Saigon is a city with more to offer than bars and restaurants like most cities, which makes it a great stop to begin or end your Vietnam journey with. The city has recovered well since the war, but still offers plenty to see if you’re there to learn more or experience some history of the country’s struggles during that time.
Before visiting Bangkok, you’ll probably be pretty excited by what it has to offer. After a few days, you’ll hate it. If you’re there for a long period of time, you’ll probably love it. Bangkok is a bit of a horrible city, but one you can get used too and choose to enjoy once you know it a bit better. Unfortunately, both of my visits were short enough to be stuck in the same crap as most tourists and I wouldn’t return for the city itself.
When Megabus started offering £20 trips to Europe I hopped aboard an overnight shuttle to Cologne to explore what was billed as a beautiful student city. Unfortunately I went during a week of torrential downpour and had a bit of a naff time, but I’ll try again one day as there were some incredible sights in this old-styled city.