Countdown to Vietnam: 15 days to go!

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Holy banana boats, the deadline is looming. This year I bought airline tickets for myself and Mom to go to Vietnam.

This will be her fifth and my fourth time back and we’ve been slowly planning our trip for the past few months. You can read about last year’s trip here.

Admittedly we’ve both been a little bit loosey-goosey when it’s come down to this particular adventure but we have all the important stuff pretty much done (except for our plans during the day). I think this is probably because we’ve done a lot of the majorly touristy stuff already.

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Me prancing around the Temple of Literature last year in Hanoi.

We’ll be revisiting four places we’ve been to before – Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City – but also one new place, Mui Ne. As it so happens, it’s monsoon season over in Vietnam at the moment so while we’ll be as usual bringing our lighter clothes, we’ll also be hauling over some rain gear.

Before we go though, we’re heading on a bit of a detour to Paris for a few days where we’ll be living it up in the city. It’s been a pretty long time since Mom and I were in Paris but we’ve always loved it – I think the last time we were there was in 2009.

That being said, the overall trip logistically is a bit of a tricky one because our luggage restrictions to France are just 15kg each but that’s increased to 30kg from Paris to Hanoi with Emirates. And we have to pack for a whole month. So, it looks like we’re going to have to get creative!

Thankfully due to the abolition of the astronomically high roaming charges, I’ll be able to update social media with ease from Paris – this is a NOT SO SUBTLE hint to follow us on Instagram and Twitter by the way. But in Vietnam, I’ll be updating less so because our phones aren’t unlocked and therefore there’s no point in getting a local sim card. THANKS APPLE.

Anyway, I realise this is probably more of a diary-esque rambling than my usual pieces but hey, when you’ve got the flow to write you’ve just got to go for it.


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Una-Minh

Hello! Úna-Minh is a journalist, social media consultant and virtual assistant who loves (you guessed it) TRAVEL. She also feels a bit strange writing in the third person so she'll stop that now. You can find out more about me and my Mammy in the about section of this blog!

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9 Comments

  1. Yeah, when you are in the mood to write, write… we don’t get that drive often hehehe 🙂 I’ve been to Vietnam once, but only in Ho Chi Minh. I hope to be back and visit some other places in the country. Vietnam is calling, says this post. I can’t wait to read the updates.

    1. Haha! This is true. Hope you visit there soon. So much more to see 🙂

  2. I hope you have an amazing time, I spent a month in Vietnam a few years ago but because of a few different circumstances going on at the time I didn’t have the best of times there. However there were some high points but it was just a country I didn’t connect with which was weird as I love SE Asia, and Laos is one of my fave countries. I will however give it another chance and go back one day. I hope you come back with some amazing stories to tell 😀

  3. Sounds great! Sometimes I enjoy the preparation of a trip almost as much as the trip itself.

    1. That’s exactly it! I finally got around to packing my suitcase too

  4. Aww I’m really excited for you both. We haven’t been to Vietnam, but if you’ve been going there repeatedly, I’m sure it a pretty special place. And I can’t wait to follow along. By the way, how long will you be in Paris for? It was our second visit last year and we absolutely loved it. I bet a lot has changed since 2009.

    1. We’re just in Paris for about 3 days! Excited to see the changes for sure.

  5. so cool. Vietnam is so amazing. Been to Ho Chi Minh and Mui Ne and I loved both. Do you want to visit the white and red dunes in Mui Ne? If not yet, put it on your list. It is awesome and not to miss. I´m so excited for you. I´m sure you´ll have a blast there.

    1. Oh brilliant! The sand dunes are definitely on our list. Hoping that we find a good company to go with.

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