Vietnam Activities and Itineraries
Our Vietnam trip went from strength to strength – a bit like the country itself in modern times. We arrived in Vietnam off the back of three months on the road – and we were starting to feel it. However, having so much to see and do, we made the most of our time here and have documented some itineraries and activities below.
Our entry to Vietnam was overland from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. We organised our visas from our hotel in Phnom Penh, so it was a simple crossing over the border. As we crossed into the south, our first stop was Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).
A lot of activities are centred around the Vietnam War, which over here, they call the ‘American War’. Saying that, there are plenty of adventures to be had and you can read about our South to North adventure, below.
Tips for travelling around Vietnam
Motorbikes are the number one mode of transport around Vietnam. Generally, we walked around the towns and cities and only hired a bike when getting out of town for the day.
I’d recommend downloading Maps.ME for getting around. As long as you Download the area when you’re in Wi-Fi, it works offline.
EasyRider and Grab (like Uber) are available but we didn’t use any of these.
We used buses when travelling to a new destination. Sleeper buses are an interesting, sometimes terrifying, option that we used a few times.
The language barrier
You’ll find English speaking staff in most hotels and restaurants that cater to westerners. In popular areas, menus also have an English translation, making eating out very easy. We didn’t have any issues at all communicating with locals when travelling through Vietnam.
As with most places these days, Wi-Fi is available in every hotel and restaurant. We bought a SIM card to use the Grab app for transport, but didn’t use it in the end. You can get by on Wi-Fi alone.