Vietnam is home to jaw-dropping and stunning sceneries and landscape, beautiful countryside, colorful floating markets and boats, and vibrant local villages– just a few of the reasons why this country is loved by backpackers. If you are planning for a backpacking in Vietnam, here is a guide to the top places you can go to.
HANOI This is the country’s capital city. You may opt to start your backpacking adventure in this city. In Hanoi, you will find wonderful lakes and the quarter where many tourists go to. There are also museums, specifically the War Museum, markets, and cafes that should be on your list of places to visit. This place is also where you can find tribal villages and rice terraces. Do not miss going to Sapa, which is well-known for its ethnic tribes, waterfalls, and treks. From Hanoi, you can travel for two to three hours to go to Vietnam’s probably most famous sight, the Ha long Bay. Truly an amazing place, Halong will show you beautiful islets. This offers a romantic destination. But, please beware of scams.
NINH BINH This is one of the friendliest towns in Vietnam. You will be welcomed by great smiles and greetings by the locals. The tourist destinations at Ninh Binh are the caves at Tam Coc, which can be reached through a motorcycle ride.
HUE This is one of the most favorite places in Vietnam by the tourists- a small town located in the east coast. The main site is the old or imperial citadel. This is also where you can discover bars and restaurants serving unforgettable Vietnamese cuisine. If you are also interested to know about Vietnam’s rich culture and war history, this is the place to go. Ride a bicycle to better experience and appreciate this place.
DANANG also has a number of wonderful sights to visit. This is an interesting place to go to as this is also the route to Hoi An, where you can have your clothes tailor-made for absolutely affordable prices, and where many amazing beaches are near. This ancient city has a wide variety of dresses, shoes, and suits. Oh, and the architecture of this area- a truly loveable place!
DIEU TRI (QUI NHON) This is home to deserted beaches and also to the Cham Temples.
NHA TRANG This is your seaside getaway go-to place! It offers sport activities and take note that the nightlife here is very much alive. The Cham Towers, as well as the Mud Baths, are must-sees! Although some say that this is not one of the best places to go to. Some backpackers prefer Mui Ne, where you will find sand dunes- natural scenery at its finest!
HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) This is probably the best destination in Vietnam. It is westernized but is rich in history, especially on the Vietnam war. Do not forget to include a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels and crawl in the tunnels to complete your experience
MEKONG DELTA I suggest you find time to tour along this great place. With budget, it is worth it to go to Phu Quoc because its beauty is overwhelming. This is highly recommendable.
Oh but please keep in mind that scam merchants and other types of exploitations are rampant in some of the areas in Vietnam, so it is important that you know what to expect and come prepared. Vietnam is stunningly beautiful and the chaos in some of the places just adds to the beauty so do not be discouraged by the negative feedback. Still, the good in Vietnam overpowers the bad.