Landed in Saigon: the Start of Our Vietnam Train Journey

Posted on March 15, 2012 by

Hello from Saigon! We’ve just arrived to the bustling Ho Chi Minh City to begin the next part of our journey. While it’s our second time in this city, we’ve never been to other parts of Vietnam so we’re really looking forward to exploring more of the country. Alberto and I wanted to see Vietnam’s backcountry, and we’re told the best way to do so is by train. We’ll be zipping along the coastline northwards – from Saigon to the beach town of Nha Trang then onwards to Hoi An, Hue, then Hanoi and eventually the mountainous region of Sapa. All in just two weeks (we’re meeting friends in Chiangmai after this) – such a pity I know, but I’m sure we’ll be making full use of our time here. Meanwhile, follow us on our journey as we continue to blog about it – as we pursue this location-independent lifestyle of working on the road. I’ll leave you with some of our snapshots from the streets of Saigon.

Streets of Saigon
Hundreds of scooters converge at a cross junction in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.


Scorpion liquor in Saigon

Bottles of liquor filled with scorpion and snakes

Ben Thanh Market

The bustling Ben Thanh Market

Statue of Ho Chi Minh

A statue of Mr Ho Chi Minh, the father of Vietnam

Scooters in Saigon

Scooter lined up, ready to conquer the streets of Saigon

Boat along Saigon River

A lonesome boat man riding the Saigon River

Junkboat along Saigon River

A junkboat floating along Saigon River

An Lam Saigon River

Our villa at An Lam Saigon River private residence – we’re here on assignment for Jetsetter. This beautiful property sits by the river bank, away from the manic chaos of the city. A perfect setting to escape from the hustle and bustle.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

8 Responses to “Landed in Saigon: the Start of Our Vietnam Train Journey”

  1. John March 15, 2012 10:13 pm #

    Beautiful photos – I love the scooter gang photo!

  2. Emanuele March 16, 2012 2:54 pm #

    I will certainly follow your travels in Vietnam.- Romana and I went there as part of our around the world trip. We'd planned to stay 3 weeks but we ended up renewing our visa and staying almost 2 months. Beautiful country, from south to north. And the countryside is gorgeous. Enjoy!

  3. @usaksarsa March 16, 2012 3:35 pm #

    Am heading to VN in October. Blaze a cool trail. thanks for the photos and whetting the appetite. Will stay tuned.

  4. Skott and Shawna March 16, 2012 4:29 pm #

    We just left Vietnam after spending about 6 weeks there…made it almost everywhere but Sapa. Dalat is also a cool little town if you have time. Have fun!

  5. @AndiPerullo March 17, 2012 7:23 am #

    These pics are fabulous! The villa looks amazing.

  6. Emily in Chile March 17, 2012 9:06 am #

    Sounds like a great adventure!


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