Vietnam was pretty much exactly like Top Gear made it out to be. Before visiting, many people told me Hanoi was a quiet city and Saigon was chaos. People said Vietnam becomes calmer and friendlier the further north you go.
This leg of the Vietnam trip was meant to start in Hoi An, but unfortunate timing in a lot of places meant a brief stay in Da Nang was the only affordable option before heading down to Hoi An… then back up through Da Nang to Hue.
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.