Opinion: Vietnam is South-East Asia’s gem

Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam.

This city is situated in the heart of the country, and today is a very modern cosmopolitan city.

I am writing this column from my hotel room on a stopover during a visit to Vietnam.

This is my second trip to this part of the world and like my first visit two years ago, I have been captivated by the country.

I love travel and have had the good fortune to visit various corners of the globe.

Europe has always fascinated me, and continues to do so, but I never thought I would enjoy travelling in Asia.

Why? I don’t really know; it just has never been enticing for me.

So, a couple of years ago when I was asked to assist with a school trip I was a little sceptical, if not apprehensive, but decided to give it a crack.

Well, I’m glad I did.

Vietnam was certainly not what I expected, and the second time around I have only been reassured this place is a must.

From the Mekong Delta to beautiful Hoi An, and up to the amazing Ha Long Bay, this tiny part of former French Indo China is indeed the gem of South-East Asia.

Fiorenza enjoys a ride along the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Hoi An is a town that has been captured in time.

In fact, it is world heritage listed. Its old bridges, 300-year-old homes and street upon street littered with lanterns makes Hoi An something special.

It simply sings to your soul.


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Picture: Peter Fiorenza

Just halfway through my trip, I’m excited for what’s around the corner.

And even though I’m looking forward to more experiences in sights, tastes and sounds, there is one thing that rises above all this.

And that is the wonderful people that truly make Vietnam the gem of South-East Asia.