What to do in Vietnam? Lots of options.

When you travel to Vietnam you will see that there are many options available. In order to see all that is recommended here you’ll need at least six weeks.

So what to see in Vietnam? All, that makes South East Asia as a whole such a good travel spot, is on offer: Wonderful beaches, cultural attractions like temples, political and cultural attractions in cities, a cultural visit with one of the many hill-tribes in the north and as much nature as you can bear in one of the nature parks of Vietnam. With all that being said, prepare to get the most useful ever Vietnam in November tips. The Vietnam travel advice is also good for the rest of the year obviously, but the best weather is from November to February in most parts of the country.

Let me also give you an unusual introduction with some hard facts about the pros and cons of Vietnam. 🙂

So why go to Vietnam?

The pros

There are some really beautiful places in Vietnam. I recall several stops on my motorbike tour from Dalat to Nha Trang, that just awed me.

Vietnam is also perfect for some serious Vietnam beach vacation. Vietnam offers beaches, that are seriously beautiful. Check below for Nha Trang, Phu Quoc island, Mui Ne and the Con Dao islands.

Best cities to visit in Vietnam? Don’t miss the two big ones Saigon and Hanoi. My personal favourite is Dalat.

The cons

Sometimes street hawkers can be annoying or almost aggressive. Being nice doesn’t work with them. Stand your ground and show them, that you can’t be played with.

Vietnam bus scam concerning overnight tourist buses: Well, I just used one once. If you’re taller than 1.75 metres you won’t fit in the bunk and the bus stopped before reaching the terminal bus station forcing us all to take some tuktuks – they were “miraculously” waiting there – for a little extra cash.

Just don’t take the negative experiences you will have too seriously and you will have a good time. Vietnam is pretty safe to travel and there is much to explore as you will see below.

If you are still wondering what to do in Vietnam, then read this detailed article presented here that will not only open your horizons, but will also offer you the best Vietnam travel tips that you can possibly find online. You will further find useful information on some good hotels in Vietnam, including Vietnam beach resorts, that will help you find the most comfortable accommodation for your needs.

Note that some of the attractions presented below will be only be available in our free Vietnam travel guide.


Dalat is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam and you can only fall in love with it. It is peaceful and a bit secluded up in the mountains or hills. Many cafés invite you to have a little joyful break from whatever you were doing. And it is surrounded by incredibly beautiful landscapes. Most people go there to get in touch with someone from Easy Riders tours. This tour will bring you to interesting places you would never have seen otherwise by motorbike. And you won’t be trapped in a tour bus. I have written an entire article about it. Read it to find out why I enjoyed it so much.

The easy riders of Dalat Vietnam offer motorbike tours. But you don’t have to drive yourself (unless you want to and rent an extra motorbike). You will sit on the back-seat of the motorbike. Easy riders can be found in the Peace Café and other places in Dalat. They will show you their tour-book, so that you can pick your favourite tour amongst the Vietnam tour packages on offer. Options are exploring local tribes, experiencing how local food specialities are produced, eating local dishes, exploring the Ho Chi Minh trail etc. You will discover places to see in Vietnam, that other tourists will never experience.

I chose a three day tour, from Dalat to Nha Trang and enjoyed it a lot. You can read about the details here.

You can also book their tours online below.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take the bus from Saigon. Most tourist buses depart on De Tham road. This street is part of the Saigon “Backpacker-district”, where lots of Western tourists stay.


Recommended local tours in Dalat

Taking the Dalat and Paradise Lake Full-Day Tour by Motorbike is among the best Vietnam travel tips that you will get from me since, as I already mentioned, Dalat is among the most beautiful cities in Vietnam. It is definitely a best seller, with clients’ rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. It lasts for eight hours with a live guide in English. The pick-up is from your hotel in Dalat. The highlights of the tour include a visit at an impressive historical train station from the 1930s, a trip to a vegetable farm and the village of Linh Phuoc with a ride on the special cogwheel train and some relax time at the flower farm greenhouses with their impressive variety of flowers. During the tour, travellers also get to know the French colonial architecture of Dalat, often called Little Paris. Check prices and availability here.

Another of the best Vietnam travel tips, that I can share with you is the Dalat: Datanla Waterfalls Full-Day Rappel Tour. The tour gets 4.7 rating out of 5 stars, lasts for a day and the participants are being picked up at their hotel in Dalat. There are four highlights in this tour. The participants visit and rappel the waterfalls of Datanla, located in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, they go trekking through the rainforest, jump up to 14 meters down the rocks of the waterfalls and hike on a single track that crosses small cliffs. Find out more about this tour here.

Recommended hotels in Dalat

The Saigon Hotel Dalat gets excellent customer reviews because of its good-sized beds, the free internet and the large indoor pool. The hotel has rooms for solo travellers, couples and families of any size, that come with a kitchenette, coffee and tea making facilities and a mini bar. There is a nice restaurant too and the kids further get a children’s pool and playground. The hotel is very close to the Dalat Flower Park, which is lovely to spend time at. Compare prices and availabilities for the Saigon hotel Dalat here.
When money is not an issue, choosing the 5-star Ana Mandara Villas Resort & Spa Dalat certainly is a good decision. From the Vietnam resorts, you could choose to stay in Dalat, this hotel is close to all main landmarks and attractions, but yet surrounded by a lot of greenery, revealing magnificent mountain views. The hotel features a golf course, an outdoor pool, a sauna, a beauty centre and a children’s club. Check the prices here. Perhaps you can get a good deal for it.

Halong Bay

Many people don’t like Halong Bay, because they say, it is too crowded. I feel, it is one of the more wonderful things to do in Vietnam. I could still enjoy the beauty of the ocean bay and the many small islands. All just a question of your perspective. It truly feels like the ultimate paradise on earth with stunning views everywhere. Embark on your boat, listen to your tour guide, relax, explore the flowstone cave, go canoeing and snorkelling and make lots of beautiful photos to make your friends and family back home jealous. Read more about the experience in my Halong Bay trip report.

How to get there for your travel planning

The best is to use Hanoi as a base and depart from there. Book at least a two day tour. Make sure to compare the prices, as there are big differences. Hostels – it needn’t be the one where you stay – usually offer the cheapest prices, and tourist information centres the most expensive ones. You won’t get a better tour by paying more.

If you want to be prepared before arrival in Hanoi or just have the time for a one day tour, you can find some good offers below.


Recommended local tours in Halong Bay

The Halong Bay cruise 2 day Tour starting from Hanoi is among the finest cruise experiences you can have while in Hanoi. This tour is aboard a traditional local boat. It starts with a welcome drink and covers a visit to the Sung Sot Cave and sails past the towering Karst formations, the floating villages and islets around. The tour further includes snorkelling, kayaking and fishing with the equipment being provided. You also get enough time for relaxation at the sun-deck. The participants are welcome to enjoy the special and fresh seafood meals served on board. Fresh fruits and drinks are also provided. The price includes service by a knowledgeable guide and a night spend on the traditional boat, in an en-suite cabin with air-conditioning. Deluxe rooms with private balconies and sea-views are available at an extra price. It is pretty much the tour, I took as you can see in this trip report. Visit this page for more information, prices and availability.

If you love kayaking, then do not miss enjoying that in the blue-green waters of Halong Bay. Try the Full-Day Halong Bay with Kayaking Tour. An alternative to the other tour and a great answer to the “What to do in Vietnam?” question, the Full-Day Halong Bay with Kayaking Tour lasts 10 hours with an English speaking guide and includes a tasty seafood lunch on the boat. You get a professional crew that brings you close to the limestone grottos and islets. Then you are given time to go kayaking or swimming in the bay or just sunbathing on the deck. The islands around are uninhabited as there is no fresh water, yet they are ideal for cruising and taking photos. Note that the trip does not include drinks, personal expenses and gratuities. This tour starts in Hanoi, but you can be picked up at Halong Bay directly, climbing the cruise board at the Tuan Chan Tourist Wharf. For more information on this kayaking day-tour click here.


One of the Vietnam destinations not to be missed is Sapa and its hill-tribes of the north in the area. Marvel at beautiful landscapes including rice terraces. If it is your thing, buy local handicrafts. Go on a hike to explore the surroundings of Sapa. Book a local tour, that lets you enjoy one or two nights in a home-stay with locals. There is also a tour, that you can book online below. Another interesting place nearby is Bac Ha to explore local hill tribe markets. Read more about Sapa here.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take an overnight train from Hanoi train station to Lao Cai, from there take the bus to Sapa. The tickets should be bought in Hanoi several days in advance at the Tran Quy Cap-entrance of Hanoi train station or in a travel office with a surcharge. Better buy it yourself at the train station to avoid being scammed. Tip: Buy the return-ticket before you go on your Halong Bay trip.

Recommended local tours in Sapa

The Sapa two day tour with Homestay in Ta Chai Village is among the best experiences that you can have in the area. Make sure to explore the area and enjoy the terraced rice paddies and then get to know the hospitable locals. The tour starts from Hanoi with a meeting point in the Old Quarter. Once in the Sapa region, you will go trekking between the villages of Ta Van, Lao Chai, and Ta Chai while enjoying the beauty of the terraced rice paddies. The tour further includes lunch in a local restaurant, a visit at the Cat Cat village and the waterfall near it and proceeds with a stay with a local family in the village of Ta Chai. Many other sites are also visited in the area like the ancient rock formations in Sapa, the Muong Hoa Stream bridge, etc. The tour includes all entrance fees, the guide and the transportation. Check prices and availability here.

The Sapa Hill Tribes 2-Day Trekking Tour from Hanoi is another great tour that will bring you close to the lifestyle of the local people. Being one of the best-selling tours covering Sapa, the Hill Tribes 2-Day Trekking Tour will bring you closer to the ethnic minority culture in Vietnam such as representatives of the Red Dzao, H’Mong and Black H’Mong. The tour lasts for two days with a guide fluent in English and in Vietnamese. You will learn a lot about the mountain Hoang Lien Son and the rice terraces and forests. The groups are small with up to 8 people, which guarantees the personalized attitude. The meeting point is in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Find more information about the hill tribe tour here.

Recommended hotels in Sapa

The comfortable and cosy Vietnam resort Sapa Paradise View Hotel is an affordable accommodation place at a great price. Travellers love to stay at Sapa Paradise View Hotel due to the wonderful and very friendly staff, the fast service and the free internet. The hotel features modern rooms with private bathrooms, valet parking and room service. It also offers a lovely coffee bar and a nice restaurant with a great terrace. The hotel is situated near the cathedral. Compare prices and available rooms here.

In case you do not mind spending a little extra, book the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa Hotel. You will not only get stylish room accommodation, but also an access to an indoor pool and sauna, outdoor tennis courts and great forest views. In addition, there are several restaurants serving delicious meals. The hotel is placed within walking distance to the main landmarks and attractions in Sapa. Check for deals and more information on the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa Hotel here.

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta – It is simply not allowed to travel to Vietnam and miss this one! Got it? 🙂 – It hosts a lot of Vietnam attractions and it just fascinates to be in a boat watching all the action that is going on. It is one of the last floating markets, where real business is still done and it’s not just there for tourists. Then there are many places to explore to see how rice paper, puffed rice, coconut candy and other specialities are manufactured. The local markets on land are also an interesting thing to witness. A home-stay with locals also shouldn’t be missed. Read more about the Mekong Delta here.

How to get there for your travel planning

The easiest is to book a one or two day tour in one of the many travel offices in the Saigon “backpacker district” at De Tham or Bui Vien street in Saigon. But be warned: Those usually are big bus tours, that first drive around in Saigon for one hour to pick up everybody.


Recommended local tours in the Mekong Delta

Still wondering what to do in Vietnam? Book the Mekong Delta Full-Day Biking Experience: It starts from a hotel in the centre of Saigon, some 2 kilometres away from the market Ben Thanh and includes a stop at the rice plantations and fields along the Mekong Delta. The tour is guided by a person who speaks English and Vietnamese and lasts for a day. A boat trip on Tien River and its four islets to the village Ben Tre, from where the biking starts, is included. Once on the bike you will get to see the garden-pond-café, agricultural practices, pass along corn and rice fields, visit a cucumber and bitter melon plantation and visit a traditional Vietnamese village, where locals will show you how they make rice paper or coconut trees handicraft. Check for more information, availabilities and prices here.

During the Cai Be Floating Market Full-Day Tour expect to see how people live in the Mekong Delta, how they work on the lush green rice fields, how the rice popcorn and coconut candy are made. Try to dip into the lively atmosphere of the floating market, try the fresh seafood and listen to the traditional folk music in the region. The tour is perfect for those who do not have a lot of time but wish to get a general overview of the typical lifestyle of the locals. The tour is done with an English speaking guide and all the entrance fees and transport trips, as well as the lunch are included in the price. You can find more information and tour prices here.

The Mekong Delta Full-Day Speedboat Tour is a bit more luxurious and adventurous. It starts from Ho Chi Minh City and lasts 7 hours with a live guide in English. The pick-up is from the hotels in Ho Chi Minh city in the districts 1-5, 7, 10, Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh. During the trip the participants are able to explore the authentic regions of the Mekong Delta on board of a VIP speedboat, which allows them to see many attractions off the beaten path. They can see where rice, sesame, cashews, peanuts, dragon fruits and pineapples grow. The travellers visit local pagodas and artisan workshops, then cruise down the jungle canals which are quite narrow and have a tasty lunch with typical Vietnamese dishes. If that is what you fancy, click on this link for more infos and prices.

Within the Mekong Delta

Mui Ne fishing village

Mui Ne lies in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta at the ocean. Besides just strolling around in the fishing village and watching all the fishermen doing their business you should rent a motorbike, as that gives you more flexibility. Also you should get up early to visit markets and enjoy beautiful sunrises. Then there is a place called fairy stream (Suoi Tien), that looks like out of this world.

Recommended local tours in the Mui Ne area

The Mui Ne 3-Day Private Beach Tour from Ho Chi Minh City starts with a pick-up service from your hotel in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Once arrived, you can take long walks along the tropical beach, relax in the sun and swim in the sea. The tour also includes a visit at the fishing village located on the eastern end of the beach. There are many good sea food restaurants in the area serving tasty meals, as well as many cafés and clubs with a vibrant nightlife. Find more information on this tour here.

The Easy Rider Tour from Dalat to Mui Ne is perfect if you are into bikes and want to visit a silk village, have wildlife experiences and enjoy great mountain views. The tour is done with an English speaking guide and covers a trip to an agricultural area, a night safari at the Cat Tien national park and riding on mountain roads along curvy rivers. The price includes a motorbike driver plus insurance, accommodation for two nights and entry fees. The tour fee does not include drinks and meals. Families should know that children under the age of eight can attend the tour for free as long as they ride with one of their parents. Find more details and prices of this tour here.

Recommended hotels in Mui Ne

Since Mui Ne is among the finest resorts in Vietnam, you can expect plenty of nice hotels in the area.

The Sandunes Beach Resort & Spa is located in Phan Thiet, welcoming guests at perfectly appointed rooms with all amenities required for a comfortable stay. The hotel features a swimming pool, a hair salon, coffee bar and room service, as well as valet parking. There is also an on-site restaurant and a lounge bar. Compare its different room prices here to make the right choice.

Another wonderful hotel is the Mui Ne Vietnam Full Moon Village resort. It lies in Phan Thiet, provides 4-star accommodation and comprises luxury villas equipped with a kitchenette, private bathroom, mini bar and many other facilities. The hotel also has a rooftop terrace, an outdoor pool with a kids zone, a jacuzzi and a fitness centre. Bicycle rental is available as well. The on-site beach club restaurant serves delicious meals from the local cuisine, while the bar has great view towards the beach. Check here for great deals and allow yourself to be pampered.

The sand dunes of Mui Ne

Are you looking for perfect holiday pictures or, better, just want to feel the simplicity and beauty of existence? One of the best things to do in Vietnam are the Mui Ne sand dunes. Around Mui Ne there is an area with red sand dunes and, a bit further out, with white dunes. Best rent a motorbike or bicycle and start exploring the area.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can reach Mui Ne – actually the greater area is called Phan Thiet – by bus or by train from Saigon in 4 to 6 hours depending on traffic. The train is slower, but more comfortable.

Con Dao islands

Far off in the seas east of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta lies one more of those must see places in Vietnam, the beautiful Con Dao islands. …

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Saigon and around Saigon

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city)

Why? Well, maybe you do not think of Saigon when you are looking for the best places to visit in Vietnam, yet this bustling city just fascinates people and offers many attractions to be seen.

The number one experience to me is witnessing the traffic during the evening rush hour. Endless masses of scooters make their way through the streets.

What to do in Ho Chi Minh: The South Vietnamese Presidential palace – also known as the reunification palace – and the Anti War-museum – further known as the war remnants museum – shouldn’t be missed either. If you want to see a real mosque go to the central mosque and don’t miss to eat at Quan An Ngon at 160 Pasteur street. It is a mid-range priced open air food court with all Vietnamese specialities available. Naturally, these are by far not all things to do in Saigon (officially called Ho Chi Minh city). Check out Saigon in this article.

How to get there for your travel planning

From Bangkok take a flight to Ho Chi Minh city, or from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, take the bus. Then you can witness the Mekong ferry and lots of Cambodians and Vietnamese transporting almost everything imaginable and unimaginable on their motorbikes. If you’re on reverse from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh you also have both these options. In Phnom Penh it is easy to get a Vietnam visa, if you’d like to get it on the road. I really recommend you the bus journey, especially if it’s your first time in South East Asia.

Recommended local tours in Saigon

The Saigon Street Food 2.5-hour Evening Tour starts at the front entrance of the Opera House and the participants are accompanied by an English speaking guide. During the food tour you will eat your way through the city just as the locals do. Click on this link for information and prices.

Right after the street food tour you can proceed with the Saigon by night Jeep tour during which you will get to know Saigon by night and absorb the atmosphere of the city. The tour, which will also help you discover the nightlife of Saigon, starts from the hotel you stay at and shows you the beautiful French colonial monuments found in the city such as the City Hall and the Opera House, the Walking Street and the Notre Dame. As the Jeep drives around, you can enjoy the open air and take pictures. The tour ends at a rooftop bar with a panoramic view over Saigon and a free drink included. More infos and prices can be found here.

Recommended hotels in Saigon

The Silverland Central Hotel & Spa is a good choice if you need a comfortable place with a central location, great bar and, easy access to shopping and sightseeing. It is located very close to the Citadel of Saigon and near all popular attractions and modern dining places. The hotel features comfortable rooms with nice bathrooms, a spa zone with beauty therapy and massage treatments, cosy lounge bar and an on-site restaurant serving local dishes. Check its prices and possible deals here.

The 5-star Hotel Nikko Saigon offers you a royal treatment right in the heart of the city. The hotel features elegant and comfortable rooms. It further offers an outdoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, fitness, free Wifi and free shuttle service. The hotel is also a great base to explore the attractions of the city. For more information, room prices and deals click here.

The 3-star Blue Diamond Hotel is located in the central district of the city, which makes it a great base for exploring the Saigon attractions and shopping. It has modern and comfortable rooms with bathrooms featuring a shower and bathrobes. The hotel offers a beauty centre, a valet parking and 24-hour room service. There is an on-site restaurant with a lovely terrace, serving Vietnamese meals. In addition, there is a nice lounge bar. For more information and prices click here.

The Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel is great place to stay thanks to its large, modern and comfortable rooms with big private bathrooms. The guests are welcome at the elegant restaurant serving international and Vietnamese style food, and at the bar of the hotel. They can also enjoy the rooftop pool and the jacuzzi. In addition, the hotel offers an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Check here for deals, prices and more.

In Saigon: War remnants museum

The War Remnants Museum in Saigon is among the most famous historical places to visit in the city. It lies in district three and shows exhibits from the devastating American phase of the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1975. The museum features several buildings, that store the military equipment used and photographs of the terrible consequences of the napalm and phosphorous bombs known as Agent Orange. The horrible effects of the war on the next generations are also shown.

It is not a big museum and can be explored in one to two hours. The captions on the exhibits are written in English and in Vietnamese. The place is not suitable for kids, as most of the exhibits are disturbing.

How to get there for your travel planning

The War Remnants Museum is located at the corner between Le Quy Don St. and Vo Van Tan St. in district three. You can reach the place with a taxi or motorbike, as well as with bus no. 28 from the Ben Thanh Bus Station. The museum is open every day from 8:00 to 11:45 am and 1:30 to 4:45 pm and has an entrance fee.

Near Saigon: Cu Chi tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels are another important landmark near Saigon that shouldn’t be missed. They were dug by the communist guerilla troops also known as Vietcong to combat the South Vietnamese and the American forces, which were better supplied. They dug thousands of miles of tunnels such as the ones under Cu Chi north-west of Saigon. These tunnels were used to house troops, transport the supplies and to organize surprise attacks. Thanks to them the Viet Cong troops managed to disappear fast and safe. In order to fight these troops, the American and South Vietnamese forces trained soldiers known as “tunnel rats”. Today the Cu Chi honeycomb tunnels are part of the Vietnam War memorial park and a popular place for tourists.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can reach the Cu Chi tunnels by going to the Ben Thanh bus station located opposite the Ben Thanh market. Then you can hop on the buses with numbers 13 or 79. Once at the Cu Chi tunnels expect to pay an entrance fee of approx. 90 000 dong.

Near Saigon: Cao Dai temple

When you travel to Vietnam you could pay the Cao Dai temple a visit. It is the main temple of the Cao Dai religion, which is a mix of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. The temple’s main feature is the divine eye. You can go up on a balcony and observe one of the four daily masses.

How to get there for your travel planning

One of the reasons, why the temple is visited by many tourists, is, that tours from Saigon to the temple are offered in combination with visiting the Cu Chi tunnels along the way.
If you’d like to stay in the area for longer, take a minibus to Tay Ninh, the city in which the temple is located, from the An Soung bus station.

Recommended local tours in and around Tay Ninh, the city, in which the Cao Dai temple is located

The Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels Combination Day Tour is done with an English speaking live guide and starts with picking you up from your hotel in Ho Chi Min City. Then you’ll visit the Cao Dai Temple and are able to observe an authentic Caodaist religious ceremony. After that the guide leads you to the historical Cu Chi Tunnels some 60 km away from the city where you are able to explore many historical landmarks. The tour includes the transportation, the entrance fee to the tunnels and lunch. Check here for prices and more information.

Hoi An ancient town

Hoi An is destined to impress you with its 2000 years of history under a multitude of kingdoms. The main attraction is its beautiful old town and number in the old town is the visit of the Japanese bridge. If you don’t like to tick off your list of attractions, Hoi An is perfect for you as there are plenty of things to do in this Vietnamese city. On the first day just stroll around without any list and discover, what catches your eye, be it old houses, temples or lovely looking shops or restaurants. Make a lot of breaks in one of the many restaurants. On the second day make a tour to the My Son temple complex and on the way back explore attractions in Hoi An, that you might have missed on day one. Also don’t forget to check out the quite beautiful river promenade of Hoi An. Read more about Hoi An here.

How to get there for your travel planning

Hoi An can be reached from Nha Trang by night bus (12 hours) or from Hue (4 hours). Alternatively, you can take a train to Danang and from there get a bus to Hoi An (one hour).


Recommended local tours in Hoi An

The Small Lantern Making Group Tour with an English speaking guide is ideal if you want to learn more about the history of the lanterns and the various stages of making it. You will be able to make one just as those in the old town with their flickering lights and keep it as a souvenir. The second part of the tour includes a cooking lesson of traditional Hoi An food. For more information and prices of this hands-on tour check here.

The Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise in Hoi An lasts for two hours and has a live guide in English, German and French. The meeting point is at the Cinnamon Cruises Pier, while the cruise is along Hoai River and Thu Bon River during sunset. You are welcomed with a cocktail and a tasty snack, while enjoying the idyllic surroundings. You can relax while having a great cruise, seeing Hoi An from another perspective and enjoying a delicious meal. Click here for information, availability and prices.

The Half-Day Trip to Cham Island from Hoi An lasts for 6.5. hours with a live guide in English. It covers a visit to the Au Thuyen and Bai Lang, Tay Tang Pagoda and the traditional fishing villages. It also includes snorkelling in Bai Xep and trip to the Cham Island by speed boat and a professional guide. The tour further includes a visit at Bai Chong for some swimming, relaxation and fresh seafood lunch. The picking-up is from your hotel. The price of the tour includes the snorkelling equipment, the insurance fees and the drinks and lunch served on the boat. Find more information as well as tour prices here.

Recommended hotels in Hoi An

The stylish Vinh Hung Emerald Resort is a three-star hotel in the heart of Hoi An. It offers elegant rooms with private bathrooms, mini bar, coffee and tea supplies. The hotel also has many family-oriented facilities, various relaxation amenities like sauna and gym, swimming pool and kids pool and child care services. On-site there is an elegant restaurant serving dishes from the local and the international cuisine and a nice lounge bar. Find yourself a deal and get more information here.

Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa is a lovely accommodation place with own private beach zone, large outdoor pool, plus sauna, jacuzzi and outdoor tennis courts. Relaxing massages are available as well. The hotel is positioned a short drive away from the centre of Hoi An city. It offers elegantly decorated rooms of all sizes, many family facilities including kids’ club. The dining experience is incredible and the room service is 24 hours. Curious about the price for all of this and want more information?

My Son temples near Hoi An

The My Son temple ruins near Hoi An undoubtedly are one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. They belong to the big temple complexes like Angkor Wat or Borobudur, but unfortunately are in much worse condition. Some of the temples were destroyed as recently as in the Vietnam war. They belonged to the Cham empire and were built in the thirteenth century. The temples differ from others by having a red colour due to construction with bricks and you can see a lot of phallic symbols there as well. 🙂 Read more about the My Son temples here.

How to get there for your travel planning

In Hoi An there are countless inexpensive offers for half-day tours to the My Son temple ruins. Of course, it is also possible to hire a driver or get there on a rented scooter. If you want to avoid the stress of having to organise the tour, you can pre-book the My Son temple tour, where you can also check out reviews of people, that did the tour before you. Just read on.

Recommended local tours to the My Son temple complex

The Half Day My Son Holy Temple Tour lasts four hours and is done by a live guide in English. The tour includes a visit to the lost Champa Kingdom which dates back to the 3rd century. While you are exploring the nature of the valley that is surrounded by towering mountains, you further explore Hinduism sanctuary that dates back to the 7th century. My Son Holy Temple, a UNESCO site, is located approx. 45 km away from Hoi An. Check the tour specifics and prices here.

Places to see in Hanoi

Hanoi old quarter

Among the many things to do in Vietnam don’t forget to include an extended stroll through Hanoi’s old quarter. Hanoi offers you an old quarter with lots of old French colonial buildings and food quite different from the South. The old quarter with its mix of temples, shops, restaurants and nightlife is good for a stroll throughout the day. The attractions in the old quarter, that you should visit, are the Hoan Kiem Lake, the Opera House and the water puppet theatre.

Hanoi has some weird clubs. I have no idea, whether they still exist or not, as my story is from December 2010. I entered this club, that was huge and sat down on a cushioned bench with a table in front. Then came the manager and asked, if I want a lady sitting next to me, which I refused. Then a show started. It was like an opulent eighties TV show with some dancing, legs swinging and nice to watch. I also looked around and saw some other gentlemen talking with women. But it all was in a very decent style, no flirting or touching involved. I guess, that’s Hanoi style seedy nightlife. It was an experience. If it’s still on, give it a try. I found it amusing and refreshing compared to the usual nightlife experiences.

Recommended hotels in the Hanoi old quarter

If you want to stay close to the main sightseeing and shopping zone of the city, but are looking for a reasonable price, Oriental Central Hotel is your place to be. The hotel has only two stars, but welcomes you at modern rooms with full set of facilities, on-site restaurant and lounge bar, on-site gym, beauty centre and sauna, valet parking, as well as 24-hour room service. Babysitting services are also provided. The hotel is positioned near the main tourist attractions of Hanoi, and 10 minute walk from Dong Xuan Market and Hoan Kiem Lake. Check for deals and prices here.

With only three stars, the Hanoi Elegance Diamond Hotel offers a cosy stay in Hanoi old town. It has three main features that make travellers coming back – fantastic city views, exceptional dining and a great bar. Besides that, you will also find stylish rooms with private bathrooms and various facilities, sauna and rooftop terrace, as well as currency exchange and babysitting services. The lounge bar is very relaxing, while the restaurant serves tasty meals and buffet breakfast. The hotel is situated close to Hoan Kiem Lake, which means that is conveniently close to the city centre, and its main sightseeing attractions including the Dong Xuan Market, the Cathedral St. Joseph and the Hanoi Opera House. Click here for more information and room prices.

Vietnam museum of ethnology, Hanoi

Vietnam has a lot of ethnic minorities, which is well reflected in this museum. Since you won’t have the time to visit every Ethnic minority in Vietnam, this museum will help you to get a feeling, when you look at art, daily items, costumes and more.

How to get there for your travel planning

The museum is outside the city centre, so you need to take a taxi or a bus to reach it. Best ask for directions at your hotel.

Vietnamese women’s museum, Hanoi

So what might be in here? The museum addresses Vietnamese culture and – again – the Ethnic minorities from the perspective of women. The museum is a bit like a grab bag, you just need to explore it and everyone will be impressed by different exhibits. The museum covers topics like family life, work, special women in history and more. If you don’t know, what to do in Hanoi, this museum might be a good choice for an afternoon.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can reach the museum by bus or taxi. Best ask for directions at your hotel.

Imperial citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi

The Thang Long citadel served as the government centre of Vietnam for 13 centuries. It’s interesting to walk through the area, but don’t expect too much. You can have a look at the gates, a stone fortress and some bunkers used in the Vietnam war. The area is a nice thing to do in Vietnam for a relaxed stroll without all the traffic related stress.

How to get there for your travel planning

The citadel is in the centre of Hanoi between the old quarter and Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum.

Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh, the founder of the communist Vietnam state lies buried in there. The square in front of the mausoleum is the place, where Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of Vietnam, for which Vietnam had to fight the following 30 years. If you really want to visit the mausoleum, be early, as the queue can get long. The mausoleum is only open in the morning.

How to get there for your travel planning

The mausoleum is located next to the Thang Long citadel.

Hoan Kiem lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem lake is just a small lake adjacent to the old quarter of Hanoi. What makes it special is the legend connected with it of a giant turtle, that surfaced and took the sword of the emperor 500 years ago. Indeed there was a giant turtle living in the lake. Unfortunately, it died in January 2016. Here’s the full story of the contemporary giant turtle.

How to get there for your travel planning

The lake is located in the centre of Hanoi next to the old quarter of Hanoi.

Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton)

The most famous inmate of this prison was current US senator John Mc Cain, whose plane was shot down over Hanoi during Vietnam war. Before those times it was used by the French to imprison and execute Vietnamese revolutionaries with one of those infamous Guillotines.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can walk southwards 1 km from the Hanoi old quarter mostly along the Duong Thanh road.

How to get to Hanoi for your travel planning

You can reach Hanoi by plane over its international airport. If you take a taxi make sure they use the meter and ask them, what the maximum fare will be. Then say, that you will not pay more than the maximum fare and then get in. It might be easier to use a shuttle bus. Ask the airport staff upon arrival, where you can get a ticket.
Or you can reach Hanoi by train or bus from just about everywhere in Vietnam.

Recommended local tours in Hanoi

The Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter lasts only three hours. It covers a walk around 36 streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi with visits to the local markets and sampling different types of the local cuisine. There are silver shops and blacksmiths around, headstone makers and paper shops, jewellers and silk traders. The tour further includes an authentic Vietnamese meal, a drink in one of the many cafés, bars and a dessert. The live guides reveals the history of the Old Quarter and thus you further get to know the area and the lifestyle of the locals. Enquire here about prices and get more information.

The Full-Day Hoa Lu & Tam Coc Tour will bring you to the ancient capital Hoa Lu and some great temples. The pick-up and drop-off is in the old quarter of Hanoi. The tour is conducted by an English speaking guide. You are also given the opportunity to explore caves on a sampan boat and to bike in the small villages in the countryside. The tour includes a tasty buffet with meals from the Vietnamese cuisine. Find tour prices and more information here.

Hotel recommendations for the rest of Hanoi

The Hanoi Tirant Hotel – what an interesting name 🙂 – will offer you a comfortable stay in modern rooms, that feature mini bar and private bathrooms, plus fantastic views over the city. You will also find a nice restaurant with breakfast area, lounge bar, rooftop swimming pool and rooftop terrace, an executive floor, etc. The hotel is located in the centre of the city, surrounded by tourist spots, clubs and bars, shops and boutiques. Check here fore information, prices and deals.

Placed a short walk from Quan Thanh Temple, the Sofitel Plaza Hanoi hotel is a hotel of exceptional quality. You get an impressive choice of hotel rooms of various size, each with a spa bath and a mini bar, on site restaurant, brasserie and lounge bar. There is also a heated swimming pool, sauna, lake and services of premium quality. Enquire here about deals and find more information and room prices.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a perfect Vietnam tourist attraction to hang out at the beach and watch local folks. It is a modern and urban feeling Vietnamese style you will have here. So you will find lots of good restaurant and bars to satisfy your nightlife needs, but ..

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Places to visit in Hue

Imperial citadel and in the city

One of the must see places in Vietnam, the imperial citadel in Hue, is work in progress. You could compare it to the forbidden city in Beijing, but not as well restored and not as many side palaces besides the main one. But the entry gate is massive and impressive.

From 1802 to the independence in 1945 Hue was the capital of Vietnam and Hue the imperial city with the citadel having a similar purpose and design as the forbidden city in Beijing.

Once you’re done with the citadel and want to engage in some more sightseeing stroll through Hue, discover the local markets along the river and visit the imperial tombs outside the city. Click here for more details on Hue and the Hue imperial citadel.

How to get to Hue for your travel planning

From Saigon or Hanoi the best and quickest option is to book a flight. If you are already closer by, you can take a train or bus to reach Hue.

Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

The Thien Mu Pagoda is three kilometres from the Hue citadel and the tallest pagoda of Vietnam. A temple was first constructed in 1601 and extended and changed several times. The actual Pagoda was built in 1844.

How to get there for your travel planning

The Pagoda is 4.5 kilometres west of the citadel along the river. If the weather is nice you can walk there. You can also reach it by boat or motorbike.

Recommended local tours in Hue

The Hue City Full-Day Tour is done by a live guide in English. It covers a nice boat cruise along the Perfume River, plus a trip to the UNESCO world heritage site of the Hue imperial citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. During the tour you will learn more about the life of the royal family in Vietnam. The pickup is from your hotel in an airconditioned minivan. The cruise is done on a dragon boat with lunch included. Click here for tour prices and more information.

Recommended hotels in Hue

The three-star Orchid Hotel Hue has a very good reputation among travellers because of its stylish rooms with private bathrooms and a nice sitting area, but also due to its great choice of facilities and amenities. The hotel has 24/7 reception desk services and offers valet parking and bicycle rental as well. Check here for prices and more information.

The Imperial Hotel Hue is positioned in Phu Hoi, revealing views towards Hue. Besides the rooms, which are spacious, modern and very comfortable, the hotel features an executive floor, a rooftop terrace, a ballroom, a jacuzzi and a Turkish steam bath. The location of the hotel allows fast and easy access to most of the tourist attractions. Check here for deals, room prices and more information.

Near Hue: Vinh Moc tunnels

The Vinh Moc tunnels near Hue served as shelters for civilians, were dug out by hand and had three levels. It is said, that some people didn’t leave these tunnels for years in the times of the Vietnam war. Read more about the Vinh Moc tunnels here.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can visit the tunnels with a day-tour, see below, from Hue or rent a motorbike in Hue and explore them yourself.

Recommended local tours to see the Vinh Moc tunnels

If you want to see the Vinh Moc Tunnels, sign up for the Former Demilitarized Zone of Vietnam Full-Day Trip from Hue tour. It lasts for ten hours with a live guide in English and pick-up from your hotel in Hue. The tour will visit the Khe Sanh combat zone and Dakrong Bridge, the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the ethnic minority villages. The lunch takes place at Dong Ha. In the afternoon the tour covers a visit to the Ben Hai River and makes a stop at the Doc Mieu fire base and the Vinh Moc tunnels. Click here to find out more about the tours and the prices.

Near Hue: DMZ

The former demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North- and South-Vietnam nowadays is a set of attractions. You can visit the border river to see the propaganda speakers, that were set up there. You can drive through the landscapes near the border an try to imagine, that on some spots no plant grew for up to 20 years after the war. There is also a former US airfield, that can be visited and the Vinh Moc tunnels are also in the DMZ area. Read more about Vietnam’s DMZ here.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can visit the DMZ with a day-tour from Hue or rent a motorbike in Hue and explore them yourself.


Recommended local tours to see the former Vietnam DMZ

Hue – The Tour of DMZ lasts one day, during which you cover the La Vang holly land with the Dong Ha Town, then proceeds with a visit at the Doc Mieu base, and stop at the Ben Hai River and the Hien Luong bridge. The tour further covers the Vinh Moc Tunnels and includes a short visit at an Ethnic minority village. The tour price includes pick up and drop off, lunch and drinks, entrance tickets and services of an English speaking guide. Click here for more information and tour prices.

Phu Quoc island

The Phu Quoc island is just 2 square kilometres smaller than Phuket, but with much less people. That might change however as it has an airport now just as Phuket. The island lies in the ocean at the Cambodian/Vietnamese border and still offers its visitors a relaxed atmosphere. The long beach is – as its name gives away – the longest beach of the island and in the evening the sunsets here seem to be spectacular. Along the beach there are many good accommodation options available.

Since the island is quite big, you can do my favourite thing. Rent a motorbike and explore it. This feeling of freedom on the motorbike. I love it, do you? You can also make your diving certificate here, go on a jungle tour in the huge Phu Quoc national park, visit the fish sauce factory – that is, if you can stand the smell – or just be lazy at the beach the whole day. Whatever you like most.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can fly in from Saigon with Vietnam airlines and then take a taxi to your hotel or get a combined bus and boat ticket to the island from any travel agency in Saigon. From the pier you can then take a taxi to your hotel. The conditions on the boat can sometimes be a bit rough when the sea is not so calm. It’s calmest during high season from November to February.

Recommended local tours on the Phu Quoc island

If you need some fun and relaxation, book the tour of Phu Quoc, Cua Can River, Mot Island, Thom Beach. The tour lasts one day with a live guide speaking English and includes a free pick-up from the resorts in Duong Dong Town. You will visit the Cua Can river by motorboat, explore Mot island and the pepper farm at Phu Quoc. The tour also includes a visit at the Phu Hai crocodile farm. Check out the tour details and prices here.

The Scuba Diving in the south tour lasts for eight hours with available pick-up from the resorts and hotels that are outside Duong Dong town. The scuba diving is done amongst colourful coral, sea and fish life, followed by relaxation and sun bathing at the boat deck. It also includes onboard dining service with traditional Vietnamese food. Find tour prices and more information here.

Recommended hotels on Phu Quoc island

If you love the more secluded accommodation options you will definitely love the Mai Spa Resort Phu Quoc Hotel. It is located on a private beach with an on-site wellness and spa centre, a beauty centre, massage zone and café. All the rooms are nicely equipped with shower and mini bar as well as an air-conditioner and wireless internet access. The in-house restaurant serves tasty meals and there is a nice lounge bar where you can have a drink. The hotel is located a short drive from Duong To and 10 minute drive from the Duong Dong Airport. More information on the hotel and room prices can be found here.
If you are looking for a bargain deal on your accommodation on the island, try the Saigon Phu Quoc Resort. The place offers four-star facilities like outdoor tennis court, private beach, jacuzzi and fitness centre. The children get their own kid’s club and playground where they can play. The rooms are very cosy, with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. The on-site dining options are incredible as well. Both Cua Duong and Duong To are located a short drive away. Check here for room prices and more information.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

If you like caves, then the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and its Phong Nha Caves near Dong Hoi is a must visit for you. …

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Cat Tien National Park

The Cat Tien National Park is a UNESCO recognised biosphere and contains one of the lowland rainforests left in Vietnam. There are single or multi day tours available to explore this wonderful park. If you take an overnight tour, a homestay is included as accommodation.

Make sure to secure your accommodation in or near the park before you go there.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take the bus from 272 De Tham road – that is, where most tourist buses depart – to Dalat and tell the driver, you need to get out at the Cat Tien National park. Once you booked your accommodation, call the hotel at the park to organise your pick-up at the national park junction or to tell you, where the current best spot is to find a car taxi instead of a motorbike taxi waiting for you to bring you to your accommodation.

Recommended local tours in Cat Tien National Park

The Adventure Tour to Cat Tien National Park is an adventure excursion in one of the lush and prime national parks in Vietnam. It lasts for three days and is done by an English speaking live guide. During the trip, the participants get the option to see the Haven waterfall, the botanical garden, visit Crocodile Lake and are given the opportunity to discover the forest by bike. The price includes the transfer, the accommodation, the meals, as well as the entrance and sightseeing fees. Check here for tour prices and more information.

Recommended hotels near or in the Cat Tien National Park

The great outdoor area of the Green Eye Resort is a magnet for those that want to relax. It is positioned close to a scenic area and many fishing spots, while at the same time being near the sightseeing attractions in Tan Uyen. The hotel rooms are stylish, large and comfortable with many family friendly facilities. A restaurant and a bar are available on-site. Find out about room rates and more information here.

Hidden among the trees, the Madagui Forest Resort offers lovely conditions for relaxation. It is placed in Da Huoai, has luxurious rooms with private bathrooms, mini bar, spa and wellness centre, plus a kids pool and valet parking. The guests are welcomed at the on-site restaurant serving tasty food. Click here for prices and more information.

Planning & itineraries

In case you are looking for a good Vietnam itinerary that covers all possible sites that could be seen in this beautiful country and have read every Vietnam travel blog you came across searching for Vietnam travel tips, you should know that there is so much to be seen and done here that you will need 4 to 6 weeks for a complete Vietnam travel route south to north.

If you are pressed by time and have only two weeks in Vietnam, then you can still see the main sites, landmarks and places of interest but this would be far from the full impression that this country can offer you.

In the text above I have already given plenty of travelling to Vietnam tips, covering advices on what to do in Vietnam and where to go in Vietnam. I have made a Vietnam travel advisory list with all the attractions, starting from South up to North, with total duration being 4-6 weeks.

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Longer tours through Vietnam

Below I have collected several of the best Vietnam tours. These are longer tours through Vietnam, which you can choose depending on the free time you have to tour Vietnam. The choice of Vietnam travel packages available is impressive, which means that you will most likely be able to find the perfect Vietnam tour for your needs.

For a good start regarding the North to the South of Vietnam Itinerary above, you can participate in the 6-day tour of Vietnam. It includes enough time for exploring Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, by bicycle and covering of a list with the best things to do in Hanoi, a seafood lunch on a boat in Halong Bay and trips to the Reunification Palace and the War Museum in Ho Chi Minh city. The tour allows you to discover the north and the south of Vietnam, covering the hotspots in Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), yet including the peaceful lifestyle of Halong Bay and the Mekong Vietnam Delta. Find more details and prices of the tour here.

On the Southern Vietnam: 4 Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh tour expect to see the best of Southern Vietnam and a Saigon respectively Ho Chi Minh city tour. You will see the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Ben Thanh Market, take a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta. This Saigon tour also offers you the chance to enjoy a water puppet show plus a nice boat cruise. Click here for more on prices and information.

If you decide to book the tour impression of North Vietnam that lasts for 6 Days / 5 Nights, you will be able to discover the UNESCO world heritage site Halong Bay, while going on a cruise along the thousand islets and islands. You will also be able to cover the top things to do in Hanoi and learn more about the culture and history of this Vietnam city. The tour also covers Sapa and the impressive rice terraces. On this tour you can expect fantastic seafood, many options for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Check here for more information and prices.

Health issues

Health issues in Vietnam depend on the location you plan to visit. As a rule, the major cities are generally not high risk places and offer good living conditions and facilities. The rural areas however require you to have “travel to Vietnam vaccinations”, although serious illnesses are rare and the injuries hardly ever are life-threatening.

Vietnam travel vaccinations

You can find the recommended vaccinations for travel to Vietnam here. Start with your vaccinations half a year before the trip as some vaccinations need several shots and take a while until your body is fully protected.

If it makes you feels safer, take a personal medical kit with you. I never do, as it is usually not a problem to find pharmacies, that sell these things in Vietnam as well, in case I would need them.

Is Vietnam safe?

If you are planning a trip to Vietnam you are most probably wondering, whether it is safe to travel to Vietnam? Vietnam is a considered as relatively safe country, even for women solo travellers. Keeping in mind the recent history of the country and the great number of tourists, foreigners receive a warm welcome. Yet, petty crime is an issue, mainly the small-scale one, but it can be avoided by applying some common sense measures.

Vietnam tourism safety and behaviour in public

Vietnam safety and behaviour is often a matter of being careful. What does this mean?
Do not wear expensive jewellery or a camera around your neck.
When on a motorbike taxi keep your bag out of display.
Do not wear shorts, skirts and other revealing clothes in temples and pagodas.
Physical displaying of affection (e.g. kissing in public) should be avoided.
Stay polite and try not lose your temper if possible.

Vietnam travel scams

Be extra careful of the Nha Trang railway station which connects Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. If possible get a soft-sleeper with 4 berths by booking your ticket yourself – not via an agent – and well in advance. If you act through an agent, there is a high risk that he will buy you a hard-sleeper with 6 berths and you will find that out as you board and will not be able to do anything about it. Note that this is one of the most common scams in Vietnam.

And keep the bus scam in mind, that I mentioned at the top of this article in the introduction.

Best time of year to visit Vietnam

It is ok to visit Vietnam the whole year. From December to March it’s best in the low areas, as it is not too hot. But in the mountains it can get very cold then. So if you’re headed for the mountains in the North, e.g. Sapa, better visit from May to August.

The best time to travel to Vietnam is associated with the tropical monsoon climate in Vietnam and especially with the monsoon season in Vietnam – the south-western monsoon from May to September and the north-eastern monsoon from October to April. Know, that the weather in Saigon varies, but the temperatures in the south are almost the same throughout the year whereas in the north they have distinct variations.

Weather in Vietnam – seasons & months

From December to late April or May southern Vietnam is in its dry season, which means mostly sunshine and not much rain. From May through to November there is rainy season in the southern part of the country. From November through January it is the best Saigon weather for travelling in that part of the country.

The rainy season in the central coast of Vietnam lasts from November to December. From August to November the central coast of the country is most likely to be hit by typhoons, which means torrential rain and strong winds.

The weather in Hanoi and Halong bay and generally in northern Vietnam has two main seasons: Hot with sporadic rain from April to September and cool with some chilly wind from October to March.

As you see, Vietnam weather is a complicated matter and there is no particular time that can be recommended.

However, spring – March and April and autumn – September to December – are considered the best time of year to go to Vietnam. That is also the best time to go to Vietnam if you plan to take one of those long tours and see the entire country.


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Why you should book a tour online here

The tours advertised here in the text might be a little more expensive, than if you book them directly somewhere in Vietnam. But therefore you can read the reviews of other travellers, whether the tour was ok or not online before booking. And you don’t have to wait: I have booked a few tours in Vietnamese travel offices – and generally in South East Asia – and while there usually wasn’t a queue, the whole booking process lasted 15 to 30 minutes, which – to me – sometimes feels a bit long. Plus if you book in a travel office in South East Asia, you usually don’t know about the quality. The tours, you can book there, are the ones, that give travel offices the highest commissions, which is not necessarily the best tour available. When booking online you can check on the quality by reading the reviews of others, that booked the tour before you. It also is not a problem to book the tours on short notice.





27 responses to “What to do in Vietnam? Lots of options.”

  1. which place would be recommended for studying students to travel alone? Cause i might only be able to afford to go to one place, like for example just hanoi or just dalat etc

  2. Maz

    Brilliant write up👍….. Detailed and to the point… Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you very much, Maz.
      Happy to hear that. 🙂

  3. Aissa

    Ive been told that Mekong Delta is extremely cookie cutter touristy, tours upon tours (your post shows that as well)..
    Do you not have any words of wisdom about how to experience the delta on my own without having to give into the tours?


    1. Hello Aissa,
      I guess, it is true. Especially if you start the tour from Saigon it is touristy meaning there are lots of other tourists.
      If you want to do it on your own, inform yourself about the places to see in the delta, rent a motorbike in Saigon for a week and get started.

  4. Fred

    “tuktuks – they were “miraculously” waiting there – for a little extra cash.” Vs “Note that some of the attractions presented below will be only available in our Vietnam travel guide PDF free download so make sure you do not miss to download it.”

    1. And your question is … ?