We took a break from the blog for a couple of months, but we're back and updating you with what we've been up to the past several weeks! We will post a few entries in the next week (fingers crossed for fast wifi) to give a peek our time in the Asia Pacific region...
With the Africa part of our journey over, we headed to Vietnam to see Kim's family, who were meeting us there from the States. As part of our flight itinerary with Turkish Airlines, we had a looooong layover in Istanbul (13ish hours) flying from Tanzania to Saigon. Luckily, for passengers in this situation, Turkish Air offers either a complimentary hotel room or city tour to help kill the time between flights. Since it was Jake's first time in Istanbul, we opted for the city tour and caught sunset in Sultanahmet Square, home to the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. Wish we had more time to explore this beautiful, historic city, but I suppose you have to leave something for next time :)
Tip: Many airlines in this region and in Asia offer complimentary hotel or city tours if you have an extra long layover. Just check their website or ask the ticket agent!
This trip to Vietnam is the first time Kim's family has been able to visit the country together. For the Hoang siblings, it was so special to learn more about our parents' lives before they came to the US and to meet some of their family members for the first time. We were blessed to be able to share this visit with them and make new memories with our family and friends who came along!
Kim's cousin Duy compiled clips of our visit and made a great short video. Check it out below or click https://youtu.be/aZNrIAS2AzU
Our time in Vietnam can be summed up in these six (in order of priority:)
5. Haggling for souvenirs
Scroll down for some photos and captions of Saigon and Hanoi!