I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City the same day that President Trump arrived in Hanoi. From what I understand from Vietnam’s point of view it was a positive thing as his visit makes the world more aware of Vietnam.
I only cycled in the south of Vietnam – which was flat. I had just over two weeks to get to the Vietnam Cambodian border Vietnam. The traffic is busy in Ho Chi Minh City. I had to learn not to stop or freeze at junctions, roundabouts or crossing and to just keep on moving and weave in between traffic; the traffic was crazy but I enjoyed it.
I visited the Vietnam War Museum, which was really well done.
I didn’t really know much about the country, like for example that it was communist and that there was at one point a trade embargo between the US and Vietnam.
I loved the food and coffee. There were coffee shops everywhere. People were really really friendly, for example one restaurant owner after giving me loads of food wouldn’t let me pay for my meal. I enjoyed going to non-touristic towns and cities where people tried to communicate with me because they were curious as to what I was doing in that town.
They have floating markets.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are an extensive a network of underground tunnels used by the Vietnamese during the first and second Indochina wars.
Crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia I luckily managed to avoid the scams that they have in place to try and charge visitors for stamping their passport.