Vietnam, Day 1
My last post on Vietnam is here. Day 1 merges with my last post because I don't like my posts being too long. As I said previously, I didn't feel any travel anxiety when I first arrived in Vietnam. Usually, I panic a lot, and find it extremely stressful. The hotel/villa I stayed in arranged for airport pickup straight to the hotel, so David and I didn't need to wait around for a taxi or a bus. It was so smooth, the guy picked us up, and then an hour later, we were dropped off at the hotel.
On our first day, we hired bikes from the hotel for $15 each. It was the best way to get around and scout the place for the first day. There were options to rent scooters too, but we're both rookies and I would rather not attempt riding around a new city. Everyone in HoiAn rode scooters, there were more scooters than pedestrians sometimes.
Sadly, the first day was rather dull and rainy. Bikes were not the best option, because we had to abandon the bikes to find shelter in a cafe. We explored the old town of HoiAn, but we didn't really stop anywhere as we just wanted to see where everything was. It was so beautiful, I fell in love with Vietnam straight away.
The hotel I stayed at was about 15 minutes walk from the centre of HoiAn. It was hustle and bustling! There were so many people from market sellers, boat people and of course tourists. There were a lot of tourists, the place is a honey trap for people. I enjoyed it though and because of all the tourists, I felt at ease, because they were all having a good time.
After a little time exploring the town at 3pmish, I decided that I was hungry. I realised that I hadn't eaten since 2am the night before when I ate a couple of bites of burger. It was starving, so we decided to eat at the hotel. They did home cooked food, so we thought they would be just as good as other places, also it was easier to pay them at the end of our trip. I had the pho, because I love pho! David had the Vietnamese pancakes. I have no idea what it's called in Vietnamese but it was amazing. His consisted of egg and meat. They also came with rice paper which you wrapped the pancake up with.
After lunch, we chilled and showered then we both walked into the main town, it wasn't that far. The only problem was, as we were walking the street lights and all of the house lights switched off. As I walked down the street, I could hear karaoke, and all the other things but then suddenly, dead silence. Some guy decided to scare me as I was vlogging, it was so funny. I didn't know why they shut the lights off but now I do.
Vietnam have scheduled power cuts and every Sunday at a certain time, they cut the power to a part of HoiAn. I think it's to save power as they run on hydro power.
That night we mooched around the town, ate some dinner at a Vietnamese place. It's so hard choosing food when you are a food maniac! I wanted everything but I opted for the papaya salad, which was amazing.
The first night was great, words can't describe how much I loved it, I hope my vlog does, but its just some b-rolls and a tiny bit of speaking.
Stay tuned for my other Vietnam posts!