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Planning a Vietnam Trip From North To South

Are you planning a Vietnam trip from North to South? Not sure where to start, where to go and how long should you spend there?

Vietnam is a fascinating country – its people, its landscapes and of course its cuisine.  There is nothing like Vietnam anywhere else in the world.  Are you prepared for an adventure of your lifetime? Travel with us and have one of your most memorable journeys ever. If you are a first-timer or a seasoned traveller our Vietnam travel suggestions will have you falling in love with Vietnam over and over again. If you love hiking you have come to the right South East Asia country – some of the best hikes in Vietnam can be found from the north of Vietnam right through to the South including the central region.

(Editor Update 2021)

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We spent several months travelling from the North to the South of Vietnam and to the Mekong Delta into Cambodia. We trekked Sapa and Mai Chau, sailed Halong Bay, enjoyed a sidecar tour in Hoi An, travelled by train from Hanoi to Hue, enjoyed sampan cruises in the Mekong, crept down the Cu Chi tunnels and more.


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Map of Vietnam
Map of Vietnam
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Hoi An in Vietnam
Hoi An

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Vietnam holidays – where do I start?

Is a regular question we get from our travel community. Should they look at taking Vietnam tours or attempt Vietnam “diy” travel? Your Vietnam vacation can include both, it depends on how much time you have, whether you like to be organised all the time or just some of the time. Are you comfortable travelling Vietnam on your own?

Another question we get – Is Vietnam safe? We travelled for 3 months and felt as safe in Vietnam as any other Asian country.

Lonely Planet Vietnam


Vietnam Travel Advice and COVID 19

Before you plan your trip to Vietnam check with your country’s travel department for the latest updates on Vietnam travel restrictions and COVID19 regulations.

Vietnam Travel Tips

Tip #1

To cross the busy roads in Vietnam, you step out confidently and just cross, motorbikes will travel either side of you.  In Danang, in particular, be careful as motorbikes can be joining you on the footpath as you walk along.

Tip #2

Head to the local markets for cheap tasty local cuisine, it is where the locals eat.

Tip #3

Use Grab taxis in major cities, they are cheaper than taxis.  You can download the Grab taxi app before you arrive in Vietnam.

Tip #4

Purchase a 15 day SIM card when visiting Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City and have it delivered to your hotel.

Our top 15 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Vietnam will assist you in deciding whether to hit the beaches, the city, the islands or the mountains on your next Vietnam vacation.

Looking to holiday on one of Vietnam's Islands Click Here

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Places to Visit in Vietnam – Vietnam Itineraries

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Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is located on the west banks of the Red River 140 km from the South China Sea.  It is vibrant, busy and a must-see in any Vietnam itinerary.

Head to the Old Quarter and visit the many lanes and alleyways selling local goods and enjoy local street food.  The weekend walking street market starts on Friday evening at 6 pm and finishes Sunday at midnight.  You can shop for souvenirs, try the local cuisine and enjoy local street theatre as you wander around.  It was one of our favourite weekend adventures.

Another must-do is to visit Hoan Kiem Lake at sunrise and watch the varied types of exercise undertaken by the locals. Some exercise routines you will recognise, others you won’t.  It is the coolest part of the day.

Hanoi - Hoan Kiem Lake
Visiting Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

Fly into Hanoi – we have put together an itinerary on recommended things to do in Hanoi.

Our itinerary includes visiting:

  • take an early morning visit to Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Temple of Literature
  • Military History Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • One Pillar Pagoda
  • Old Quarter Weekend Walking Street Market
  • Visit Beer Street
  • Hanoi Ancient House
  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Popular Tours in Hanoi

Hotel Accommodation in Hanoi

La Siesta Hotel Old Quarter Hanoi
La Siesta Hotel Old Quarter

We have put together an Accommodation Guide for Hanoi.

Pullman Hanoi Hotel
Pullman Hanoi Hotel

We stayed a couple of nights at the luxury Pullman Hanoi Hotel. The Pullman Hanoi is located within walking distance of the Temple of Literature and the War History Museum.  They offer a shuttle bus to the Old Quarter. The bedrooms are luxuriously decorated and the La Cheminee Restaurant offers an extensive breakfast buffet with Asian and Western options.  Try out their lunch and dinner specialities. You can enjoy an evening cocktail or two in their Mint Bar. After a day of sightseeing enjoy a spa treatment, work out in the gym, play a game of tennis or just relax by the pool. You can read about our stay here.

Pullman Hanoi Hotel

You can read travellers reviews on Tripadvisor here.

Our guide covers 5 star, 4 star and 3-star hotels in some of the most popular districts to stay in in Hanoi.

For more Hanoi hotels:

Halong Bay

Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Visit Halong Bay on a cruise from Hanoi for either 1 or 2 nights. We travelled with Emeraude Cruises, the same ship that American Chef Anthony Bourdain sailed on and reported from in his TV series – Parts Unknown.  Our travel tip is to book a 2-night cruise, you can read our story here.

Halong Bay is 170 km from Hanoi and takes approximately 3 hours depending on traffic. The UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of 1600 limestone islands and islets. Imagine sailing through turquoise blue water, visiting a pearl farm, kayaking, visiting caves, taichi at sunrise, cooking class or just relaxing on board.

Choose your length of the tour from 1 day, 2 days or 3 days here.

Halong Bay Hotel Accommodation

Looking where to stay in Halong? We use Hotels Combined when we travel as they have access to over 100 accommodation booking sites to find the best deals of the day.


SapaHead to the North West of Vietnam about 350 km from Hanoi to find the scenic area of Sapa.  When you visit Vietnam you should allow a few days to visit Sapa, an area famous for trekking, local villages, scenic landscapes, lush paddy rice fields, local cuisines, markets and more.

You should plan to spend at least 2 nights minimum.

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
Victoria Sapa Resort

We travelled with Victoria Voyages on their overnight train from Hanoi and stayed at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa.

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

More Hotel Options on Where to stay in Sapa 

Sa Pa Accommodation


Mai Chau

Mai Chau
Visit Mai Chau

Mai Chau is located 3 hours from Hanoi. If you are short of time when visiting Hanoi Mai Chau is an alternative to travelling to Sapa, or if you have unlimited time why not visit both? Mai Chau is perfect for trekking, caving, kayaking, cycling, visiting local markets and enjoying local cuisine.

You can read our article on What To Do in Mai Chau which includes our accommodation at the Mai Chau Lodge here.

Mai Chau Accommodation

Mai Chau Lodge
Luxury accommodation at the Mai Chau Lodge

We can recommend staying at the Mai Chau Lodge.  Just on the outskirts of Mai Chau village the Mai Chau Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, the best of local cuisine, a spa and swimming pool.  You can organise tours through their tours centre for trekking, caving, cycling and more.  We enjoyed a sunset drink on the lake on the property before heading into the restaurant for dinner and a local dance performance later in the evening.

Read what travellers have said about the Mai Chau Lodge here.

Mai Chau Lodge

More Hotel Options on Where to Stay in Mai Chau

Mai Chau Accommodation


Central Vietnam

Inside the carriage of Reunification Express from Hanoi to Hue
Inside the carriage of the Reunification Express from Hanoi to Hue

We travelled by the Reunification Express during the day from Hanoi to Hue. The journey took approximately 15 hours. We would recommend that you book first-class tickets and not the hard seat option.   You can purchase your ticket here.

Travel Tip: Take your own food and drinks with you, make sure your phone is charged to arrange a transfer in Hue to your hotel. There are no ‘grab’ taxis available in Hue at the time of writing.

Buying food on the Reunification Express
Food trolleys aboard the Reunification Express

Food trolleys come around at regular intervals on board the Reunification Express.

Scenic landscapes on the train journey from Hanoi to Hue
A scenic journey from Hanoi to Hue

Which Airport Serves Central Vietnam

Danang is the major international airport that serves Hue, Danang and Hoi An.


Hue was the national capital of Vietnam from 1738 -1775.  Most visitors only allow an overnight visit but we would recommend that you plan at least to spend 4 nights in Hue.  Hue was also the home of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 – 1945. Hue is located on the banks of the Perfume River. We definitely recommend that you add it to your Vietnam itinerary.

What to do in Hue

Enjoy A Vegetarian Food Tour in Hue

Visit the Imperial City

Top Things to do in Hue

Take a Walk of Revolution Tour

More Things To Do in Hue

Where To Stay in Hue 

We can recommend two places to stay in Hue.

Hue Garden Villa Hotel

Hue Garden Villa Hotel
Hue Garden Villa Hotel

Address: 66 Lê Lợi, Phú Hội, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

A well-priced centrally located in Hue with breakfast included, good wifi and a swimming pool.  The staff were excellent, caring and were like family to us. Rooms are large and clean.  The location is perfect for the Weekend Walking Street just a minute’s walk away.

Garden Villa Hotel Hue

Read what travellers have said about the Hue Garden Villa Hotel here.

Emm Hotel Hue

Address: 15 Lý Thường Kiệt, Phú Nhuận, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế,

The Emm Hotel in Hue is located 15 minutes from Hue Walking Street.  The Emm Hotel belongs to a chain of Emm Hotels which is owned and operated by the TMG Travel Group, one of Vietnam’s largest travel groups.  The 3.5 star is decorated in a funky modern style, offers a swimming pool, buffet breakfast and one of the best restaurants in Hue – Spice Viet.

Read what travellers have said about the Emm Hotel in Hue here.

Emm Hotel Hue

To Travel Too Tip:

Our favourite group of hotels throughout Vietnam were Pullman Hotels, Emm Hotels and Victoria Hotels.  Each Emm Hotel has a Spice Viet Restaurant which turned out to be our favourite group of restaurants. The food is fresh, healthy, with an innovative menu and each location has a local speciality which is a must to try.


Danang is located halfway between Hanoi in the North and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the South.  The hotels that are located on the beach experience the best of sunrise, it is worth getting up early just to experience a Danang sunrise.

A visit to the local market is highly recommended: Han Market at 19 Đường Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam.

Dragon Bridge Danang
Dragon Bridge in Danang

The Dragon Bridge, the longest in Vietnam, is illuminated with LED lights and spits fire on the weekends at 9 pm.

Cham Museum Danang

Cham Museum
Spend the morning at the Cham Museum

Address: Số 02 Đ. 2 Tháng 9, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng

The Cham Museum houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.  If you are considering visiting My Son it is recommended that you visit the Cham Museum before.

Things to do in and around Danang

Where to stay in Danang

In Danang, you have options to stay in the city or stay on the beach.

In the city, we stayed at the Mitisa Hotel at 67-69 Nguyen Van Linh Hai Chau close to the Dragon Bridge. The rooms were comfortable, breakfast was included and good wifi. In the evening you can head to the top of the hotel to the swimming pool for 360-degree views over the city and Dragon Bridge.

You can read travellers reviews here.

Mitisa Hotel Danang

Pullman Danang Beach Resort & Spa
Pullman Danang Beach Resort & Spa

We also spent a few nights relaxing on the beach at the luxurious Pullman Danang Beach Resort & Spa. You can read our review below. The Pullman Danang Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect location for families, couples, solo travellers and groups.  There is a variety of accommodation available from rooms to villas and suites.  We thoroughly enjoyed our morning market tour with the cooking class in the afternoon, spa treatments and tai chi in the morning.  Cocktails at sunset were spent on the beach and in their famous bar with stunning views from reception to the beach.

Pullman Danang Beach Resort & Spa – read our review here

Read travellers reviews here.

Pullman Hotel Danang

For more hotel options on where to stay in Danang

 Hotels in Danang


Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Towe
Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An was definitely a favourite town to visit.  The ancient town is located on the river, with colourful buildings and bridges, great restaurants and bars, markets, shopping and more.  It can be very busy especially at sunset when the river comes alive with lantern boats taking tourists for a short cruise up the river.

If you are staying in Hue and want to spend a few nights in Hoi An you can take a private one-way tour (either direction) you can book the transfer here. We looked at all transfer options from train and bus and taking a private tour was the way to go.


A popular tour is an early My Son private tour from your hotel in Hoi An. My Son is a Hindu sanctuary where you can wander the ruins with a tour that leaves your hotel around 4.30 to 5 in the morning when it is the coolest part of the day to visit. For more information and booking click here.

One of our favourite days out in Hoi An was taking a Hidden Hoi-An walking tour where we visited the back streets of Hoi An, met local producers, enjoyed coconut coffee, experienced a theatre performance before cruising in a lantern boat.

If you want a great adventure why not take a sidecar tour to Monkey Mountain, we travelled with the sidecar tours offered by the Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa.  Our tour included the local fishing village in Danang, Monkey Mountain and a gourmet lunch as well as visiting the Lady Pagoda on the hill that overlooks Danang.

An Bang Beach
An Bang Beach

Take a local taxi to the unspoilt An Bang Beach outside of Hoi An.  There are many restaurants to choose from and local water sports are on offer.

More Things To Do in Hoi An




Hoi An Accommodation

If you love colourful and historical cities we recommend that you stay in Hoi An ancient town at:


Emm Hotel Hue
Emm Hotel in Hue

EMM Hotel– about a 10-minute walk to the centre of the Old Town. A modern decorated funky hotel with a swimming pool, pool bar, gym, buffet breakfast, good wi-fi and our favourite Spice Viet restaurant.  We spent a week at the EMM Hotel and loved every minute.  Relaxing by the pool after a day of sightseeing was such a welcome relief. You can even enjoy a transfer to their sister hotel the Victoria Hoi An Resort & Spa and use their facilities.

You can read travellers reviews here.

Emm Hotel Hoi An


Ha An Hotel Hoi An
Ha An Hotel in Hoi An’s ancient town

Ha An Hotel– in the centre of the Old Town at 06-08 Phan Boi Chau Son Phong.  If you want to be right in the action the Ha An Hotel is the recommended choice. One minute from the hotel and you are right in the middle of the Hoi An market and a little further down the road you will be spoilt for choice for restaurants.  The Ha An Hotel has a colonial feel, a good breakfast is included, good strong wifi and swimming pool. We spent 5 nights staying here with friends and loved every minute of our stay.

You can read travellers reviews here.

EHa An Hotel Hoi An

Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa

For beach accommodation, we can recommend the Victoria Hoi An Resort & Spa on Cua Dai Beach. You can read our review below:

Located on Cua Dai Beach is the luxurious Victoria Hoi An Resort & Spa about 15 minutes from the centre of Hoi An. The hotel offers a swimming pool, private beach, gym, spa, tennis courts, sidecar tours, great restaurants and local entertainment on regular evenings all in a luxurious setting.  You won’t want to leave – ever!

You can read travellers reviews here.

Victora Hoi An Resort & Spa

If you are on a budget but still would like to enjoy a beach vacation we can also recommend:


Hoi An Blue Seaside Homestay
Hoi An Blue Seaside Homestay

Hoi An Blue Seaside Homestay on Dien Ban – a 20-minute walk along the beach will bring you to the famous Ang Bang beach with its restaurants and bars. Comfortable budget style accommodation with good wifi available for guests.  A small restaurant is on site serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You can read travellers reviews here.

 Hoi An Blue Seaside Homestay


Southern Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is the financial capital of Vietnam.  A vibrant city which offers so much for the traveller.  We spent two weeks enjoying all that HCMC or Saigon as it is still known has to offer.

Whether you have 3 days, 5 days or more you will love Ho Chi Minh City.

Book your airport transfer here

What to do in Ho Chi Minh City

One of our favourite tours was a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels just outside Ho Chi Minh City.

There are many options to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels:



Popular Food Tours of Ho Chi Minh City


Popular Ho Chi Minh City Tours


Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City 

For location, you cannot beat staying in District One in Ho Chi Minh City. Most of the top attractions in Hanoi are in walking distance of District One.

Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre

For 5-star luxury accommodation, we stayed at the Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel. You can read our review below:

The Pullman Saigon Centre in District One

You can read other travellers reviews here

Pullman Saigon Hotel

For 3-star accommodation in District 1 we can recommend the Lotus Boutique Hotel at 55/29-31-33 Le Thi Hong Gam Street with its rooftop pool, free breakfast and fast free WiFi. It is a popular hotel so we recommend that you book in advance.

You can read other travellers reviews here.

Lotus Boutique Hotel Saigon

More hotel options for Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon hotels


What To Do and Where To Stay in the Mekong Delta

Can Tho in the Mekong Delta

Can Tho
Can Tho

Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta and the 4th largest in Vietnam.  Can Tho is located on the banks of the Hau River.  You can cruise the canals, visit floating markets and local rice paper makers, fruit growers and more.  We can recommend heading into Can Tho and visit the local market in the evening.

We spent 4 days visiting the Mekong Delta with Victoria Voyages staying in Can Tho and Chau Doc. Our time was spent cruising the canals of the Mekong Delta, visiting floating markets and local producers, day trips to Nui Sam and more.

Popular Mekong Delta Tours



Where To Stay in the Mekong Delta

Victoria Can Tho Resort
Victoria Can Tho Resort

For luxury accommodation when staying in Can Tho we suggest the Victoria Can Tho Resort.

Travel Tip:

Take the hotel shuttle boat to the centre of Can Tho and visit the evening local market.

You can read our review below:

Victoria Can Tho Resort

You can read other travellers reviews here.

Victoria Can Tho Resort Hotel

More hotel options for Can Tho

Can Tho Hotels


Chau Doc

Chau Doc
Chau Doc

Chau Doc is the gateway to Cambodia and is located on the Hau River a tributary of the Mekong Delta. If you are considering travelling onto Cambodia to visit Phnom Penh or Angkor Wat the river border crossing is one of the easiest crossings we have done in Asia.

Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
Victoria Chau Doc Resort

For luxury accommodation in Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta we recommend the Victoria Chau Doc Resort. You can read our review below.

Victoria Chau Doc Resort.

You can read travellers reviews here.

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Victoria Nui Sam Hotel
Victoria Nui Sam Lodge

The sister hotel to the Victoria Chau Doc resort is the Victoria Nui Sam Lodge perched high on the mountains outside Chau Doc with magnificent views over the delta and terraced rice fields. You can organise to visit the Victoria Nui Sam Lodge from the Victoria Chau Doc hotel.

You can read travellers reviews here.

Victoria Nui Sam Hotel

More accommodation options in Chau Doc

Chau Doc Hotels

More options on what to do in Vietnam – our latest travel articles:

Top Vietnamese Restaurant Guide

Our top Vietnamese Restaurant Guide covering restaurants located in:

  • Cai Be
  • Da Lat
  • Hanoi
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Mai Chau
  • Mui Ne
  • Nha Trang
  • Ninh Binh
  • Nui Sam
  • Sapa

Our favourite restaurants in Vietnam



Lantern Restaurant in Hanoi
Lantern Restaurant

Lantern Restaurant, 80 Ma May Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter Hanoi

We loved their local cuisine and the menu offered great vegetarian options as well as their happy hour options.  You can sit at the front of the restaurant watching the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.

Banh Mi 25, 25 Hang Ca Street, Old Quarter Hanoi

Banh Mi 25
Banh Mi 25

For the best Vietnamese Banh Mi in the Hanoi Old Quarter head to Manh Mi 25.  There are also vegetarian options of the sandwich available on the menu. Be prepared to queue for take away as well as being seated, it is very popular.


Beer Street, Ta Hien Street, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi

Beer Street - Ta Hien Street Hanoi
Vibrant Beer Street

Busy Beer Street comes alive in the evening where you sit and drink on plastic stools outside in the street.

Au O Vietnam Kitchen, 13a Lý Thường Kiệt, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội,

Au O Vietnam Kitchen Hanoi
Au O Kitchen

For trendy upmarket dining in the French Quarter of Hanoi you cannot go past Au O Vietnam Kitchen. We loved the excellent local cuisine and decor.  Vegetarian options are available.

Lighthouse Sky Bar, 27 Hàng Bè, Old Quarter, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000

Lighthouse Sky Bar Hanoi
Lighthouse Sky Bar Old Quarter Hanoi

Hanoi has some great Sky Bars which are perfect for sunset drinks with stunning views over the Old Quarter of Hanoi.  Our favourite is the Lighthouse Sky Bar above the La Siesta Premium Hotel at St, Old Quarter, No 27 Hàng Bè, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội.


Le Gecko Sapa
Le Gecko Sapa

For casual dining in Sapa our favourite restaurant was Le Gecko at Sapa Town, 033 Xuân Viên, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai 330000. Centrally located Le Gecko offers French, European and Asian cuisine.


Whilst visiting Hue we enjoyed eating out at 2 restaurants.

Spice Viet at 15 Lý Thường Kiệt, Phú Nhuận, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế,

Spice Viet Restaurant Hue
Spice Viet Restaurant in Hue

We love the decor of the Spice Viet restaurant chain. The menu is excellent serving local cuisine, ask what the local speciality is when you order.  There is a good range of vegetarian dishes available and the service is excellent.

San May Vegetarian Restaurant at 8 Thanh Tịnh, Vỹ Dạ, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

San May Restaurant HueRated one of Hue’s best Vegetarian Restaurant San May is located in a 100-year-old villa. The food is excellent even if you are not a vegetarian you will be impressed with their menu.

Hoi An

Spice Viet at 187 Lý Thường Kiệt, Street, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000

Spice Viet Hoi An Restaurant
Spice Viet in Hoi An

Located in the grounds of the EMM Hotel Spice Viet is a firm favourite of ours. Excellent local cuisine and service won us over every time we visited. Ask for the local Hoi An speciality dish when you visit.

For the best coconut coffee in Hoi An head to Phin Coffee at 132/7 Trần Phú, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam.  Phin Coffee is only a 3-minute walk from the Japanese Covered Bridge. You can enjoy the best coconut coffee and cafe-style meals in a tranquil garden setting.

Minh Hein Vegetarian Restaurant is located at 50 Tran Cao Van, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Phường Minh An Hội An Quảng Nam.

Minh Hein Vegetarian Restaurant
Minh Hein Vegetarian restaurant

A busy vegetarian restaurant in Hoi An, you will need to make a booking when you visit.   The extensive vegetarian menu will have you returning night after night.

Ho Chi Minh City

Secret House Restaurant

Secret House Restaurant
Secret House Restaurant Saigon

The Secret House Restaurant is located at 1 Lê Thị Hồng Gấm, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam just a few doors down from the Lotus Boutique Hotel. The decor is stunning and the local Vietnamese food is excellent.  There is an interior courtyard for diners, we recommend that you choose a table in this area for its ambience.

You can read diners reviews here

Sen (Our favourite Vegetarian Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City)

Sen Vegetarian Restaurant Saigon
Sen Vegetarian Restaurant

We ate at Sen most nights during our stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Sen Restaurant is located at 171 Nguyen Thai Hoc Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 700000 Vietnam.  It is a Vegetarian’s delight with an extensive menu that would take you weeks to work your way through it.

Pho Cong

Pho Cong Saigon Restaurant
You must try Pho at Pho Cong!

Pho Cong is a popular local Vietnamese restaurant with locals and visitors located at 142 Le Thi Hong Gam Nguyen Thai Binh, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. Pho Cong’s famous Pho dish comes with large side dishes of chilli, lettuce, bean sprouts and herbs. There are 4 different beef Pho dishes and the vegetarian springs rolls are tasty and crisp.

Cai Be

Le Longanier

Le Loganier Restaurant Cai Be
Le Longanier Restaurant Cai Be – Elephant Ear Fish

Le Longanier is located at 49 Hamlet 5 Phu An Village, Cai Be Vietnam. You can dine in luxury in a traditional Vietnamese Villa in a lush tropical garden setting.  Le Longanier is part of the Victoria Hotel and Resort chain of TMG and you can enjoy lunch there on a Mekong Delta tour operated by Victoria Hotels. The set lunchtime menu is excellent serving local Vietnamese cuisine with vegetarian options.  The elephant ear fish spring rolls was a definite favourite of ours.  The Villa reminds you of the French colonial past with its luxurious decor.  We were greeted at the gate by one of the staff members dressed in traditional Vietnamese dress the Ao Dai which added to the atmosphere and setting of this outstanding restaurant.


Visa Travel Guide – Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Most travellers visiting Vietnam will need to apply for an e-visa online before arrival.  Some countries are exempt and there are plans to increase the number of visa-free countries to boost the country’s economy.  Tourism is very important to the growth of Vietnam.

Our affiliate partner for visas is iVisa.  Check below for details and costs for obtaining visas online through iVisa.

Which Airport In Vietnam Do You Fly Into

One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive.  Our Vietnam Airports Travel Guide can be read here and it will be regularly updated.

Flights Into Vietnam

Vietnam Airlines is the country’s major airline.

Vietnam Flight Deals

Find the cheapest flights with Skyscanner who then directs you to the airline’s website with no extra fees to pay.

Transport Around Vietnam

For bus, rail and ferry tickets around Vietnam, we use 12goAsia.

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Planning a Vietnam Trip


Planning a Vietnam Trip


Planning a Vietnam Trip

Conclusion: We hope we have given you some of the best Vietnam trip ideas.  When you plan your trip to Vietnam ensure that you are aware of the weather during that time.  We think the best way to tour Vietnam is on a diy travel basis. Vietnam is such an easy country to travel around by rail and by flying, it is easy to book things as you go.


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