A true wanderer is someone who doesn’t let any sort of life event, be it a job or marriage, come in between him and his escapades. Apoorva Tiwari is one of those few. This individual has justified the phrase ‘once a solo traveler, always a solo traveler’ in the new light. He went for a 7 days trip to Vietnam and came back with memories that would be remembered throughout the lifetime. Vietnam hides plenty of experiences in its lap that are ideal for those who seek some kind of solitude in life.
I decided to go on a solo trip because before I got married this was the go-to event that would help me relax and do something offbeat. Ever since I got married, between the jobs, and starting up something on my own, I realized that it had been quite long since I had done something like this. So, once this was sorted, I started looking out for plausible options. First I’d narrowed down to Europe but the time frame to get a visa as the day of departure was sometime in the first week of July and I was planning this in June. Then I decided upon Cambodia in South East Asia as I wanted to take the path less taken. But that was really out of my set budget. It was then that the agent from TravelTriangle suggested me to take a trip from Mumbai to Vietnam.
Details Of My 7 Days Trip To Vietnam
Trip Type: Solo Trip
Cost: INR 60,000
No. Of People: 1
Duration: 7 Days
Inclusions: All Meals, Airport Transfers, Shuttle, Guide, Accommodation, Entrance Tickets, Visa Approval, Taxes, Service Charges, Airfare
Exclusions: Visa Stamp Fee, Cable Car
Itinerary Summary For My 7 Days Trip To Vietnam
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi, check-in at the hotel, overnight stay in Hanoi
Day 2: Halong Bay Cruise (lunch, kayaking, swimming, and more activities), overnight stay on Cruise
Day 3: Visit Surprising Cave, check-out from the cruise, arrive in Hanoi, overnight stay in Hanoi
Day 4: Sightseeing in Hoa Lu, sailing in Ngo Dong river, overnight stay in Hanoi
Day 5: Sightseeing in Perfume Pagoda, overnight stay in Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi City Tour, overnight stay in Hanoi
Day 7: Departure
Weather In Vietnam
I paid a visit to Vietnam in the month of July, and let me tell you that Vietnam in July is all about scorching sun and sweat-inducing heat. It was very hot in Vietnam during the summer season and was already aware of the weather that I will get to face, which helped me pack the things accordingly. It was so humid that I always preferred air-conditioned places, had put lots of sunscreens, and kept having water wherever and whenever I started getting dehydrated. This helped me a lot. But the heat did not become a hindrance even for once as the charm of the city makes up for it. However, those who can’t bear the heat too much, the best time to travel to Vietnam is from March to May.
My Favorite Experiences During 7 Days Trip To Vietnam
My Vietnam itinerary for 1 week covered almost all the experiences that I had intended to take part in. These experiences are very close to my heart that I would remember throughout my lifetime.
1. Halong Bay Cruise
The cruise along the Halong Bay was definitely the highlight of this 7 days trip to Vietnam. The whole journey on the ship was extremely fun and the landscape views that I witnessed just took my breath away. Just relaxing on the boat with ample free time, contemplating over life, and just soaking in the serenity of the surrounding water was an unmatchable experience. Kayaking under the rugged limestone caves, taking the cooking class, gazing at the stars, and indulging in scrumptious delicacies was definitely an addition to the already amazing experience.
2. Exploring The Secret Caves
I got an opportunity to trek and explore through the mysterious yet beautiful Surprising Caves which helped me satiate my thirst for some thrilling escapade. So we starting trekking from one entrance of a massive mountain and witness how gigantic the cave truly is. With the ceilings being covered by the velvety carpet or the stalagmites, stunning motifs that never fail to glisten, various formations of different shapes, and ending the trek to another side of the mountain tat exhibits spectacular views of clear water lake and lush greens are something to cherish forever.
3. Strolling Around The Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Hoa Lu was one of those destinations that completely teleported me to the time of golden days in Vietnam. A destination that has stopped in time. This quaint, little destination was the capital of the Vietnamese Kingdom that was surrounded by Citadel. One can still witness the ruins of the 17th-century temples, 11th-century kingdom, and more marvels from the bygone era of the beautiful destination of Vietnam.
4. Visiting The Perfume Pagoda
Reeking of the essence of spirituality from every nook and cranny, the Perfume Pagoda has its floors covered with an extensive number of beautiful and enchanting Buddhist shrines and temples. This Pagoda blankets some of the most magnificent and unmatchable landscapes that look right out of a storybook. With the places of worship being built right at the peak of the Huong Tich Mountain peak, this place certainly left me awe-inspired.
Hotels In Vietnam
I just stayed in one hotel for the entire 7 days trip to Vietnam. My hotel was beautifully located right in the heart of the Hanoi Old Quarter. This meant that this hotel was conveniently located in the vicinity of the local market, tea shopping spots, street food sellers, and all the basic necessities that I needed. I hardly stayed in the hotel but the little interactions that I had with the staff made me realize the friendly and warm-hearted hospitality of this hotel. The room was spacious and had a clean bathroom with a private tub. The overall experience of the hotel was great.
Food In Vietnam
Throughout my Vietnam itinerary for 7 days I decided to indulge in the local food that was available in Vietnam. I had no issues in sticking to this decision by virtue of the flavorsome and lip-smacking food that is available readily on the streets. I mainly had dinners as my breakfast was provided at the hotel and the lunch was with the group. There was an amazing variety of seafood that was available. Vietnamese noodles, egg tea, cold coffee, and Banh Mi sandwich were a few dishes in Vietnam that really took me on a culinary roller coaster.
Shopping In Vietnam
There were numerous street shopping areas available in Vietnam. Ranging from handicrafts to fashionable shoes, there was an extensive variety available for us to spend some money on. Vietnam is home to a massive shoe market that sells all the surplus imports of big brands. There are also sports-related shops where one can buy t-shirts, backpacks, and other sportswear. I also bought many beautiful paintings, pearls, and other jewelry from Vietnam.
From what to pack for Vietnam for 7 days trip to all the places you should not miss out on, here are a few Vietnam travel tips that helped me out on my solo trip.
- Carry lots of sunscreens if you are traveling during the summer season
- If you are deciding what to wear in Vietnam in July, do not forget to add some T-shirts, shorts, and linen clothing items. Also, pack a little extra so that you don’t have to roam around in sweaty outfits throughout the day.
- Wear extremely comfortable shoes as there is going to be a lot of walking involved.
- Do take a trip on the cruise. It is going to be one of the best experiences of your life.
- Definitely add the Surprising Cave on your bucket list.
My Experience With TravelTriangle
My experience with TravelTriangle was actually pretty nice. The agent that helped me plan out my trip and itinerary was extremely helpful and gave me numerous options, budgets, what was possible, what was not. The agents were quick in connecting with me and answering all the queries that I had regarding the trip. The whole booking process was taken out in a smooth and effective manner.
7 days trip to Vietnam offers a great opportunity to witness the nooks of this country. Be it for a solo traveler, honeymooner, or a budget traveler, there is something or the other to do in Vietnam. From cruising along the Halong Bay and unfolding the mysteries of the caves to indulging in delicious delicacies and shopping for some handicrafts, Vietnam has plenty to offer. So, plan a trip to Vietnam just like Apoorva and knit your own tales about the ancient city!
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Common Queries You May Have
What is Vietnam best known for?
Vietnam is best known for its war with the United States of America in the year 1960, the export industry, sportswear, fabrics, clothing, and definitely the drool-worthy food.
Is Vietnam safe for tourists?
Yes, definitely. I don’t think I ever felt that this place could be where I don’t want to be. There were times when I was out late at night and I could still see people walking around- both young men and women, simply enjoying the starry nights.
What should we avoid in Vietnam?
It is better to avoid the sun and carry lots of sunscreens, hats, shades, and an umbrella. It is also better to avoid and beware of the pickpockets in this city.
What is the best time to visit Vietnam?
The best time to pay a visit to Vietnam is during the winter season. From January to March are the best months are the temperature remains comfortable and makes it easy for travelers to stroll around.