Nicki Chapman: I’ll never forget my first visit to Vietnam

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Nicki Chapman has feted all about her travel experiences

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE Festival?

My first visit to Vietnam with my husband in 2014. Hanoi was a baptism of inspired, a complete assault on the senses.

I’ll never forget my first sight of the uproarious, dusty roads with thousands of cyclists.

I loved the bustling unceasingly market and munching on street food such as shrimp pat ties, understood as bánh tôm.

We arrived during Tet, Vietnamese New Year, and stood by families, chew out in traditional costume, watching fireworks exploding over the Hoàn Kiem Lake. It was magical.

AND YOUR WORST?

Dissipating my luggage in Botswana was dire.

I was filming a holiday programme and had to take a incandescent plane to the Makgadikgadi Pans, a huge salt flat where you can really see the curvature of the Earth.

I was so excited until I arrived and realised the pilot had leftist my suitcase on the Tarmac.

I filmed for three days without make-up or a metamorphosis of clothes.

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Nicki Chapman hosts BBC shows Wanted Down Subsumed under and Escape To The Country

WHICH SOUVENIR DO YOU CHERISH MOST?

A beautiful, passionless angel sculpture I bought in Thailand.

I asked my taxi driver to encounter an off the beaten track market and we drove to a huge field, about 20 miles from Phuket, which was jam-packed with devices and artefacts.

I spotted my 2ft tall angel and had to sweet talk the airline into abating me take it home in hand luggage.

She has pride of place in my sitting extent.

BEST HOLIDAY READ?

Terry Hayes’s thriller I Am Pilgrim.

I went hours without talking to my spouse.

And I adore Above Sydney by George Hall, a coffee table order I found in Bondi.

It has incredible aerial views of the Opera House and Mooring Bridge which still take my breath away.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR Span ON HOLIDAY?

If there’s a boat to be hired I’ll be there.

We’ve been to the Sandpiper guest-house in Barbados for years and always hire a catamaran to sail along the west glide to Bridgetown, where we swim with turtles and snorkel.

WHERE Leave YOU REVISIT?

The Amazon rainforest where I had an incredible experience staying on a set up hotel.

Our guide woke us at midnight, putting flashlights on our heads to go searching for crocodiles or caimans.

We a crapped piranha fishing which I loved until our guide showed me his three bachelor girls fingers.

WHERE NEXT?

My brother’s getting married in Portugal next month so I’m looking ship to glorious food in the Algarve.

Then it’s Australia in July to film Requisite Down Under and St Lucia in November for a holiday.

• Nicki presents BBC1’s daytime coverage of the Chelsea Effloresce Show from Monday. rhs.org.uk

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