Im a newbie, but i really need some proper advice! I have about 6 months to go away-starting end of october, and myself and partner were thinking of Vietnam,...ive read good and bad things, but the bad seems to outweigh the good...is it a good place to go and chill for a few months? I would really appreciate anybodies advice or experiences, or suggestion of where to go in asia away from the crowds!
How could the bad of Vietnam possibly outweigh the good? For me it was my absolute favorite of the 40 countries I've been to. There is so much to see and do, food is great, the scenery is fantastic and diverse and the people are among the friendliest in the world. Definelty go. I wouldn't say though that you need a few months unless you are planning on volunteering or working or something. The standard tourist visa is for a month and that's a perfect amount of time to see the country. But if you have a few months then you can check out a good chunck of South East Asia. Start with Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and if you have more time head down to malaysia and Indonesia. There are endless possiblities for things to see and do in the area and with 6 months up your sleeve you can see alot of it. But don't plan on getting away from the crowds in most of the places you visit. South East Asia is well troden and there will be thousands of travellers in every town you go to.
For something well touristed but not as overun as South East Asia I would recomend Yunnnan Province in the South of China. It's a fantastic place and easy to get to from the North of Vietnam.
I agree with Degolasse. Vietnam is also my favorite travel destination. The country is small and transport is relatively easy. One can do a very thorough job of visiting it in a month or slightly more. Ho Chi Minh City alone is a surprisingly sophisticated and cosmopolitan city, and the beaches, though not as pristine as they used to be, are known for their calm waters and white sand. I loved every moment in Vietnam, but the highlight of my trip there was going through the villages of the hill tribes who live in Sapa. Vietnam is really not a destination to be missed, especially since the economy is changing in the direction that China has taken in the last 20 years and so much of the friendliness and the very inexpensive food and lodging makes this an opportune time to see a country in transition because it may not last.
Thankyou so much for that advice...I didnt mean to sound so negative! I suppose i was talking to the wrong people about going. It sounds amazing, and since my last post, i have booked my flight and am going in november..thankyou again
There's nothing to worry about when travelling in Vietnam and her neighbour countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, etc.
I live in Vietnam and I love my country so much! Degolasse has said enough about my country: the people, the food, the landscapes, etc. And I agree with him that you should spend sometime in other neighbour countries. I have been around those countries on my own for 3 months last year. So if you need any help or tips, I am more than happy to give you! You can contact me at -snip-
Enjoy your great coming trip in South East Asia.
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