Towards the end of my graduate studies, I was suddenly getting close to 10 days of me-time. I had been saving for a solo backpacking trip and the timing couldn't have been better. Exploring Eastern Europe was an easy option, but this was my first solo trip. Although I had my Schengen visa for another few months, I was just about tired of seeing the insta-lives of everyone I knew gallivanting around continental Europe. The places ranged from Amsterdam to Zagreb but the clicks were of the same tourist traps that whatever the latest fashionable influencer gushed about, the same poses, the same activities.
I wanted to go somewhere which I found exotic. South America looked really interesting but the flights alone would've bankrupted me. China looked like another great option and I started planning my route map. I was so excited I was up till 330am researching the country. However, that night I kept getting flashes from the Top Gear's Vietnam special. Clarkson & Co's epic road trip had shown how stunning Vietnam was. When I woke up the next day, I applied for the Vietnamese e-visa and started to prep for my solo 2800km 9 day backpacking trip across Vietnam. Here are 5 reasons why you should also ditch Europe and experience the magic of Vietnam.