Travelling Vietnam is truly an experience. From the 1940’s to the 1970’s this country was being torn apart by War. Now that the War has passed, a different side of Vietnam has been unveiled. A beautiful country full of history, culture, green forests and a spectacular landscape.
There are several different methods of arrival, however, we’ll focus on the two main ones, bus or plane. No mater which mode of transport you decide to use you’ll be heading to one of two cities, 1) Ho Chi Minh City in the South which boarders Cambodia or 2) Hanoi in the North which boarders China and Laos. Both cities are similarly busy and big and both serve as the end/start of a Vietnam tour.
If your planning on travelling Vietnam for more than 14 days be sure to sort your visa out prior to arrival. This will save you a substantial amount of hassle. A 1 month single entry visa costs $42 USD if your entering via the airport. Other visas prices are available here. Be aware, travelling across the border by bus is cheaper, however, you’ll have to deal with the often corrupt police there.
Getting around couldn’t be simpler! Depending on your budget you can fly, train, bus or bike your way around Vietnam. If you are on a budget think about getting a sleeper hop-on-hop-off bus ticket, it costs about 800,000VND per person to travel between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Where to go?
It makes no difference to the itinerary weather you arrive in Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi. We decided to travel from South to North. Here’s the plan from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi and everywhere in between.
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam largest city with around 8.4 million people calling it home. It’s extremely busy. Scooters, cars and buses form a constant wall of traffic along every road, crossing it is interesting to say the least. We really enjoyed Ho Chi Minh. It’s happening, there’s history, markets and cheap food. What’s not to like?
Wondering what to see and do? To learn a little about Vietnams history check out, The War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels (half day tour) and Reunification Palace. For a bit of culture and madness, head over to Ben Thanh Markets. Or just looking for a killer view? Head over to Siagon Skydeck.
Mui Ne is a little beach resort town in Southeast Vietnam. Because of the wind caught here its a great getaway for Surfers and Kiteboarders… Or people just like us that fancy a relaxing time.
What to see and do? Visit the red and white sand dunes, the fairy spring, fish markets (early morning) and go Kitesurfing at the beach.
*We can recommend staying at Mui Ne Budget accomodation… its amazing!
Located in Southern Vietnam this coastal town is best known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. It is becoming more and more popular for holiday makers looking to relax, eat and drink out. You will notice a strong Russian presence here both working and holiday makers, so don’t be too surprised to see menus and signs in Russian.
What to see and do? Visit the local markets, try the food, relax on the beach and get yourself to Vinpearl Land – Vietnams version of Disneyland (WE LOVED IT!)
The hidden gem of Southeast Asia and by far our favourite place in Vietnam. With its ancient town, lantern filled streets, candle-lit river, cute street cafes and anything you want tailor made its got something for everyone.
What to see and do? Cooking lessons, eat and shop at the market, visit the ancient house and Japanese covered bridge, explore My Son, boat along the river or even take a yoga class.
In 1802 Hue became the capital of Vietnam when the first king of the Nguyen emperors chose the central location for the imperial city. It remained the capital until 1945 when the communist government established in Hanoi. Due to its fascinating history Hue is now a cultural, religious and education hub in Vietnam and is home to two world heritage sites!
What to see and do? Visit the Imperial Citadel, the tomb of Khai Dinh, Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, The Mieu or take a dinner boat cruise along the perfume river.
* We can recommend staying at Hue Garden Villa hotel | In our opinion, the best budget accommodation in Vietnam!
Welcome to Hanoi; Vietnams capitol and the perfect launchpad for trips to Sapa and Halong Bay!
What to see and do? For a bit of history visit the Army Museum, the National Museum of Vietnamese History and Hoa Lo Prison. For a bit of culture head over to Hoan Kiem Lake, One Pillar Pagoda, Dong Xuan Market and and visit Old Quarter.