When planning Vietnam, I heard Halong Bay was a must-see. After all, it is a UNESCO World Heritage and New Seven Wonders of the World site. So I did my research (searching Google Images) to see if it was worthy of my time and in an instant I knew I needed to see to go.
This afternoon I returned to Hong Kong after five days traveling Hanoi and Halong Bay Vietnam. I can already say I miss it. The chaotic streets, incredible food, and vibrancy of the Old Quarter are simply unsurpassable. There’s something unique and special I connect with when walking past hundreds of motorbikes, on streets forged with character and history, and a society that has developed in its own way without the rules or regulation that envelopes Western culture.
To be honest, when I was boarding my flight from Hong Kong to Vietnam, I was a little apprehensive. Planning Vietnam isn’t as easy as some other destinations, such as Hong Kong, Thailand, or even China. The visa process is opaque, there’s a lot of negative reviews for experiences and certain destinations, and some travel bloggers blatantly say they won’t return.
All of that being said, upon arrival in Vietnam, I knew I was going to love this place.