North America, Asia · 11 Days · 35 Moments · June 2017

Sarah's adventure in Vietnam


12 June 2017

What I've learned: I learned that most Vietnamese bathrooms don't believe in toilet paper (they use spray nozzles aka "bum guns"). I learned that there is actually Vietnamese food I haven't tried, and some I wouldn't ever try. They also don't believe in speed limits or right of ways. ๐Ÿšฆ๐Ÿ˜“ Going into this trip, I kind of knew what to expect. However, what you think you know and what you actually experience are two different worlds apart. You don't really FEEL or understand until you actually see and experience first hand what these people go through, what they must do to survive. What we have been blessed with are some of the things they've never even dreamed of. So with that in mind, "... assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, AND realize how blessed you really are."
First "squatty potty" ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ˜ถ It has definitely been a trip full of firsts. First, it was my first time in Vietnam. First trip with people I barely knew (very sweet, kind, and fun, loving people, nonetheless). First Japanese electronic toilet... fancy AF. Ate my first Banh Trang Nuong - Vietnamese pancake in the Da Lat Night Market. Drank my first Sua Hot Ga - Soy Milk with Egg Yolk. Had my first encounter with a cow ๐Ÿฎup in the highlands of Tay Ninh. Cool until it started to approach me ๐Ÿ˜“. I screamed like a little B, yeah so? Had my first encounter with a monkey ๐Ÿ’ doing the stanky leg. And last but not least, I successfully faked NOT being Vietnamese to bargain at Ben Thanh Market in Saigon (you wouldn't wanna know some of the things I heard them say.) Oh, and first fish pedi! ๐ŸŸ
Tallest building in Vietnam

10 June 2017

Saigon Cho Ben Thanh - Saigon Night Market Street Food

9 June 2017

River Cruise, Da Lat
River Cruise, Saigon continued...
The Missionary Team (and random guy who decides to take a selfie when we ask him to take a picture for us ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ“ท- see last pic) continued...
M Gallery Hotel, Saigon continued...
M Gallery Hotel, Saigon OMG the views! ๐Ÿ˜

8 June 2017

Da Lat
Da Lat Flower Park ๐ŸŒบ Ride a ๐Ÿด โœ”๏ธ Ride an ๐Ÿ˜โœ–๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ข
Da Lat Waterfalls continued...
Da Lat Waterfalls continued...
Da Lat Waterfalls

7 June 2017

Da Lat Thien Vien Truc Lam ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
Da Lat Xuan Huong Lake
Da Lat Night Market

6 June 2017

Mission Day 4: Hmong Village continued... My babies! ๐Ÿ˜ Loved them. I think they just used me for my Snapchat filters.
The Missionary Team June 2017 Vietnam
Mission Day 4: Hmong Village continued...
Mission Day 4: Hmong Village continued...
Mission Day 4: Hmong Village continued... 24 year old woman and her 4 adorable children (a set of twins!) ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ... And me ๐Ÿ˜„
Mission Day 4: Hmong Village continued...
Mission Day 4: Hmong Village Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the strongest Hmong them all? ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Sassafras tree- used to make root beer

5 June 2017

Mission Day 3: Da Ploa, Binh Thuan continued...
Mission Day 3: Da Ploa, Binh Thuan Coffee โ˜•๏ธ, tea, pepper trees ๐ŸŒด
Bao Loc Rest Stop Beautiful city without all the touristy feels. Warm, fresh soy milk with fried sweet potato on a rainy night... First fish ๐ŸŸpedi! โœ”๏ธ- That felt weirddddd! Definitely took a minute to get used to.

4 June 2017

Mission Day 1: Tรขy Ninh Orphanage The Children
Mission Day 2: Tanh Linh, Binh Thuan
Mission Day 2: Tanh Linh, Binh Thuan continued... (Scroll left โžก๏ธ) Little boy could give two ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ about who was watching him. ๐Ÿคฃ (Keep scrolling โžก๏ธ)- ๐Ÿต doing the Stanky Leg
Mission Day 1: Tรขy Ninh Orphanage continued... The woman pictured in the black shirt is the heart and soul of this operation. She takes care of 25 orphans with the help of just one other person. Her effort is reciprocated by the children's love, admiration, and respect for her. They ADORE her (if that isn't already obvious). This woman has a heart made of gold.

3 June 2017

We didn't JUST eat and sleep. We put in work too. Mission Day 1: Tรขy Ninh Orphanage
Vietnam Eat, sleep, eat, sleep, REPEAT.
Layover in Japan Didn't get to get out on the town due to an early flight, but I can surely check it off my list, right? Narita, Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตโœ”๏ธ

2 June 2017

En route to Vietnam Longest flight of my life. But, it was absolutely worth it. Departed from XNA. Connecting flight in San Francisco ๐ŸŒ‰. Spent a night in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต, courtesy of United ๐Ÿ™„ (couldn't complain, they didn't do too shabby.)