Vietnam is a country where you can actually find everything. From beautiful beaches on tropical islands to deep jungles and huge cities. Whatever you are looking for on your backpack trip; Vietnam has it!
The people are energetic, very friendly and open. There is so much to see and do that you can stay here for a few weeks. It is one of the most fascinating places of South East Asia. It is not strange that more and more tourists come to Vietnam every year.
Tip! Do you want to read all the highlights of Vietnam? Then check the Vietnam highlights page.
Bac Ha market is a Sunday market where different ethnic minorities (hill tribes) come together in colorful clothes.
Halong Bay is beautiful, and is highly recommended as a must-see in Vietnam. To explore Ha Long Bay, take a cruise through the bay.
Hanoi is my favorite city in Asia. The city is a mix of colonial architecture, friendly locals, charming streets and special markets.
Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh city is a city with a turbulent history. This is a nice city to spend a couple of days.
Hoi An is my favorite city in Vietnam. You will find dozens of good restaurants, colonial streets and colored lanterns everywhere.
The centrally located city of Hué is a popular destination for travelers who love culture and nature. It has some unique places.
Places I’ve been visiting in Vietnam
- Bắc Hà
- HạLong Bay
- Ho Chi Minh
- Hoi An
- Mui Ne
- Nha Trang
- Sa Pa
- Ninh Binh
- Mù Cang Chải District
Best Time To Travel
Vietnam is 1,600 kilometers long so it has many different climate zones. While it is always 20 to 35 degrees. If you do not want to experience extreme rain showers you can visit Vietnam best from December to May.
Travel & Transport
Almost everyone who travels to Vietnam does so by plane. Another way to travel to Vietnam is by road from neighboring countries such as Laos and Cambodia. This is mainly done by people who travel through South-East Asia.
Although the infrastructure in Vietnam is improving rapidly, you have to keep in mind that it can be time consuming to travel through the country and in cities. There are usually main roads with level crossings and traffic lights, where you share the road with scooters, cyclists and cattle. It is not uncommon for cattle to walk or sit on the main road where they do not seem to care about other traffic.
To travel between the different destinations in Vietnam you have three options: the bus, the train and the plane. The bus is very cheap and generally easy to do. The train is a bit more comfortable, but also considerably more expensive. Due to the vastness of the country, the plane is actually an ideal option to cover greater distances. The domestic flights of Vietnam Airlines are comfortable and generally quite cheap.
You can often easily walk on foot within the cities. For longer distances you can use the bus or a taxi. A tourist way to get around is by cyclo. These bicycle taxis appeared in the streets of Hanoi during French rule and are nowadays a popular means of transport among tourists in cities such as Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.
Tip! When you move by taxi, it’s better to agree on a fixed price in advance and then pay this price appropriately.