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
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Read: my first 24 hours in Hanoi
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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.
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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
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