Some of my western friends define Vietnam as the place to go while visiting South East Asia. Kinda like how France is in Europe. There must be a base to it, it might be because of the war stories (Paris for me was based on reading chick-lits) but it’s a generalization. South East Asia is much more than Vietnam. It’s the potluck Singapore, the richness of religious culture Malaysia, the Hindu influenced Cambodia and let’s not forget the lush rainforest of Borneo Indonesia.
Back to Vietnam, I tried so hard to like it, but it was staring at a city like Jakarta a decade ago. I have been there. I have seen it. A decade ago.
I toyed with the idea that it might be just Ho Chi Min City. Maybe Hanoi or Da Nang might be different.