At the end of 2017 I needed to escape. With all that had happened in the year I was dreading dealing with the Christmas & New Year period; celebrating was the last thing I wanted to do. I decided to go somewhere that didn’t do Christmas and that even had a different New Year. I had missed Vietnam on my previous travels through South East Asia so now was the ideal time to correct that oversight.

I booked a flight into Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) a week before Christmas and a flight home from Hanoi just under three weeks later. I booked the first 3 nights accommodation in Ho Chi Minh so I’d have somewhere to stay when I landed, but the rest of my transport and accommodation I’d do when I was there. The plan was that the details of travelling would keep me busy, as it had when I travelled round the world.

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