In 2011 we traveled for ten weeks, from mid January to end March, through Indochina – Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We kept a travelogue-style blog, Travel in Indochina, which for the time being is hosted elsewhere. The Vietnam entries can be found under the March archive of this blog, from Chau Doc, Can Tho and My Tho in the Mekong Delta to Saigon (Ho Chi Min City), and then to Dambri, Dalat, Buon Ma Thuot and Kon Tum in the Highlands and Hoi An, Hue, Danang and Nha Trang on the Vietnamese Coast.

Click here to access the Indochina blog

A reading list on Indochina is included in the blog, but is reproduced here.

Individual locations can be accessed below.


Chau Doc
Pleasant border town in the Mekong delta, to observe life on and along the river.
Can Tho
Large town in the Mekong delta, centre of the floating markets.
My Tho
Nice market town in the Mekong delta, focused on island agriculture.
Ho Chi Min City - Saigon
Vietnam's business capital mixes the colonial past with temples and markets.
Hill station in the Vietnamese Highlands, with an attractive market and lots of other surprises.
Buan Ma Thuot
Stop-over in the Vietnamese Highlands, surrounded by attractive traditional villages.
Kon Tum
Centre of rongs, tall community houses typical for this part of the Vietnamese Highlands.
Central Highlands
The mountainous jungle of the Vietnamese Highlands creates beautiful scenery.
Hoi An
Delightful ancient trading town has found a new life as open air museum cum market.
My Son
Small Champa temple complex, rather run-down but with a special atmosphere.
Vietnam's Imperial City, with palaces and mausoleums.
Big city on the coast, with small but very cute Cham museum.
Nha Trang
Well-organised beach town with picturesque fishing harbour.