One of the hottest places in Asia for travelers on a budget to flock to is Vietnam. It’s a friendly country full of incredible food, sights, and experiences to be had. Like every place you go though, you can forge your own experience. If you’re looking for adventure, grab your backpack because Vietnam is right up your alley!
1. Go for the landmarks
While Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the most commonly visited cities in Vietnam, there are plenty of things to see in between too. If you’ve got the time to backpack from north to south, you’ll want to chart your course. But if you’re flying into each city, you can go at your own pace. So whether you visit the floating markets you’ll find on the Mekong Delta, you go cruising on Halong Bay, or you visit the many temples and palaces, you’ll find many experiences to be had.
2. Bargain like a native
In the West, we tend to accept prices at face value. But in Vietnam, bargaining for the best price is the name of the game. Don’t be shy!
3. Stop by the street stalls
Street food in Vietnam is practically a religious experience. Plus, it’s cheap too. You won’t want to miss eating pho, however stick to busy stalls where you can see your food being made. Tap water isn’t safe to drink and you can get sick if your soup hasn’t been thoroughly boiled.
4. See the rice paddies
One of the most common associations with Vietnam is that of rice paddies. You can rent bikes to ride through them and then find cheap lodgings nearby for a truly rustic adventure.
5. Cook like a Vietnamese
Of course, eating the food in the countries you travel to and through is the most intimate way to get to know a place. But learning how to make the food is another great way to have a lasting lifelong impression of a place. Plus, you’ll be able to make your favorite Vietnamese dishes once you’re back home!
6. Rent a motorcycle and ride around
Last but not least, if you’re adventurous and not easily intimidated, you can rent a motorbike and drive yourself around the cities of Vietnam. It’s a unique experience that you will truly remember forever, even if it scares you a bit while in the moment. Go for it!