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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

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OK lve procrastinated and questioned and debated - well now lve finally booked flights - return from LHR 31st Oct to HCMC coming home on 24th Nov.

Really generally questions - lve got a rough guide which lm devouring and lm surfing like crazy but l would like some first hand advice - tell me about Vietnam l have almost 3.5 weeks bar our first few days stay and our international flights nothing else is planned.

Before l make my rough itinerary - lm gonna throw it out there - tell me about Vietnam, the culture, food dishes not to be missed (sorry but l wont be trying dog!) and the sights and sounds of the country we should try to visit and see!

Thanks Guys!

Heather

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Heather,
Glad you booked your flight and got off the pot! Since I am a veggie, I will let the VN experts give their advice on food choices. I will urge you to visit DaLat on your way north. I first went there to avoid the heat of HCMC. You are not facing high heat in Nov., but DaLat is still worth a stop. Cool, scenic, plenty of waterfalls to vist, worth a few days.

When in HaNoi, I would pass on the Perfume Pagoda tour. It has significance for Buddhists, but not others. The boat ride to the start of the hike is nice, but it is a hard slog up to the pagoda. Take the cable car if you do go. HaLong Bay is a must, but unless it is warm enough to swim, I would consider the 1 day tour, 2 at the most.

Heather, I am sure VN will become one of your favorite countries to visit after your trip. PM me if you have specific questions.

3. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Try dog ! its actually quite nice . I ate it on a stick , it was a mixture of dog and cat .
I was drunk and it tasted great . Crickets taste like pork scratches aswell (well thats what i thought)
Have a go ;) .

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting paul j

Try dog ! its actually quite nice . I ate it on a stick , it was a mixture of dog and cat .
I was drunk and it tasted great . Crickets taste like pork scratches aswell (well thats what i thought)
Have a go ;) .

AGHHHHHHHH - dog & cat - sorry no way - l have a cat how could l look at her ever again if l ate one of her cousins!

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

AGHHHHHHHH - dog & cat - sorry no way - l have a cat how could l look at her ever again if l ate one of her cousins![/quote]

I agree Heather. One of the reasons I am a veggie is that I don't like the idea an animal was killed so I can have a meal. I also have a cat and she does not look like food to me!

6. Posted by jaytb (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

well we spent almost 3 weeks there and most days wished we were anywhere else but Vietnam. Food was just bearable to quite yum but nothing like the sensational food we'd had in Thailand; people were rude and aggressive, the only good thing was it was all cheap (even the tailor made clothing I had made that fell apart/lost its colour/ran in the wash) and if you don't mind being charged extra for everything because you are a foreigner and can obviously afford it, and you don't mind getting pinched for not buying cigarettes or postcards, then go for it! Oh yes, motorbikes travel on footpaths and don't stop at redlights/pedestrian crossings and don't often travel on the right hand side of the road, making it easy for pillions to grab your belongings as you walk along trying not to get bowled over by motorbikes.

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting jaytb

well we spent almost 3 weeks there and most days wished we were anywhere else but Vietnam. Food was just bearable to quite yum but nothing like the sensational food we'd had in Thailand; people were rude and aggressive, the only good thing was it was all cheap (even the tailor made clothing I had made that fell apart/lost its colour/ran in the wash) and if you don't mind being charged extra for everything because you are a foreigner and can obviously afford it, and you don't mind getting pinched for not buying cigarettes or postcards, then go for it! Oh yes, motorbikes travel on footpaths and don't stop at redlights/pedestrian crossings and don't often travel on the right hand side of the road, making it easy for pillions to grab your belongings as you walk along trying not to get bowled over by motorbikes.

Sorry you had such a bad experience - funny everyone else l speak to says the exact opposite about Vietnamese people being really nice and friendly.

I know about the traffic and motorbikes but thats all part of the fun cultural experience trying not to get mown down!

I loved Thai food too but am really looking forward to trying the VN food too!

Sorry to hear you had such a bad time!

[ Edit: correcting spelling mistakes! ]

8. Posted by dar egan (Budding Member 67 posts) 9y

yeah i know a few folk who have been to vietnam recently and thailand in the late seventies and they reckon vietnam has the same vibe about it that thailand once had back then,backpackers heaven!

9. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 9y

Hi Purdy, we returned from Vietnam in April, having visited Cambodia and Thailand also. We only had time for the south of Vietnam, staying at Saigon, Mui Ne then onto Dalat and Nah Trang. I agree with mike that Dalat is a super place to visit, so laid back more like Switzerland than Vietnam with its lovely mountains and cool air not to mention the glorious lake. We found the Vietnamese people in the south very friendly and helpful, of course they are curious about westeners and do tend to stare a lot but if you give them a smile they always smile back and the tension is broken. Food is not as good as Thai food, but then what is!! but always cooked well and fresh, very cheap, seafood on the beaches at Mui Ne and Nah Trang, huge crayfish prawns and lobsters, cooked at your sun bed with delicious sauces, around £3 for 2 people, thats after a pedicure and manicure for the princely sum of £1.50, cant be bad.
Everyone has different views of Vietnam you must go and judge for yourself, happy travelling....stokesy