Ahhhh Vietnam. How I wish I could go back and relive the 30 days I spent backpacking this awesome country. The food, the company, the culture – everything about travelling Vietnam made me smile. Well, not everything. Vietscam in the North, for example, was certainly NOT a highlight. Please, please watch out for any companies that operate under Sinh Cafe Tourist in Hanoi. 90% of these businesses are there to scam you. I found this out the hard way… take a look at this informative post for more info on how to avoid this and other scams.
Anyway, this post is one of many about Vietnam and hopes to introduce you to an overview itinerary, which may come in handy for your upcoming trip. Many of my pals have asked me in various messages where they should go and what they should do when they get to Vietnam. The initial visa situation makes it appear more convoluted than the likes of Thailand and Cambodia. Thankfully now I can start directing them all back to my blog again instead of writing multiple FB replies :).
By no means is this list exhaustive and you should of course follow your heart and travel off the beaten track. But hopefully this gives you a starter for ten:
- Hanoi. Chien Hostel. Free beers, awesome vibes and comfy beds. Also situated in the city’s pretty Old Quarter.
- Sapa. Trek. Homestay.
- Halong Bay. I took the 2 days 1 night, wish I could have extended to to see Cat Ba island. Do this!
- Phong Nha. Caves. Stay at Easy Tiger for party and pool time.
- Hue. Stay at Amy Hostel and see Imperial City. One day only.
- Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An (Motorvina will take your luggage as you ride the epic scenery – try not to get lost in a monsoon storm like I did though). Stay at Sunflower hostel in Hoi An. Get clothes tailored made. Bask in the sunshine on the beach. Enjoy delicious Vietnamese coffee and Banh Mi in the centre.
- Nha Trang. Opportunity to get some beach time, with plenty of Russian company… iHome is meant to be the place to stay. Not a whole bunch to do in Nha Trang – I rested on the beach and got a blind massage.
- Da Lat. My fav hostel lives here – Da Lat Family Hostel. Canyoning. Secret culture tours and fun bars in the town make Da Lat a haven for fun seekers.
- Mui Ne – Sand dunes and Backpacker Village.
- HCMC / Saigon – War memorial museum, Cu Chu tunnels and an opportunity to explore the Mekong Delta. Stay in Hideout for party and Hangout for chills.
Enjoy! Plenty of more tips to follow.