Ok let’s not take this literally. I don’t mean that we’ve actually walked from city to city, I’m not that fit.
What I mean is that we haven’t got one taxi in the whole of Vietnam, we have walked everywhere, yes I’m very proud of myself.
Every site, every museum, every park and every market. Our legs have done a lot of walking and every glide was worth it.
We only had four exceptions, but all were very necessary.
Here’s the whole city to city part. Vietnam is 1000 miles in length from North to South, it would probably take a while to walk.
Remember my post about Thangs easy riders in Phong Nha; the ex-hunters who take you around on bikes for the day? We used transport then, as the National Park is too long to walk and too dangerous for bicycles, so we had no choice but to drive to see the sites.
Ha Long Bay & Cu Chi tunnels
The tunnels are built a 2.5 hour drive out of Saigon, and Ha Long Bay is a 4 hour drive west of Hanoi. So both are only really walkable if you have a spare few days and want to camp along the way.
We’re helping the environment – We’ve had no real contribution to pollution here (I think they have enough of that, what with all he motorbikes).
We’ve saved money – with no pennies spent on cabs each day, we’re have lots spare in the kitty to either indulge or save for a future activity.
You get to know people better – When you have company along the way, you have endless amounts of time to really gets to know the person/people you’re with. Que the ‘what did you want to be when you were younger?’ type questions.
Your keeping fit – Did you know that most people burn 120-160 calories per kilometre. That means in 10 kilometres you’ve burned a women’s full day of calorie intake, crazy hey.
Best of all..
You don’t realise your exercising – there thought of exercising pains me. I want to be thin but refuse to work hard to get a good body, so subconcious exercise is the way forward.
It’s been lots of fun, and surprisingly you don’t realise how far you go, I haven’t even moaned about the walking; can you believe that??
The not so pro’s
Safety on the roads – Some areas do not have a pavement so you have to walk beside the road. Just stay alert at all times and walk against the traffic so that you can see everything coming in front of you.
The noise – Vietnamese people just love to beep their horns, a 4 hour walk on main roads can start to give you a headache.
It takes up time – On foot is not advised if you’re on a tight schedule, but hey I’m a traveller, all we have is time.
Pat on a back, well deserved I think. I challenge you to try it yourself!
Pop on your walking shoes, grab a water from the VMart and go and explore. You never know what you might find!