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A couple of interesting short facts about Vietnamese people and habits that I’ve noticed so far.
– they speak very loud, especially if they’re with their friends or if they don’t understand you.
– they speak in syllables and don’t understand if you don’t. Cut those words!
– don’t worry of being impolite, the more funny Asian accent you add, the better the result 🙂
– they have a beautiful coffee and sandwich culture, left by the French.
– besides other weird things they eat, bird’s nest soup is one of the weirdest. Made of bird’s saliva, nests are soaked and cooked in a soup that’s supposed to be nutritious and strengthens the libido (seems like
only the weird stuff does).
– although the country has a lot of tourism, people seem to be curious and genuinely friendly.
– the language barrier is strong. Not only that they don’t speak English but thru won’t understand your vietnamese. They will smile a lot, tough. We suggest using hand gestures.
– streets are clean and people don’t spit. I approve!
– their funerals are very open. They last 3 days, marching band comes, there’s music on the speakers with an occasional MC and a cameraman records all.

Oh, pho is a soup with rice noodles, herbs and meat and is a typical dish for Vietnam.

After the tight schedule in Myanmar we wanted to take catch our breath in Vietnam. Having no expectations (except good food :D) of this country we were greeted with a beautiful culture of coffee. We love coffee! Vietnamese love their ice and you get a glass of strong sweet black coffee in a glass full of ice. Yum! They brew Vietnamese coffee with a small filter on the glass so it slowly drips in the glass. The name is ca phe da.
Besides coffee you can buy really good bread. I can’t tell you how good it tastes of 10 months of sweet bread and toasts. French left a culture of sandwiches which you can buy on the go. Cheap and delicious!

We spent 2 days on the outskirts of Vung Tao, a popular beach getaway for Vietnamese. We decided to take the ferry to Con Dao (7$ for an overnight ride, you have a small bed) instead of a 45 min plane ride for 70$. The schedule is uncertain and because of the rough seas from November to March ships don’t leave every day (sometimes even for 5 days). But usually one goes out every few days. After a reeeeaaaally expensive taxi ride from the bus station to the port/ticket office (use the bus!) we just got out and said we don’t have money for the ride back 🙂
The adventure of no-communication began!
With some tongue breaking and extra hand gestures with lots of help of Translate app (listed in our post of the most useful apps), we found a nice and cheap hotel close to port called Nha Nghi. Seems even words like ‘hotel’ don’t get trough (later I learned that you have to say it ‘hôu têu’ and get into it loud and all, they understand it then :D).

After a nice nap we went out to grab dinner. If there are locals, then it must be good, so we sat down and looked at the menu. Squid, snails, crocodile meat, eel. Whaaaaat? We chose a grilled frog and got a pile of raw meat on a plate with some veggies. After looking all baffled at it for a couple of minutes we got a small grill on the table. Phew, I really didn’t want to eat raw frog meat on a Saturday evening. The meat was nice and tender but Mic still somehow chipped his tooth filling. He was worried about finding a dentist so we looked around and asked in a nearby office. He was on the chair and out in 5. The guy said: FWEE (free) and we were again surprised by the sheer kindness of these people.
We recommend staying here for a day or two, not in the center of Vung Tao. People don’t speak English but are so friendly and you’ll have some adventures for sure 🙂

Now we’re currently on Con Son, Con Dao islands in the south. The sea was really rough and if we weren’t drugged with anti-sickness pills we would be puking like all the others around. We can still feel the waves after 12 h off the boat.
At first glance the island is very quiet and calm. The new roads have no traffic and it’s very windy. We’ll rent a bike and drive around to see the beaches and do some hikes.

We have a spotless room. Clean bedsheets. Two towels each. Hot shower. For 10$. It feels soooo good.
We are in Ho Chi Minh city, the capital of South Vietnam. It’s bright, full of bars, street sellers, good food.

What did we do today?
– we ate real bread after 10 months! Yuuuuum.
– we drank 4 delicious Vietnamese coffees and 5 cold beers.
– I wore shorts!
– we saw the biggest market in Ho Chi Minh.
– we saw a war museum and almost cried for couple of times (I’m even more angry with American war strategy) while looking of the pictures of mutilated children

– Mic used soap when showering.

– we had a foot massage.
– we crossed a crazy busy 10 lane street full of motorbikes and survived.

And all in a nice company of a Polish guy, traveling the world, we met in the airport 🙂 Good day.

 

This is our Myanmar all over experience in one movie.

We took two day in Yangon, just relaxing and eating good food. We even went to the cinema and saw Fury, a war drama (I wanted to see John Wick but hey, let’s watch some tanks instead :D). I love Yangon. And Mic even tried fried crickets (not cockroaches, as I first thought). He says crunchy and sweet, eeeeew 🙂

Tomorrow Vietnam! Woop woop!

It’s been already 303 days?? Seems surreal, it’s like we were planning and packing only couple of weeks ago. But then again, even memory of Nepal seems to be a bit hazy by now
We’ve been traveling from January, we’ve visited 6 countries, lost 15 valuable things, shared one deodorant for quite some time, met some beautiful people and seen some crazy things 🙂
More than 20.000 people is following our journey, most from Slovenia, USA, UK, Germany, Brasil and Australia, and were thankful to every one.

We’re looking forward to our next countries and we’re still feeling strong enough to find the interesting places not everybody goes to. Next up is Vietnam!

Myanmar was nice and has a lot of beautiful sights to offer. Maybe we got a bit spoiled or the expectations were too high but we didn’t have the experience we wished for. We love talking to people, trekking, local life and good food. We really didn’t want to miss the classics of Myanmar but they’re so packed with tourists and also very expensive. Maybe we chose a wrong path and should have moved around smaller cities where the people are friendlier, accommodation is cheaper and there’s no tourists. Well, now we know where to go next time 🙂