Our experiences traveling in Vietnam (favorite places, food, transportation & budget travel tips)

Now that we’ve settled into our new base in Chiang Mai, Thailand we though it would be a perfect time for us to discuss our most recent experiences traveling in Vietnam; including what was our favorite places/destinations, food, transportation and budget travel tips. As a brief introduction, Vietnam is one of the most under-rated countries in SE Asia for backpackers and/or travelers given what it offers in terms of value. As a country with diverse landscapes, regional uniqueness and mouthwatering cuisine, I’m still surprised more people aren’t flocking here.

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In terms of our specific journey, we started off in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and ended up covering the Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Halong Bay, Hanoi and Sapa. If we had more time we wish we could have explored Hanoi longer (we really just used it as a transportation hub) and visited the likes of Dalat and Mui Ne.

Our top three attractions in Vietnam were cruising along Halong Bay on a boat tour, being culture vultures in Hoi An and trekking and visiting hill-tribes in Sapa.

Ha Long Bay scored high on our list given the extreme beauty of the Karst Limestone cliffs we got to witness up close and personal. Staying overnight on a boat and having the opportunity to interact with other travelers – from all walks of life and different ages – proved to be a top highlight; also, we had the opportunity to try kayaking together for the first time along with visiting a cave and several beaches.

Hoi An is a place we could both potentially see ourselves considering strongly as a base in the not too distant future. It had everything we desired in a city including great food, fascinating architecture, local markets worth exploring and countryside & beaches nearby.

Sapa, was otherworldly. We’ve never had such stunning views from our hotel room before and when we decided to venture off trekking we were treated to scenery even more spectacular than our hotel room views – which blew our minds in the first place. The problem with narrowing things down to just three places/attractions is that you leave out a lot of things you really enjoyed.

Our preferred method of transportation was taking the train (even though buses were cheaper) given it was the most comfortable journey. If you do take the buses, especially the overnight ones, be prepared for plenty of swerving, honking and random jolts. Even though we were able to sleep through most of the night, it was not restful sleep by any means. A few times, we awoke feeling as though we were going off of a cliff; not terribly pleasant to say the least. If we had to do it over again, we’d have done the entire journey by train.

In terms of accommodations we found that we were able to find excellent value around the $17-20 range and when we splurged at $30 we were getting boutique value. In Malaysia (and even Cambodia to a certain extent), we were scrimping and not willing to pay a bit extra for comfort. In Vietnam, we changed our strategy and – in turn – were rewarded with more comfortable beds, air conditioning and reliable wifi; it was certainly money well spent.

Overall, Vietnam was our favorite country in SE Asia that we explored over the past three months and we HIGHLY recommend it to others whether you’re vacationers, travelers, backpackers or digital nomads:

VIDEO: Travel in Vietnam

Bây giờ chúng ta đã giải quyết thành cơ sở mới của chúng tôi tại Chiang Mai, Thái Lan, chúng tôi mặc dù nó sẽ là một thời điểm hoàn hảo để chúng tôi thảo luận về những kinh nghiệm gần đây nhất của chúng tôi đi du lịch ở Việt Nam, bao gồm cả những gì đã được các địa điểm yêu thích của chúng tôi / các điểm đến, thực phẩm, giao thông vận tải và du lịch ngân sách lời khuyên. Như một giới thiệu ngắn gọn, Việt Nam là một trong những quốc gia bị đánh giá cao nhất ở Đông Nam Á cho du khách ba lô và / hoặc khách du lịch cho những gì nó cung cấp về giá trị. Là một quốc gia với cảnh quan đa dạng, độc đáo của khu vực và các món ăn mouthwatering, tôi vẫn ngạc nhiên nhiều người không đổ xô đây.

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  1. I just subbed you guys! I am actually 100% Vietnamese, but born in California. I've gone to Vietnam 5 times and I mostly traveled to South and central VN. My great uncle has a resort in my parents' hometown Phu Yen. It has really beautiful landscape there! I love fruits as well, do you guys like durian? Check out my travel vlog as I go around Europe 🙂 Also have you guys been to Cambodia? It's super close and cheap as well and people are much friendlier

  2. Unfortunately, I'm only gonna have two weeks to visit Vietnam. Do you think I could see Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An and possibly Hue in that time frame or does that sound like too much ? I fly into Hanoi.  Thank you for your very nice videos.

  3. Hi I'm Chuan from Việt Nam, I'm looking for foreigner who travel to Việt Nam to teach English for studens at my provine, I live in Dak Nong (central hightlands) 
    if you come here you don't worry about food, hotel…..its free for you, you can live with local people,you can take part in  havest coffee, go to the waterfalls, visit coffee plantations and  find out how to produce coffee….. you can live at my home 2-3 months or more, you will fell the clean enviroment here

  4. Sorry. please go to Qui Nhon to visit the wildest  cheapest tourism , most fun and delicious swimming,  go by yacht, diving coral, cool water, eat seafood, abalone, urchin , grilled shrimp, steamed squid … .., cost only 23 USD / 1 person  contact  09130.80029 (Mr Van)

  5. Good video. I would offer the following tip – try to end your sentence by speaking lower than higher. When you end higher, it sounds like a question. When you end lower it sounds like confidence.

  6. Hi everyone . I m currently looking for foreigners who will travel or stay in HCM city in this time , for those who wanna make new friends in VIetnam , exchange cultures , volunteer help Vietnamese students who would love to inprove their English skills . Plz, contact me @ tinphamueh@gmail.com or add me on Skype : tinpt101 . Im willing to support u what u need by the time u guys stay in HCM C. Regards,

  7. (Too long I have to continue here haha) I'd say the best thing about Hanoi is the food, and it wouldn't hurt to get a little help from a local ^^. Although I have to admit that there is not much to sightsee in Hanoi. But anws best of luck on your other journeys!
    P/S: jw are you guys full-time bloggers/travelers? or do you actually have jobs, you know, to fund your trips, if you don't mind me asking? and where are you from?

  8. Hiii just wanna say that I truly enjoy your videos because of your respect and appreciation for other cultures. And it's great to know that you guys have enjoyed your stay in Vietnam. If you ever decided to visit VN again, I'd highly recommend Da Nang and Nha Trang (very beautiful beaches), as well as the Phong Nha cave. I'm from Hanoi so if you two happen to pass by here feel free to drop me a msg, I'd be happy to be your tour guide 🙂


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