15.11.2012 - 15.11.2012
I have now been in vietnam for about a week and a half. Upon arrival it did not take long for me to observe some differences between cambodia and vietnam. Vietnam is more developed and I would say more advanced than Cambodia. "Western" toilets are pretty much everywhere, most people have electricity, there is toilet paper in most bathrooms...Etc
Along with these new found conveniences I also noticed a difference in the people. Many vendors here in Vietnam are much more aggressive and they are also not shy to ask for tips. Once you get used to this aspect Vietnam is beautiful! So far I have been to Saigon, Cu chi tunnels,a village along the Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, hoi An, Hue and now I am in hanoi.! Tomorrow I go to Halong Bay ! We have made our way making up the coast of vietnam. It has also been nice to see the changes from the south to the north as there are some noticeable differences in the people, way of life etc.
Vietnam is a gorgeous country that has so much to offer: history, culture, great food, beautiful coastline, lots of beautiful spiritual structures, great cycling opportunities, nice mountains,endless markets, fairly laidback lifestyle, good party scene.. Etc
I would definitely recommend checking this country out...
However, be sure to stand your ground when it comes to dealing with vendors. Always count your change (it is rare that I have received the right change but i am always watching so I catch it). And make sure to negotiate things beforehand!