Vietnam backpacking: travel tips for you

Vietnam – the land of contrasts on the South China Sea. Both the 3,000 kilometers of tropical coastline with impressive beaches in the east and the jungle bordering Laos and Cambodia in the west offer spectacular views and countless activities. Also exciting are the vibrant cities of the southeastern Asian country. Find out what Vietnam has to offer as a travel destination, how much money you should budget for a round trip and which accommodation and activities we recommend. Vietnam Backpacking – let’s go!

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Why Backpacking in Vietnam?

Vietnam, “the land to the south”, borders China to the north and Laos and Cambodia to the west. The long and narrow country is to a large extent very mountainous. The capital, Hanoi, has a population of more than 8 million people and also boasts thousand-year-old and important architecture.

In general, Vietnam is a culturally very interesting country due to its moving history. In the War Victims Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, for example, you can have a valuable experience in the form of a painful journey through time. Here you will learn everything about the Vietnam War – and very bluntly.

The best time to travel is from November to May, otherwise you may suffer from the rainy season. To get the most out of your vacation in Vietnam and see as many exciting places or activities as possible, you should take about three weeks.

Why a trip to Vietnam is especially worthwhile for you is easy to answer: the country shines in numerous facets and at the same time offers the opportunity to try out cheap backpacker accommodations and fantastic street food.

For your Vietnam trip you can keep in mind the following guidelines regarding prices: if you book your flights in time, they can cost between 500 and 800 euros. Accommodation prices vary greatly, so you can stay for as little as 8 euros in a shared room.

Depending on what activities you do, you pay between 5 and 30 euros. In any case, transportation is very cheap, estimated at 5 to 10 euros. The same applies to meals, which you can get for as little as 3 euros. On average, you can expect a daily budget of about 50 euros.

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Our socialbnb in Vietnam

Our beautiful socialbnb Nui Tuong Village Stay is located directly across from Nam Cat Tien National Park and on the banks of the Dong Nai River. Here you can enjoy your delicious breakfast with a view of the sunset over the river. Surrounded by breathtaking nature, you can really get away from it all and taste local, seasonal food from your own garden and local farmers. In the communal kitchen you can join other travelers and share the joy of cooking together. Eat in nice company and let the evening end in a relaxed way.

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Nui Tuong is an educational community and eco-tourism organization in Dong Nai province since 2016. The houses are ideal for people who want to spend their vacations deep in nature and in the surroundings of Cat Tien. The permaculture philosophy is followed, where people and the environment should be respected and this is also taught to interested people in courses.

We teach the younger generation to be hands-on and aware of the food they consume on a daily basis. We take them to sustainable farms nearby and enjoy the fresh tropical fruits as well as authentic local dishes prepared by our caring team.

Nui Tuong Village Stay

Cycling, hiking and trekking are some of the activities you can do in Cat Tien National Park, five kilometers away – access to the national park is easy to book. Meeting young, qualified students and volunteers as part of a project tour is also an impressive experience that you should not miss.

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What you should definitely do in Vietnam

Venture into the wilderness and listen to the sounds of nature. Try new things, such as bird watching or visiting local orchards. Learn about cacao as well as vegetable farming or local permaculture.

In addition, you can go on mountain hikes or explore the regular forest. This is especially interesting in the Cuc Phuong National Park. Here, with a little luck, you can observe the Asiatic black bear or clouded leopard in their natural habitat and marvel at rare plant species.

The Ba Na Mountains near the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang holds a spectacular attraction for you: the “Golden Bridge” carried by stone hands. From the bridge you have a unique view over the mountains and the jungle – a very special experience.

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