Heaps of backpackers travel through Vietnam each year but where are they all going? Here are the main stops on Vietnams backpacker trail: Beginning in the north.
Sapa – Right up in the North West of Vietnam, Sapa is most famous for it’s trekking and home-stays, most visitors spend at least a few days exploring here before heading to Hanoi for some home comforts after some hard work.
Hanoi – It would be wrong to visit Vietnam without checking out their capital city. It’s a busy and noisy city because there’s always something going on just like any good major city. Why not book a Hanoi hotel for a few days to enjoy some of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam. There is plenty to do during the day and a thriving nightlife you really can’t go wrong.
Ha Long Bay – Chances are if you’ve spent more than a minute looking into South East Asia you’ve come across the spectacle that is Ha Long Bay, a must visit for anyone in the area. This amazing seascape made up of thousands of limestone pillars is often visited via arranged 2/3 day trips from Hanoi but can be done independently. There are both sightseeing orientated trips as well as options for those looking for a bit of a party at the same time.
Hue – A small town located just above Hoi Ann does not receive nearly as many visitors as it’s close neighbor but if it’s you’re sort of thing its well worth a day or two to explore the Imperial city.
Hoi Ann – One of the more popular stops in Vietnam famous for it’s tailors. Hundreds of shops offering to make just about any item of clothing you could want, out of any material you want. Very well made and at ridiculously cheap prices it’s no wonder so many people chose to get suits and dresses for all occasions made here and sent home. Hoi Ann has far more to offer than shopping and is arguable one of the nicest towns in Vietnam to explore on foot.
Nha Trang – The must have beach stop along the route, Nha Trang is a typical tourist town. Sit by the beach all day, take advantage of drink offers at night and maybe squeeze in a day at the waterpark. What more could you want?
Dalat – Your gateway to the mountains, Dalat is the most visited city in the Central Highlands and offers great adventure activities in the stunning surrounding areas. Easy rider tours are also a popular way to explore the often overlooked mountains of Vietnam.
Mui Ne – Another tropical beach stop, this town is often visited for the main attraction of sand boarding on the nearby dunes.
Ho Chi Minh City – Despite not being the capital HCMC is possibly the most known city in Vietnam. It truly never sleeps and usually mesmerises its visitors instantly with the constant cramped flow of traffic that fills the roads. HCMC is huge and has tonnes to offer both during the day and at night, you’ll need at least a few days to even scratch the surface.
Mekong Delta – Where the famous river of the SE Asia, The Mekong, meets the sea at the southernmost point of Vietnam, this watery world is easiest seen via a guided tour and if it’s your cup of tea well worth the money.
We loved our time in Vietnam, and with great, regular, cheap transport available from The Sinh Tourist throughout the country it really is easy to cater your trip to exactly what you want.