Friday, September 1, 2017

VIET NAM - travel guide (for solo female travelers)

Sadly, sometimes I cannot cherish a place enough - because there are some negative points that have a too strong impact or I'm not ready for the place or I simply need something different the moment I'm there. And it's only afterwards that I reminisce and realize how cool it actually was.
Viet Nam is a place like this.

Before I went there, I've heard from so many people how great it was and that it was even much nicer than Thailand, so I really looked forward going there, yet I was quite disappointed. Maybe my expectations were so hight because of all the tales.
Anyway, now that I think back, it is quite cool. It's probably due to its political past that it is so very different from the other South East Asian countries, and maybe that's confusing at first, but there are so many good things there, it's absolutely worth it and I think, I'll be back somewhen soon.

For us Europeans having lived with the iron curtain for decades and having witnessed how complicated it was to let bygones be bygones resp. to cope with the past, it's amazing how the people of Vietnam gets over the past, embraces the changes. Actually this difference in dealing with Socialism in comparison with European countries isn't that new. The Vietnamese way seems to be less doctrinal and obstinate. Already the fact that Buddhist monks joined the Socialist fight agains Colonial France and later the American troups shows the different approach. In Europe every form of religion was banned by the Socialist government (according to Marx' saying "Religion is the opium of the people"). Well, in the Far East they obviously find their own way to deal with opium.

Communist propaganda and a Buddhist Temple
Obviously there is enough space for different kinds of faith.

Anyway, it's baffling to see the traditional, naiv, right in your face propaganda at every corner - including the inevitable red flags, pentagrams and hammer and sickle. And right next to it people living their hyper capitalistic reality selling you everything.

Colonial building, communist propaganda and a skyscraper in HCMC
A family picture of Viet Nam's different eras: Colonialism, Communism, and Capitalism .

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam has a population of more than 90 million people living on a  329.560 sq km (about 127,000 sq miles) terrain. While the South and North are low, flat deltas, the central  highlands and the far North towards China are hilly or even mountainous. While the South is tropically hot and humid, the North is noticeably cool and rainy. In Viet Nam you pay with Dong (VND) - that you can convert e. g. on XE.

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A brief history
 of Viet Nam

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  1. Some great info on Vietnam! Thanx for sharing this!

  2. Thank you, Dolf, glad you've liked it.

  3. Glad to hear you enjoyed Vietnam. I am thinking about visiting next year.
    What were some of your favorite places?

  4. Yes, Anisa, I enjoyed it a lot - easy to travel even as a female solo traveller. I've described all the places that I've seen in individual chapters so it will be easy for you to chose - hard to say what was the nicest, actually it was in the mix. If you don't have too much time, I'd skip Mui Ne, it's a dump. I travelled from South up North by bus and plane and did then fly back from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Further questions? Write me! Anyway, happy travels, Renata

  5. Nice, good to see that you enjoyed it in Vietnam. I may go there during my trip to Asia, which is not so soon. Thanks for some extra info for planing

  6. You're welcome, Alexander. Any time you go: Happy travels!

  7. Wow what a great escapade, I'd always wanted to go to Vietnam, the food are just awesome, almost all are my favorites. hope you did enjoy your stay.

  8. I enjoyed Viet Nam a lot - it feels 'closer to life' than for instance Thailand which is rather like an Asian dream land.

  9. I appreciate that you have shared honest feedback and after loking back you have appreciated this location more for how people are despite the historical issues they faced . I liked this details shared alongwith the map . I also want to visit it some day because of the natural beauty in this destination .

  10. It's cool to hear other perspectives of places I've visited. Very keen insights on the communist-capitalist influences in Vietnam. Good read!

  11. An interesting perspective on Vietnam. Thank you for the insightful post!

  12. Taryn and Mary - thank you, I'm glad you appreciate a little more serious writing besides beaches, temples and foods. Encourages me to keep on doing it this way 💖💖💖

  13. The first photo is the best! What a lovely sweet people.

  14. Vietnam looks so beautiful! Well written post!

  15. We were in Vietnam 4 years ago and absolutely loved it. Even though we didn't get to visit a few places, we would love to go back. The food is fantastic there!

  16. Lovely post that throws light on the city's culture from a different perspective. Nice pictures and very helpful tips. Thanks for sharing1 :)


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