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.
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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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.