Top Gear Special, Vietnam – Pt.1

I don’t necessarily believe in fate. After a week’s road trip, top gear style, through some of the remote parts of Vietnam, I might have to!

In my first post on Vietnam, at our arrival in Ho Chi Minh city, I explained that my justification for visiting this country was entirely based on a 1-hour BBC entertainment show produced eight years prior to our visit – Top Gear. The show’s presenters, Clarkson, Hammond, and May, made the trip through Vietnam on scooters, much to my delight. Aside from the comedy of three middle-aged men, in loud coloured suits, on scooters trying to traverse the roads of Vietnam I was moved by the scenery of this country and the thought of a road trip in, what was, such a remote location. I even made Lou watch the Top Gear special so she could appreciate the very British combination of banter and road trips.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Pt.2

We continued our stay in Ho Chi Minh at a serviced apartment towards the south side of District 1 by agreeing to a 3 week stay. Our host Henry showed us a nice, small apartment down one of the many side streets in the city. Apartment might be a strong word for it – it’s really just a large bedroom with a bathroom. For anyone looking to rent in Ho Chi Minh I’d recommend checking out a few places first, either via a local agent or Airbnb. We liked the location of this apartment and at approx $400USD per month it’s a cheap way to stay here. Included with the room is a cleaner every week and laundry service.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Pt.1

Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon, is located in the south of Vietnam. Lou had no real reason or intention for coming here other than because I wanted to. And why did I want to come to Vietnam? The episode of Top Gear I had watched some 8 years prior still filled my head with imagery of what a beautiful country Vietnam must be – I loved watching the presenters fool around on bikes whilst creating a very memorable road trip. Unlike Lou, who will research a destination, chat to Airbnb hosts and check out activities, I decided to provide some counterbalance. I did nothing. We would just turn up and figure it all out in true Top Gear style.

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