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“You don’t know man, you weren’t there!”

These words, often used by American soldiers to describe their experiences of fighting in ‘Nam, were also the closing words to the Top Gear Vietnam special; carefully selected, as ever, by Jeremy Clarkson.

He’s right though, it is hard to put its beauty into words. In fact, Top Gear was my inspiration for visiting Vietnam. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, Jeremy & Co set off from Ho Chi Minh with 15 million Vietnamese đồng  in their pockets and on motorbikes, reached Ha Long in eight days, basically scaling the length of the country. I made it my goal to do just this (except in reverse).

Vietnam is relatively untouched. It is of course geared up for tourists, but it is yet to become completely westernised, destroying all that is unique and good about it, so it is…

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