The city of Saigon, Vietnam was tiring to all five senses and I was looking forward to an escape.

With a few hours to kill before our overnight bus, I and my friend wandered the streets in search of food. It wasn’t long before we were approached by two young, fresh-faces students who wanted to practise their English.

Suddenly enthusiastic Vietnamese surrounded us and the next two hours flew by so fast that we almost missed our bus. Our exchange may have been brief but I walked away with a brand new outlook on the city – I hope they can say the same about the UK.

More travel stories from Vietnam

Read: 24 first hours in Hanoi, Vietnam with Students

Read: drinking Rice shots with Vietnam War Veterans

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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