Vietnam is a land of natural beauty and a melting pot of cultures. From teeming trading lanes to ancient crafts, the country is exotic and vibrant for every traveler. Though not a go-to destination for friends, Sonia selected Vietnam for its authenticity and vibrancy. She and her two friends wanted to book a thrilling tour and reached out to TravelTriangle for planning out their itinerary. They decided to explore Vietnam in February and customized their own package keeping the budget low. Let’s see how was Sonia’s experience in her own words.
People often say that they travel to escape life, but I believe that we need to travel so that we “do not miss out on life”. I believe that there is a vast world out there waiting to be explored. Traveling for me is a kind of therapy and thus I have made a bucket list of top destinations to explore around the globe. One of the destinations that I always wanted to explore was Vietnam. It might not sound appealing travel destination but that’s where people go wrong in judging this destination. With a rich culture, long history, and stunning landscapes, Vietnam has a lot to offer to travelers, nature lovers, and history buffs. So, we decided to explore Vietnam in February and unwind amidst the natural beauty.
Details Of Our 6 Days In Vietnam
Trip Type: Tour Package
Cost: Dollar 250.5
Duration: 6 Days
No. Of People: 3 Adults
Inclusions: Airport Transfer, Sightseeing Tours, Group Tour in Shuttle Bus, 24*7 Customer Care
Exclusions: Hotel, Cruises, Breakfast, Airfare, Visa Stamping Fee
Travel Agent: Asia Authentic Travel Company Limited
A Sneak Peek Into Our 6 Days Vietnam Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Noi Bai International Airport
Day 2: Sightseeing in Ninh Binh City
Day 3: Day At Leisure
Day 4: Transfer To Ho Chi Minh City
Day 5: Explore My Tho City
Day 6: A Tour Of The Ho Chi Minh City
Weather In Vietnam In February
The weather is Vietnam differs in its different regions enormously. The temperature in Vietnam in February dips to 13 degrees Celsius in the Northern regions, whereas it is the dry season in the Southern regions. December to March is famous as the shoulder season in Vietnam in which travelers can explore the place easily and can also relish delicious food of Vietnam in cozy restaurants. As there is a huge difference in the weather in different regions, Hanoi might welcome you with some drizzling whereas Ho Chi Minh will make you sweat due to hot and humid weather.
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Our Top Experiences In 6 Days In Vietnam
We tried to cover all the popular tourist spots in our Vietnam itinerary for 6 days and enjoyed every bit of it. Mentioned below are the places that we loved to explore and thus clicked umpteen pictures too.
1. Boat Tour In Nihn Bihn
Our trip to Vietnam included a boat tour at the Tam Coc Harbor in Nihn Bihn. While rowing the boat, we enjoyed the views of 3 spectacular caves, huge limestone mountains, and paddy fields. We got the chance to interact with locals while boating for around two hours. The peaceful scenery of the mountains and calm waters kept us holding our breaths. With umpteen pictures and after capturing many memories, we headed back to our hotel in Hanoi for an overnight stay.
2. Overnight Cruise In Halong Bay
We were waiting for this day of our trip eagerly as it included a cruise journey in the Halong Bay. One of the best parts of our journey was the room as its window gave the best views of the blue waters. The cruise also rendered other services and activities like spa, kayaking, cooking classes, cycling, squid fishing, and watching the process of breeding oysters to generate pearls. One can easily buy some pearl jewelry from here which has been made with pearls caught fresh from the sea.
3. A Glimpse Of The Floating Market
In My Tho, we got a chance to explore the Mekong Delta by opting for a boat. The Tien River houses some hidden spots like Unicorn, Phoenix, Tortoise, and Dragon islands. Moreover, there are fishing villages and fruit plantations along the river. A little further in the Cambodian waters we were able to witness the beauty of the floating market. Later, we had a sumptuous lunch in the most perfect setting in Coconut Farm Island. We tried some snake wine and held a python in our hands with folk music playing in the background which was the best way to end the day.
Take A Look At Our Temporary Abodes In Vietnam
We stayed at three different places in Vietnam – Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Ho Chi Minh City. Take a look at how fantastic our stay was without splurging.
1. Backpackers Hostel In Hanoi
As all of us decided on a budget trip, we chose hostels over hotels which provided great facilities and are clean. In Hanoi, we stayed at the Backpackers Hostel due to its strategic location. This hostel is situated near the major attractions of Vietnam. Moreover, the staff was hospitable and the hostel is well-known in the city due to its lively parties and happy hours.
2. Cruise In Halong Bay
In Halong Bay, our abode was a cruise for overnight. As all of us are vegetarian, we were happy to see some vegetarian options on board. Not only this, but there was an in-house bar and a grand 3-course meal that anyone can relish. Staying on a cruise was the best part of the trip since we go to admire the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
3. Hangout Hostel In Ho Chi Minh City
For the last two days, we stayed at another hostel in Ho Chi Minh city. Hangout Hostel is located close to the top attractions of the city and is light on your pockets. The nearby bus station gives you a chance to explore the city at a minimal cost. The premises of the hostel were well-maintained and they also offered complimentary breakfast to us.
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Indian Restaurants In Vietnam
As all of us were vegetarians, we all had to stick to either Indian food or fast food as Vietnamese cuisine did not offer many options for vegetarians. So, we discovered three restaurants in Vietnam which provided Indian food. Little India was our first stop in Hanoi where we had great food at a cheap price. For two people, the cost came out to be only 500 rupees. Another restaurant that gave a feeling of home but away from was Namaste India. It was a bit costly than the earlier one and cost around 1000 rupees for two but it was worth paying for Indian food in Vietnam. We also got a chance to explore a cafe, Highland Coffee. If you also want to relish the best coffee in the country then head to one of the franchises of Highland Coffee and try their coffee which ranges from 200 to 300 rupees.
Shopping In Vietnam
Vietnam has tons of options for shopping, ranging from clothes to cosmetics. So, prepare yourself before heading out for shopping in Vietnam. The prices of all the items are reasonable but be ready to bargain as they quote high prices from the actual prices to tourists. Buck up yourself, polish your bargaining skills, and crash the street lanes of Vietnam.
Vietnam Travel Tips For Fellow Trippers
Here is a list of basic Vietnam travel tips that you will require both before and after your trip.
- Get your currency changed into Vietnamese currency as there are no spots for exchanging rupees. Or you can carry Dollars which can be exchanged in the country.
- Shorts are not allowed in temples thus it is important to wear decent clothes while visiting temples.
- If you are a vegetarian, then pack some instant noodles, snacks, and dry fruits, as there are not many vegetarian options available in Vietnam.
- Make a checklist of all the items that you have to pack that you don’t leave anything behind.
- Do pack an umbrella or raincoat because it may drizzle at any time of the day and in any city.
- Check the weather of all the cities that you are planning to cover on your Vietnam tour. This way you can pack according to the weather.
- Do not forget to pack all the essential documents and identity cards that can be required at any period of your tour.
- Make a separate kit for medicines and cosmetics that are necessary for you to take on your tour.
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Our Experience With TravelTriangle
A TravelTriangle agent helped us plan the entire thing and tailor-made itinerary as per our convenience. He went out of the way to make us feel comfortable and was available 24/7 if we needed any help or had any questions. It was truly a great experience where we did not have to worry about logistics and planning the itinerary which saved us a lot of time and helped us to sit back and enjoy our sojourn to Vietnam. With such a great experience, I will definitely tell my family and friends about TT and book my future trips with them always.
Common Queries That You May Have About Vietnam
Q. How can I spend a week in Vietnam?
Ans. From bustling lanes to magical landscapes, there is a lot to explore in Vietnam. Any traveler who is planning a trip to Vietnam for a week must include the top cities including Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Halong Bay.
Q. Do you need vaccinations for Vietnam?
Ans. For short-term trips, some of the common vaccinations required to visit Vietnam are Tetanus & Diphtheria, Mumps, Measles, and Rubella.
Q. Is there Uber in Vietnam?
Ans. Uber has stopped giving its facilities in Vietnam so one has to opt for local taxis
Q. How do you get around in Vietnam?
Ans. There are several modes of transportation that you can opt for in Vietnam. There are buses, trains, bikes, and Intrepid Travel.
Further Read: Exciting Things To Do On A 6 Days Family Trip To Vietnam
Sonia had a great time with her friends on her tour to Vietnam in February. They got a chance to explore the best of Vietnam in its top cities and savor Indian food. Without splurging on the hotels, they opted for hostels and planned a budget vacation to Vietnam. If your group has been postponing a vacation then this is the right time to convince all of your friends and plan a getaway to Vietnam with TravelTriangle . Get ready, pack your bags, and go on!
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