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VIETNAM

Home of the picturesque paddy fields and some very unique beaches.

Vietnam offers an incredible mix of history and culture. It has some really unique topography from sprawling rice fields of Sapa to the limestone Krasts of Halong bay. Even a month seems less to see the whole of Vietnam. We travelled for 21 days across north and south Vietnam and here is an itinerary for three weeks.

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LET'S PLAN

When is it a good time to visit Vietnam?

The best time to visit Vietnam is during the spring (February to April) and Autumn (August to October). During these periods, temperatures are moderate and rainfall is less. If you want to see the Rice Paddy fields of Sapa in their glory, August to October is the best time otherwise the spring is a really good time.

Who should I go with?

It’s a prefect place for everyone. There are many activities to indulge in with your family and also romantic resorts to go with your partner. It is an incredible destination for group of friends and solo backpackers alike. 

What should I pack?

Vietnam is a budget destination and no special considerations need to be given.

Is a Visa required?

Vietnam requires an E-Visa for most countries. It is really easy to get, you just have to upload a photo copy of your passport and a passport sized photo.  You should get your visa in 3-5 working days. 
To apply for visa visit their official website here.

How do you travel within the country?

To travel intra-city you can hire a motorbike. 
Inter city travel is best done by bus and trains. If you have the budget, flights are also available between some destinations.
To travel within cities you can use the following two sites to get the best train and buses for your travels.

What’s the budget like?

Vietnam is a budget destination and the accommodation and travel within is really cheap.
 
Here are some basic prices for reference:
Bed in a dormitory in a  decent hostel – INR. 400-600
Meal for two – INR 350-400
Beer – INR 100
Bike rental per day – INR 350
Inter City AC sleeper Bus – INR 900 – 1200

PLACES TO GO

HANOI AND SAPA

Stop 1 - Hanoi
Hanoi is a bustling city in north Vietnam with a lot of history and culture and roadside restaurants offering mouth watering Vietnamese cuisine. It offers a great introduction to Vietnamese people and their culture and is often the first or the last stop for a lot of tourists.. You can easily get bike rentals per day at a cost ranging from INR 300-450 and it is a great way to explore the vast city. Three days is an adequate time to see most of the iconic locations of the city.
Accomodations:
The most popular form of accommodations are the Hostels in the old Quarter. We stayed in Vietnam Backpacker Hostel and our stay was pretty good. There was a bar at the rooftop where you could mingle with other travelers. Most of the hostels have bars attached to them with pub crawls happening several times a week.  Price for a bed in a dormitory is usually around INR 450.00
If you do not want to stay at a hostel, other options include homestays, BnB, boutique hotels and Luxury Hotels. Most of the mid range and high end hotels are located near Hoan Kiem Lake. They offer incredible views of the lake but are way pricier than budget options.
Places to visit in Hanoi:
Old Quarter – It is the historic civic core of Hanoi and is the trade hub of Hanoi. It is filled with historical buildings with narrow meandering lanes. It houses majority of the hotels and hostels. It is a great place to get cheap accommodations in hostels for a price as low as INR 500. With a range of restaurants, pubs and clubs, old quarter has a very lively nightlife. We spent the major part of our time in old quarter exploring the local delicacies. Bahn Mi from Bahn Mi 25 and the fresh spring rolls with egg coffee from Hoang’s restaurant was the highlight of our trip. Most of the traveling in old quarter is best done on foot as bike parking is a serious problem here. With most of the hostels offering free pub crawl, its a great way to meet fellow travellers. Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son Temple – This is a fresh water lake with green colour water and is also called as “Lake of the returned sword” and has an island on the northern shore which has a temple called as Ngoc Son temple (temple of the jade mountain). The temple is connected to the mainland through a crimson colour bridge of vietnamese architecture. The lake is located at a 15 minute walk from the Old Quarter. The shores of the lake has become the centre of socialising for local people and an early morning or late evening stroll along the banks is a must to experience the local life. Across the ring road along the lake, there are several cafe shops with an astounding view of the lake. One of the coffee shop is Highland’s which offers great views of the lake. Long Bein Bridge – Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the designer of Eiffel tower, Long Been bridge connects the district of Long Bein with Hoan Kiem across the red river. It was built from 1898 to 1902and is a testament to resilience of people of Hanoi. It was bombed heavily during the Vietnam war but the defence of the bridge by the Vietnamese people is now part of poems and folklore. Today the bridge is still functional with a train station at the Hoan Kiem end. There is a pedestrian and two wheeler road on either side of the bridge. It has become one of the spots for pre wedding shots for locals and foreigners alike. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – The final resting place of Ho Chi Minh is in this grand Mausoleum which is modelled after Lenin’s masouleum in Russia. With a large sprawling garden in front, the masouleum is an iconic structure in Hanoi. You are not allowed to take any cameras or cell phones inside and are not allowed to stop in the continuously moving queue. Has Lo Prison memorial –Used first by the french to prosecute and execute Vietnamese revolutionaries, Hao Lo prison was later used for hosting American Prisoners of War. It is nicknamed Hanoi Hilton. It has been converted into a memorial and displays the prison cells and the execution guillotine used by the french.
Other points of Interests
  • Stroll in Botanical Garden
  • Watch the water puppet show at Thang Long theatre
  • Visit the perfume Pagoda
  • Visit the temple of literature
  • Visit the imperial Citadel of Thang Long
Traveling for fewer days?
There are day trips available from Praslin to La Digue and you can visit Source D’Argent Beach and the vanilla plantation on your day trip.
Stop 2 - Sapa

Sapa is located in the north west of Vietnam, close to the border with China. The town of Sapa is located at 1500 meters and is incredibly picturesque with the vaste expanse of Rice terrace fields. The beauty of Sapa gets enhanced during the autumn months of August to October when the fields are plush green with Rice farming. There are several small villages in and around Sapa comprising of various ethnic communities with their own languages. You will need at least 3 days here to see the major highlights, however with several villages in Spa, one can easily spend one week trekking across villages and living the quaint life. The easiest way to get to Sapa is to book a bus from Hanoi. There are several timings for the buses and you can chose the one according to your convinience.

Accomodations:

Like most places in Vietnam, Sapa offers a range of accommodations for all kinds of travelers. You can find high end hotels in form of high rises near Sapa City Center. As you move away from the Sapa city center, there are fewer high end hotels and resorts. Most of the accommodations are homestays or bungalows with a view of the valley. Chose a room with a mountain view and you won’t be disappointed. The price for a room ranges from INR 600 to INR 1500. Most of the places are a great value for money here.

Places to visit in Sapa:

Sapa town – The Sapa town was established as a hill station in 1922 by the french. Sapa town has gone under incredible transformation in past few years and has developed exponentially with towering buildings and swanky restaurants and cafes spread all across the city centre. A lot of people prefer to stay here and make day treks to nearby villages.
This area is incredibly touristy and if you want to enjoy the rural life of Sapa, you need to move away from the town to the nearby villages. We stayed one night just outside the Sapa town in a wooden hotel called as Yen’s House. The views from the room were incredible. The only downside was that there were no attached bathrooms. Price per room is INR 1000.00.

Silver waterfall, Love Waterfall & Heaven’s pass – Located 15 km from Sapa City Centre, you can ride your bike to the silver waterfall and onwards to Love waterfall. These waterfalls are very picturesque and provide a breathtaking view. There in an entrance fee to enter the waterfalls and this area gets a lot of tourists. If you drive ten minutes further from Love waterfall you will come to Heaven’s pass (a.k.a Tram Ton Pass), a view that will leave you spellbound. There are several small cafes with rooftops on the edge of the road that provide unobstructed views of the valley below. Even if you decide to skip the waterfalls, a drive along the Heaven’s gate is a must.

Fansipan Sunworld Legend – Enroute to Silver Waterfalls, you will pass by the entrance to Fansipan Sunworld Legend. Fansipan is the tallest mountain in Vietnam at an elevation of 3,143 meters. A theme park was constructed in year 2006 which is called Sunworld Legend. The Fansipan Cable car is part of this theme park and the cable car covers an elevation of 1410 m and costs around 700,000 VND (Around 2,000 INR). The view from the cable car is breathtaking and it takes about 20 minutes to reach just below the summit of the mountain. You can climb steps to the summit from there or take a train to the top (Yes! There is a train). The first thing you experience when you exit the cable car is the freezing cold. It is advisable to keep warm clothing with you even if the temperatures in Sapa town are warm. There is a Buddhist temple and a large Buddha Statue at the summit.

Ta Van village – Located about 10 km away from Sapa town, the village is home to several ethinic minorities living in peaceful harmony with each other on the valley of Muong Hoa. There are some incredible accommodations here. You can do a day trek of the Muong Hoa valley, where you will see rice terraces, bamboo forest and see the homes of ethinic tribes like H’mong, Giay and Red Dao. If booked with a guide, you will also have the opportunity to have local lunch with the guides family. We stayed at Lucky Daisy Homestay and it was an incredible experience. Another great place to stay is the Red Dao Spa and you can even enjoy a relaxing Spa here after your day’s trek.

Traveling for fewer days?

Make sure to check out the Fansipan Sunworld Legend & Heaven’s pass.

 

CAT BA & HALONG BAY

Stop 3 - Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay tours

Located about two hours east of Hanoi, lies the Island of Catba. There are two ports of entry to Catba through ferries. You can either take a ferry from Dao Tuan Chau Island, Located in Ha Long city or you can take a ferry from Ben Pha Got located in Haiphong District. From there, a bus will take you to the city centre located in south west of the island. Cat Ba is home to a huge forest reserve now called as Cat Ba National Park and can also act as your starting point for your Ha Long Bay day trip. Only a small portion of Cat Ba has been developed as a small town and the rest is still a sprawling untouched forest with caves, waterfalls and secret coves and beaches.

Accomodations:

Majority of the accommodations in Catba are homestays with some hostels distributed sporadically across the island. There aren’t any major hotel chains or resorts on the island. To explore the Catba life, it is best to stay at a homestay where the owners and other travelers can guide you. We stayed at Cat Ba Central Homestay and the hospitality of the owner and his wife blew us away. This is also the place from where you can book your Ha Long Bay tours.

Places to visit in Cat Ba:
Cat Ba City Centre & Cat Co Beach 1 & 3 – The city centre is really small and can be explored on foot. Along the harbour, there are several restaurants which become bars by night time. Oasis Bar is definitely the most happening bar in Catba, with a very diverse menu. Do try the mango pancakes here. There are three beaches in Cat Ba called Cat Co 1 , 2 &  3. Cat Co 2 beach is temporarily shut due to construction. There is a very scenic walking trail along the mountains from Cat Co 1 beach to Cat Co 3 beach. The beaches are clean but small and there are sun beds available from the resorts. 
 
Cannon Fort – For some of the best views in Vietnam head to the Cannon fort which was used during the French and the American war as a lookout point. It houses two cannons left from the wars and several bunkers. Its a steep climb to the Cannon fort from the city centre but you can ride your bike right upto the top. There is a cafe at the end of the Cannon fort tour and you can enjoy some Vietnamese coffee with some incredible panoramic views. 
 
Cave Hospital – 10 Km north of Catba town is the secret bomb proof cave hospital used by Viet Cong leaders as a safe house during the American War. The cave has 17 rooms with an operating theatre, cinema and a swimming pool. This truly is an engineering wonder.
 
Cat Ba National Park – This world Heritage site is declared as Vietnam’s biosphere with several Flora and Fauna endemic to it which includes the golden headed langur or Cat Ba Langur. You may get to see this endangered species while trekking the national park but the sightings are very rare as only 65 of them are remaining in the wild. This 18 km trek here is best suited with a guide. A guided trek would include pick up from your hotel to the national park and a boat ride back to the City Centre. Another highlight not to be missed are the Trung Trang Caves and its recommended to bring a flashlight.
 
Ha Long Bay – A day tour from Cat Ba can be arranged to Ha Long Bay which includes the monkey Island and the floating fishing village. It is much cheaper to book a tour from Cat Ba than to book it from Hanoi or Ha Long city. The tour starts from Ben Beo Harbour, where you are taken on a boat with other tourists. Most of the boats have an upper deck where you can enjoy the beauty of Ha Long and Lan Ha bay. The tours starting from Cat Ba do not take you to the extremely touristic parts of Ha Long bay but instead take you to the much quieter and cleaner Lan Ha Bay. The topography of the two bays is exactly the same but they are managed by different provinces and hence there are different entry fees and taxes. The first stop is the Monkey Island where you trek to top of the hill which gives you a breathtaking vantage point of the Lan Ha bay. The tour continues to a small fishing village and you are served traditional Vietnamese Lunch. The boat then takes you to the edge of Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha bay where you get to Kayak between the incredible limestone Krasts. We kayaked through various tunnels and even ended up in a beautiful Lagoon with the towering limestone Krasts surrounding us on all sides. After the Kayaking, you are taken to a snorkeling spot where you can swim and snorkel. At the end of the tour you are taken through a huge fishing village and back to Ben Beo Harbour.
 

Traveling for fewer days?

Canon Fort and Ha Long Bay tour are the highlights of a stay at Cat Ba.

NINH BINH

Stop 4 - Ninh Binh
Located just 95 km from Hanoi it is often called the Ha Long bay of the Land as Ninh Binh offers the same towering Limestone Krasts on land instead of water. The weather here is generally overcast with a perpetual drizzle. There are some day trips from Hanoi to Ninh Minh but it is best experienced by living here for at least two days. 
 
Accomodations:
Ninh Binh has some incredible resorts and river-view homestays in the district of Tam Coc. We stayed at Tam Coc River View Homestay in a deluxe bungalow which was right next to the Tam Coc river. The views of the boats passing by in front of the balcony were incredible. The prices in Ninh Binh range from INR 1000 to INR 2000. The value for money is incredible for these homestays as the view is mesmerising.
Places to visit in Ninh Binh:
Tam Coc – Tam coc is a great place to stay in Ninh Binh. It has a very quaint village vibe but you can still stay in very comfortable hotels or homestays. The city Centre is next toTam Coc River and it is extremely picturesque. You can get a homestay right next to the river and wave at all the tourists going for a boat ride. A boat ride here costs 100,000 Dong but this boat ride can be missed. It is highly recommended that you do the boat ride in Trang An instead which is much more grander and longer. There is a pretty good Indian restaurant called Aroma if you want to take a break from the Vietnamese food.
 
Bich Dong Pagoda – This Pagoda is around 2 km from the Tam Coc boat dock. The pagoda is made into a limestone Krast and has three levels to it with a temple on each level, The first temple is at the base of  the limestone Krast and you can climb up from the stairs  to the second temple. There is a hidden cave behind the second temple which takes you higher to the next temple. The climb is short but the views are magnificent. Its a great place to sit and just enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding nature. 
 
Trang An – This is definitely the highlight of Ninh Binh. It is a complex of Mountains, river, and caves cut by river. It can only be accessed through boat and you need to pay 150,000 VND per person for a boat ride. Entire boat can be rented fro 800,000 VND. There are three routes to chose from, each route takes you to a separate combination of temples and caves. All routes will include the majestic mountains dwarfing over you as you pass through the river in between them. While route one is the longest and the most touristic, number three has most number of caves and is the shortest. We chose route two as it seemed to be the least touristy. The entire tour takes about three to four hours to complete and you access parts of the landscape through caves which otherwise would be inaccessible. 
 
Hang Mua Caves and Peak – The 500 step climb to top of Hang Mua peak offers the best view in Ninh Binh from where you can see Trang An, Tam coc and Ninh Binh city. You will also get a chance to see the mountain goats while you try to climb the Hang Mua peak. Make sure you take plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes as the climb isn’t easy.
 
Other Points of Interest
  • Gothic Church
  • Hoa Lu
  • Tam Cok rice fields
 

Traveling for fewer days?

Trang An and Hang Mua caves are a must see in your trip to Ninh Binh.

DANANG & HOI AN

Stop 5 - Hoi An
Hoi An and Danang are sister cities located about 30 Km from each other. The coastal route from Hue takes you through the legendary Hai Van Pass. This route is incredibly scenic and connects Danang to the city of Hue. Passing between mountains and the coastal line, both train and road trips are incredibly scenic.
Though located just 30 Km from each other, Hoi An and Danang have completely different vibes to them. Danang is one of the most Urban cities in Vietnam and is the commercial hub of the central Vietnam. Hoi An is a cultural get away with the old town being a UNESCO world heritage site.
 
Accomodations:
Accomodations in Mahe can be split into resorts and hotels around Beau De Vallon & resorts in western coast of Mahe. We stayed at Savoy Seychelles in Beau De Vallon. The resort was pretty good with an incredible swimming pool. We stayed at Villa Vanilla in the western coast of Mahe and it’s a villa in the center of the forest.
Places to visit in Hoi An:

Old Town and the night market – The old town is the city centre and can be explored only on foot or bicycle. It’s known for its mix of Chinese houses with beautiful french colonial buildings and the iconic Japanese designed bridge and Pagoda. The entire old town is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. With Chinese lanterns decorating the streets, the old town truly becomes mesmerising at night. You can even enjoy a boat ride in the Thu Bon river and drop a floating lantern in the water. Hoi An is known for its food and Morning Glory Restaurant in old town is one place you should not miss. They cooking class offered by them is very highly rated. Several cafes have access to rooftops where you can observe the meandering streets from above. You can also have the best Bahn Mi in the world, according to Anthony Bourdain, here at Bahn Mi Phuong. Personally we never got over Bahn Mi at Bahn Mi 25 in Hanoi and that is the best Bahn Mi we have had in our entire trip.

An Bang Beach – A beautiful beach with tonnes of restaurants and resorts lined up across the beach, this beach offers a lot of activities like parasailing, banana ride and Jet Ski. One can easily spend a day here, basking the sun in a comfortable beach bed. The water has designated areas to swim in the beach remains relatively calm.

Cham Islands – If you have the time, do a day trip of the Cham Islands as you will get to enjoy the unspoilt landscape of these beautiful Islands. It is a cluster of eight islands and besides some villages, the island remains largely unspoilt. There are 185 types of corals and more than 200 different types of fish. Scuba diving is a popular activity here.

Shopping streets – Hoi An is famous for making custom made suits and dresses at fraction of the price. The entire area surrounding old town has several Tailor Shops that can get you custom made clothing in three days.

Stop 6 - Danang
Places to visit in Danang:

Marble Mountains – Located south of Danang city, Marble mountains is a cluster of 5 limestone and marble hills. All the hills have cave entrances and tunnels and buddhist sanctuary can be found in some of them. You can climb the Mount Thuy to the summit. It’s a peculiar landscape and worth a visit.

My Son Ruins – Located about 70 Km southwest of Danang, My Son is a cluster of ruins of Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was constructed between 4th and 14th century AD by kings of Champa. The ruins are really beautiful and there are tours starting from Danang that take you to both the places.

My Khe Beach – one of the best beaches in Vietnam, this 20 mile beach with white sand can truly be a sight. You can enjoy host of activities here from Surfing, swimming or sunbathing. If you are feeling adventurous you can rent a jet ski and enjoy Danangs city line from the sea.There are several restaurants, bars and pubs lining on the coastal road just across the beach.

Road to the Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge – Ba Na Hills is located 60 Km from Hoi An and 36 Km from Danang. We took a motorbike from Hoi An early morning. To know how to get there, click here.

NHA TRANG

Stop 7 - Nha Trang
Hoi An and Danang are sister cities located about 30 Km from each other. The coastal route from Hue takes you through the legendary Hai Van Pass. This route is incredibly scenic and connects Danang to the city of Hue. Passing between mountains and the coastal line, both train and road trips are incredibly scenic.
Though located just 30 Km from each other, Hoi An and Danang have completely different vibes to them. Danang is one of the most Urban cities in Vietnam and is the commercial hub of the central Vietnam. Hoi An is a cultural get away with the old town being a UNESCO world heritage site.
 
Accomodations:
Accomodations in Mahe can be split into resorts and hotels around Beau De Vallon & resorts in western coast of Mahe. We stayed at Savoy Seychelles in Beau De Vallon. The resort was pretty good with an incredible swimming pool. We stayed at Villa Vanilla in the western coast of Mahe and it’s a villa in the center of the forest.
Places to visit in Nha Trang:

Old Town and the night market – The old town is the city centre and can be explored only on foot or bicycle. It’s known for its mix of Chinese houses with beautiful french colonial buildings and the iconic Japanese designed bridge and Pagoda. The entire old town is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. With Chinese lanterns decorating the streets, the old town truly becomes mesmerising at night. You can even enjoy a boat ride in the Thu Bon river and drop a floating lantern in the water. Hoi An is known for its food and Morning Glory Restaurant in old town is one place you should not miss. They cooking class offered by them is very highly rated. Several cafes have access to rooftops where you can observe the meandering streets from above. You can also have the best Bahn Mi in the world, according to Anthony Bourdain, here at Bahn Mi Phuong. Personally we never got over Bahn Mi at Bahn Mi 25 in Hanoi and that is the best Bahn Mi we have had in our entire trip.

An Bang Beach – A beautiful beach with tonnes of restaurants and resorts lined up across the beach, this beach offers a lot of activities like parasailing, banana ride and Jet Ski. One can easily spend a day here, basking the sun in a comfortable beach bed. The water has designated areas to swim in the beach remains relatively calm.

Cham Islands – If you have the time, do a day trip of the Cham Islands as you will get to enjoy the unspoilt landscape of these beautiful Islands. It is a cluster of eight islands and besides some villages, the island remains largely unspoilt. There are 185 types of corals and more than 200 different types of fish. Scuba diving is a popular activity here.

Shopping streets – Hoi An is famous for making custom made suits and dresses at fraction of the price. The entire area surrounding old town has several Tailor Shops that can get you custom made clothing in three days.

SAIGON (HCM)

Stop 7 - Saigon also know as Ho Chi Minh City
Hoi An and Danang are sister cities located about 30 Km from each other. The coastal route from Hue takes you through the legendary Hai Van Pass. This route is incredibly scenic and connects Danang to the city of Hue. Passing between mountains and the coastal line, both train and road trips are incredibly scenic.
Though located just 30 Km from each other, Hoi An and Danang have completely different vibes to them. Danang is one of the most Urban cities in Vietnam and is the commercial hub of the central Vietnam. Hoi An is a cultural get away with the old town being a UNESCO world heritage site.
 
Accomodations:
Accomodations in Mahe can be split into resorts and hotels around Beau De Vallon & resorts in western coast of Mahe. We stayed at Savoy Seychelles in Beau De Vallon. The resort was pretty good with an incredible swimming pool. We stayed at Villa Vanilla in the western coast of Mahe and it’s a villa in the center of the forest.
Places to visit in Saigon:

Old Town and the night market – The old town is the city centre and can be explored only on foot or bicycle. It’s known for its mix of Chinese houses with beautiful french colonial buildings and the iconic Japanese designed bridge and Pagoda. The entire old town is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. With Chinese lanterns decorating the streets, the old town truly becomes mesmerising at night. You can even enjoy a boat ride in the Thu Bon river and drop a floating lantern in the water. Hoi An is known for its food and Morning Glory Restaurant in old town is one place you should not miss. They cooking class offered by them is very highly rated. Several cafes have access to rooftops where you can observe the meandering streets from above. You can also have the best Bahn Mi in the world, according to Anthony Bourdain, here at Bahn Mi Phuong. Personally we never got over Bahn Mi at Bahn Mi 25 in Hanoi and that is the best Bahn Mi we have had in our entire trip.

An Bang Beach – A beautiful beach with tonnes of restaurants and resorts lined up across the beach, this beach offers a lot of activities like parasailing, banana ride and Jet Ski. One can easily spend a day here, basking the sun in a comfortable beach bed. The water has designated areas to swim in the beach remains relatively calm.

Cham Islands – If you have the time, do a day trip of the Cham Islands as you will get to enjoy the unspoilt landscape of these beautiful Islands. It is a cluster of eight islands and besides some villages, the island remains largely unspoilt. There are 185 types of corals and more than 200 different types of fish. Scuba diving is a popular activity here.

Shopping streets – Hoi An is famous for making custom made suits and dresses at fraction of the price. The entire area surrounding old town has several Tailor Shops that can get you custom made clothing in three days.

TRIVIA

As is with a lot of countries, you have to be careful with swindlers trying to con you. Be very wary of taxi drivers on the airport, bus stations and train stations who may tell you that your hostel has shut down due to some act of God and they may try to take you to a  different hotel/hostel. Theft is very common occurence here and you should try and book your rooms in a reputable hostel/hotel. The roads are very congested in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city and driving in a motorbike will remind you of India like never before. 
Don’t try to book buses for inter city travel through tour operators, they will be very expensive and you may not even get the class of bus that you paid for. Use the websites shared above  to make your bookings or book directly with the bus operator company
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