Family Travel in Vietnam
My former husband is half Vietnamese, with his mother living part time in Vietnam. I suggested that we go and visit her and scored some amazingly cheap tickets through Just Travel (around $300 each, round-trip, from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City).
We ended up having a family rift – my MIL was really volatile – so we went off on our own.
Even without speaking Vietnamese or knowing much beyond Lonely Planet and the internet, we had a blast as a family traveling in Vietnam. The people were kind, transportation was always exciting, the country was thrumming. There was an energy in the air there that I found very appealing.
Vietnamese food is one of my favorite foods in the world. Unfortunately, when we were there, there was a crisis going on in which people were getting freaked out about all the chemicals being sprayed on vegetables. I shrugged it off and ate, but then got sick. Not as sick as my former husband got though, and I was nervous about the kids getting that sick – so we were really, REALLY careful with what we ate, which limited a lot of interesting-looking stuff.
If I went back, I’d be sure to go when the food crisis has cleared up
I’d also go north – I really wanted to see other areas and beaches.
All in all though, it was a fabulous country with lovely people.
Here are the family travel in Vietnam posts that I wrote: