After just a few nights in Phnom Penh, Matt and I took the bus to Kampot. Sitting in the back of a small mini-bus, cramped for a few hours, isn’t the best so I was happy the moment we arrived at the hostel. There was that much to do in Kampot but we managed to have a fun time anyway.
From Ho Chi Minh we took the bus to Phnom Penh. It was a really nice bus which made the trip way more convenient. Once we arrived at the border we had to get a visa and the guy from the touring company collected all our passports. It didn’t feel right, giving our passports to a complete stranger..
The next stop after Hoi An was Da Lat. Since the bus ride would be extremely long we decided to buy a flight ticket and save time (unfortunately not money). I didn’t know that much about Da Lat. The only thing was that people told me to go there for canyoning.
Our time in Phong Nha was absolutely amazing! It was the perfect balance between relaxing, drinking and exploring. After a quick stop in Hue for just one night we arrived in Hoi An. This city is known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals.
We took the night bus from Ninh Bình to Phong Nha. Luckily we got some sleep and as soon as we arrived we had an informative talk about Phong Nha and all the things we could see and explore. Immediately we decided to visit the Phong Nha cave right away. Vietnam has a rich history and a big part was the war in 1955-1975.
Since a storm was expected in southern Vietnam, Matt and I decided to go to Ninh Binh for a couple of days in the hope everything would settle down. In the past weeks there was a lot of flooding and we didn’t want to miss out on the southern part of Vietnam so it was time to be patient. It brought us to Ninh Binh, a city famous for the nearby Karst scenery around the village of Tam Coc.
Still thrilled about Sa Pa I stepped into the Friends Travel Vietnam office, a travel agency that helps people with all sorts of transport and tours. Since I wanted to spend a few days at Halong Bay I thought I came to the right place. And I wasn’t wrong. Within minutes I had a few options that I could consider. With the knowledge that a few guys that I met back in Vang Vieng, I decided to contact them first before making a decision.
While traveling you visit places that leave you speechless. I feel lucky to travel the world and come across places that I’ve never even imagined to experience. Sa Pa is one of those. Up north in Vietnam, about 6 hours away from Hanoi, there is this beautiful area that you can’t even believe is real. The mountain scenery is incredible and it feels like you’re dreaming.
I booked a flight from Vientiane (capital of Laos) to Hanoi (capital of Vietnam) since this was way faster than traveling by bus, and the flight itself wasn’t that expensive. By coincidence two girls from The Netherlands I met in Luang Prabang, Marit and Danielle, had the exact same flight. So we met up to take a taxi to the airport together. The flight was quick and easy, just the way I like it!