From Sài Gòn to Hà Nội: An Overview

The last stop on our two week Vietnam vacation was Hà Nội, the capital of Vietnam. We only had a little time before we had to part ways with our friends and begin life here on our own. We mostly used the last day to get some gifts at the night market, drink boba, and say goodbye.

The crew enjoying one more boba trip before parting ways
Me and Hannah during sunset at Hồ Tây (West Lake) in Hà Nội

Even though Sean and I are technically still in Hà Nội, we do not consider this time as vacation since we are both pursuing our own studies/personal ambitions but we’ll talk more about that in a later post. Our time traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hà Nội was filled with delicious foods, new experiences, and amazing friends. To make visualization easier for everyone, I’ve created a map (similar to the one I made in an earlier post) that lays out where we went and for how long. In between destinations we traveled by plane (indicated by dashes on the map), private driver, sleeper train, and bus. Take a look at the map below as well as the photos and links listed below to get an idea of everything we did during this two week trip of a lifetime. 

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Ho Chi Minh City – Nov. 17-21

Sean viewing Sài Gòn from our Airbnb apartment

Đà Lạt – Nov. 22-25

Winding paths of the Crazy House in Đà Lạt

Hội An – Nov. 26-27

Me in front of one of the larger ruins at Mỹ Sơn about an hour from Hội An

Hải Vân Pass – Nov. 28

One of many gorgeous views along Hải Vân Pass

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park – Nov. 29-30

The huge Paradise Cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park

Hạ Long Bay – Dec. 1-2

View from the top of Ti Top Island of classic Hạ Long Bay landscape

Hà Nội – Dec. 3-4

Tran Quac Pagoda near Hồ Tây Lake in Hà Nội

Although our vacation is over, be sure to check back as Sean and I post more about our lives abroad. We’ll have a post up soon about what we’ve been up to in Hà Nội! As always, thanks for following along during our adventures.

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