How to Escape from Saigon

Saigon and Hanoi are the big cities but…

Getting out of Saigon is likely to get you closer to the real travel experience of Vietnam. You get to see the countryside but more importantly you get to meet people who are not necessarily in the hospitality business.

Don’t get me wrong about Saigon! It’s a great city of 8 ½ million inhabitants with lots to see and experience but it’s not Vietnam.

In this video I stay in a homestay with a Vietnamese family in the Mekong Delta. Ben Tre is a small town of 150,000 people. It’s famed for two things: the Vietnam War was believed to have started here and they grow a lot of coconuts.

The bus from Saigon took only 3 hours and they passed quickly in a comfortable bus looking at the countryside. I think you would enjoy the trip.



  1. Great post John, really enjoyed that, I am certainly sick of the hustle and bustle of the big cities in Asia that I visited, nice to see that a quiet time can be had.

    1. Hello Remi Arsene
      Just looked at your site. The photos are really nice and your travels are very extensive.
      Very enjoyable but I think you should have a website-looking site rather than a blog-looking site.
      My plan to relocate to Saigon has totally evaporated!
      I hope you are not feeling trapped by C19 like I am. Still there are videos and photos to look at.
      Good health and luck.

  2. I do believe all the ideas you have introduced in your post.

    They’re really convincing and will certainly work.

    Still, the posts are very brief for beginners. May you please lengthen them a little from
    subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

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