A Backpacker’s Guide to Vietnam

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.
~ John Lennon

Southeast Asia is certainly one of many traveller’s must-see destination.  A backpacking haven for the independent budget travellers that is home to great deals of idyllic beaches, mouthwatering cuisines, ancient temples, historical places, and more. It offers a great year-round Asian holiday destination.

On our recent trip to Vietnam, I feel fortunate that we lived in the same continent, thus favouring us the easy opportunity to explore all the remarkable places out of my own country.

Although a weekend seemed limited for our Ho Chi Minh & Mui Ne trip, it turned out wickedly overwhelming. The 3-days journey were packed with various activities from hunting some bargain stuff, a trip to the beach, a mad rush to the sahara to watching sunset at the fishing village. You bet, our adrenalines gone crazy that “rest” wasn’t an option.

With the increasing number of budget airlines these days, searching for cheap Vietnam airfares is easy. There are even websites where you can find the best airfare deals and compare cheap flights to any holiday destinations.

Beyond the famous limestones in Ha Long Bay, Here are more reason to pack your bags and head to Vietnam:

Gourmet Treats

Rice noodles is a part of Vietnamese culture and no meal is complete without a compliment of fresh vegetables and herbs. For the coffee connoisseurs, a variety of iced coffee to try with. Ca phe sua da is an excellent choice to cool down from Vietnam’s hot & humid weather.  The Vietnamese spring rolls are to die for.

Authentic Beef Pho, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Ca phe sua da (Vietnamese Iced Coffee)

Shop ’till you drop

Saigon is a bargain-hunters paradise. Dotted at the heart of city are local markets and shops which offers a wide array of colorful handicrafts, souvenir shirts, apparels, paintings, local spices, ceramics, lacquer wares, woodworks,  gift items and more.

 Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City. At the backpackers district, the city never sleeps.

A piece of the Sahara

Mui Ne is a coastal town, five hours away from Ho Chi Minh City. Hidden somewhere is a sea of sands, weaved into stunning ridges by rustling wind. Known as the driest land in Southeast Asia, Mui Ne sand dunes changes colors from bright white to gold to red at sunset.

Mui Ne White sand Dunes

Get a Tan!

Mui Ne Beach is a tropical paradise for kitesurfing and windsurfing. A mixed selection of budget and upscale resorts, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops stretch along the 10 km beach coast.

Mui Ne Beach as far as the eyes can see

Vietnam definitely fits in to our list of best-value cities in Asia. A weekend isn’t enough to explore a town or two, but without a doubt, left us all the reasons to go back and discover more.

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  • Reply Jessy October 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Nice photos and experience. Thank you for sharing. I always dream and wish that I can also travel out of the country.

    I never tire to learn new things, places and meet people.

    • havenhunter
      Reply havenhunter October 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Jessy, never stop dreaming and make sure you do something to be one step closer in reaching your dream :) I’ll see you around. :)

  • Reply Paula O October 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I will read this post again once I’ll be visiting Vietnam! :-D hehhe

  • Reply The Bounce Magazine November 13, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Great read! I wanna visit Mui Ne Beach so bad. I’m heading out to Thailand in March. I’m def gonna ad Vietnam to my itinerary now!

  • Reply 5 Budget Destinations in Asia | Weekend Haven April 27, 2013 at 1:30 am

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