[PICS] Dorothy’s Vietnam Vacation!!!

I’m back from Vietnam and had the best time! I was there for 10 days and got to meet my dad’s side of the family for the first time, and I squeezed in a lot of sight seeing.

Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Saigon (photo by Dorothy Tran)

Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Saigon (photo by Dorothy Tran)

Independence Palace (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Independence Palace (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

 

Saigon was crazy packed!!!! There are people and cars/motor bikes EVERYWHERE!! Traffic is an organized chaos… no one follows the lights, everyone just goes all at once, but never once did I see a car crash. Everyone honked their horns, but I realized that honking is a way of communication. When cars/motor bikes honk they’re saying, “Hey, I’m over here on your left/right” rather than saying “move!”

The streets of Saigon were full of street vendors like this (photo by Dorothy Tran)

The streets of Saigon were full of street vendors like this (photo by Dorothy Tran)

I met up with one of my friends from middle school, Loc, who lives in Saigon now, and he took us to eat some street food. It was sooo BOMB!!! We had duck tongue and chicken hearts. I know it’s sounds gross but it was so flavorful!!

I met up with my friend from middle school, Loc (pictured in the center) and a few of his friends. (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

I met up with my friend from middle school, Loc (pictured in the center) and a few of his friends. (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The chicken hearts were really juicy! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The chicken hearts were really juicy! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Delicious duck tongue (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Delicious duck tongue (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

While I was in Saigon, we took a 3 hour drive to a little beach town called Lagi. That’s where my dad is from and I got to meet some of my family for the first time, and got to see the house where my dad grew up!

My 82- year- old aunt was really sweet. Right when I walked in, she grabbed my hand, squeezed it, and walked me straight into the living room and we talked.

Met my aunt for the first time! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Met my aunt for the first time! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

When we got there my cousin had this full cooked meal for us with a bunch of different dishes. It was really good! went to the beach there (which was beautiful), went to my grandparents grave and paid respects. Steven and I rode a moped around the town. My cousin took us to this really cool cafe that overlooked the river. We had iced coffee and watched people fishing and swimming in the water.

My cousin spent all morning on a delicious home cooked meal for us (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

My cousin spent all morning on a delicious home cooked meal for us (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Steven and I with my cousin, Huong. (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Steven and I with my cousin, Huong. (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The beach in my dad's hometown, Lagi (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The beach in my dad’s hometown, Lagi (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Selfie! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Selfie! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The view of the river from the Coffee Shop (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The view of the river from the Coffee Shop (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

We went to see my grandparents and paid our respects (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

We went to see my grandparents and paid our respects (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

No matter where you looked, there were cows everywhere! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

No matter where you looked, there were cows everywhere! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

After Saigon, we went to Hanoi, which is the capital of Vietnam and it’s in the northern part of the country.

I ate the best meal of the trip there. It’s called bun cha. It’s noodles served on the side with a bowl of soup that has BBQ pork in it. SO. DELICIOUS.

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Bun Cha (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Bun Cha (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

I wish I had more time in Hanoi because there were some historical things that I didn’t get to see.

From Hanoi, we went to Ha Long bay and went inside the most beautiful cave ever. It that was formed over 500 million years ago. The bay has all of these huge limestone formations. We took a one day boat cruise that was really nice.

Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Inside one of the caves at Ha Long Bay (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Inside one of the caves at Ha Long Bay (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

After visiting two cities and being on the go constantly, Steven and I finally got to have some time to chill on the beach on the island of Phu Quoc.  It was sooooooooo nice there! ‘

Snorkeling at our resort Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Snorkeling at our resort Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Snorkeling at our resort Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Snorkeling at our resort Ha Long Bay! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The sunset in Phu Quoc (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The sunset in Phu Quoc (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

We booked a private beachfront villa. The water was so clear and warm. The resort provided free breakfast every day. There’s a famous Night Market there and we had dinner there every night. They had such fresh seafood!

We rented a moped on the first full day so we could explore the island. We wanted to go hike to this waterfall, but we couldn’t find it. We ended up driving around the island and went down this dirt road. What we didn’t know is that the road just opened after the rainy season so it had been closed for 6 months. 60% of the road was still really muddy and we got stuck! The road would be clear, then it’d get muddy and I’d have to jump off, and push as Steven tried to rev outta there. Steven ended up in knee deep mud one time. It took us 4 hrs to get back to a town, and by that time we were covered in mud. The locals looked at us all crazy and laughed. This old lady offered to give me a pair of her pants so I wouldn’t have to be dirty.

The dirt road was a muddy one! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The dirt road was a muddy one! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

This was after they started to wash off the bike (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

This was after they started to wash off the bike (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

After all of that we did end up finding the waterfall, and it was so worth it! It was so beautiful and the water was soooooo refreshing.

Suoi Tranh waterfall! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

Suoi Tranh waterfall! (Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

(Photo by Dorothy Tran)

The next day we went scuba diving and it was amazing!!!! We swam over all of these coral reefs. I felt like we were in the opening sequence of Finding Nemo. The coral was colorful, there were a ton of tropical fish and different types of schools of fish. We saw a lot of jelly fish just lounging and getting cleaned by little fish. A really cool experience.

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On our last day at Phu Quoc went to the famous Sao beach! The sand was white, the water blue/green and so warm! I got to take a nap on the beach too.

It was such a great trip! Steven and I went on a lot of adventures, ate a lot of good food, and made a lot of memories to last a lifetime.

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