We spent two months in Vietnam driving on a Honda Espero Detech motorbike with all our luggage strapped on the sides. We bought the bike in Hanoi and sold it seven weeks later in Ho Chi Minh City for almost the same price. An experience of a lifetime! Here are all the places I recommend visiting :)
The capital of Vietnam. It has the craziest traffic I have ever seen in my life and some of the greatest street food in the world. My favorite thing to do was to find a place with a view of the street and just sit there and watch all the people, vehicles and food stalls that went by.
Bún Bo Nam Bo is my personal favorite out of all the dishes I tried in Vietnam! The place only serves 2 dishes, both are good
Always crowded with locals.
Best Bánh Mí sandwiches in Hanoi!
Pretty amazing to see Ho Chi Minh's final resting place. There is often a really long line but it moves fast.
Bustling with life at all hours. Walk through the 36 streets that each one only sells one kind of product each - bamboo, silk, alumnium etc.
You can go into the real prison chambers and learn about the escape of a few prisoners.
A list of all the places we stayed at during our trip through Northern Vietnam. The north has two major qualities - incredible views and almost NO tourists. We did not meet an english speaking person for days, in return we got pretty good in ordering food with google translate and talking to locals.
Really beautiful place, rice paddies everywhere! Recommend to stay at a farmstay in a bungalow.
Needed to stay here two nights due to weather, very small town.
Touristy. Many people take a night train from Hanoi to here. Recommend doing a homestay with people from the Hmong tribe, check out ETHOS.
Stayed here only overnight on our way from Sa Pa to Ha Giang
Recommend doing the Ha Giang loop on a motorbike, it is extremely beautiful!
Stayed in this place in Yenh Minh - met some really great people that we finished the Ha Giang loop with. Great family dinner!
Northernmost part of Vietnam. Views on the way driving there are AMAZING. Once you get there you can see over to China.
Last part of the Ha Giang loop and considered to be the best. The views are breathtaking
On the border to China. Recommend going up to the temple afterwards, has great views.
Go here instead of staying in Halong Bay!! Cheaper and you get so much more for your money in all the tours! Kayaking into the sunset, swimming with planktons and doing yoga on the beach while the sun was setting was a few of my favorite things to do on Cat Ba.
Abandoned in 1975, used as a hospital in the war. Impressive and cheap entry fee!
Did not stay here, only had lunch. Looked interesting and 'Hippy'. Private beach and easy to get to know people. Far away from Cat Ba town.
Did a 2 day, 1 night tour with this company and really liked it. Visited Halong Bay, swam with planktons and stayed in a floating house
Did the sunset yoga with this company. Recommend it!
Went here four times in two days. Much cheaper than the places on the main street and really good food.
Often called Halong Bay on land. Great stop on the way from Halong Bay down to Phong Nha. Mua Cave viewpoint is a must if you go here
Must see if you go to Tam Coc! Great to go during sunset, the views are amazing!!
Good breakfast, extremely nice owners. Met some really great people during our stay.
Did a sailing tour from this place, it was nice (nothing extravagant though).
Don't skip this place! Easy Tiger hostel is the place to be, don't miss their 9am info talk (don't need to stay there to go to the talk). A company called Oxalis operates tours to Hang En Cave where you sleep inside the cave - definitely something I'm doing next time (was closed when we were there).
Used for storing weapons in the war, very impressive.
The place to be! GREAT food, good happy hours, free info talks, pool, hammocks, a lot of fun people - what more do you need?
Meet Donald Trump - the huge buffalo, give the ducks food and have a delicious Bánh Xeó for lunch.
A few km away but so worth it if you want to relax. Hammocks, a huge swing, river to swim in and great views. Possible to stay overnight.
42.5 kilometers long and goes all the way to Laos.
It is possible to sleep inside this incredible cave! Check Oxalis company for more information.
A city full of history, check out the Citadel and the walking street. Recommend driving through Hai Van Pass to get there or if you don't want to drive yourself you can hire a Vietnamese driver to drive you through the pass.
100 km from Hué. Up to 600 people lived there. 17 children were born in the tunnels. Few tourists, recommend!
Built around 1200, really pretty.
Appeared in a Top Gear show, many people hire a Vietnamese driver to drive with them on a motorbike over the pass. Great views
In Danang which is a city between Hué and Hoi An. We looked at the water mountain, the views at the peak were amazing.
Very touristy but still a must see place in Vietnam. The place of all places to get a tailored suit. I recommend going early in the morning to the old town to see the place without the crowds, watch the locals prepare for the day and maybe have a bowl of morning Pho at a local restaurant.
Best Banh Mi in the world according to Anthony Bourdain! Almost always a line out to the street but it is worth the wait!
The place we did our tailoring at. Quality was good and price in the middle range.
Backpackers party place, more like a hostel. Pay 100k dong (4.5 USD) and drink as much as you can between 8-10 pm. Go there for partying!
Seven generations have lived in that house (and still do). Really interesting
Cheap compared to escape rooms in western countries and really much fun! Unfortunately we did not get out in time - I challenge you to try!
If you are driving on a motorbike then Hoi An to Da Lat is too far in one day. That is the reason we stopped in Quy Nhon, now I recommend to everyone to try out the fantastic hostel on the beach! When you go to Da Lat, buy some delicious strawberries of the street vendors - they are so good!
A hostel ON the beach in Quy Nhon! Also has private rooms. Great place to meet people and relax for a few days! Recommend!!
Has been 27 years in the making - a must see when in Da Lat.
Pagoda made entirely out of mosaic tiles in Da Lat - really impressive.
Recommend going for a drink and get lost in the house - a truly unique experience.
Mui Ne is a beach town with a lot of Russians but I recommend not skipping it. The red and white sand dunes are incredible and the Langson Mui Ne Backpackers Paradise is a great place to meet new people and sleep in a tent ON the beach (must try at least once in a lifetime).
Great hotel for a cheap price! The same hotel across the street has two big pools which you can use as you want - Jackpot!
Go at sunset!
We took a tour from the hotel to see the dunes at sunrise, possible to rent ATV's.
Stayed in a tent on the beach at this hostel. Great team building events - pub quiz, movie nights, poker nights, bonfire etc.
Go at dawn to see the locals bring in the fish in the coconut boats.
Cu Chi Tunnels is a must when staying here. If you fancy a great cocktail, check out the Sky Lounge. Don't forget to try some local street food and check out the markets.
Must visit when in Ho Chi Minh! The story is amazing and I dare you to go into the tunnels.
Located in the same area as the Cu Chi tunnels. Possible to shoot from all kinds of guns, including M16 and AK47.
Huge museum - you could easily spend a whole day there. I really liked it.
360 degree view over the city. Great place for cocktails if you want to splurge a little (it's worth it)
Market with all kinds of stuff. Locals are very aggressive trying to sell you stuff
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