Vietnam – What I Wore, Saw And Ate!

17 Mar

A few weeks ago I returned from an amazing holiday in Vietnam. I was only there for 2 weeks, and in that time I visited Hanoi, Hoi An and Ha Long Bay. It was a place I had never ever imagined going too but I am so glad I did!
The people of Vietnam did like to laugh and stare at myself and my boyfriend, as well as film and photograph us. Most of the times we waved at them and said “chúc mừng năm mới” (Happy New Year – it was Tet whilst we were there), which really delighted them! But it did get a little much towards the end of the trip. It could have been our height, my pretty dresses, my larger figure, my tattoos… who knows. It did bother me rather a lot and but not enough to change out of my pretty dresses!
And so without further ado, here are a small selection of my 3000 or so holiday images…

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Kyoto Bluebell By Biubiu

Kyoto Bluebell by BiuBiu.

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Dolores Doll by Collectif

Dolores Doll by Collectif. I took five of these with me, so expect to see a few more of them!

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Heidi by Pinup Girl Clothing

Heidi by Pinup Girl Clothing.

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I think she needs my help!

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They didn’t stock my size…

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My running man.

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Dolores Doll by Collectif Clothing. My poor sun burnt shoulders rather liked this look.

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There is never a time when I won’t wear a dress!

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My mismatched Freya and Fantasie bikini.

Bikinis from Brastop.

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My Black Cat Bikini bottoms

Black Cat Bikini.

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Some trousers I bought in Hanoi…and they fit me!

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More undies! Including padded knickers…

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My beautiful bag! It cost half a million…Vietnamese Dong.

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20p lager!

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My only clothing related disappointment came in the form of the Marilyn swimming costume from Pinup Girl Clothingmarilyn
I bought it in a 2XL in the hope that it would be a tummy sucking option. I guessed that I would have to wear a bikini with it, as pictured, however, the 2XL was not quite firm enough in the stomach for me, and an XL would have meant limited boob room. I tested it out once in the water and felt fab, but I preferred my other swimming pieces.

I hope you enjoyed a peek at my holiday photos and my sunny weather wardrobe. Hopefully you will be inspired to visit Vietnam – it is beautiful and well priced and so worth going too.

37 Responses to “Vietnam – What I Wore, Saw And Ate!”

  1. Carly March 17, 2013 at 12.53 #

    It looks like you had a blast! Southeast Asia is a great place to go, for any reason. You look fabulous in your photos. Too bad about the Marilyn though. It seems like there is always one bathing suit that goes a tad wrong in SEA (for me it was Panache’s sw0670), but that’s nothing compared to the fun you have. Will you go back to Southeast Asia again?

    • fullerfigurefullerbust March 17, 2013 at 12.53 #

      We did!
      And yes, there’s always one that will get away!
      I think we will be back x

  2. jenshaka March 17, 2013 at 12.53 #

    You look gorgeous as usual! Looks like you had a great time. I am from the US so a trip to Vietnam would be pricey, but it seems totally worth it! Have you been to the US? If not, you should!

    • fullerfigurefullerbust March 17, 2013 at 12.53 #

      Thank you!
      Well if you can go – so worth it. So cheap when there and the prices are in dollars!
      I have been to Boston, New York and Nantucket :) x

  3. Butterfly Collection (@bflycollection) March 17, 2013 at 12.53 #

    You brought sunshine and style to Vietnam and in return it looks like it gave you food from heaven!!! I have to go and get noodles immediately. You in a pink cycling hat is one of my fave pics! We have planned a motorbike trip up the east coast of Vietnam and this has made me even more desperate to go! xx

  4. Helen March 17, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Wow amazing photos and sounds like a great trip. Could you share how you booked and planned it and how you travelled between places etc? Would be great to know. I’m thinking if a trip to Vietnam!

  5. Kate O'Mara March 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Really enjoyed this post! I’m in love with the Heidi dress and I’m glad to say that you’ve inspired me to stop hiding in shapeless stuff and try flaunting the bits that my partner keeps telling me are beautiful! xx

  6. shapeplusstyle March 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

    It looks amazing , I need a holiday…..

    I love that you wore your dresses and not some slobby shorts and vest combo’s :)

  7. Lucy March 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Thanks for such an interesting post- I love holiday pics and you still manage to look so stylish!

    Would you return to Vietnam? I had been really interested in going, but the online research I’d done brought up lots of people feeling they’d been hassled/ripped off/grossly overcharged (as non locals) and that locals were rude/ unwelcoming (and apparantly a tiny percentage of tourists say they’d go back after visiting once) which seemed disappointing, especially as it looks so beautiful in your pictures!

    • fullerfigurefullerbust March 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

      Hey,

      I would go back! We were hassled and possibly ripped off, but we did barter a lot and try to ignore people who persisted. A polite ‘no’ and a smile did nothing, we just walked away. The staring and laughing was something I found hard to handle, but the delicious food and wonderful culture are too much to resist!

  8. maria March 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Vietnam looks like a great place for a little holiday! I also like all the dresses, they look great on you!

  9. christopher March 19, 2013 at 12.53 #

    YOU+BOAT+WATER+BLUE= Higgs boson.
    Rocked it.
    They won’t point and laugh the next place you go, for sure.

  10. Pink Haired Princess March 19, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Looks like you had a fabulous time : )

  11. TheAbsurdCurvyNerd March 20, 2013 at 12.53 #

    These are all such amazing pictures- and you look great in your dresses! Also I’m always impressed by people who can go to other countries and try their cuisine. I’m a super picky eater and have a difficult enough time trying an extra topping on a pizza. Sad, but true.

  12. iseul March 24, 2013 at 12.53 #

    I love your confidence and the way you look but – don’t get me wrong – have to tell you this;

    I’ve been to South East Asia several times, I’m interested in Asian culture, study Asian languages and have Asian friends;
    The way you dress (imo totally sexi) is considered inappropriate, especially in Cambodia and Vietnam. Probably that was the reason people were staring at you and laughing. Asian people often lauhg and smile becaused sth is embarassing.
    It was about your cleavage;)
    nothing to do with larger size or tatoos (plenty rich Americans, Chinese and Japanese tourist are exploring the areas you mentioned so Vietnamese are used to larger sizes, believe me)
    Your dresses are beautiful but if you decide to travel again – pls cover your cleavage. It’s about showing respect to other culture, that’s all. I assume you dont go into the mosque or churche wearing bikini. I assume you don’t visit muslim cities in shorts. That’s exactly the same.

    And half million vietnamese dong for this bag? yes, definitely rip off;

    • fullerfigurefullerbust March 24, 2013 at 12.53 #

      Hi,
      I already asked about cleavage and saw many others with cleavage on show, and so to my mind I was not disrespecting and I don’t appreciate the implication.
      And the bad was almost 1 million, so thanks for the comment but £22 for a bag of that size and make is an amazing price.

      • iseul March 24, 2013 at 12.53 #

        I reacted spontanously, really sorry if my comment sounded too harsh. Usually I just read and do not comment at all. Asian culture means a lot to me. What you wear is your choice. I respect it. Personally I like your feminine style. I’m aware a lot of tourists wear and behave the same way they wear and behave at home. It’s visible especially in popular destinations. And concerns also cleavages;) I’m sure it’s mostly because of unawareness not because of bad intentions. Of course Vietnamese and Cambodian accept a lot because tourism and services are crucial for their economy. But it doesn’t mean they like it. And sometimes this can cause misunderstandings and even problems. Unfortunately quite often they don’t criticize, they rip off. Of course the price you decided to pay is your choice. If 0,5 million is OK for you – that’s great. But 2 millions VND is monthly gross salary for the good secretary (and secretary is not a bad job this days). If they offer you sth divide by 10. Seriously:) It still will be a really generous price.

      • fullerfigurefullerbust March 24, 2013 at 12.53 #

        Thanks for explaining x

    • AL May 29, 2013 at 12.53 #

      You should consider that not showing any cleavage can be quite difficult for bigger busted girls.
      So you might not even have enough pieces to go a full two weeks without cleavage just in summer clothes without using some help like a scarf etc if you’re not as cleavage-avoiding as some of us. And, seriously, a scarf? In that weather?

  13. amysbuttonbox April 4, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Just a note to say that you look gorgeous and Vietnam looks fab!!

  14. Daisyflower May 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

    I stumbled upon your blog recently and I think its fantastic. I am really loving the recommendations and I think you look absolutely gorgeous in all your pictures, I’m very jealous! :) .

    I was wondering if you would be able to give me your opinion on the Marilyn swimsuit from pinup clothing. I have been coveting their swimsuits and dresses for ages now! Though I was put off by the price and the cost of sending it from the US (I live in the UK), as I was unsure if would be worth it i.e would I like it or would it fit me. I am a similar size to you and am wondering whether you would recommend the swimsuit and/or other clothes from their site (if you have purchased from there before). You did speak about not really liking it, even though you looked great in it :) .

    • fullerfigurefullerbust May 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

      Hey :) welcome!

      I would recommend it with a bikini top underneath, as it has zero support :/ xxx

  15. AL May 29, 2013 at 12.53 #

    I can NOT believe how great you look in all those photos!!

    I really think if it wasn’t for the part of the fat that our bodys store in the stomach area and for the tons of people working in the garment industry not knowing how to do something for all sizes, nobody would care about weight, just about style. (Also, cellulite could be left out – but at least that can easily be hidden most of the time – unlike that bit of stomach.)

    Anyways, congrats – you look stunning!

  16. Kaylin Lydia July 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

    I visited Vietnam last spring and loooooved it! I encourage everyone to go! I would love to go back. What a beautiful country, I especially loved Ha long bay and Hanoi. We also went on to Cambodia and Thailand. I love Asia, unfortunately its a bit too far to travel to from the states on the usual holiday.

    Before the trip, I was very nervous that people there would openly mock me for my plus size shape. I was very surprised to not experience this or to notice it at the very least! People did point and stare at my husband and I but after talking with some of these people, they were mostly fascinated by my paleness and how I achieve it (not intentionally!) or my large bust line (I did dress conservatively but apparently not enough for Asia) or my very large husband (6 feet, 3 inches tall).

  17. lauralauralaurar July 21, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Hello, what an interesting blog post. It was really great to see the pictures of your trip. I am just in the process of planning my honeymoon and we want to go to Vietnam but after reading a few quite negative blog posts, I was starting to doubt myself! But your pictures have made me totally change my mind and im now more excited than ever. I’d be really interested in a copy of your itinerary/ a list of where you went and how long you stayed there if you wouldn’t mind?

    Oh and you like beautiful in all your pictures! Love your sense of fashion!

    Laura

    • fullerfigurefullerbust July 22, 2013 at 12.53 #

      Hey,

      Ooh, great! You should!

      We stayed in Hanoi and booked a tour of the city through our hotel, then we flew to Hoi An and stayed in a beach resort, then back to Hanoi where we visited Ha Long Bay and then home. Whilst in Hoi An and Hanoi we looked around the cities, ate, shopped and sunbathed!

      x

    • Kaylin Lydia July 22, 2013 at 12.53 #

      Hey! Sorry to but in but I just have to comment. I am over in the states and I went to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand for my honeymoon. We did it all in two weeks, phew! Intense but amazing. Vietnam was my favorite, I definitely recommend! I put together a detailed post on our time there on my blog: http://www.kaylinlydia.com/2012/05/first-we-visited-hanoi-in-north-vietnam.html?m=1
      Sorry about the poor picture quality it was right as I stated blogging and uploaded my pictures in a way that resulted in poor resolution. Oh well! I definitely recommend: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Siem Riep and Angor What in Cambodia and the Buddhist temples in/surrounding Bangkok, Thailand. Saigon was interesting to visit but I wouldn’t revisit, it was a “typical” overly westernized city. Oh and I was initially nervous about people staring/making comments about my size. But then I resolved to not let that ever hold me back so I went with that mentality. I was surprised to learn that most people were far more obsessed about my pale skin and tall husband than anything else. The reality is that even “American thin” women are still larger than the typical Vietnamese person so it landed up not being an issue for me OR maybe I was oblivious to it? Anyway, have fun!!

      • Kaylin Lydia July 22, 2013 at 12.53 #

        Oops not sure why it didn’t thread, my above comment is for Laura.

  18. Hayley August 12, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Sorry to comment on a old post but I was just wondering if you wore any shorts or anything with your dresses? I’m headed to similar weather and not sure if my thighs will struggle with chafing in the heat, how did you find it?

    • fullerfigurefullerbust August 13, 2013 at 12.53 #

      Hey! Yup, I wore shapewear shorts from Maidenform x

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