The Adventure of travelling alone in Vietnam

 

Vietnam is another country in South East Asia which is seeing the amount of tourists visiting it, increase on a regular basis. There is much to see and do in this Communist country with an estimated population of around 87 million. Much like a lot of the other tourist rich countries in the region, there are full on luxurious accommodation available quite reasonably priced, but then you can also travel relatively easily on a strict budget as well. Travelling on a budget can be an excellent way to really get your hands dirty and explore exactly what a country has to offer. With its mixture of its own culture and the French Colonial past as well, Vietnam does have a unique feel and flavor and can be a wonderful county to explore.
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Vietnam has a long coast line with the South China Sea, so a great way to explore the country is to start in the capital city in the north of the country, which is called Hanoi. A popular destination to go to from here is Halong Bay. Here you will see hundreds and hundreds of picturesque limestone islets dotted around the area which makes for a spectacular view, especially with the right lighting and time of day. This is a good place to explore for a few days and pamper yourself before starting your journey to the south. Once you have finished here the best option is to go back to Hanoi and arrange transport from there. It is roughly around a 3 hour bus journey so can easily be done in half a day.

Travel to Hue
Hue is located in central Vietnam and is the old capital of the Nguyễn Lords. It is on the banks of the Perfume River and is a popular spot for tourists to explore. You can get there from Hanoi by Plane, Train, Bus or Minivan and the cost of transport is quite cheap so you should be able to get something comfortable within your budget. Hue boasts more Buddhist Monasteries than anywhere else in the country and is also home to the country’s most famous monks. There is a range of tourist attractions on offer within the area and a lot of these are geared towards the Vietnam War. From the Demilitarized Zone which divided the country north and south to the Vinh Moc Tunnels which were used to house and protect the population during intense bombing of the country. There are some grim reminders of the bloody conflict which are preserved for the tourists to explore. You can also see the American base of Khe Sanh which housed the US Marines and also had an airstrip. As well as the military sites to see you are also not far away from the coast in Hue and can also take in the local culture and ambience and get a real reflection of the people rather than that portrayed in all of the films made about the country and its conflicts.

Exploring Hoi An
Hoi An is home to approximately 120,000 peo0ple and it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city has been of strategic interest throughout the millennia due to its large harbor. This made it a key port for controlling the precious spice trade and brought it much commercial success.  Now days, it attracts a lot of the tourists which go to Vietnam and has some picturesque beaches. Why not take part in one of the yoga classes on the beach, with the picturesque setting and view it is a truly wonderful way to relax when you tour Vietnam. You can also enjoy taking in traditional Vietnamese music and dance by visiting the traditional theatre. After the show try some of the local delicacies on offer in the street stalls and markets and experience some wonderful cuisine and is fantastic value for money. You can also go on a tour of the old town as the harbor was the largest in Asia in the 1st century. There are also a few small museums that are dotted around the city which give you a glimpse at the heritage of the people and can give you an image of life in the days gone by. There is an especially good ceramic museum called the Museum of Sa Huỳnh Culture. This houses over 430 ceramic items on show and the age of the pieces ranges from the 8th to the 18th century. You will also find a lot of colonial buildings in the older quarter of the city which stand out and give the city a unique character of its own.

On to Ho Chi Minh City
After you have had you fill of Hoi An you can make the final leg of the journey south to Ho Chi Min city, formerly known as Saigon. The city is built on the banks of the Saigon River and is located approximately 1,760km south from the capital city of Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City is full of great sights and sounds as well as smells also. There are a lot of museums dedicated to the war here but you will also find a rich tapestry of local history and culture as well. Why not visit the Saigon Culinary Arts Centre and learn to cook a few of the local delicacies yourself? This is a very popular attraction with a lot of the visitors here. Or you could see the city from the splendid Skydeck of the Bitexco Financial Tower and get a bird’s eye view of this bustling city which is home to over 9 million people if you include all of the surrounding suburbs. With lots of Temples, Palaces and places of interest to see and also lots of great things to do, you will be able to spend many days exploring all that this city has to offer. If you have enough exploring and want to have a bit of fun, you can try visiting the Dam Sen water park which will help keep you feeling cool and refreshed whilst also having a lot of fun in the process. Vietnam is a great place to explore especially if you have plenty of time. The people are wonderful and the scenery is also spectacular as well. If you really submerge yourself in all that Vietnam has to offer, then you are sure to come away with some amazing memories of your holiday!

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This article was written by Ted Hunter on behalf of Travel Republic. www.travelrepublic.co.uk specializes in holidays to Vietnam as well as thousands of other destinations throughout the world. You will be able to find you ideal holiday with Travel Republic. Ted is a seasoned traveller who spent 3 years travelling South East Asia with friends and also by himself. He likes to share his experiences in the blogs and articles that he writes.