bay! Along with kayaking, cooking classes and touring around the caves!
Back to Hanoi – then skip a night/day and jump back on the bus for another 3.5 hour car journey back to Hanoi. We should arrive there around 4.30ish and we get to spend the evening back in Hanoi! Probably the night to unwind and take in the Hanoi nightlife! Find ourselves a little bar down Ta Hien street and have a few drinks! Because the first night we have there I recon the jet lag will be horrible!
Sapa – now I might want to make sure we don’t drink to much as we are up early again (7am) to be picked up to endure a 5/6 car journey up to the beautiful mountains of sapa! (This is the part of our trip I’m looking forward to most) where we will get to see the rice fields! And most importantly we are getting to stay in Topas Eco lodge on the outskirts of sapa. Check their Instagram! You won’t be disappointed! We get to spend 3days/2nights in this amazing location! Trekking and getting to see how the locals really live! And not forgetting enjoying the amazing infinity pool looking out onto the mountains.
Hanoi – overnight sleeper train to dong hoi – so after what I’m guessing will be fantastic 3 days In sapa, we then get back in the car to do the 5/6 hour drive back to Hanoi, to then get out the car and straight onto an overnight sleeper train! Yeah you heard me right, a sleeper train in Vietnam for over 10 hours! This should defiantly be an experience! (One I’m already nervous about) don’t look up reviews on this if you ever want to do this. That was a mistake I have made already and it’s freaking my out!
phong nha-ke bang national park – or skull island to anyone that has seen King Kong! On the plus side we are doing this train journey so we can stay at this beautiful national park for 2nights/3days on a beautiful water front bungalow! This is where we get to be a little adventurous in our travels as we get to do a full day of hiking/kayaking/trekking through the national park and get to see the caves! And that amazing view that’s in the King Kong films! Along with chilled nights by the river and exploring the local town.
Phu Quoc – and…. relax!! Well not forget the night stop over we have to do in Ho Chi Minh City airport to get to this island! (We are staying in a hotel over night so it’s not that bad) this island which looks stunning has hardly any flights going in and out! So this is our chill out time! We get a full 5 nights here!!!! And I plan to spend these days sun bathing, snorkelling, diving, getting drunk and eating lots and lots of food! I’m getting excited about this just thinking about it! And I’m hoping to catch some sort of tan while I’m here so when I come home I actually look like I’ve been on holiday!
Hi chi minh city – the last stop on our crazy adventure! We are here for 1night/2days to finish our trip, and I’m already nervous about going to do the chi chi tunnels! Don’t get me wrong I also can’t wait to do this but the thought of tunnelling seriously scares me. But I also like challenging myself so here’s the mix of emotions again! And also this is meant to be a seriously beautiful city!
So there we go our 17day crazy adventure! I’m hoping to take lots of photos, learn a lot about the culture, smile, laugh and just have the most amazing time! I actually can’t wait!!!!