WHEN IN VIETNAM…
In a few days time, I’ll have been living in Ho Chi Minh City for eight months. Check out my interview on being an expat in Vietnam with Expat Arrivals. This marks the halfway point in our 16 month overseas stint in Vietnam. Arriving to this milestone has made me realize I need to get to work on the bucket list I created waaaay back in February!
What is a bucket list?
A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.
Why a Vietnam bucket list?
Well, for starters, I freaking love lists as you can see from the ‘Wanderlists‘ section of the blog. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing exactly what needs to be accomplished. Basically, creating to-do lists is a goal setting practice, one everyone would be better off adopting. But especially for travelers, having bucket lists demonstrates what dreams we have and what we expect to takeaway from adventures we’ve put an incredible amount of time, energy, and money towards.
When I was in Korea two years ago, I neglected to do my research and ended up missing out on a lot of amazing experiences and destinations. Without a bucketlist, I just felt like I had no real plan of action, meaning there was no real investment on my part. So I promised myself that when in Vietnam, I would be more dedicated to seeing what it had to offer.
The next eight months are going to be full of exploring!
Getting back on our feet from the 7 month long backpacking trip meant that up to now, Tim and I barely have gone around the country. But that isn’t to say we’ve been completely stationary. We’ve done the Mekong Delta, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and Mui Ne. Tomorrow, I’ll be headed up to the capital, Hanoi, for my first ever business trip, researching the main attractions and eating at Bun Cha Huong Lien made famous by POTUS Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain.
And in November, I’ll be headed up to Hoi An and Hue, then Tim and I are planning a Ha Long Bay holiday excursion. It’s an ambitious list but at least I have a written guideline of what to do with the rest of these eight months!
I’ll be posting up links to blog posts related to each task once I complete them 😉 Also, if you’d like to follow my travels in Vietnam, head on over to @thenextsomewhere on Instagram with the #wheninvietnam. Stay tuned and wish me luck!
✓ Sail around Ha Long Bay (Completed 4.30.17)
Got to do Halong Bay twice this year! Once with my family, and once with Tim! Thank you Bhaya Cruise Lines and The Paradise Group for the amazing experience.
Halong BAE. Two natural world wonders with this hottie and five more to go! Halong Bay, Vietnam • • • • • #thephotocollective #halong #halongbay #worldwonder #surprisecave #bhayacruises #auco #adventure #playingtourist #vietnamcharm #ontheroad #exploremore #travelstoke #wheretonext #thenextsomewhere #discoverymode #igtravel #vietnam #iamtraveler #welltraveled #doyoutravel #traveldiaries #cntraveler #thetravelmag #naturepics #awesupply #tourtheplanet #iamtraveler #fromwhereistand
☐ Learn Conversational Vietnamese
✓ Send a letter from Saigon Post Office (Completed 2.13.16)
Tim took me to the post office for Valentine’s Day this year. Buy some of the beautiful pop-up lasercut cards outside. One card costs 20,000 VND.
When the boyfriend takes you to Saigon Central Post Office because it was designed by Gustave Eiffel (you know, of the Eiffel Tower fame) and because he knows you love mail just as much as you love him. ❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Do things you love with the people you love! @timothylee84 love you long timeeee #hellosaigon #mylove #urbanexploring #hochiminhcity #travelmore #valentinesday #bettertogether
✓ Roam the tunnels of Cu Chi (Completed 2.13.16)
I’ve been to both Cu Chi Tunnel Entrance sites — Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc but I much prefer Ben Duoc.
Crouching tiger status in the Cu Chi Tunnels. Not for the claustrophobic. Check out the latest #blogpost on my Vietnamese #bucketlist Cu Chi, Vietnam #linkinbio #vietnamazing #wheninvietnam #ilovevietnam #cuchi #cuchitunnels #sheexplores #recordmore #exploremore #girlvsglobe #wheretonext #thenextsomewhere #playingtourist #expatlife #touristattraction #learningnewthings #historycomealive #travelblogger
☐ Trek through Sapa to meet the Hill Tribes
✓ Go canyoning in Dalat (Completed 4.25.17)
Went rapelling down a crazy waterfall amidst some abnormal rain patterns in Dalat with Groovy Gecko Tours making for a fabulous time!
✓ Surf the Sand Dunes of Mui Ne (Completed 9.3.16)
There are two sets of sand dunes in Mui Ne — the white sand dunes and the red sand dunes. These are the white sand dunes.
Desert warriors • conquering Mui Ne one dune at a time credit: @jamiliann Mui Ne, Vietnam #muine #ilovevietnam #weekendgetaways #phanthiet #vietnamazing #sheexplores #theglobewanderer #awesupply #worldofwanderlust #earthfocus #worldcaptures #girlvsglobe #placestovisit #travelblogger #traveletting #darlingescapes #instatravel #travelstoke #wheretonext #thenextsomewhere
✓ Cheers with the Locals while Sipping Bia Hoi (Completed 10.1.16)
☐ Traipse around the Ancient City of Hué
✓ Soak in the Culture of Hoi An (Completed 11.23.16)
✓ Take a Cyclo Ride around the Old Quarter of Hanoi (Completed 10.2.16)
✓ Canoe Down The Mekong Delta (Completed 5.1.16)
Visited the Mekong Delta at the beginning of May and it was the hottest I’ve ever been in my whole life!
☐ Learn how to ride a motorbike
✓ Cook a multi-course Vietnamese meal (Completed 11.20.16)
☐ Ride the Reunification Express from North to South
For more bucket lists, check out…
- My India Bucket List by Hippie in Heels
- The Ultimate South Korea Bucket List by Two Wandering Souls
- World of Wanderlust’s Bucket List series
- The Ultimate Italian Bucket List by Adventure at Work
- 22 Things To Do: Tokyo Bucket List by Bucket List Journey
Do you have anything that I should add to the list? Do you have a bucket list of countries you’ve visited/lived in? If so, comment below. xoxo Izzy
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