Wonderful Vietnam and Cambodia

I have just fulfilled one of my all time, ‘must do’, travel destinations, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  I have spent the past 10 days in Vietnam and Cambodia.  Spending most of my time in Vietnam’s bustling Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.  What an adventure I had too.

Ho chi Minh was incredible, and my lasting memories will always be of the complete chaos and energy the city gives off.  It is a vibrant city with fantastic smells, colour, food, people and everything you’d expect from a big city.  I adored everything about the place.  The people were so very friendly; there was a huge language barrier most of the time, but their smiles and helpfulness made up for that.  The food in Vietnam was simply unbelievable and I can still almost smell the delightful flavours now.  Pho is my newfound love, and will certainly be trying to attempt to make it myself very soon. The fresh spring rolls were pretty special too!  The temples and museums were fantastic.  The war museum was incredible but very sad.

If I were to have an image in my mind, which will stay with me the longest, it would be the insane traffic and the billions of motorcyclists.  Although the crazily busy streets may be off putting to some people, I actually loved this hustle and bustle, and to me, it’s what makes Ho Cho Minh ‘Ho chi Minh’.  Crossing the road in the city is almost impossible, but again, part of the cities character; I did, however, get the hang of it by the end of my trip.  I also couldn’t believe the amount of people the Vietnamese managed to carry on one motorbike.  I counted 5 one day!

Cambodia was an absolute treat.  The long, tiring, 7-hour journey, on a cramped bus, was totally worth it and cannot wait to go back to this delightful country.  I wouldn’t know where to start with writing about all of the things which make Cambodia one of the best and most beautiful places I’ve ever been to and in my opinion, one of the most special places on the planet.  One think can’t fail to mention, however, are its people.  I do mention a country’s people quite often, as to me, they are always what ‘make’ a country.  This is so true of the Cambodians.  With all the suffering and disgraceful cruelty that the people of Cambodia went through under Pol Pots regime (which astonishingly only ended in 1979), they are the kindest, friendliest people I have come across in Asia and probably the world!

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The wonderful ‘Lighthouse’ Orphanage, Cambodia:

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