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Vietnam community

First time in Vietnam, tips and places please :)

2 months ago

HI! It's my first time to visit Vietnam this coming March. I was wondering what places should i visit. Also, are there any good beach / surf spots in Vietnam? Thank you!

23 comments
Vietnam
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2 months ago

Hi,
Vietnam is not only a really beautiful country but also having affordable travel fee.
I don't know how long you intend to visit Vietnam, but here is my suggestion about your trip:
Hanoi city 1 day (remember to explore Hanoi street food. It's amazing); Sapa 2 or 3 days (a mountain province with rice terrace field and Fansipan); Ninh Binh 1 or 2 days (rowing in a boat in a rural Vietnam); Halong 2 days (should overnight on a cruise); fly to Danang - Hanoi An 2 days (should spend on time on learning a cooking class, and get experience on Hoian Farming and fishing tour - it's highly recommended); Fly to Ho Chi Minh city - visit Mekong Delta and Cu Chi tunnels.
The total day should spend for 10 - 14 days.
For a stuff sport, you can join sea snorkeling in Danang. The beach in Danang is also a perfect choice for you

Philippines
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2 months ago

Thank you so much! 😊

United Kingdom
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7 days ago

Did you manage to get to VN😊😊😊

Denmark
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1 month ago

you put to much in no time to breath

Canada
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2 months ago

Hanoi, Sapa, NInh BInh & Halong bay is a must in the northern Vietnam!

Canada
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2 months ago

Mui Ne is known for kite surfing, It’s about $50 US/Hour but if that’s what you’re interested in. That’s a popular place!

Myanmar
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2 months ago

if you are solo travler, at Hanoi, highly recommed the Hanoi Culture Hostel. it's very clean and close to everything. the staffs are friendly too. Hanoi, a really safe and very fancinating place to stay, is busy with motorbikes and people. Must try the black coffee near the St. Joseph's Cathedral. Must visit the hanoi ceramic mosaic road, those details will blow your mind. Must try street food. At Hanoi train station railway, don't eat anything given by friendly sisters, it may seem like they treat you for FOC, but soon after you finish eating, they will ask for money. it's no harm, though. I'd been there! When they asked higher price, I literally cut the price to the lowest, LOL, ended with smiling. It's a thing there but it's definely no-worry-thing. Must go Sapa, if you reach to Hanoi, Can take a night sleeping-bus, it will stop around 4-5 early in the morning. When the bus hits Sapa, don't stop your journey by taking a nap or whatever, just walk straight to the Sapa lake, the sun rise view will make your day! Then go to station buy train ticket to Fansiban cable car station, or you can take a motor bike to the station. Go early! the earlier u get the Fansiban, the nicer the view is!! i reached top of the mountain at 7:30, best timing! the cloud is clear, can take a view of those sea of clounds. Later around 9-10 am, it will get forgy. so better get to the top early. P.s bring warm clothes, hot-water possible when you go Sapa, and don't forget to take great photos !!

United Kingdom
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7 days ago

Good description

Australia
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2 months ago

Phu quo, and Hoi An, I visit twice a year, Hoi An has everything, spend time in the ancient town, and at An Bang Beach, also not far from Da Nang that has amazing beaches. Phu Quoc Island is amazing, but don't stay in Duong Dong, stay out a little, see real Vietnam

India
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2 months ago

Can anyone provide details on Ba Na Hills trip. If we can get any tour from Hoi An or we need to first touch Da Nang to board a trip.
Most important - Is it really worth visiting ?

Chile
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2 months ago

Hello! It's worth a visit, it's an artificial place, but with a charm, it's a 4000-metre mountain, so it's a walk you have to take.

New Zealand
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2 months ago

If you check it out on Tripadvisor then youll have an idea. I though tour to get there were over price so hired a motorcycle instead. Its been describe as the vietnam disneyland. We enjoyed it.

Hi, it easy just ask the Hotel staff they can arranged the group trip each pax cost around 1,350.000 mil VND including cable car ticket an buffet lunch at Bana Hill. Very interesting place nice whether cold and windy. Morning trip at 8am and will be back at 6pm in the evening.

Australia
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2 months ago

Hmm, quite a number of respondents seem to have missed the bit about beaches/surf

Bit overcast and cold up here in the North at the moment but if you are interested in beaches, Cat Ba gives you sandy beaches, reasonable prices and a view of the famous bay without having to go on a cruise. Well geared up for tourism, plenty of English spoken and reasonable prices - which cant be said of a lot of Nth Vietnam.

In the central area, Danang/Hoi An is famous for the beaches. Danang, like Saigon and Hanoi also has direct international flights, does not suffer as much from the pollution of the other large VN cities and again, has reasonable prices. Hoi An is only 25k from Danang and you also have Ba Na Hills about 25k inland if you get sick of beach life.

Further south, Qui Nhon is famous among Vietnamese as "The" beach spot and those foreign tourists who get off the main tour routes seem to agree.

Then you have Nha Trang further south again (though I hear it is overrun with Russian and Chinese development). Further still you have Mui Nui and Vung Tahu which are major beach retreats for the Saigonese.

Further south you get into the Mekong delta area and more mud flats than beaches. Phu Quoc is an island at the southern tip of South Vietnam, close to the Cambodian border and is being developed/promoted and enjoyed as the newest VN beach destination.

Lots of info on Google about all these places. VN has lots of different destinations to suit every taste but I believe the above are the pick of the crop as regards beach culture.

Enjoy

United Kingdom
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1 month ago

Hanoi. Sapa. Halong bay. Dont try to cram to much in .you need to get to know the Vietnamese people😁😁😊😊

Australia
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1 month ago

I agree. Cramming too much in and you need a vacation again when you return! We’ve had 5 days already just in Hanoi and haven’t been bored. Broke it up with a cruise in Ha Long Bay, which was fabulous although photo opportunities aren’t great with the weather in the north at the moment. It’s been foggy and misty! And chilly.

United Kingdom
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1 month ago

Phong Nha is worth a visit beautiful countryside and the caves are amazing, we stayed just outside of town at Lucky Homes the riverside location is lovely and peaceful. The weather in the north let us down a bit so SaPa was disappointing for the views but certainly a very different place to visit (-3 and snow on mount Fansipan) We’re in Hoi An at the moment very relaxed atmosphere, yes very touristy but still lovely. Hue is also a very relaxed place to visit. Where you visit depends what you want from Vietnam so do your research. Have a great time, keep it flexible, don’t pack too much in and you can always change your plans as you go.

Vietnam
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1 month ago

I quite love travelling , especially natural places. If you are a loved beach's person, I advise you should travel to Nam Du Insland (Kien Giang where i will visit at the end of Feb, 2020). Besides, Phu Quoc Insland( Kien Giang), Nha Trang beach ( Nha Trang), Da Nang Beach( Da Nang) or newest in Quy nhon ( so cheap services and natural Beach, a little poor places). if you want to visit mountain or Plateau, i suggest you should visit Ha Giang, Moc chau Plateau( they are so natural, peaceful and almost youngers tend to come here), Sapa, Ninh Binh ( very famous in North of Vietnam). In the south of VN, you can travel to some place ( Ben tra, can Tho, Tien Giang, Ca mau ) where a massive fruits can supply not only for our country but also for exporting oversea countries.
I have been living in hanoi, so you can contact me, i will support to you if i have free time at that time :)

Denmark
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1 month ago

In Phu Quoc all the beaches are own by the hotels

United Arab Emirates
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1 month ago

Hi All, nice to see your passion and enthusiasm to assist, I have a query too :)
My trip is scheduled from 28/02 to 10/03 and I was so excited to visit Vietnam, as this was my first time there. But due to Novel Coronavirus outbreak, the level of excitement has comedown a bit.
Therefore, people out there in Vietnam . . what would you suggest to your friend? shall I still go ahead with the trip? will it be as enjoyable as it would have been prior to this health crisis? Do you there is a possibilities of some tourists attractions shut by the authorities? I am supposed to land at HCM, stay couple of days and then way up to Da Lat, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hoi An and Hanoi with Ha Long Bay cruise . . . . . What have you got to say?

Cheers and have a great one!

Ireland
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1 month ago

I am in Vietnam now and feel safe and comfortable.

Denmark
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1 month ago

I am going for the third time now to Vietnam. The touroperators are well educated and my lesson was that all the tours were good and you could make your tours on the distination (one day tours). There is a lot of operators in Vietnam so by doing the reservation in vietnam you can safe your money.
Henrik

Australia
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21 days ago

My husband and I would love to visit Ha Giang loop area firstly as it’s near the China border is it safe (corona virus ) and secondly can we easily do this in a private car ?