The last from Vietnam, highs and lows + a photo diary

Greetings, friends!

What is up? Looking forward to sharing a last Vietnam post (I've also written about it here and here with you (with some DOPE pictures that I’m proud to have taken on my camera!) I’ll also be doing a guide for Vietnam, and posting it under Travel Guides, so be on the lookout for that.

I have to say, that will be a huge time suck, because I want to give you EVERYTHING you need if you wanted to do time in Vietnam. It’s a tricky country with a lot of things that I learned so these tips will be super helpful.

Also P.S. I just finished the Morocco travel guide, which is really thorough, so that will be up on travel guides for you to see by Friday. Super accurate, thorough and tested, if you want to go to Morocco anytime soon, just email me and we can talk about any questions or anything like that.

I think a highs and lows is the best way to summarize the last few weeks.

(I also made the tour group that we were with do a highs and lows at the last dinner, HA. All sixteen of us going through highs and lows over spring rolls and fried rice LOL).


Highs:

The people

I don’t know how to begin with how kind the Vietnamese people are. EVERY SINGLE kid under the age of 13 was cutely yelling ‘hello’ (in English) when we passed by and basically every person I interacted with had a smile on their face.  There is such a focus on family and a prioritization of the family unit, it was quite a contrast to my family, and the American family really. Families who are super independent and like mine, living all over the country. We leave when we’re 18, they stay at home when they get married, and even when they have kids. I think about half of my snaps were of the kids waving and saying hi, being cute as shit.

Being in the flow

Nothing like traveling to get you in the flow. Being in the flow is the state of being completely present and in the moment. Not thinking about what emails you need to respond to, about what you’re doing later that day. It’s the full focus on the person/place/thing where you are. It’s truly one of the best feelings there is. You’re also in the flow when you’re doing something creative, that you’re truly passionate about.


Lows:

Being disconnected

This was sort of sad, but also I can attribute to the good things happening in my life that I want to stay up on. I felt super behind with blogging, emails, life stuff and friends and really just kept up to post via social media. It’s super fun to share, but my perspective of things changes when I’m in the social media ‘zone’. If I am, then I will see things through the lenses of social media rather than as they are. Like, this is a beautiful Instagram or funny snap, vs. taking it as it is in the moment. But I was inspired that I WANTED to be blogging or sharing my experiences rather than just glad that I was away from the world I am trying to create for myself at home.

Anyone else feel me here?

The food (at times)

I know that traveling vegetarian is a bit harder, you have to tell people you’re with and make them aware of it, and just keep food on you like nuts and bars. Vietnamese food, like most, is based a lot on meat/seafood, so there was a lot that I wasn’t about to try or eat. Although everyone was super accommodating (Buddhists eat vegetarian all the time and the majority of the culture are Buddhists), you can only eat so much tofu dishes. Huge fan of our food in America, to be honest, we are spoiled with options and healthy choices.


Recap of the places we visited

Hanoi: Oldest city in Northern Vietnam, super populous and full of history. Not exactly my favorite place in Vietnam, but worth spending a few days. Like Bangkok in Thailand, or say, Times Square in New York City. Can be too much at a point.

Ha Long Bay: Insanely gorgeous, and when you see Vietnam photos you probably see this one. Ominous islands inside a bay full of jungle animals and overnight yachts. A must see.

Hue: Love Hue (pronounced whey) it’s a tiny village, that’s super welcoming and has lots of interesting things to see.

Hoi Ann: A beach town that’s growing pretty rapidly and has a lot of architecture that’s French/American. Lots to do here and I LOVED the city. Tourists and shopping felt super comfortable.

Da Nang: Another good one, super close to Hoi Ann on the beach.

Ho Chi Min City (previously known as Saigon): Most populous city in Vietnam, it’s south and gets pretty hot at all times. There’s everything you need in a big city here, every type of food, clubs, shopping and things to do. Lots of traffic, too.


Again, I’ll write a full guide soon, but it was truly an incredible and life changing trip. It was one of those where I’m back in L.A. like, what just happened? Where am I? 

Over two weeks is truly an optimal trip time, ha. It’s like when you’re at the point when you’re done with a place and ready to be back home.

Vietnam, I love you for the beaches, people, places and things, but L.A. I’m so glad to be back.

Do you guys have any good trips planned? Have you been on a vacation where you’re feeling so content with it, that you were ready to get back to life?

Also let me know if you have questions, etc. Looking forward to chatting with you more this week.

Xo

Krista