My first trip to Vietnam’s “Most Interesting” list

Last week I returned from my first trip to Vietnam, a 10-day mix of business and pleasure.

The most interesting thing I ate was lemongrass snails, which were way larger than any escargot that restaurants have served me in the U.S. and France!
Ho Chi Minh City, Day 1

The most interesting person I met was a 27-year-old Vietnamese gal from Ho Chi Minh City who celebrated her birthday two years ago by embedding a diamond in one of her front teeth — an idea she said she got idea from her American pals!
Vietnam Day 8: Halong Bay and Hanoi

The most interesting habit I noticed was taxi drivers scattered whole, fresh pineapples  throughout their cars as air fresheners. Sweet!
Vietnam Day 9: Hanoi  Vietnam Day 9: Hanoi

Vietnam Day 9: Hanoi  Vietnam Day 9: Hanoi

I documented my other interesting explorations in Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Hanoi, and Halong Bay with more than 1,420 photos — which you can painlessly flit through in 3 minutes and 22 seconds thanks to this rapid-fire video slideshow:


About Nicole C. Wong

Life explorer. Multimedia storyteller. Experience architect. Everything enthusiast. Omnivore epicure. Lindy-hop lover. Living by grace through faith.
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5 Responses to My first trip to Vietnam’s “Most Interesting” list

  1. mattthew says:

    what an interesting story !!!


  2. Thanks! I love exploring! And I wonder which other fresh fruits double as car fresheners in other countries…


  3. Tim says:

    This is very cool. Diamonds in teeth!! You can thank Kanye for that. Did you travel by yourself or a tour operator? I’ve been looking into traveling to Vietnam and found to be informative, though I’m not sure of the cost for these types of trips. Thoughts?


  4. Thanks, Tim. That’s exactly what I and the two other Americans (NY college students) who met her thought: Who are her friends — Kanye West and other rappers?

    I traveled alone and (since this was a last-minute trip) booked a daytrip to the Mekong Delta with Saigon Tourist a few hours before the tour picked me up at 8 a.m. (which is easy to do if you don’t have a large party to accommodate) and booked the overnight trip to Halong Bay with SinhTourist the afternoon before the tour picked me up at 7:30 a.m. My hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and my ex-pat pal in Hanoi recommended these tour operators to me. I lucked out to have fun, enthusiastic locals who spoke a fair amount of English as my guides on both tours. The 39-year-old Saigon guy — and karaoke contest winner! — sang into his microphone (, read passengers’ palms (, and told jokes ( on our 3-hour bus ride back from the Mekong Delta. And the mid-20s Hanoi guy played trivia and always called on us 20 tourists by our full names and countries (excellent memory!) throughout our Halong Bay trip ( My ex-pat pal cautioned me to go with a reputable tour company for the Halong Bay overnight trip because earlier this year a tour group’s boat sunk, drowning its passengers who were aboard sleeping. I recommend both tours that I went on, which should cost between $50 and $100 (varying by tour operator and in accordance with seasonal demand). Hope that helps! Have fun!


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