Vietnam Travel Guide For First Time Visitors

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So, you’re thinking of visiting Vietnam? Excellent choice. It was one of the first trips I took to South East Asia, combined with Cambodia and I loved it so much, I went back and spent a few months there. Whether you want to explore the colonial architecture, historic monuments, beaches, floating markets and Vietnamese food or take the famous reunification express train from the top to the bottom of the country, you’re in for a treat. In this guide I’ll share my travel tips for visiting Vietnam. If by the end I’ve not covered something, leave a comment and I’ll … Read more

15 Must-Visit Cities in Vietnam

Vietnam is an incredible country and a popular tourist destination for a reason. The rich culture, good food, and lush nature are perfect for any traveler. Each city in Vietnam is unique, with different sights to see and food to taste. It might be hard to decide where to go. Here are ten must-visit cities in Vietnam that I recommend. 1. Hanoi Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, and definitely a place that I recommend every tourist to visit. Just like Ho Chi Minh City (below), ordering at least one bowl of pho is a must. Once you’re set, … Read more

How to Get a Vietnam Visa

How to get a Vietnam visa used to be a pretty straightforward question – you had to get it in advance, from an embassy. Full stop. However, as tourism continues to increase, the Vietnamese government has begun to adapt. While this is great news because it introduces easier and sometimes cheaper ways to visit Vietnam, the entry rules and methods seem to get more complicated each year. The good news is that I’ve been following these rule changes for some years and I’ve visited Vietnam a few times so in this guide I’ll talk you through your options. I’ll also … Read more

The Best Things To Do In Vietnam

Vietnam holds a very special place in my heart. Not only was it one of the first countries I ever visited as a solo traveller, it’s the country that triggered my desire to quit law and travel the world. In fact, I adore Vietnam so much that when I hit an all-time travel low last year, I bolted there to re-charge my travel batteries and fall back in love with life on the road. With all of that in mind, it’s about bloody time I wrote a thing or two about this long stretch of land in Southeast Asia. This … Read more

How To Make the Most of the Tailors in Hoi An

Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Vietnam that offers a curious combination of colonial France coupled with Oriental charm. However, Hoi An’s UNESCO status is not the only reason this beautiful location is pinned to the travel map. Once a major port on the silk route the town’s perfectly preserved 15th century trading past continues to thrive today as the tailors in Hoi An utilise their magic to produce excellent quality clothes at bargain prices for the seemingly endless passing trade. With two visit under my belt, one in 2010 and another this month, here are my tips for … Read more