In 2010 I spent a month in Vietnam, traveling the typical Hanoi to Saigon route, through the Mekong delta and over land into Cambodia. I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences in Vietnam and I have convinced Emily to allow our first stop to be this vibrant and enchanting country. Here are my reasons why:
1. Kayaking in Halong bay. For any keen paddler the prospect of kayaking through the waters of a UNESCO world heritage site are too great to resist. The looming rock formations, enormous caves and clear waters are a must for any visitor to Vietnam.
2. Sunset at Phu Quoc island. This unspoilt island off the southern coast of Vietnam is an idyllic paradise for weary travellers. The sunsets at the beach at Phu Quoc were dream like and unrivalled natural beauty.
3. Scuba diving in Nha Trang. For anyone that has ever thought of diving on the great barrier reef or even watched Finding Nemo, doing a dive in Vietnam is a must. It is cheaper to dive in Asia than it is in Australia and Vietnam is a great place to try diving or do a padi course at a fraction of the cost.
4. Cheap beer. Ba hoi is locally brewed beer served in the street cafes around Vietnam. This refreshing light beer is around 15p per glass. Locals and tourists alike will squat on small plastic furniture in open front cafes, socialising and drinking until the barrels are empty.
5. The people. From hoteliers to xe om drivers, street vendors to tour guides, the people in Vietnam are some of the friendliest I have encountered. The industrious, hard working people are a credit to themselves and that is why revisiting Vietnam is top priority.