Backpacking In Vietnam – Your Definitive Guide

Guide to Backpacking in Vietnam

If you choose to go on a backpacking holiday in Vietnam, you will be amazed at how friendly the Vietnamese people are. They are wonderful people who love visitors and tourists alike. They will freely interact with foreigners and even attempt conversations in any languages, especially English. Getting a good guide to bring you around in Vietnam is essential.

When you get to Vietnam, it will be to your advantage to pick up a few common phrases in the local language which is Vietnamese. This is especially so if you will be backpacking in Vietnam for an extented period. The average cost of living in the country is incredibly cheap and most things are affordable to most visiting tourists. The currency used in Vietnam is the New Dong; abbreviated D and the country’s time zone is GMT +7.

Typical River in Vietnam

Typical River in Vietnam

Accommodation in Vietnam

Accommodation in Vietnam is readily available in most places. There are large five star hotels, motels, smaller hotels, inns and hostels. Hostels are just about everywhere, especially in the larger cities and are largely popular with the backpackers. While in this country, it is very advisable to participate in the tours and embark on treks into the tribal areas. These are the areas which are rarely seen by most travellers but beautiful nonetheless. Vietnam is rated as among the best for the latest trend of Hill Tribe living, which is essentially moving away from civilisation and staying with a remote tribe is a village. There are remote villages where visitors get to mingle with the locals and even stay with them for extended periods of time. In many cases, the accommodation is basic and the toilet is wherever you want it to be.

Commonly Featured Hotel in Vietnam

Commonly Featured Hotel in Vietnam

Activities and Tours in Vietnam

When backpacking in Vietnam, it is important to check out the city of Hanoi. Here, you can go to the various museums in the city, and in particular, be sure to check out Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and visit the local shopping district. The Old Quarter is a famous shopping bazaar where practically anything and everything is up for sale, at a good bargain no less.

Busy Afternoon at Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

Busy Afternoon at Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam fought a historic war with the USA (also known as the Vietnam War to many military veterans) and a tour to the DMZ or de-militarised zone is an opportunity that you should not pass up. This tour will take you through the various tunnels at the DMZ which the Vietnamese soilders would use during the war.

Ho Chi Minh City is a great city with a lot of attractions. Most of these are cultural, historic and of national significance to the Vietnamese people. These include museums, markets and also the opportunity for tourists to view the great Mekong Delta.

Night View of the Dalat Market in Vietnam

Night View of the Dalat Market in Vietnam

Getting Around Vietnam

While in Vietnam, getting around will be a little different from what most people are used to. The Tuk Tuks (taxis) are the basic mode of transport, especially when getting from one point to another within the city. Learning some local lingo will help greatly when haggling the fare. There are also bus rides from one city to another. Trains are quite popular too. Most travelers however, would prefer the regular taxis as the public transportation system are usually packed with locals and safety standards are not what they would deem to be acceptable. When flagging down a taxi or Tuk Tuk, ensure to insist that the driver uses a meter so that you do not get ripped off.

Typical Kind of Taxi (Tuk Tuk) Used Commonly by Tourists

Typical Kind of Taxi (Tuk Tuk) Used Commonly by Tourists

We hope you’ve enjoyed our basic guide to Vietnam and will trust that this will help you get around our beautiful country.

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