Originally we had intended to take the train from Ho Chi Minh city out to Nha Trang, on the east coast of Vietnam with the journey taking about 6 hours. However, with the flights being $40USD (and cheaper than the train) it made sense to do the 40 minute flight. I’d barely tightened my seatbelt and we were landing.
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.
Our experience in Siargao had many ups and downs, it was certainly a memorable time in the 9 days we were there. Facebook and this blog are easy ways to make traveling look like a lot of fun but I’ve struggled to be so out of routine, with a holiday you know you have a set time to relax but traveling and working is different. Many of the products of routine such as food in the fridge, workout routines, favorite coffee spot, cheap shops etc aren’t there and the simple tasks take more precedence like where are we going to stay next, what flights need booking etc. I’m certainly not complaining but I’m finding the adjustment takes awhile!