On our last day, it's time to see city’s top tourist attractions- Saigon Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnants Museum and Independence palace. These are nearby to each other and are in walking distance. Start early in the morning, so that you can spend the evening viewing sunset at Saigon sky deck offering 360° panoramic views of the City.
Where to Stay?
Hanoi- Hanoi Buffalo Hostel(Budget) - 7.13 USD/Night (Dorm) || Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa by AIRA(Mid-Range) 80 USD/Night (BB Double Room)
Da Nang- Memory Hostel Danang(Budget) - 8.95 USD/Night (Dorm) || Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa(Mid-Range) 90 USD/Night (BB Double Room)
Ho Chi Minh- The Common Room Project(Budget) - 12.44 USD/Night (Dorm) || Lotte Hotel Saigon(Mid-Range) 105 USD/Night (BB Double Room)
How to reach and get around?
You can fly into Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh depending on where you want to begin your trip. I paid around $200 for a round trip from New Delhi. You will likely find cheaper flight on Google Flights, but for the best possible deal, I would suggest to compare prices on Expedia and Skyscanner as well.
Inter-city busses and trains are pretty accessible here. You can buy the tickets directly from the station counters. If you want to save your time you should stick to the flight option when changing cities and will cost below $30 one way. Exploring cities, town and villages can be best done on a motorbike. It will be unique experience with not much money($5/day) and can be done easily. However, if you want to use taxi you can also ride that at very nominal price($1.3-5).
Food to try out
My personal favorite food to try is very popular snack available all over the country- Ban Mi and you can get either veg or non-veg fillings in this sandwich. The other food favorites that you need to try during your trip- Phoo Noodles, Bun Cha, Mi Quang, Com Tam, Goi Cuon and Banh Xeo.
Your trip to Vietnam is incomplete if you haven't taken a sip of one of their delicious coffees($1-2) Egg Coffee/Coconut milk Coffee/Drip Coffee.
Vietnam do offer Visa on arrival. However, there process isn't easy and it's expensive as compared with other south Asian countries. Please do some planning in advance before reaching there as it is a two step process. First you need to apply for an online approval letter which will cost between $17-37 depending on the processing time you choose. When you will arrive at your destination airport show this letter along with photos, passport at immigration counter and pay the stamping fees($25).
This place is inexpensive than most of other asian countries. You should expect to pay $30-80 per person including food, drinks, accommodation, travel and sightseeing.
Most of the meals will start probably at $1 and will go up to $5 at higher end restaurants. You will enjoy alcoholic drinks here very much as they are dirt cheap, expect to pay ($0.75-1.5) for each drink.
Where to travel:
This a very tough to recommend for a country this diverse. But if you are traveling first time here. Your trip will be incomplete if you don't visit Hanoi(as Halong bay is close) and Ho Chi Minh. These are so buzzing and trilling cities where you can meet so many travelers which gives lively vibe to it.
If you are into mountains you can choose between: Sapa/Ninh Bin/Hai Phong and if you are a beach person: Da Nang/ Nha Trang/ Phu Quoc. There are a lot other destinations as well but I can't put all of them on a one blog.
Visas: https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/ click on this link to apply for visa approval letter.
Hostel and Hotels: https://www.hostelworld.com for booking the hostels and https://www.booking.com for hotels.
Transportation: Use Grab or Fastgo to book rides when traveling around in Vietnam. I personally prefer Fastgo as prices are stable during rush hours. For booking a bus use https://busmap.vn/ and https://12go.asia/en to book bus as well as trains online.
Sightseeing: You can hit the https://www.klook.com or their app available on appstore/playstore. Here you will get plenty of options at very best price. Use my below link to earn $3.4 on signup or enter K5DMU on signup page. https://www.klook.com/en-IN/invite/K5DMU?c=USD