Con Dao Archipelago Untainted Tropical Beauty

The gift of raw natural beauty

No less than 15 amazing islands, the Con Dao Archipelago will literally knock your socks off. If you are looking for tropical paradise steeped in rich history this is a MUST SEE on your first trip to Vietnam. The island chain was at one time in history a penal colony due to its remote location 80km off the Mekong Delta. As far back as 1862, and as recently as 1975, the Con Dao Islands housed tens of thousands of political prisoners but now is home to a young community of budding eco-tourism opportunities.



  • By Sea
  • By Air

By Sea

Catch a boat from the seaside town of Vung Tau. This is the most cost effective method of arriving on the island, and the most romantic. At 10$ a ticket, you can take an 11 hour boat ride leaving at dusk and arriving at dawn. The boats themselves are less than charming, with their smells of travelers past. Rough seas make the journey an adventure, giving the beginning traveler one heck of a story to tell. Waking up to the Ben Dam Harbor seems to somehow make it all worthwhile.  Though the most travelers are better off taking a plane.

By Air

Vietnamese Airlines branch VASCO flies 5 or 6 times a day from Saigon to Con Dao. This is not the most cost effective way of traveling with prices starting at 100$, but it is the least time consuming. Time crunch or budget crunch, will help decide of you take the boat or a plane. However you get to Con Dao, get there.


Backpackers Paradise

The active backpacker, or beginning backpacker will get the most out of this location. It is a backpackers paradise. Tour the island on your own, rent a bike or just walk. There are enough well marked hiking paths to keep you from getting lost, and the towns and villages are connected with reasonable roads.


This is an amazing place for nature hikes in the jungles of Vietnam.  Hike past the prisoner built Ma ThienLanh Bridge and on ward to a breathtaking rocky cove. The National Park Headquarters will have some useful maps for hiking available to you, and when in doubt, hire a guide, that way you don’t miss a thing!


Vietnam has some of the best dive spots in the world, and Con Dao is the jewel on the crown. The rich and healthy oceans here, filled with sea turtles and fish of all kinds will offer you extraordinary underwater experiences you’ll remember for a life time.


Con Dao is a tropical island. That means it is hot, and it is wet; but that is the appeal of a tropical paradise. The heat, the sun, the rain in the palm trees, lazy days on the beach or a hike in a lush green forest Con Dao has it all. It will have your heart by time your trip is over.


Find Romance Nestled Quietly In The Mekong Delta

Best Fairy-Tale Resorts for Couples

Sandy Beaches, palm trees, a cool sea breeze and blue skies that go on for an eternity. Lazy days spent rolling in gentle waves, sun kissed skin and windblown hair. These days often seem best spent with someone you love, looking longingly into their eyes over a glass of wine; or laughing over exotic cuisine of the faraway place your experiencing together for the first time, or maybe even for the 100th, this is the kind of romance we long for when traveling with the love of our lives.

I would not have thought, that Vietnam was the place to go for romance, then I started reading and an entire world opened up for me.


Top 3 Resorts for Lovers in Vietnam

  • Mango Bay Resort
  • Pilgrimage Village
  • Mekong Lodge

Mango Bay Resort

Mango Bay  Resort jumps out because of the quaint, authentic atmosphere it offers. Located on Phu Quoc Island this adorable little hotel will keep you lounging in a hammock by the sea without any concern for your mobile phone or internet connection ( there is Wi-Fi just in case you need to stay connected). The hotel doesn’t offer much in the way of amenities, but who needs them when you can walk out of your room and step onto the beach? Vietnams first truly eco-friendly resort offers you a real traditional “outdoor Vietnamese way of living experience” with their open sea views and mosquito nets. Best of all? The prices are great!

Pilgirmage  Village

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a week nestled between the trees and just pampering yourself and your lover? I know I have. Pligrimage Village is the perfect place for that! The pools outside, and giant bathtubs inside. So much space for just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Isn’t that what romance is all about? Good food, good laughs, great smiles and an atmosphere to remember forever. The staff at the Village will make sure you get all those things and more. Go to the gym, go for a walk, or for a swim; whatever tickles your fancy. Whatever you do, you are certain to enjoy the beautiful spacious rooms at this lovely little boutique hotel.


Mekong Lodge

This! So very much of this please! Bungalows with thatched roofs on the Mekong Delta. It’s like a dream! This fabulous little picturesque hotel is to die for. Ignored by modernization this romantic getaway is the perfect place for you to enjoy romantics days in the wild green that is the pure nature of Vietnam. A simple hotel, with beautiful rooms, Wi-Fi and a pool to name some of the amenities offered, it is located in a history and culture rich environment. Visit the Cai Be Floating Market or the Mekong Rustic Garden, whatever you do while you’re here, spend your days lounging in the heat and falling in love, with each other and this beautiful little country.

Best Lazy Days Kid Friendly Resorts

Teach Your Kids to Love to Travel

Take them to Vietnam

To an adventurous parent, it seems like a great adventure traveling with children. Traveling all the way around the world to Vietnam might seem a little daunting, even to the most adventurous types. That is just it though, this tiny little country has everything children love.  Vietnam is full of fairy-tales, dragons, and princesses. Vietnam is the perfect place to teach your little jet-setters the value of culture, and the beauty of just how sundry our beautiful little world is. If you and your kids are the lazy kind of travelers or the adventurous type, Vietnam is the place to go!

Best  Lazy Days Kid Friendly Resorts

  • Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An
  • InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort

Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An

Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An

This is a great resort for the lazy traveler types as it has everything you’ll need on site. In theory you do not even need to leave the grounds of the resort. Located ON THE BEACH (!) and complete with pools, restaurants and a kids animation team this resort has it all. All the way down to the babysitter for those evenings when the traveling adults just want to spend a night out on the town. It is possible to take great day trips with the kids, should you desire to venture out off of the hotel grounds.  Close enough to Jack Tran’s Ecotours that you’ll still be home with time to lounge in the spa as the kids enjoy yet another Children’s Disco!

InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort

The InterContinental is one of the more expensive resorts we’ve talked about yet. It is also a beach front resort, meaning your kids will get to enjoy looking out the bedroom window and seeing the breathtaking sea views. Located in the hills of “Monkey Mountain” there are certainly many stories to be told at bedtime. This is another hotel that is perfect for just hanging around. There are swimming pools, tennis courts and of course Wi-Fi. Go for an adventure on Son Tra Mountain or spend your day on the beach, all your vacationing needs will be met at this beautiful child friendly beachfront resort.

Teach your kids to love travel, take them to Vietnam.

Best  ActiveKid Friendly Resort

  • Alba Hot Springs Resort

Alba Hot Springs Resort

This pet and child friendly hotel is a hidden gem tucked away along the Men Ya Mountain.  Situated on a natural hot spring you have the opportunity to not only teach your children about geothermally heated ground water, but you can show them. Even the most adventurous travelers take a rest once in a while and this is the place to do it.  Located in Hue this is an excellent place for day trips to Hue Imperial City, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Forbidden Purple City. Take your children out, show them the culture, the colors, the vibrancy of this rich, exotic culture. Your kids will thank you when they’ve grown.

Teach your kids to love travel, take them to Vietnam.


It’s a Ham Tien Sandwich

Mui Ne

Touring Mui Ne

Tucked away on the coast between two lovely towns and a part of the beach district is the quaint fishing village of Ham Tien, referred to by tourists as Mui Ne ( which is actually the fishing town to the east of Ham Tien). The area contains both cities and villages making it a diverse location for any beginning traveler.

Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)

Local travelers and international travelers alike flock to the fairy stream, with a colorful red rock wall on one side of the stream. This is one of the most googled attractions of the area and if you listen to what visitors have to say, then this isn’t worth your precious time on this epic trip of a lifetime. Polluted with trash and cow dung, this poorly managed tourist trap will have you walking for half an hour wondering what in the world you’re doing here. Skip it.

People, people everywhere

It would seem that everywhere you go in Vietnam there are hordes of people, locals and tourists. Once in a while though it can feel so good to sit alone on a beach and soak it all in, the sun, the sand, the wind and waves, as if it was yours and yours alone. NuocSuoi Beach is just 16 km up the coast, anywhere you stop along this beautiful white sand strip is virtually devoid of crowds and tourists. The perfect place for absorbing everything, and getting the best authentic, local food.


Get out and Go

One of the more popular methods of transportation for tourists on the island are motorbikes. Speeding through mountain roads along the coast, sea breeze in your hair leave the tourist strip behind and get out into nature. Be wary though, it is required by law to have an international driver’s license for tourists visiting the country. Should you be stopped while driving without one expect to pay a hefty fine!

If you are a bit sporty, you could also rent a bike. Enjoy much needed exercise while on your own special HPV ( human powered vehicle), and when in doubt, take a taxi. Sure to get you where you need to go without costing an arm and a leg.

How to Get Around

  • Bicycle
  • Taxi
  • Motorbike


Mui Ne

Fast becoming a world class location for kite surfers, Mui Ne is a great place to see. The beautiful round basket boats bobbing on the water, or colorful kites flying through the air along the white sandy coastline are sure to stimulate the creative travelers imagination. Take a jeep tour of the red and white sand dunes, take post card style pictures of Mui Ne village at sunset. Should you aim to beat the crowds take a low season trip between May and September, the prices will be better during these months as well. The best time to travel here is from October until the end of March if you are traveling for the fantastic kite surfing of Mui Ne.


Magical Mystery in Vietnam

Nha Trang

Pagoda or Booze Cruise?

There are resort islands all around the world. The astute global traveler knows the best resort locations offer something for everyone. So for the beginning jetsetter, that is something to keep in mind when choosing your first vacation resort. That is also exactly the thing that makes Nha Trang the perfect first Vietnamese getaway spot. From the Long Son Pagoda to the booze cruises of Nha Trang Bay this place has something for everyone!

Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery Tour

Something challenging about first time travel to a new country is very often language. As a traveler we do our best to learn keywords and catch phrases. Though when it comes to the Austroasiatic languages it seems the Dutch understand it when they say we are communicating with hands and feet. (praten met handenenvoeten) That is why on a beginners trip it is a good idea to find activities and tour guides in one of the worlds basic languages, English. Magical Mystery Tour Nha Trang is a great place to go for that! They offer a wide variety of excursions from overland tours to cruise ship day tours, and even a Vietnamese cooking class! Just give Gordon a call and he’ll be proud to show you this beautiful island.

Nha Trang Oceanography Institute

Vietnam has amazing wildlife, both in the seas and on the lands. It would be a shame to miss that on your trip. The Nha Trang Oceanography Institute provides the inaugural traveler  a great opportunity to see the diverse marine environment of Nha Trang, both living and dead. Some of the more rare specimens are preserved in skeleton form, or in a formaldehyde solution. Take some time out of your trip and experience this interesting and educational museum with feed the budding oceanographer in your soul.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Things to do on Nha Trang

  • Magical Mystery Tours
  • Nha Trang Oceanography Institute
  • NhaPhu Lagoon
  • Nha Trang Booze Cruise

NhaPhu Lagoon

The flora and fauna of Vietnam can be overwhelming in its extraordinary tropical beauty. The NhaPhu Lagoon is guaranteed to take your breath away with its wild forests. The mango and coconut orchards offer an old world kind of feeling. The collection of small islands in this bountiful lagoon is filled with amazing beaches and extraordinary resorts. Not sure where to go? Go to NhaPhu Lagoon, you are certain to find what you’re looking for here, for the beginning tourist and nature lover alike.

Nha Trang Booze Cruise

Nha Trang Booze Cruise

When you have had enough of all this education and eco-touring, do yourself a  favor and take a day cruise. There are many cruise operators, and even style of cruise. Prices vary depending on what you are buying, hotel pick up and lunch for example, or just a seat on a boat. All options are available. The most noteworthy? The booze cruise! All-inclusive bar and lunch, get your drink on and go dance on top of a party boat under the setting Asian sun. There is no party like a Vietnamese Booze Cruise Party!

Chen Sea Resort and Spa

Up and Coming Phu Quoc

First Time Travelers

First time travelers often find themselves situated in crowds of tourists, waiting in line for hours to see and do the same thing that everyone else is seeing and doing. Finding that one precious undiscovered gem is a rare gift now-a-days. Phu Quoc is, for now anyway, one of those places. A wonderful new eco tourist location, you’ll have the chance to explore virgin forests and find yourself intimidated by the historical Coconut Tree Prison (still in operation today).

Hotels and Resorts

Something for Everyone

  • Budget
  • Mid-range
  • Luxury

Budget Travelers

Backpackers and individual travelers often choose to spend as little as they can on accommodation. These guys travel for the adventure more than for the rest. Phu Quoc Island, located in the Gulf of Thailand is about 45 kilometers from mainland Vietnam. Arrival on the island can be done by air or by sea. Whichever you prefer. The island offers a wide array of budget hotels and resorts, even with beach view. Prices range from 25$ to 80$ a night, depending on what you need. A cute bungalow on a hill overlooking the sea at Bo Resort can start as low as 25$, and give you a real authentic tropical island experience.

Mid-Range Resorts

Mid-Range Resorts

The mid-range resorts on Phu Quoc start at some of the higher end budget prices and offer more amenities and services. As low as 70$ a night you can have access to swimming pools, tennis courts and amazing views of Cambodia. There is so much to choose from here, that picking the right vacation resort will be your first Vietnamese adventure!

Luxury Locations

The innumerable amount of budget and mid-range hotel and resort options on Phu Quoc make way for  some of the more luxurious locations. The island boasts 3 beautiful luxury resorts that offer you everything from fine dining to fully furnished homes complete with maid and driver.  Guaranteed to pay upwards of 200$ a night and more, you will get everything you can imagine and more.

Luxury Resorts

  • La Veranda
  • Chen Sea Resort and Spa
  • Phong Lan Villa

La Veranda

This beautiful colonial mansion surrounded by lush green gardens offers you all the luxury of a 4 star resort. Owned and operated by Accor Hotels you are sure to get the best beds, just as if you were back in the states!

Chen Sea Resort and Spa

Chen Sea Resort and Spa

Another amazing destination for all of your traveling companions. The Chen Sea Resort offers everything from kids clubs and babysitting services to watersports like kayaking. A popular wedding location, chances are you’ll have the pleasure of witnessing a beautiful Vietnamese wedding party first hand, providing you with just a touch more of authenticity to your vacation.

Phong Lan Villa

Phong Lan Villa is so exclusive, it is virtually impossible to find any information about it. In short, it is a private villa that offers 6 bedrooms, a maid service, a cook and a private beach. Have you ever dreamed of living the Hollywood life style? Phong Lan Villa is the place to go, if you can find it.

Naman Resort

Bucket list: Vietnam

Best All Around Resorts

All hotel and resort owners are going to tell you theirs is the best! More often than not, the reality seems to bring with it a kind of disappointment when the resort isn’t able to live up to the expectations set by the advertising. The truth is that the best advertising is often word of mouth, listening to what people who have gone ahead of you have learned and making decisions based on their best experiences. There is also another option, when in doubt check the resorts TripAdvisor ratings!

Top 4 All Around Resorts from TripAdvisor

  • InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
  • Furama Resort Danang
  • Mia Resort Nha Trang
  • Naman Retreat

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Joining us as “probably the best hotel in the world” this hotel rings in with a whopping 1.663 reviews! 996 of those ratings are excellent! ( to be fair: 13 are scored terrible). Located on the aptly named “Monkey Mountain” this resort boasts everything you’ll need from pools to spas. It makes the best all-around list because it is perfect for anyone; couples, families or businessmen. The high speed internet, air conditioning and fitness center are sure to keep you busy on any inclement weather days you probably won’t have on your trip to Da Nang.

Furama Resort Da Nang

Furama Resort Da Nang

The number two rated hotel, with its 1.533! 996 of those ratings are excellent! The Furama Resort also gets high marks in the excellent category with specific comments regarding the extraordinary quality of the staff. If there is one thing that can make or break a good vacation, it is the people who are taking care of you while you’re there. A poorly staffed hotel cannot make up for all the amenities in the world.This beautiful gem in Da Nang offers the travel both, a resort full of options and full of happy people just waiting to make this the trip of a lifetime!

Mia Resort Nha Trang

Mia Resort Nha Trang

The Mia Resort Nha Trang does a great job of having 731 excellent ratings on TripAdvisor, with a total of 1.023 reviews. The multi-lingual staff at this hotel will happily pick you up from the airport! It is a rather small scale boutique with 73 rooms and villas. It is the perfect hotel for all travelers, budget friendly and on a beautiful quiet coastline. A 20 minute taxi ride puts you in the center of Nha Trang giving you the opportunity to enjoy cheap local meals amid the beautiful Vietnamese architecture of the city.

Naman Resort

Naman Resort

Last on our list is the Naman Resort, located on the outskirts of Da Nang is this beautiful retreat. More than half of all the reviews this hotel received are in the excellent range. 690 total reviews, with 491 5 stars! Located close to UNESCO World Heritage Sights Da Nang and Hoi An Ancient Town there is so much to see and discover here. If you ask me, of all these locations, this is the one Id book today. A pool, a beach, a spa, and history all in arms reach. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go catch a plane right now! See you in Vietnam!


A Little Piece of Heaven and A Private Pool

The Number 1 Luxury Resort of Vietnam


There are luxury hotels, and then there is FUSIONMAIA.  This new, all villa resort is situated in the deep, lush green gardens of Da Nang. Each one of the 80 private villas are complete with their own private swimming pool.  On top of the utmost of tranquility offered by this visually enthralling hotel, it is also very possibly the world’s first All-Spa-Inclusive Resort. Yes, you read that right. All-Spa- Inclusive. Unique to the luxury world, FUSION MAIA offers its guests two full spa treatments daily. (Of course, they are included in the price of the villa, and what a price that is! Rates start around 350$ a night!) We just love the “breakfast anywhere, anytime concept”. If you are one of those lucky travelers who is not budget conscious FUSION MAIA is a must on your bucket list.


Unique Services

  • Private Villa/Pool
  • All Inclusive Spa Treatments
  • Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime

Private Villas

FUSION MAIA boasts 80 different private  Pool Villas. All of them with, as the name suggests, their own private swimming pool. Each one of these lovely little retreats is chic and lavish in its simplicity. Available in both one, and two bedroom versions the pool villa is perfect for lovers and friends alike. Should you find that your own private Pool Villa isn’t exclusive enough for you, you could enjoy your stay in one of the 4 Spa Villas. Each of the Spa Villas are located directly next to the Spa and offer 2 bedrooms, a dining room and a spacious living area, and of course a private swimming pool. If neither of these options suit you, there is one last fabulous option. FUSION MIAS is proud of their 2 exclusive, deluxe Beach Villas. The fantastic beach front villas each have a private pool, 3 bedrooms,  and stunning views of ocean. Perfect for a group, or on your own. It is, after all, all about spoiling yourself silly.

All Inclusive Spa Treatments

We’ve all heard of All- Inclusive resorts, the kind where all the food and drinks you want are available almost 24 hours a day. Well, FUSION MAIA has taken it one step further. They offer their guests 2 complimentary spa treatments daily for the duration of their visit. Full treatments, not the 10 minutes so you’ll book more kind.

Complete with:

  • 16 treatment rooms,
  • 2 beauty salons
  • Steam rooms
  • Saunas
  • Private Jacuzzis
  • Yoga Studio

The best bit? It is all set to the backdrop of a breathtaking tropical waterfall; you really will never want to leave. Lifestyle Consultants and the Natural Living Program are available to help those who may also wish to learn just a little  bit more about living their best possible lives.

Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime

As if all this awesomeness wasn’t enough, the guys at FUSION MAIA asked themselves how they could make all this luxury just that much more exquisite. That is how they came up with the “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” concept. Wherever you are, anytime of the day, they will hand deliver you fresh breakfast. Breakfast in bed at 8am? No problem. Breakfast on the beach at 3 pm? No problem. All you have to do is ask. The staff at FUSION MAIA is there to serve you.


Fall in Love with Vinpearl

Luxury the Nha Trang way.

VinpearlNha Trang

Nestled away in a tiny little Vietnamese bay by Hon Tre on the island of Vin Nguyen is this picturesque  little pieces of luxury just waiting for you to breath in the beauty and peace. Luxury designed for couples, families or individuals this resort has everything you deserve to wrap up your fantastic Vietnamese adventure.



  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Fitness Room
  • Hot tub
  • Wi-Fi
  • Kids Playroom
  • Babysitting Service


Location, Location, Location

A good location can make or break any trip. That’s partly what makes this resort so amazing, the location! Located on the world famous Nha Trang Beach with that wonderful tropical feeling and beautiful golden sand, this is one of the beaches you MUST see! Take a  day and hike to the amazingly breathtaking Bah Ho Waterfall, be prepared for a good hike as you will need to scurry over rocks and boulders. Good hiking shoes are a must as the hike can be strenuous at times. As if waterfalls and beaches weren’t enough to keep you enthralled by the beauty of Vietnam this hotel is located close to the Vinpearl Cable Car! Offering stunning views of the bay and surrounding islands, this is a MUST SEE on any inaugural visit to Vietnam.


Eat. Sleep. Travel. Repeat.

The best eats in Nha Trang.

One of the most amazing things about travel is food. Every culture has its own delicacies, specialty spices, drinks and flavors. It is impossible to travel to a new country and not try to local cuisine. Whether you’re sitting down at a restaurant or you are catching hip and trendy street food on the go, there is something for everyone on the culinary travel map. With no less than restaurants available at the resort the Vinpearl offers you everything from poolside bar service to diner on the beach!

Fun ways to spend your days!

A trip this good never leaves anything to be desired. There have been waterfalls,  beaches and cable cars. The food is top notch Vietnamese authenticity! This, however is the resort the keeps on giving. Take a snorkeling day trip off the coast or a day cruise through the bay. See basket boating or go kayaking. Nha Trang Bay offers everything you’ll need to make an amazing trip! You won’t even need to go to the mainland!

So when you are tired of all this beauty, Nha Trang is holding one more awesome secret: The Vinpearl Amusement Park! It has waterslides, amusement rides and amazing views of this tropical mountain paradise.

Life is too short, live it well.

Take a trip, look at the sky, and fall in love with the world around you. This is the one chance we humans get to experience everything we can. If this is your first trip to Vietnam, take it all it. Take pictures, then put your iPhone downand breath it all in. Trips like this make memories that last a life time, share them as you fall in love with Vietnam.


My First Trip to Ho Chi Minh City

As far as I know, there are only two major airports in Vietnam – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. We flew into Ho Chi Minh.  We landed mid-morning, and the airport was crowded. I’m led to believe that the first part of the previous statement was irrelevant – the airport is always crowded.

Apparently, the number of people flying through Ho Chi Minh’s airport has doubled in the last ten years. There’s construction going on, as the government tries to expand the capacity. But to be honest, I don’t think I’ve seen many airports in the last ten years where there isn’t some construction going on. I just hope the expansion is big enough, or the crowding will continue to be an issue.

Anyway, we made it through the crowds, retrieved our bags, and cleared customs. We were out in the city. The first thing we noticed was the traffic. Motorbikes! Everyone uses motorbikes! They’re everywhere.


We quickly learned that there are special rules for pedestrians in Vietnam. Don’t presume the sidewalk is for pedestrians. It’s really an extra lane for bikes and motorbikes to use, or to park on. Either way, it’s best not to stand there to get your bearings. When you cross the road, the process is also unusual. Don’t wait for the traffic to stop. It won’t. Just walk out. Keep walking straight, at an even pace. The bikes will swerve around you.

What do you do in Ho Chi Minh City? Well the guides suggested visiting the tunnels. ‘Tunnels’? you ask…

The Vietnamese started building the Cu Chi Tunnels in the 1940s, back when they were fighting the French. When the Americans joined the battle in the 1960s, there was a structured approach to attacking them, but with relatively little effect. The tunnels were too deep to be damaged by the bombing raids. The Viet Cong continued to excavate them during the war. They used the tunnels for transportation, communication, and simply hiding. They even had hospitals in the tunnels. The tunnels are now a major tourist attraction.


What the Viet Cong did with the tunnels was simply amazing. There are over 70 miles of tunnels. We took a tour – I guess it was about 40 miles out of Ho Chi Minh City. On the tour you can now wander (or crawl) through parts. The Viet Cong lifestyle in the tunnels wasn’t fantastic, but they survived. As a tourist, I’ve always tried the local food. And yes, I’ve now tried Vietnamese tunnel food – you can try the rations that they Viet Cong ate. It would rate right up there with drinking the mineral water in Bath (UK) as being an experience that I don’t necessarily want to try again! You can also buy some rounds of M16 ammunition, and try firing in the rifle range! That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. While I’ve done my share of hunting, I’ve not fired an assault rifle before. Toys for the boys, but hey – it’s a vacation, so I thought I’d give it a go. It was about two bucks a round.

What else is there to do in Ho Chi Minh City? I don’t’ know. We didn’t spend a lot of time there. It was my first experience of authentic Vietnamese food. I’d had Vietnamese food at home – once.  We found ourselves in the Royal Saigon Restaurant. It wasn’t far from the hotel. The flavors were amazing. The wait-staff were really helpful, even though we were clearly Westerners. And it wasn’t expensive! In fact, that’s a common theme for my trip… Nothing was expensive.