Going to vietnam for 3 day lone traveller vacation any tips?

Hi I’m going to vietnam for 3 days and I really don’t want to go on a package tour and would like to explore on my own, is there any suggestions where to go? I really like visiting old places, rustic ancient villages or ruins, mountains, forests, beaches! and eat local food along the streets. Thanks! Looking forward to what people can say about this.

This is a hard one to answer, partly because you didn’t say which part of vietnam you are going to. It is either going to be Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. 3 days is not a lot of time, as you are likely to fly in during the morning and leave in the afternoon, so you get 1 full day and 2 half days.

For the full day the best option is to join a tour. I know, I know, sounds boring, but there are lots of little one day tours so that you can see a lot, get out into the countryside, without having to work everything out for yourself, deal with other hassles and things.

You can often book the tours the night before. In Ho Chi Minh City we booked local tour at night for the next morning. Half the people on the tour were vietnamese. Basically we went around the Me Kong Delta,.

In Hanoi the main day tour is Ha Long Bay, which is really touristy, you might be better off looking for a day tour to a little village like Mai Chau (we did an overnight stay, cycling around most of the next day before returning to Hanoi)

Hanoi is possibly the best for history, temples and museums. But also the food and beer. While there are well known touristy places with great food, our best experiences were drinking and eating in street restaurants.

6 Comments

  1. otaku says:

    Hanoi is the capital , but its more of a countryside/busy street area
    Hoi Chi Minh City (aka Saigon, just don’t say saigon there b/c the government doesnt like it when you say that there) is the busy street life sort of place .
    Hoi An has the My Son sanctuary which is very old . The Viet Cong hid in the ancient ruins of My Son Sanctuary during the Vietnam War, and air strikes badly damaged many of the brick and sandstone structures.
    Nha Trang has really nice beaches and spas, Danang has beautiful beaches as well.
    In Hue theres the Nguyen Dynasty Tombs .
    Halong Bay has beautiful emerald green water , its gorgeous .
    References :
    Vietnamese-American that goes to Vietnam every other year

  2. Jones says:

    Vietnam is a peaceful country and female travelers certainly do not face any particular safety issues. Yet, it should be noted that women in other countries, especially in the West, enjoy so many freedoms, some are just in dreams of Vietnamese girls. Although this should not prevent female travelers from the exotic land as Vietnam, women are suggested to follow some simple tips to ensure their safe and fanatic trips in the Asian country. and more information see this
    References :
    http://articles.newhind.com//articleDetail/Individual-Travel-Into-Vietnam-2866.html

  3. no name says:

    3 days is not enough. you can go to Dalat in the mountains. then to Nha Trang beach.
    References :
    roaming around vietnam, sometimes working,

  4. josie says:

    What?! You’re traveling to Vietnam for 3 days?

    Well I’m also going to Vietnam with my parents next month but we are staying for more than 15 days! U need at least 15 days to visit all the nice places!
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  5. Ruth says:

    There is so many things to roam around in Vietnam but I don’t think that 3 days are enough to explore Vietnam Not even a state.
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  6. flingebunt says:

    This is a hard one to answer, partly because you didn’t say which part of vietnam you are going to. It is either going to be Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. 3 days is not a lot of time, as you are likely to fly in during the morning and leave in the afternoon, so you get 1 full day and 2 half days.

    For the full day the best option is to join a tour. I know, I know, sounds boring, but there are lots of little one day tours so that you can see a lot, get out into the countryside, without having to work everything out for yourself, deal with other hassles and things.

    You can often book the tours the night before. In Ho Chi Minh City we booked local tour at night for the next morning. Half the people on the tour were vietnamese. Basically we went around the Me Kong Delta,.

    In Hanoi the main day tour is Ha Long Bay, which is really touristy, you might be better off looking for a day tour to a little village like Mai Chau (we did an overnight stay, cycling around most of the next day before returning to Hanoi)

    Hanoi is possibly the best for history, temples and museums. But also the food and beer. While there are well known touristy places with great food, our best experiences were drinking and eating in street restaurants.
    References :

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