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Old Destination; New Experiences
Old Destination; New Experiences
This past July, I came back to Vietnam for the fifth time. Out of the five, this trip was my most favorite and most enjoyable. Why? I got to experience things and see beautiful places that I would never imagine myself at.
Once I stepped out of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the familiar humid air and warm breezes of Vietnam surrounded me. My family and I all hopped into a taxi (one of the main sources of transportation in Vietnam) and traveled about 9 km to my hometown, Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, we saw many familiar sites like food vendors on the side of the streets, tall buildings stacked next to eachother like books on a shelf, and, of couse, the hundreds and thousands of motorbikes that citizens use for transportation. I got a warm feeling knowing that I was back home after many years. After enjoying a large bowl of phở (Vietnamese noodle soup), my family and I headed to the hotel we would be staying at while we were in Vietnam. The Saigon 7 Ngoi Sao Hotel was quite small, just like all the other buildings in the city. However, it was cozy and comfortable enough for us to stay for a couple of weeks.
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I ate a variety of different foods in Vietnam; ranging from a delicious canh chua ("sour soup") to crispy ca chien (fried fish) bought at the local market. The cuisine in Vietnam is absolutely mouth watering. There are so many spices and flavors, it’s hard to resist. My family and I went to a restaurant in Saigon called Bun Bo Hue 3A3 known for specializing in a spicy Vietnamese soup, Bun Bo Hue (beef and pig's knuckle rice vermicelli). It was so delicious, my family came back for more the next week!
A week after we arrived in Vietnam, my family and I decided to fly to Phu Quoc island to enjoy the beaches and seafood there. We stayed at a 3-star hotel called Thien Hai Son Resort which was a very satisfactory and clean hotel. The time I enjoyed the most, however, was when I got to swim in the relaxing rain. According to Vietnam's weather, it rains every other day for about twenty minutes. The warm water of the ocean was balanced by the cool drops of rain. I would definitely come back just to have that experience again.
After Phu Quoc, my family and I traveled to the Mekong Delta, which gets its brown color from the muddy sand floating in the water. For only a couple dollars, you can go visit destinations along the river on a boat with other travelers. Our trek through the “Unicorn Island” was the first time I got to see such a jungle-like place. While sitting on one of the row boats guided by local villagers, you can't help but to sit in silence, looking at all the trees and leaves, and listening to the sounds of the birds. The view was also spectacular; the muddy orange river water contrasted so well with the blue sky. The experience of also buying fruits while in the boat was also something new! The floating market gave us opportunities to purchase food without getting out of the boat. After a satisfying day, our last destination on our Vietnam trip was back to the 3-star Saigon Can Tho Hotel in Mekong to gather strength to come home back to America.
This unforgattable trip allowed me to appreciate the beautiful things in the world; the rich cultures and gorgeous sites to see.