Vietnam is a marmite country—you either love it, or you hate it.
—Someone on Reddit
As a travel destination, Vietnam is apparently divisive. This caught me by surprise, as I'd only heard rave reviews from close friends and travel heads.
You’ve probably heard the stories too. Steaming soups with mystery bits, best enjoyed from low plastic stools. Ice-cold beers dripping with condensation, for less than a dollar apiece. The intoxicating fumes of motorbike exhaust mixing with herbs, spices, and—oh, is that durian? Paradise on earth, according to them—this is Vietnam.
But after just one night in Saigon, I'd already become disillusioned with it all.