If I had to sum up Vietnam in one long run-on sentence, I would say
this: Vietnam is a wonderful, blue-skied, sandy country full of palm
trees, brilliant green rice fields, delicious food, and friendly
people who zip around on sexy motor bikes wearing flip-flops and face
masks. And itís cheap. In Vietnam the tourist machine is well-oiled
and smoothly churns out one memorable experience after another. We had
so much fun that it actually felt like a vacation.
was incredibly easy and cheap in Vietnam because they have "open" bus
tickets here. So in Hanoi, we paid about $30 each for a bus ticket all the
way to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south. "Open" means we can
get on and off the bus in any city along the way. Another great thing is that the bus always dropped us off at a hotel and
picked us up there too, so we didnít have to walk around town with a
giant back pack searching for accommodation (like we normally do). At first we were leery of being taken to their
select hotel, but it turned out to be great. Throughout the trip, we
stayed in nice rooms and never paid more than $8 (that was for a
spacious room with a balcony and ocean view in Nha Trang).