Pictures below actually are from one and half year ago when Coronavirus started spreading across China. We would spend every morning browsing our phones checking the number of new cases while drinking coffee and having sandwiches for breakfast. We live in China so our trip in Vietnam was, what we didn’t know then, our last trip abroad for a long time.
Anyway. Fuck Covid-19. Vietnam is amazing even though the idea of going there to spend Chinese New Year didn’t fill me with of optimism. The reason is I knew it would be quite similar to China in many aspects which was the source of big part of cultural identity of that beautiful country. Luckily my lack of enthusiasm was not quite justified because this little part of Vietnam I have seen is interesting, colorful and absoultely great.
Starting a day with delicious coffee prepared in one thousand different ways will pump you up with energy, or nice refreshment in the heat of South-East Asian weather. You will find it literally every step in one of small cafes around every city or village you’ll go. Fantastic pastry, sandwiches modified to match local needs, amazing Pho soup with loads of greens. Refreshing and reinforcing at once. Incredible chilli sauce on every dining table. Street stalls and vendors, chaos and colorful mess but pulsing in it’s own rhytm.
Traffic and street wilderness, crazy with thousands of all kinds of two wheelers whizzing in all directions. Although we stayed in Vietnam only for ten days we managed to see a few different faces of the southern part.
Bustling Ho Chi Minh, Dalat which was a little bit cooler, sand dunes and fishing villages around Mui Ne and the delta. The Mekong Delta where we spent couple of days right after the New Year. A place where you can hide away from the world and laze out in a hammock with a sandwich in one hand and a coffee in another. Do everything slowly in the pace of lazily flowing water in the countless number of canals of Mekong river. And between slacking and eating rent a bicycle and ride as much as you can and see as many places as possible. After ten days in Vietnam I still felt hunger for more.