VIETNAM

November, 2017

Vietnam was one of the best places I have ever been, especially the north. I could and WILL go back and spend a lot more time exploring. It offers something for everyone.

SOUTHERN VIETNAM

MEKONG DELTA

Accommodation: Dinh Thanh Cong

 

Food: Street Food is the way to go, usually at a night market.

 

Activities: Mekong River Overnight Boat Tour - Can Tho: This is much more touristy, and if you want to see the biggest floating market...this is the tour. I wanted to see something more authentic, and there are about 15 villages on the Mekong. 

Tra Su Forrest Tour - this is also on the Mekong, and is perfect. It's much more rural and off the beaten track, called Chau Doc. It cost $20, and this gentleman will happily organize for you: sanhuynhhappy@yahoo.com. (7am-Midnight)

HO CHI MINH

Accommodation: Khoi Hostel or Saigon Backpackers Hostel (really central!)

Activities: - Ben Than Market

- War Remenants Museum (one of the hardest and heaviest things I did on my trip. It brought me to tears. Highly recommend, but dont plan much else afterwards).

- Cu Chi Tunnels (worth it! very touristy but really interesting to see)

DALAT

Accommodation: Dalat Alan Hostel - This place is awesome, super cheap, includes free breakfast and has a family dinner also free which is a great way to meet people. I ended up meeting some of my best friends here.

 

Food: Maze Bar

100 Rooftops Bar

Coffee!!! 

Activities: Canyoning Tour (with Viet Action tours). The guides are crazy but we had SO MUCH FUN!

Dalat Countryside Tour OR Rent a motorbike

PHOTO BY: VIET ACTION TOUR CO

CENTRAL VIETNAM

HOI AN

Accommodation: Mama's House Guesthouse or Little Leo Homestay

Food: Cafe 43 (3,000d beer on tap!)

Banh Mi Phuong

Banh Mi Queen

Nu Eatery

Ganesha Indian Restaurant

Coffee!!!

Activities: Ancient "Old" Town (spend a day here)

Tailoring (look around. bargain. DO NOT go to a place recommended by a hostel or homestay. The prices are jacked and they make 50% commission).

Cau Rai Beach - Cycle Here!

My Son Temple

Cham Island

Cooking Class - WITH CAFE 43! (Highly recommend. Other places charge 50$ but this one was $7 total, and we got to learn 6 dishes. It was SO much fun).

DANANG

Accommodation: Danang Beach Hotel

Activities: Dragon Bridge

Marble Mountain

BOTH VERY TOURISTY

© Kelli Spencer Photography

NOTHERN VIETNAM

HANOI

Accommodation: Hanoi 3B Hotel or Republik Hostel (the free breakfast here is AMAZING!)

Food: Giant Cafe for the local 'egg' coffee

Aubergine Cafe

Bun Bo Nam Bo (I ate here once a day...)

Banh Mi 25

Buncha "Obamas Place" (Buncha is my favorite vietnamese food...and for some reason people don't know about it...find this place or try BunCha. And don't worry...it's supposed to be served luke-warm to cold)

Activities: Old Quarter - 1 day and find the railway. (3pm weekends and 7pm weekdays)

Perfume Pagoda

Day Trip to Tam Coc

HALONG BAY & CAT BA ISLAND

Accommodation: Victor Charlie Hostel (Cat Ba Island)

Happy Halong Hostel (Halong Bay)

Thao Minh New Star Hotel (Cat Ba Island)

Activities: Cat Ba National Park (Rent a motorbike and hike to the top!!!! Incredible views, and no one goes here)

Bai Tho Mountain (The iconic view is here)

Day Cruise through Halong Bay and Lan Ha BayBetter than the overnight cruise...and only about $15!

Kayaking Halong Bay

Rock Climbing 

Hiking

Free Diving

CAÓ BANG

Accommodation: Primrose Homestay

Activities: Ban Gioc Dietian Waterfalls (we rented motorbikes and this is a HAUL on a bike. You can also book a tour out to here. It's worth it. If you are comfortable on a bike, rent one and explore for a very full day or overnight. Be careful not to drive into China!)

Nguòm Ngao Cave

Off-road hikes!