Postcard from Vietnam
Our AFL girl crushes Melissa Hickey and Katie Brennan say hi from their hols
Greetings from Vietnam! Can’t believe few we’re here! We arrived in Hanoi a days ago and kicked our dream trip it’s off by exploring the city on foot – stunning. Think tea temples, museums, the French Colonial Old Quarter, great shopping and plenty of massage spots. with 12 other We’re on a small-group active trip to experience Vietnam travellers and it’s so much fun hiked through Sapa, a beautiful town together. We’ve of north-west Vietnam, and also in the mountains terraces, large done a longer 15km hike through rice were well off the bamboo plants and cornfields. We and met loads of locals along the way. beaten path adventure: a big, two-day cycle through Another on to Ninh Binh. You lush scenery to Mai Chau and then to a great cyclist to ride here but, true don’t have to be of the rest of the form, Katie was always miles ahead children would group! We rode through villages where of their houses wave and yell ‘hello’ from the windows grins. There’s just something about with the widest barriers and being on two wheels that breaks down countryside life. lets you gain a greater insight into greeted done homestays, where families have We’ve and flavoursome us with feasts – the food is so fresh banana leaf with pork, brown here. Think fish cooked in cha, which is grilled rice and morning glory greens; bun sour sauce; herbs and vermicelli in a sweet and pork with sesame seeds and and then there’s bo bia – sugar cane, One family served coconut flesh wrapped in a pancake. made rice wine). us what they call ‘happy drink’ (locally iced coffee; And we’ve tried the famous Vietnamese for Katie. crazy delicious! But a bit too sweet some of the warmest The Vietnamese people are tour leader, we’ve ever met – especially our amazing gems we never Loc, who’s shown us so many hidden on our own. would have found if we were travelling landscape Halong Bay has been a highlight. The limestone islands topped with is stunning: towering along the rainforests, and gold-sailed boats cruising dream – it needs to be water. It’s like something from a to take believed. We climbed Ti Top Island seen to be views of the bay, and swam and kayaked in 360-degree in the bay. We before sleeping overnight on a boat the boat’s top started the next day with yoga on Bay behind us while we did our deck. Having Halong wake up! Downward Dog was a nice way to Melbourne’s It’s been so good to get away from an incredible dreary weather and experience such Katie and destination with a great group of people. for a big playing in the VFL and gearing up I are wonderful to season for the AFLW, so it’s been new friends during our downtime. unwind and make See you at the footy!