Sometimes you get a wonderful group when you sign up for a group tour. My group in Vietnam was awesome and we had a blast being silly!
I drove a motorbike through the mountains of northern Vietnam with a small, local group. It was a blast! We stayed locally in homestays in small villages.
I took the sleeper bus six hours from Hanoi to Ha Giang. It’s designed for very small people. Being 6’1″, I didn’t fit & was in a lot of pain. Then I was crowded by extra passengers sitting on the floor, smashing me in.
I went on a tour to HaLong Bay from Hanoi. The tour guide told us about problems they have with surrounding countries; drugs, gambling, and human trafficking.
I visited a Vietnamese prison. I thought they did a good job of explaining that people on both sides of the war suffered. I was also able to catch up with a friend from home.
I went on a food tour in Hanoi, where we walked to street vendors and small restaurants. The food was delicious! I strolled around the city, like the train station street.
I flew from Thailand to Hanoi, Vietnam, for the first time. I was staying in old town and the streets were narrow and old. The weather was overcast and cooler than in Thailand.