Captivated by Vietnam

Captivated by Vietnam
A woman rows on the Thu Bon river in Hoi An Pic: Getty

Taking a leisurely trip through Vietnam, Susan Mitchell discovers the ancient and the new, soaks up the atmosphere, is invigorated by Saigon and enchanted by Hoi An

Vroom, vroom, vroom. Whether it’s the roar of motorbikes, bustling streets, noisy street food sellers or the coffee shops adorning every corner, there is something invigorating about Ho Chi Minh City, or what locals and expats call Saigon.

Our expectations for Vietnam had been tempered by a visit to Phu Quoc Island, our starting point, which lies about 50 kilometres off the south-west coast of the mainland.

Dubbed the pearl of Vietnam and a hidden...

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