Vietnam is a country growing in popularity amongst travelers looking to wet their toes in an exotic, modern, historical, and vibrant Southeast Asian destination. The geography of Vietnam makes it a great place to experience as much of the entire country as travelers can, since the North and South of the country are almost linked by a straight line. Vietnam is also an extremely wallet-friendly destination, making it accessible to all sorts of travelers, especially backpackers.
Depending on what kind of vacation you’re looking for will determine when you should travel to Vietnam. For those looking for heat and humidity, they should travel between May to October, for those looking for slightly colder temperatures but dry air, they should travel from October to March.
The best way to see the most of Vietnam is to travel between its two major cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Start in Hanoi in the north of Vietnam and take in the glorious urban landscape that is relatively new to the country. From Hanoi, you can head to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ha Long Bay, on an overnight junk boat to see the water and the area’s islands. You could also explore the Sa Pa valley to take in the country’s mountainous region, or head down directly to Hue in the middle of the country. Hue was an important place during the Vietnam War, and was once an imperial capital of Vietnam, so you can explore many tombs and temples there. Then, head down to Hoi An, a cute touristy town famed for its handmade lanterns and cheap tailors. You can also stop in at Mui Ne, an old fishing village, where you can also engage in water sports! Lastly, you’ll arrive at Ho Chi Minh City, which was once the South’s capital. In Ho Chi Minh, be sure to visit the Cu Chi tunnels, an underground network of tunnels used during the Vietnam War. You can also take a day trip to the Mekong Delta, a popular tourist destination not too far from the city. There, you’ll experience rice paddies, swamps, floating markets, and fishing villages.
When it comes to getting around Vietnam, you could rent a motorbike, which costs about $10/day, but another great alternative is to travel by night train, bus, or plane. Once you leave the major cities, motorbikes are a fun way to get around because you’ll be far away from the congested city traffic.
Hoi An lantern Boutique
In order to avoid tourist traps, it is highly suggested to know the exchange rate from your currency to the dong at all times. Haggle at markets and ask taxi drivers to drive with metered pricing to avoid scams. When it comes to trying Vietnamese cuisine, do not miss out on all their soups, noodles, desserts, seafood, and barbecue. The great thing about Vietnam is that each meal shouldn’t cost you more than a few dollars!
With its rich history linked to its survival throughout countless attacks by foreign powers, head to Vietnam for its beautiful landscape and culture.