Bursting with history and culture, Vietnam will leave you awestruck. From the bustling Ho Chi Minh City (also well known as Saigon), to the mysterious Vietnam War relic, the underground Cu Chi Tunnel system, to the beautiful beaches of Mui Ne and the lofty heights of Sapa's insane rice paddies, Vietnam is one of extremes: extreme landscapes, extreme culture, and extreme colour.
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How long is enough for travelling Vietnam?
There's no easy answer to how long you should spend in Vietnam. Your visa will allow you a month in the country and you should try to use as many days as possible of it, to soak the amazing culture and history up. Most travelers spend two to three weeks in the country, with three weeks being the optimum amount of time to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh or vice versa, stopping a few days in places like Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Mui Ne and the Mekong Delta.
VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTED ON AIRSOUTH UP NORTH
Mai Chau Valley
Sapa Mountain City
Best way of getting around Vietnam
Vietnam is a long, thin country, so we recommend you start in either Ho Chi Minh City (in the south, near Cambodia and the Mekong Delta) or Hanoi (in the north, near China and Laos) and traverse the length of it from south to north or vice versa, stopping at highlights such as Hue and Hoi an along the way. Highway 1 runs the length of Vietnam making air-conditioned coaches the best option for most budget travelers. Long distance ones are fitted with sleeper berths, and prices are reasonable.
There is also a railway that runs the length of Vietnam. The trains tend to be comfortable and offer great views. Fares from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City start from $40 for a seat and go up to $60 for a comfortably air-conditioned sleeper.
If you're short on time in the country and want to cover large distances, we can help you book domestic flights when you plan your trip, or you can check out one of our tours!
Cost of livings
A bottle of local beer from a bar or restaurant should cost you under 30,000 VND ($1.50). Or if that isn’t enough of a bargain, you can head to Hanoi's bustling Bia Hoi stalls, where a pint of locally brewed stuff can cost as little as 20 cents. Yes – 20 cents!
A meal from a cheap or local restaurant or café will normally set you back 60,000 VND ($2.60). Something a bit fancier, for example, table service in a sit-down restaurant will cost around $6.50 per head. However, if you search, you'll find street food such as pho and Vietnamese spring rolls for under $1.5
You can often find rooms in mid range hotels and family run guesthouses for very reasonable prices. Expect to pay under $26, sometimes even under $13 a night!
The best time to visit Vietnam for westerner is from January to May.
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