Upon planning our first trip to SE Asia, I was a little overwhelmed. Trying to explore a large corner of the world, with a culture that is completely different from my own, and with a myriad of places to see, left my head spinning. My Pinterest travel page filled up rapidly. I looked at my husband and told him, "We're going to need at least 6 months to see all of these places in Asia!" Well, unfortunately, spending six months traveling just wasn't a reality for either of us.
My first confession for you is that I went to SE Asia and did NOT go to Halong Bay or Angkor Wat. For that reason, you won't find them on this list. Crazy, right?! I mean, these places are established as two of the biggest wonders of the WORLD, let alone the region of Southeast Asia!
Vietnam is an extraordinary country.
What blew me away the most about Vietnam was its authenticity. It's a country made for tourists--but not in a forced-fun and gimmicky type of tourism. It appeals to travelers without even trying. The country is easy to navigate, friendly, safe, and breathtaking. It's completely genuine--a well-preserved gem.
If you're thinking of going to Vietnam, let me just say how excited I am for you!
Emily & Jet: Our travel is modest, but packed with adventure. Cheap, but not hostel-cheap. Romantic, but exciting and memorable. We take little, but grand, adventures together to grow in love and life experience.