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1. Posted by cazna (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

I'd like to go to Vietnam for one month around September. I'm 50 female and will be going alone. I've read quite a bit online but still feel a bit scared. I have travelled in Asia but long long ago. I need to make a final decision soon. HELP!

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Cazna,
There are going to be hundreds of others doing exactly what your are: travelling alone in VN. If you are the least bit outgoing, you will meet others that you might want to travel with. This has happened to me each time I was on my own bumping around SEA. Chat up others that are on your bus or tour and you will find someone heading the same way your are. The easiset solution is to book a group tour that includes what you want to visit. If the group tour idea is too expensive or you prefer being on your own, book the open tour bus to the other city. If you are in HCMC, book the tour to HaNoi. Or the reverse. You will meet others on the open tour that you will want to spend time with.

I have hundreds of VN photos in my gallery and have started putting my blog together. Send me a PM if you have any questions. I got back from my 5th trip to VN in May, so I should be able to help.

3. Posted by LadyCroft (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

just wanted to say "Good for yOU!' for going ! I think that you're going to be just fine in Vietnam. Someone today told me it was the Paris/France of Asia.

I think you'll be perfectly safe if you do your homework! You'll meet up with people! I'm 24 and planning on going to S.E.A (arriving Oct 27th, alas, probably too late for you), but I'd happily meet up with anyone regardless of age, especially if they're spunky, fun, and free spirited.

again, best of lucK!

4. Posted by cazna (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Thank you both very much for the advise and encouragement. I now feel quite confident, happy and at ease with my decision to go.
Cheers Casna

5. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y

Just in addition to what the others have said I'm also going to Vietnam, most of my friends have work committments or are completely disintered in travel so I am braving it on my own! Everyone I have spoken to has said how easy it is to travel around Vietnam, and that if you are even slightly outgoing you are bound to meet people. That said, I'm sure you will have a brilliant time!

Good luck with everything!

6. Posted by sunj (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

doesnt matter, we r all alone, finally
good luck

7. Posted by samuela (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

When we travelled in Vietnam we noticed a lot of different age groups, nationalities and also single travellers. In each destination you can book rides on mini buses to each destination and the buses will be full of like travellers. The driver can offer accommodation advice or can drop you at place of your choice. There is a book by Lydia Laube called Bound for Vietnam which is very inspiring. She travelled through Vietnam quite some years ago backpacking and on local transport. She was an older lone traveller. There's lots of great cafes to eat in and they tend to be French style with chairs facing streets to people watch so it doesn't matter if you are sitting by yourself. The bread is freshly baked each morning and is delicious. The Vietnamese coffee is good too. Have fun - it's such an interesting place to visit.

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

I just wanted to add that Vietnam is different from any other place I've been. It's different because it's not just another pretty place - it's a place where you can interact with others (locals and other tourists) very easily. You'll see that most of the other tourists are not rich, and they're as baffled as you are as to local custom. The Vietnamese themselves are wonderful outgoing people - I've never seen such generosity. Hope you know about Hanoikids in Hanoi - the greatest bunch of free guides anywhere in the world!

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

When I was in HaNoi, I did not know about hanoikids. I sounds like a great idea and would be benefical to most visiors to VN. My GF lives in HaNoi, so I did not need a guide when I was there. Now that she has disappeared on me, :( I will use 'hanoikids' myself next time in VN.

I finished my blog on VN, that and my photo gallery may help with your planning. Send me a PM if you have any questions on VN.

10. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

i've been to hanoi in 2003 and I find the place a very safe one... that I don't worry walking alone at night... so I guess it shouldn't be a problem going there alone.. :)