So you’re planning on going to Vietnam? Check out this blog post for tons of Vietnam Travel Tips! I have written an article which includes a small summary of the most important things to know (in my opinion) about travelling around Vietnam. There is so much information available, I wanted to put it all into one place to make it easier for you to find! 🙂
Bus Services and Planes
Me and my partner spent 3 weeks last summer travelling from Ho Chi Minh up to Hanoi. We flew into the international airport and made our way up the country using bus services, and planes.
The bus services are surprisingly good. They are clean and somewhat comfortable, and offer buses with bed-like seats. This allows you to sleep while you’re on your 5+ hour journey. They stop several times to give you a toilet break and let you buy some refreshments. You can book onto these buses when you are in Vietnam, as there are tons of travel agencies available to help.
Vietnam is very long. When I say long, I mean there is a whopping 1621 km (according to Google maps) between the two major cities. To put it into perspective, that’s a 32 hour drive (and that’s in a car).
Because of this, we decided to fly twice throughout our journey, to save ourselves some time. We flew from Da Lat to Da Nang, and from Da Nang to Hanoi. Each flight time was about 1 hour, instead of a 15 hour bus journey!
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Depending on which country you are from, visas can vary in length, and price. You need to pay for an approval letter which states you have THE RIGHTS to a visa, which you can pick up at the airport in Vietnam, and pay for your stamping fee. You need to have the approval letter in order to fly to Vietnam, and you can get this online at.
As mentioned above, Vietnam is huge in length meaning it can take a long time to get to the next place on your trip. Consider flying to avoid the lengthy 15 hour bus journeys, but take the buses as much as possible. Hiring a scooter is also a fantastic way to see the country!
Hidden among the busy streets of Hanoi Old Quarter lies an exclusive street offering an incredibly surreal experience. Usually as you wonder around the streets of Hanoi, you’re dodging motorbikes, but on this particular street, you’ll find yourself trying to avoid something way bigger. Welcome to Hanoi Train Street.
For some bizarre reason, when you look at the available cruises online, there are only about 3 which show up. Do not let this fool you into thinking you have limited options, because you don’t.
If there is one piece of advice I can give you about booking onto a cruise, it is to wait. Once you get to Vietnam there are SO many options, to suit all budgets. Most hotels and hostels around Hanoi and Cat Ba island offer tours around Halong Bay, both day trips and overnight cruises. If you wander down the street there are also tons of travel companies offering you the same deals. Each company is competing with the next meaning there is room for negotiation.Bonus!
Hoi An was probably our favourite stop in Vietnam and I am here to share a few insights into this beautiful town. I have written a Hoi An Travel Guide with everything you need to know to fully explore this town. Read on to find out more about the Hoi An Lantern Festival, the ever-so popular tailoring parlours, the best things to do in Hoi An, and where to stay!
The Hai Van Pass is a 165km windy, scenic route on the East Coast of Vietnam, connecting Da Nang city to Hue.
In the past, the Hai Van Pass was used as the main road between the two, but in 2005 they built a new highway. This scenic route is now a long, mountain road with barely any traffic. It is the perfect attraction for motorbike lovers.
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If you are short on time, it is a place that could be missed, but if you have all the time in the world and want to witness beautiful sunrises and walk up stream to some natural clay cliffs, then check out this post on how to spend 48 hours in Mui Ne!
If you are in Hanoi, it is very easy to make your way over to Cat Ba Island. There are many bus companies who offer you a return service from Hanoi City. We paid around 300,000 VND ($18AUD) for a one way trip (as we were heading straight to Halong Bay from there).
Beyond Cat Ba town, are stunning beaches, limestone forests and vacant caves to explore. Cat Ba National Park is also a must do when you are in Cat Ba!
Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam, behind Ho Chi Minh and has a lot to offer. Here are 5 things to do in Hanoi, which cover culture, history, an exhilarating experience and coffee. Lots of coffee.
Here are all the Vietnam Travel Tips that you need! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information. We are more than happy to help!
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