It’s true that it’s the people who make the difference! I’m lucky to be traveling with my best friend Hannah but don’t worry about doing it alone either because we have met the most incredible people….

Like stopping for a bike break in Hoi An and ending up doing shots of rice wine at the insistence of Vietnamese War Veterans, some of which were missing limbs but still had the biggest smiles and funniest stories.

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This travel story from Vietnam was contributed by Heather, a friend of Hostelgeeks. Heather Jayne Wilkes is from Wales UK. She’s a world traveler, exploring every single corner of the globe to find experiences, joy and stories to share.

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More travel stories from Vietnam

Read: my last impressions from Saigon changed everything

Read: my first 24 hours in Hanoi

More guides on Vietnam

We have traveled around Vietnam for more than 3 months.

On our journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, we have experienced so many wonderful things.

Our travel tips Vietnam here:

27 Best Things to do in Vietnam – including motorbikes, tractors and monkeys

24 BEST Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon (including understanding the cities history and name)

The coolest and best hostel in Ho Chi Minh City with roof top terrace and fun vibes

109 travel photos from Vietnam

a guide to Sa Pa Vietnam, how to get there and have a great time with the locals villagers

last but not least, a guide how to find coffee shops in Da Nang

Motorbike Tour in Vietnam With the tractors shovel to the beachBEST Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels in Saigon, Vietnam

The best hostels in Vietnam

When traveling around the country, you can stay at fantastic, awesome hostels.

Find all 5 Star Hostels in Vietnam here.

Here is a list:

NEXY Hostel in Hanoi