I'm in a bit of a panic mode right now.
I'll be flying off to vietnam in 5 days time for 2 weeks and i have not constructed a good itinerary to follow.
The thing is, whenever i try to construct an itinerary i find myself stuck and tend to make another itinerary.
I have a return flight toandfrom HCMC.
Since I'll be staying only for 2 weeks, I plan to travel only around south and central vietnam.
And with only 400sgd!!. I'm testing myself this time.
I've noticed that train travel in vietnam is quite expensive compared to thailand.
The only places that I are definitely on my list are HCMC, Mui Ne, Nha Trang.
So, I only have a rough itinerary that is HCMC - Mui Ne - Nha Trang.
But I wonder if i could stretch my money and visit more places maybe dalat?or somewhere near mekong river.
And by the way, I definitely need a recommendation on hostel or cheap guesthouse in Muine or Dalat.
Thanks so much guys.
I'm a bit nervous here because people said that vietnam is so much different compared to other asian countries.
I hope I'm not too late to comment.
I live in Vietnam.
I think the cost of in Vietnam fairly good.
because, 1USD ~ 20000VNĐ ; 1SDG ~ 17000VNĐ => 400SDG ~ 1800000VNĐ
If you know how to spend in Vietnam, i thinks you only cost about 500000VNĐ/1day
For example: cost for a day
Food-100000VNĐ/1day: You should buy at supermarket (siêu thị), the cheap restaurant (Cơm bình dân). Note: should buy them away tourist spots, hospitals (bệnh viện), bus (bến xe), because it will be very expensive.
Accommodation-200000VNĐ/1day: If your cost is tight, you should stay in cheap motel (nhà nghỉ bình dân). You look at the table record cost: for example: 200000/1day; 150000/1đêm(1 night).
Means of travel: I thinks the bus is the cheapest: 4000VNĐ/1times. You can catch the bus at Ben Thanh Market. And If you want to go to other provinces in Vietnam with the cheaper cost, you can catch the car from eastern bus station and west bus station.
Note: You don't know something, ask people in the tourist destination. In Ben Thanh market, Notre Dame Cathedral most people can speak English. You should bring a map and bus map.
Finally, Good luck!!
Hi Ha Hien,
thanks for your advice. yes, i'm definitely will be staying in cheap backpackers hostels.
Apart from HCMC, and Saigon it seems to be difficult to find hostels in cities like vung tau and muine.
So anyway, I am wondering should i go to vung tau or swap it with a mekong delta cities like can tho?
Since I'll be heading to muine and nha trang, I feel that i can give vung tau a miss and go to other places instead. what do you think?
I thinks you shouldn't miss any place in Vietnam.
and you should go to Vung Tau, because, Vung Tau is one of famous tourist destination in Vietnam.
You can't miss while coming Vietnam is: Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba sea, Sa Pa in northern Vietnam; Da Lat, the mausoleum of Hue, the ancient town Hoi An in central Vietnam; Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh, Phu Quoc in south Vietnam.:
I see you are on the road again! I would forget Vung Tau. Nha Trang (NT) is just a better beach experience IMO. With 14 days, here is what I will suggest. HCMC 3 days, overnight bus to NT on 3rd day. 3 days of beach & sightseeing. Bus to Mui Ne. I would only stay in MN 2 days. Bus to DaLat. 3 days. Bus back to HCMC. Delta tour, tunnels or what you did not see when you arrived. Fly home.
My blog covers DaLat, NT, MN. I did not blog about my first 3 trips to VN, so not much on HCM. I do have plenty of photos of most of VN. Good luck.
You save me from worries again.
I was just about to put in some extra money to travel the whole length of vietnam before your post.
I really like your itinerary but the thing is, i cant find any cheap hostel for dalat and muine .
Especially muine, all i see in the internet are resorts. Im a bit tight on budget this time.
I'm having this dilemma whether to miss halong bay and stick to the south or to spend abit more and see it.
Its like gg to paris and not see eiffel at all. That kind of feeling. What do you think?
I'd recommend spending a little bit more and seeing Halong Bay. Although it's touristy these days it's beautiful and I think it's a must- see while in Vietnam.
Personally I wasn't keen on HCMC and I thought a day there was enough, with another day to visit the Cu Chi tunnels which are fascinating. Hanoi is a fantastic city well worth a few days, so I like your itinerary of HCMC-NT-Danang-Hanoi-HCMC. There's not much in Danang but I assume from there you're planning to visit Hoi An?
Yeah, i was really think of travelling up north now.
But what do you reckon? What are cities that i shd visit along the way up north?
And shd i travel overnight by bus or train? Which is safer and better
Hue and Hoi An are both worth visiting on your way up north. The stretch between Hue and Hanoi is best done by sleeper train which I found to be comfortable and enjoyable. Otherwise we took the bus throughout Vietnam (during the day) which was fine. In 2 weeks you could do Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and HCMC.
I suggested that itinerary because of 14 days and your budget. You will either have to fly up to HAN or be on the move almost everyday.
Since you have only a few days before your VN adventure, getting a cheap flight SGN-HAN is not going to happen. Trying to get from HCM to HaNoi and back via road or rail in 14 days is just not feasible IMO.
You live in SIN and you can always fly back to VN. Why don't you see what you can of the South and save HaNoi & HaLong Bay for another visit? Or see if you can book a flight from HAN back to HCMC on the day before you fly home. If you can find a flight HAN-SGN, then you could include HaLong Bay. If you cannot book a flight, then I would forget the HaLong Bay & the North.
You do have the option of taking the overnight bus up to Hoi An (HA) from NT. Cut HCM to 2 days, overnight bus to NT on second day, 2 days NT, overnight bus up to HA on second day. 2 days HA, overnight bus back to NT on second day. One day NT, bus to Mui Ne the next day, 2 days MN, bus to DaLat. 2 days, back to HCM third day. This leaves you with a few days before your flight home to see the delta or tunnels, whatever you did not see when first in HCM.
As you can see, you will be spending much of your time on buses, or rail if you choose that option. Rail is safer than a bus, no question about that. The problem with rail is that you have to book several days ahead of time to get a sleeper or better class seat. I guess you could settle for hard seat and go the next day. I will let the rail fans advise you there. Here is an excellent resource for rail. Here is the best open tour bus option. You have to decide what is best for your trip.
My blog on DaLat covers several cheap places to stay. Same with Mui Ne. If you ride with Sinh Cafe, you can find both places easily. Both at $10/night. Or just chat with the moto guys that meet each bus. Tell them your budget and they will take you a place you can afford. Good luck.