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1. Posted by p8i8p (First Time Poster 1 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

im planning a trip to asia, mainly Vietnam, in the next few months has anyone got any advice for solo travelling?

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4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2123 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

"....anyone got any advice for solo travelling?"

How long will you be in this area? Round trip to a major city area might be cheaper than one way flights to this part of the world and one way flights home. Flying between nearby countries is not expensive. Do the math! Bangkok, Thailand is popular and from there it is easy to reach other countries.

Different countries means different visa requirements. Depending on where you visit there may be a "proof of onward travel" requirement. Google search this. Keep your passport clean, dry and not all wrinkled up. I keep my passport in a waterproof packet. (Ziplock sandwich bag will do.) Not just rain your sweat could damage the endorsements. Do NOT use your passport pages for toilet paper or you too will be on the internet forever!

Having a definite departure date makes it easier to plan a budget out. After paying for your major long distance flights know how much per day you have available for day to day expenses. The money you bring with you or have access to via a debit card has to support you during your trip.

You should have some plan in mind for how to handle your money. My advice is to have more than one debit card (or whatever they call it where you are from) with you. If you travel with a single card for cash withdrawals you could lose or damage that card. Or an "acquaintance" you meet on the road could steal it. A credit card or two is helpful for emergencies that may come up. Get in an accident, eat something that make you sick, fall in a hole or off a cliff, etc. (Along with scooter accidents these are things that might require hospital care.) So some medical-hospital insurance good overseas can be helpful. If not you might end up begging for money to pay for injuries you can't pay for.

Don't fall in love with a local lady or guy and send money back to her or him after you go home. You may not be the only person! Don't fully trust any random person you meet overseas! You can do your own ATM withdrawals without having a local friend enter pin numbers. Some ATMs have high fees so take out the maximum you can for each withdrawal. Your own bank or card provider may have a daily maximum for withdrawals and the ATM you use overseas will also have a maximum amount per withdrawal.

Have padlocks if you intend to use cheap places. Have bags or packs or sacks or duffel bags that you can lock.

You might have some weather issues to work around. Tourists visit all year long. If you arrive when it is rainy one advantage is the plant life looks more alive.

Good luck.

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8. Posted by Theoperisos (Budding Member 2 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Perhaps you should try Indonesia. They have so many beutiful places and unique cultur tho.
5 most visited place in Indonesia are Yogyakarta, Bali, Raja Ampat. Komodo Island, Jakarta.
Try to google search 'em and you'll find out what i mean.

9. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 106 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Transportation in Vietnam by train is slow, overnight sleepers have short beds, a nightmare if you are over 1,80 meter. Buses on the main north south highway are mostly good, but i had also some real terrible ones (the worst a very old Citroen box car without windows, wooden planks as seats and live chicken).
In my opinion the most comfortable is Open Bus Tour, a hop on hop off system between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Several companies are doing it, the original Sinh Cafe is probably still the best (but several companies have almost the same name).
There are hostels and many cheap hotels, usually fairly good standard, but take care to stay as central as possible (Hanoi: Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh: Pham Ngu Lao/De Tham), public transport is not easy to use, motorbike taxi is cheap but you need good nerves.
Wheather in the south hot, tropical storms in late fall, north of Danang drizzling and cold in the winter.
Around Tet (similar to Chinese New Year) in late January or February it's difficult to find transportation.

10. Posted by lissi88 (Inactive 8 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Out of the options listed above, since I could have mentioned those as well, I would just vouch here for the Open Bus Tour is good, you can see almost all of the place, you will definitely enjoy. Secondly, I used the motorcycle taxi most of the times, dead cheap,