Traveling to Viet Nam independently is very easy. The country is safe and is completely open to tourists.
From the dizzying valleys of Sapa in northern Vietnam to the mesmerizing delights of the Mekong Delta to the south, Vietnam offers a host of attractions that will appeal to backpackers and affluent travelers alike.
Vietnam has an amazing and varied geography, delicious food, beautiful beaches and a very low cost of living.
The tourism development of the past 10 years has paved a route paved with attractions and places designed for tourists with all the necessary accommodations.
From North to South
Many travelers leave the ancient capital of Hanoi where French cafes alongside traditional shops.
Then they go to Ha Long Bay, one of the wonders of the world and to the mountain resort of Sapa where the Hmongs in colorful dress work the rice terraces.
In the center of Vietnam, the imperial capital of Hue offers a glimpse of yesteryear with the visit of the imperial city and many tombs. The very popular Hoi An near Danang is a very nice little town with old houses, a beautiful beach nearby and beautiful countryside.
A little further south, the region also offers many places spared by mass tourism. Landscapes are breathtaking and welcoming ethnic minorities can be found here. A tour guide is advisable to visit these more remote places where people only speak Vietnamese.
A trip to Vietnam would not be complete without a stop at one of the many seaside resorts. There is Mui Ne especially for surfing, sun and deserted beaches and Nha Trang with its crowded beach for partying or diving diploma
Saigon is a thrilling metropolis. It is a Mecca of Vietnamese culture and the best place to understand the complex history of Vietnam. It is also the best place to go shopping or discover gastronomy.
The Mekong Delta is the granary of Vietnam. The mangrove is a special ecosystem.
The sublime island of Phu Quoc is a great place to rest. The island is bathed by turquoise waters and has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: bay sao.
A little further away is Cambodia with the magnificent temples of Angkor, one of the most beautiful wonders of Asia with the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.
Backpackers can easily spend a few months to visit Vietnam at a leisurely pace and at a lower cost. Tourists a little more affluent can travel quickly by taking domestic flights and enjoy a high-quality service in the resorts.
Go off the beaten track
It is totally possible to think outside the box in Vietnam. The country is safe, the few concerns such as touts and street vendors arrive rather in tourist areas.
Going to meet the Vietnamese is not necessarily obvious because of the language barrier. But a meeting in a cafeteria while drinking an iced coffee, it leaves imperishable memories.
To do this, no secret, you must have the courage to open up to others and move away from the tourist areas.
That said, a good local tour guide can be very valuable. He will take you to the right places and introduce you to the right people.
For my part what interests me the most when I travel is to meet locals. See how they live, their passions, discover their sense of humor.
Some tips from my personal experience
Find the right value for money
You can find really cheap excursions in Vietnam at 10 USD a day for example. But do not be fooled by the quality of the service. It’s good if you’re on a budget.
If you have some money, take first class tickets, medium / high-end mid-range / high-end tours. The value for money is really excellent when you go a little upmarket. The first prize services are generally disappointing.
Meet a Local
You must meet a local if you plan not to get ripped off in Vietnam. A good place to do this would be a Vietnamese dating website – www.datesmarterguide.com/best-vietnamese-dating-sites.
Contrary to popular belief these sites are not always for hooking up. You can meet a nice girl or guy on these sites to show you around. The best one would be Vietnam Cupid which you can read more about here – www.datesmarterguide.com/vietnamcupid-review.
Do not generalize
Some Vietnamese are rough but the majority is polite and benevolent. Do not generalize if you come across a scammer or two. In general, they are pretty nice if and welcoming to foreigners.