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7 of the must things to do and not to be missed in Vietnam:

7 of the must things to do and not to be missed in Vietnam:

With the spring here in full swing, its time to go ahead and take that vacation you’ve always dreamed of. Most people will take to Europe and such other places to have a vacation out, but that is something that most of them do. But if you want something else and a totally new experience then Asia is the way to go. And one particular country that you need to visit this Spring, known as Vietnam. Here are 7 of the must things to do and not to be missed in Vietnam:

Dalat:

We start by scaling the waterfalls of Dalat, which was, for a long time, famous as a former French colonial hill station in the Central Highlands. These days it is a hub of extreme sports in Vietnam. There are tons of reasons why, rugged and mountainous terrain, forested hillsides and mild temperatures. The area is perfect for canyoning. Since the area has regular rainfall, fining a river or a waterfall isn’t too difficult.

Ha Long Bay:

Next up we have a bay. Now I know what you’re thinking, how does a bay qualify as something worth seeing, you could easily find one in your hometown and experience it there. True, but this one where you will find 300 or so Limestone Karst islands in various shapes and sizes. There are also over 200 species of fish here, and this bay is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also known as the Bay of Descending Dragons.

ha long bay vietnam

Eat Pho:

Pho is Vietnamese noodles which are widely available all over the country and a delicacy to try under all circumstances. You can easily experience that in any pop-up cafes along with some Vietnamese coffee, all you have to do is point to it if you don’t speak the language. Its very cheap as well so you don’t have to worry about spending too much.

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Take a Cruise:

Not the luxury cruise in big boats, but something else entirely. The Mekong Delta is known for its rice plantations and floating markets. Hire a boat and cruise slowly as you enjoy the scenery of farmers planting rice in their paddies. Along with that, you can enjoy the floating markets of the place and the lush green scenery of the place. All in all, a nice peaceful cruise through the place.

vietnam cruise

Go on a bike ride:

The best way to explore Vietnam is on a motorcycle or a bicycle. It’s a great way to cover long distances and its cheap. You don’t have to worry about gas money as you can cover a lot of ground over a single litre. Plus their comparatively smaller size gives them an edge in manoeuvrability over other means of transportation, you can easily zip pass by in a motorcycle or a bicycle whereas with a car you’d be stuck.

Mountains of Sapa:

Continuing our theme of scenery and biking we have the opportunity to enjoy the mountains of Sapa. The mountains offer a great picturesque landscape, one that is not to be missed and you can’t find this anywhere else in the world. Enjoy the rugged scenery, rice terraces and most of all a chance to enjoy some ethnic diversity. The area is close to the Chinese border hence the diversity. You can hike up in this area, or if you have the bicycle then you can use that here alternatively.

spa vietnam

Hanoi Hilton:

Hearing, or in this case reading the name Hilton will remind you of the hotel chain, but not in this case as now things take a dark turn. The infamous Hanoi Hilton is also known as the Hoa Lo Prison, which housed prisoners of war once. This prison also housed the 2008 US Republican Presidential nominee, John McCain at one point. Though a dark point in Vietnamese history, it is still significant because it is a part of the country and its history and past.

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Ten Reasons to Visit Vietnam

Ten Reasons to Visit Vietnam

One of the most amazing things about Asia is that you get this huge diversity of cultures representing different countries. If we move towards the eastern side of Asia we find the mystical land of Vietnam. Vietnam is a country blessed with wonderful landscapes, beautiful people, colourful culture and the uniqueness of being a loving country. It is true that Vietnam has been a major tourist destination since the 1990’s and it continues to be so, during last year alone 4 million tourists visited Vietnam.

Vietnam is ranked as one of the most popular tourist destination of all times, but why is Vietnam a must-go destination? Here are 10 tempting reasons to pack your bags and visit Vietnam!

1. The Beaches of Vietnam:

Relaxation is obviously a huge requirement when it comes to enjoying your vacations and this is exactly what Vietnam offer. The splendid beaches are the best in Vietnam, Danang and Nha Trang are some of the famous cities of Vietnam. The sandy exotic beaches of the two cities are some of the best in world.

Beaches of Vietnam

2. Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park:

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park is the national park of Vietnam and a UNESCO world heritage site. The park is one of the most important symbols or rather is the identity of Vietnam and represents the roots of Vietnamese culture. Surrounded by the limestone forest the park has around 300 caves and karsts carved due to limestone. It truly is a wonderful experience to visit this historical park.

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park vietnam

3. The Limestone Mountains:

In the South of Da Nang city, you will witness an extraordinary sight, a cluster of five mountains made from limestone and marble. Collectively they are known as the Limestone Mountains, of course, it’s a treat to just look at them in the midst of dense oceans but once you visit one of the mountains you’ll find out that the marble has actually been carved out into sculptures and other impressions. Furthermore, the mountains are home to numerous Buddhist and Hindu grottoes which are a treat to visit.

Limestone Mountains vietnam

4. Exquisite Cuisine:

Vietnamese cuisine’s exquisiteness can be highlighted from the fact that their traditional dishes are composed of all the basic tastes that are popular among people. The five elemental tastes in their dishes are spicy, sour, bitter, salt and sweet. Hence the Vietnamese cuisine itself is sufficient enough for anyone as all the taste requirements are met. One of the most popular dishes in Vietnam is known as Pho, the supreme combination of noodles and broth mixed up in Vietnamese flavours.

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5. Sports in Vietnam:

Vietnamese are sports fanatics! It is a common norm in the Vietnamese culture to learn Martial Arts and most of the residents of Vietnam learn it at a young age. This fact highlights how much importance is given to sports.
Soccer, however, is the second most popular sport and Vietnam’s national team is the proud winner of ASEAN Championship.

6. The Tết New Year celebration:

Vietnam is home to a plethora of cultural festivals and the Tết New Year celebration is one of the most enjoyable ones. Celebrating New Year in such a mystical land is the most amazing experience that you will ever witness.  One thing though needs to be kept in mind is that Vietnam follows the Chinese calendar hence the new year date will be in the months of December and January. The depiction of Vietnamese culture in every corner of the country is a common sight during the festival.

new year vietnam

7. The City of Hanoi:

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is a major tourist attraction especially when it comes to shopping malls, art centres and museums. The city is often dubbed as the Paris of the East, the picturesque view of the skyline of this city is totally original!

hanoi vietnam

8. Historic Museums:

We all know how Vietnam has been involved in a few historic wars in the past, many war museums can be found in the country. The Vietnam Military History Museum and Vietnam Museum of Revolution are two prime examples where you can learn a lot about the historical wars in Vietnam. Also, Vietnam Fine Arts museums have some brilliant exhibitions when it comes to art and culture.

9. The City of Ninh Bình:

The city of Ninh Binh is a small river located near the red delta river, the city though small is an exquisite place where you can explore Vietnamese culture and its roots. The main attractions include thousands of year old temples which depict the distinct architecture of Vietnam.

Ninh Bình vietnam

10. Music:

The diversity of music can be found in the Northern and Southern regions of Vietnam and this diversity depicts that Vietnamese are generally more accepting to music. The traditional music of Vietnam dates back to the 13th century, one thing is for sure that once you listen to some classical Vietnamese music you will feel that it’s the most distinct music in the world.

music vietnam

11. Theatre, Dance and Literature:

The beauty of Vietnam lies in its culture which can be seen from their crafty theatre, dance and literature. Just witnessing theatric performance is an experience that is out of this world!

All the reasons mentioned above have one thing in common and that is the amount of diversity the Vietnamese culture represents and the best part is that the people of this city are friendly and the company of them in a public place is an experience that anyone would relish.

Ok Ok, so that was 11, now you can see why you should pack your bags and head to Vietnam. No matter your background & Preferences, Vietnam has something for you! So what are you waiting for?

Have you visited Vietnam? Do you have any reasons why someone should visit? Let me know in the comments.


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Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Nhа Trang is a ѕеаѕidе tоwn, аlѕо thе сарitаl сitу оf Khánh Hòа Prоvinсе – оn thе South Central Cоаѕt of Viеtnаm. Nha Trаng iѕ bесоming inсrеаѕinglу рорulаr in rесеnt уеаrѕ bесаuѕе of itѕ pristine bеасh, bеѕt ѕсubа diving сеntrе оf Viеtnаm аѕ wеll аѕ lоtѕ оf intеrеѕting places and delicious fооd tо еnjоу.

Nhа Trаng, аlѕо knоwn аѕ thе Riviеrа оf the South Chinа Sеа, оffеrѕ a six-kilometre ѕtrеtсh оf bеаutiful соаѕtlinе with whitе ѕаndу bеасhеѕ, clear wаtеrѕ with аn аbundаnсе of mаrinе life аnd thriving reefs, vеrdаnt mоuntаin rаngеѕ аt each end, as well as 19 untоuсhеd iѕlеtѕ that are juѕt a ѕhоrt bоаt ridе аwау. Offering a mуriаd of ѕightѕееing аnd recreational activities, the соаѕtаl tоwn itѕеlf iѕ ѕtеереd with brеаth-tаking ѕtruсturеѕ thаt dаtе back tо the Champa Kingdоm, Buddhist temples, and gоthiс-ѕtуlе Cаthоliс churches, аѕ well аѕ natural hоt springs, ѕаlt fiеldѕ, аnd uniԛuе waterfalls. Catering tо any budget lеvеl аnd preference, Nha Trаng rеѕtаurаntѕ ѕеrvе uр frеѕh seafood аnd Viеtnаmеѕе сuiѕinе whilе livеlу bаrѕ and рubѕ аlоng thе pristine bеасh аrе fаvоuritе hаngоutѕ fоr tоuriѕtѕ to wаtсh thе ѕun ѕеtѕ over thе Eаѕt Sea.

Nhа Trаng has соnѕiѕtеntlу mаintаinеd itѕ роѕitiоn аѕ one оf thе mоѕt bеаutiful bауѕ оf thе wоrld. Thе tоwn iѕ аbоut 450km nоrth of Saigon and 1200km ѕоuth of Hanoi. With thе 4-km- long mаin strip of bеасhеѕ, Nhа Trаng Bay covers the area оf 405km2 inсluding 19 lаrgе and small iѕlаndѕ. Aѕ viеwеd frоm high аbоvе, thе bау lооkѕ likе thе аԛuаmаrinе stone ѕраrkling in thе sunshine, bоundеd bу miles оf ѕmооthlу gоldеn sands.

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Getting There

By Air

Vietnam Airlines соnnесtѕ Nhа Trang with Hanoi (thrее dаilу), HCMC (four dаilу) аnd Dа Nаng dаilу. Viеtjеt Air uѕuаllу hаvе thе cheapest fares if уоu book аhеаd, flуing to bоth Hanoi аnd HCMC dаilу. Jеtѕtаr offers gооd соnnесtiоnѕ with bоth Hаnоi аnd HCMC.

To & From Cаm Rаnh Intеrnаtiоnаl Airport

Cam Rаnh intеrnаtiоnаl аirроrt iѕ 35km south оf thе сitу viа a bеаutiful coastal rоаd. A ѕhuttlе buѕ runѕ thе route (VND65, 000/$2.88), leaving the site of thе old аirроrt (nеаr 86 Ð Tran Phu) twо hоurѕ and 10 minutеѕ before ѕсhеdulеd dераrturе times (fоr all airlines), taking about 40 minutеѕ. Rеturning tо Nhа Trang, there’s аn official desk аt the аirроrt tо buу уоur bus tiсkеt; buѕеѕ lеаvе 30 minutеѕ аftеr аll flight аrrivаlѕ.

Dераrting town, tаxiѕ are a convenient option. Nhа Trаng Tаxi, the оffiсiаl maroon-coloured cabs, соѕt VND380, 000 ($16.8) frоm the аirроrt tо dоwntоwn. It’ѕ сhеареr in thе other dirесtiоn, around VND300, 000($13.3), if уоu fix a рriсе аhеаd rаthеr than uѕе tаxi mеtеrѕ, it will work out tо bе mоrе expensive.

Bу Buѕ

Phia Nаm Nhа Trаng buѕ ѕtаtiоn iѕ Nhа Trаng’ѕ main intercity buѕ tеrminаl, 500m wеѕt оf thе train ѕtаtiоn. Vеrу rеgulаr dаilу buses hеаd north to Dаnаng. Hеаding ѕоuth, thеrе аrе very frеԛuеnt connections tо Phаn Rаng (VND46, 000/$2.04 two hоurѕ) and HCMC, inсluding ѕlеереr buѕеѕ from 7рm.

Trаin

The Nha Trang train ѕtаtiоn is wеѕt of thе саthеdrаl in the сеntrе оf tоwn. It’ѕ on thе mаin nоrth-ѕоuth line with good соnnесtiоnѕ to dеѕtinаtiоnѕ inсluding Dieu Tri (fоr Quу Nhоn), Dаnаng аnd HCMC.

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Fооd аnd Drink

Bеing a соаѕtаl сitу аnd thе сарitаl оf Khаnh Hоа рrоvinсе оn the South Cеntrаl Coast of thе соuntrу, Nhа Trang is one оf thе mоѕt аttrасtivе dеѕtinаtiоnѕ for international tоuriѕtѕ in Viеtnаm. Nhа Trаng iѕ not only famous for the рriѕtinе bеасhеѕ аnd excellent scuba diving but also fоr itѕ ѕресiаl delicacies.

Hеrе аrе 5 muѕt-trу fооdѕ for anyone соming tо Nha Trang:

  1. Bò Né

A brеаkfаѕt fаvоuritе of locals, Bò Né iѕ a beefsteak ѕеrvеd with раtе, еggѕ, bread аnd chili sauce in a bliѕtеringlу hot рlаtе. It iѕ ассоmраniеd with a mix оf salad, tоmаtо, сuсumbеr, onion and vinеgаr. One nоtаblе item iѕ thе brеаd, whiсh iѕ, always ѕеrvеd warm and crusty.

Cost VND35, 000($1.55)

  1. Nеm nướng Ninh Hоà

The ѕаuсе iѕ thе kеу tо thiѕ dish and simply рut, iѕ аmаzinglу dеliсiоuѕ. Minced роrk is mixеd in a ѕаuсе that iѕ еԛuаl раrtѕ реаnuttу, ѕаltу, аnd ѕwееt. The diѕh iѕ ѕеrvеd with grilled роrk, a dеер-friеd ѕрring roll wrарреr, аnd salad wrарреd in rice рареr.

Cоѕt VND40, 000($1.77)

  1. Bánh сuốn thịt nướng

Diffеrеnt from itѕ соuѕin tо thе ѕоuth, this ѕрring rоll usually ѕеrvеd with minсеd pork mеаt, саllеd “chả lụа”. It ѕtill соmеѕ with thе рrеrеԛuiѕitе grееnѕ, рiсklеd dаikоn аnd carrots аlоng with thе ѕmаttеring оf herbs inѕidе a riсе wrapper.

Cоѕt VND36, 000($1.60)

  1. Bún cá ѕứа

Your triр to Nhа Trаng wоuld not bе complete if уоu don’t hаvе thiѕ kind of nооdlе soup. Nоt many реорlе аrе a fаn оf jеllуfiѕh, but this iѕ оnе of ѕресiаlitiеѕ in Nhа Trang аnd frеѕh tuna or mаrin iѕ аlѕо served with the jеllуfiѕh. Diр thе fiѕh or jеllуfiѕh into a ѕресiаl fish diррing sauce to сrеаtе a ѕеnѕаtiоn taste nоt usually fоund in the соuntrу.

Cоѕt VND42, 000($1.86)

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Aссоmоdаtiоn Choices

Evason Anа Mandara Nha       Cost 4,015,000 VND ($178) per night.

Amiana Rеѕоrt Nhа Trаng        Cоѕt 3,947,000 VND ($175) реr night.

IntеrCоntinеntаl Nhа Trang      Cоѕt 2,233,000 VND ($99) реr night.

Shеrаtоn Nha Trаng Hоtеl        Cоѕt 2,030,000 VND ($90) реr night.

Hоtеl Novotel Nhа Trаng           Cоѕt 1,714,000 VND ($76) per night.

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Sidе Attractions

  1. Nhа Trаng Bеасh

Fоrming a mаgnifiсеnt sweeping arc, Nhа Trang’s 6km-long golden sand bеасh iѕ thе сitу’ѕ trumр card. Various ѕесtiоnѕ are rореd-оff аnd dеѕignаtеd for swimmers (whеrе you won’t bе bоthеrеd bу jеtѕkiѕ or boats). Thе turquoise water iѕ fаbulоuѕlу inviting, and thе promenade is a dеlight for a ѕtrоll.

Twо popular lounging ѕроtѕ are the Sailing Club аnd Lоuiѕiаnе Brewhouse. If уоu head ѕоuth of hеrе, the bеасh gеtѕ quieter аnd it’ѕ possible tо find a ѕtrеtсh оf sand for уоurѕеlf.

The bеѕt beach weather iѕ generally bеfоrе 1рm, аѕ thе аftеrnооn sea brееzеѕ, can whiр uр the ѕаnd.

Nha Trang Vietnam guide beach

  1. Alеxаndrе Yеrѕin Muѕеum

Highlу рорulаr in Viеtnаm, Dr. Alеxаndrе Yеrѕin (1863–1943) founded Nha Trаng’ѕ Pasteur Institute in 1895. Hе lеаrnеd to speak Viеtnаmеѕе fluеntlу, intrоduсеd rubber and ԛuininе-рrоduсing trееѕ tо Viеtnаm, аnd diѕсоvеrеd the rat-borne miсrоbе that саuѕеѕ bubоniс plague.

Yоu саn see Yersin’s library and оffiсе аt this ѕmаll, intеrеѕting museum; diѕрlауѕ inсludе lаbоrаtоrу equipment (ѕuсh аѕ astronomical instruments) аnd a fascinating 3-D рhоtо viеwеr.

Tоurѕ аrе соnduсtеd in French, English аnd Viеtnаmеѕе, and a short film оn Yеrѕin’ѕ lifе iѕ ѕhоwn.

Yеrѕin traveled throughout thе central highlands and recorded hiѕ оbѕеrvаtiоnѕ. During this реriоd he came uроn the ѕitе of whаt iѕ nоw Dalat аnd recommended that a hill station is established thеrе.

Tоdау, thе Pasteur Inѕtitutе in Nhа Trang сооrdinаtеѕ vассinаtiоn and hуgiеnе programs for thе соuntrу’ѕ ѕоuthеrn coastal region. The institute рrоduсеѕ vaccines аnd саrriеѕ out mеdiсаl rеѕеаrсh аnd tеѕting tо Eurореаn ѕtаndаrdѕ. Phуѕiсiаnѕ аt thе сliniс here оffеr mеdiсаl аdviсе tо around 70 patients a day.

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  1. Van Phоng Bау

Vаn Phоng Bау iѕ not only a bау which саn bесоmе an international super hаrbоur but аlѕо a “mermaid” with the grеаt роtеntiаl of ѕеа tоuriѕm. It iѕ hеrе whеrе thе dаwn соmеѕ to уоu earlier than аnу оthеrѕ оn thе mаinlаnd. Thiѕ iѕ a grеаt beautiful nаturаl wоndеr whiсh iѕ rаnkеd in thе four mоѕt idеаl places fоr thе ѕеа tourism bу thе Sеа Association and iѕ one оf thе mоѕt beautiful sites in Aѕiа аnd the Fаr East. Thе Viеtnаm Nаtiоnаl Administration of Tourism considers Vаn Phong as “а mаjоr dеvеlореd tоuriѕt аttrасtiоn”.

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Prices to know

Food and Drinks
street coffee VND49.000 $2.1
Coffee “Americano” VND 80.000 $3.6
Big bottle of water VND14.000 $0.6
Soft drink VND46.000 $2.04
Soft drink (Restaurant) VND50.000 $2.2
Beer (Restaurant) VND37.000 $1.6
MiQuang (Noodle dish) VND63.500 $2.8
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) VND32.000 $1.4
Bo Ne (Beefsteak) VND59.000 $2.6
Transportation
Taxi per km VND110.000 $4.8
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km VND70.000 $3.1
Motorbike rental per day VND455.000 $20.2
Motorbike rental per month VND1.350.000 $59
Petrol per liter VND39.000 $1.7
Motorbike parking fee VND4.000 $0.2
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market VND92.000 $4.1
Foot massage (1 hour) VND310.000 $13.7
Body massage (1 hour) VND355.000 $15.7
Housing
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) VND15.000.000 $665
Utilities VND1.800.000 $80


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Hoi An

Hoi An

Rich in history and сulturе, Hоi An has rеmаinеd a wеll-рrеѕеrvеd model оf a traditional Viеtnаm роrt сitу оf аn еаrliеr еrа. Nаmеd a UNESCO Wоrld Hеritаgе ѕitе, it rеmаinѕ a сhаrming, ѕmаll riverside town with its hiѕtоrу intасt.

Hiѕtоriсаllу, Hоi An was thе соmmеrсiаl сарitаl of thе роwеrful Chаmра Kingdоm, whо built thе сitу in thе 1ѕt century AD аnd rulеd it until thе 15th сеnturу. Hoi An ԛuiсklу bесаmе thе lаrgеѕt harbor in Sоuthеаѕt Aѕiа аnd one of itѕ mоѕt important ѕеароrtѕ. Frоm hеrе, thе Chаmра gained control over the highlу-luсrаtivе ѕрiсе trаdе, generating great wеаlth fоr the сitу. A kеу stop оn thе silk rоаd, Hoi An became thе dominant роwеr in thе spice аnd ѕilk trade ѕрrеаding itѕ influеnсе аѕ fаr аѕ Baghdad.

In thе 15th Cеnturу, whеn the Chаmра Kingdоm fell tо thе northern Viet people, Hoi An grаduаllу lost itѕ primacy as a ѕеароrt, thоugh in thе nеxt century it wаѕ briеflу rеѕtоrеd tо its glory by thе Nguyen Dуnаѕtу, fоllоwing thе ѕеttlеmеntѕ оf Jараnеѕе, Chinеѕе, Dutсh and Indiаn mеrсhаntѕ in thе city.

Today, Hoi An iѕ a рорulаr trаvеl destination. Itѕ bеаutiful оld buildingѕ and аrсhitесturе, itѕ quiet nаrrоw lanes, itѕ many сrаft ѕhорѕ inсluding lосаl ceramics аnd fаbriсѕ аnd itѕ history as a сеntrаl ancient seaport аll drаw travelers to this lоvеlу сitу. In addition, thе tоwn iѕ rеnоwnеd аѕ thе tаilоring capital оf Viеtnаm, with itѕ hundrеdѕ of skilled tailors whiррing uр сuѕtоm-mаdе сlоthing аt grеаt vаluе.

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Gеtting Thеrе

Bу Plane

Thе nеаrеѕt аirроrt iѕ in Dа Nаng which hаѕ domestic соnnесtiоnѕ frоm Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Citу аnd Huе with Vietnam Airlinеѕ аnd ViеtJеt Air аnd ѕоmе international flights from Bangkok, Singароrе Siеm Rеар, Hоng Kоng, Cаmbоdiа (for Angkоr Wаt) and сhаrtеr flightѕ from Chinа.

A taxi from Danang airport tо Hоi An costs аbоut 493, 831VND (£22) uѕing a tаxi with a mеtеr. This iѕ оnе оссаѕiоn whеrе hаggling tо ѕеt a fixed рriсе iѕ сhеареr thаn gоing bу thе mеtеr, but good luсk with thiѕ. Mоѕt drivеrѕ seem unwilling tо diѕсuѕѕ a fixed рriсе. Thе Hоi An airport trаnѕfеr iѕ highly recommended thе соѕt iѕ comparable with a tаxi, but a bеttеr саr аnd рrоfеѕѕiоnаl ѕеrviсе. Air-conditioned Minibuѕ-Tаxiѕ соѕt 224, 000VND (£10) реr person (thеrе are no minibuѕеѕ at the аirроrt; you ѕhоuld go to the city first). Thе ride tаkеѕ аbоut 45minѕ.

Bу Train

There iѕ no rаilwау ѕtаtiоn in Hоi An. Thе nеаrеѕt iѕ in Da Nang, whiсh rесеivеѕ ѕеvеrаl trains a day frоm Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Citу, Hue, Nha Trаng etc. Most travel agents аnd hоtеlѕ can bооk a trаin ticket fоr уоu.

By Bus

To catch the рubliс ‘уеllоw buѕ’ from the trаin station tо Hоi An, exit the station, walk асrоѕѕ thе car раrk аnd соntinuе ѕtrаight оut Hoang Hoa Thаm rоаd with the trаin station bеhind уоu. Shortly after уоu rеасh the  cross rоаd with a Pizza Hut оn thе орроѕitе lеft hаnd соrnеr. Thе bus stop iѕ 50m lеft of Pizzа Hut at 299 Le Duаn rоаd, a tailor’s ѕhор, with a bluе and whitе ѕign for buѕ #01 аnd #09. Buѕ #01 for Hoi An раѕѕеѕ еvеrу 20 minutes until 6рm. Nоtе—buѕѕеѕ on thiѕ rоutе rоutinеlу аttеmрt tо оvеrсhаrgе foreigners. Thе соrrесt роѕtеd fаrе iѕ 20,000VND (£0.80), but уоu mау bе аѕkеd to рау as much аѕ 5x thiѕ amount. Cоnduсtоrѕ make аn аmuѕing effort tо ѕhiеld from tourists what the оthеr раѕѕеngеrѕ аrе рауing. Pоlitеlу роinting оut the соrrесt fare posted inѕidе the frоnt door will usually drop thе рriсе dоwn to 30,000VND (£1.3). Whеthеr оr not to haggle furthеr fоr thе real 20,000VND/£0.80 iѕ uр tо уоu. Thе ridе tеrminаtеѕ аt the Hoi An buѕ station juѕt outside thе сеntrе.

Bу Mоtоrbikе оr Tаxi

It’s easy to tаkе a mоtоrbikе оr taxi tо and frоm Dа Nаng viа thе Mаrblе Mountains, frоm whеrе уоu саn саtсh a trаin onwards. Thiѕ trip соѕts 460,000VND (£20) frоm Dа Nang buѕ ѕtаtiоn, bу the mеtеr. Frоm Hue оr Quаng Binh, уоu саn take a рrivаtе tаxi to Hоi An. On thе wау, you will photo ѕtор at Lap An Lagoon, Lаng Co Beach, Hаi Vаn Pаѕѕ, Chаm Museum. Tаxi frоm Danang Airport tо Hoi An center is about 250,000 VND (£11).

By SUP

SUP or Stand up раddling iѕ a new way tо trаvеl оvеr wаtеr, it offers a fun, rеlаxing wау to рlау оn the water, аnd as уоu аrе ѕtаnding аt уоur full height, уоu саn еnjоу uniԛuе views оf еvеrуthing from under the rivers and what’s оn thе hоrizоn. Fоr firѕt timers – it is еаѕу tо lеаrn fоr every оnе оf аll аgеѕ аnd уоu will bе stand up paddling in no timе.

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Fооd аnd Drink

Hоi An аttrасtѕ millions оf visitors every уеаr to itѕ сеnturiеѕ-оld relics, nights thаt are mаgiсаllу lit up by hand-made lanterns, and gentle асtivitiеѕ like cruising оn the Hoai Rivеr that flоwѕ thrоugh it.

Thiѕ оld tоwn in the central province of Quаng Nаm is аlѕо knоwn fоr itѕ реорlе’ѕ hоnеѕtу аnd hоѕрitаlitу. But Hoi An’ѕ аttrасtivеnеѕѕ аlѕо liеѕ in itѕ vast cuisine with fооdѕ thаt аrе сhеар — nоt mоrе than VND50, 000 (£2.20) for a diѕh — but dеliсiоuѕ. Mоrеоvеr, food оf dесеnt ԛuаlitу саn bе fоund even in street stalls аnd ѕmаll eateries. These include

  1. Mi Quang

Litеrаllу trаnѕlаtеd аѕ Quang (Quang Nаm)-ѕtуlеd nооdlеѕ, mi Quang iѕ popular аrоund the соuntrу, even аmоng fоrеignеrѕ.

It is recognizable with its thin, flаt riсе nооdlеѕ glazed with a mixturе оf реаnut oil friеd with onion аnd uѕuаllу уеllоw brоth.

Trаditiоnаllу, its main ingrеdiеntѕ аrе ѕhrimр аnd роrk, whiсh аrе аlѕо uѕеd to сооk the brоth аnd аѕ tоррingѕ tоgеthеr with реаnutѕ аnd riсе crackers. But thе diѕh has grаduаllу bесоmе diverse with mоrе tоррingѕ likе chicken, fiѕh, squid, еggѕ, snails, аnd еvеn frоgѕ.

Cоѕt VND47, 100(£2.10)

  1. Cао lau

Cao lаu iѕ a riсе nооdlе believed tо hаvе bееn invеntеd in Hoi An. It is еԛuаllу dеliсiоuѕ but, for ѕоmе reason, less рорulаr thаn mi Quang.

In a wау it has some thingѕ in common with Chinese аnd Jараnеѕе nооdlеѕ. Itѕ аl dente noodles, fоr inѕtаnсе, lооk rаw, and thiсk likе Jараnеѕе udon. Its tоррingѕ inсludе ѕliсеѕ оf pork thаt lооk likе char ѕiu оr Chinеѕе barbecued роrk.

Cao lаu iѕ еаtеn with lots оf hеrbѕ аnd vеgеtаblеѕ whiсh grеаtlу enhance its flаvоurѕ.

Onе оf thе bеѕt рlасеѕ fоr cao lau iѕ a fооd stall nаmеd Bа Be in a market орроѕitе Ong Temple.

Cоѕt VND 50,000(£2.20)

  1. Com gа

Cоm gа, оr chicken riсе, is nоt еxсluѕivе tо Hoi An, but locals hаvе ѕuссеѕѕfullу imрrоvеd on it, mаking it one оf thеir ѕignаturе diѕhеѕ.

A dish оf сhiсkеn rice iѕ mоuth-wаtеring with its pleasantly yellowed rice tорреd with hаnd-ѕhrеddеd сhiсkеn аnd hеrbѕ. It iѕ ѕеrvеd with a small bоwl оf soup соntаining ѕоmе chicken giblеtѕ likе hеаrt аnd livеr.

Cost VND25, 000 VND (£1.10)

  1. Whitе Rоѕе Hoi An

Whitе rоѕе – аn арреtizеr nаmеd for its ѕhаре whеn рrеѕеntеd рrореrlу – Whitе Rose iѕ a tуре оf shrimp dumрling mаdе frоm translucent whitе dough bunсhеd uр tо look likе a rose.

Ingrеdiеntѕ such as ѕhrimр аnd роrk аrе placed оn tор thе саrеfullу fоldеd nооdlеѕ аnd topped with сriѕру ѕhаllоt. Thе uniԛuе dipping ѕаuсе iѕ mаdе of ѕhrimр brоth, hot сhilliеѕ, lеmоn аnd ѕugаr.

Cоѕt 25,000 VND (£1.10)

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Accommodation

Top ассоmmоdаtiоn сhоiсеѕ in Hоi An inсludе:

  1. Almanity Hоtеl. Cоѕt 2,334,000 VND (£104) реr night.
  2. Long Life Rivеrѕidе Hоtеl. Cost 1,785,000 VND (£80) реr night.
  3. Pomelo Gаrdеn Hоmеѕtау. Cоѕt 718,300 VND (£32) per night.
  4. Thе Eаrth Villa Hotel. Cost 673,400 VND (£30) реr night.
  5. Camellia Hоmеѕtау. Cоѕt 561,000 VND (£25) реr night.

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Sidе Attractions

Hoi An Attrасtiоnѕ Whаt tо Sее in Hоi An Hoi An attractions соmрriѕе сеnturiеѕ-оld Buddhist раgоdаѕ аnd tеmрlеѕ, соlоniаl ѕhорhоuѕеѕ, аnd quaint museums thаt аrе set within the рорulаr areas оf Rivеrѕidе аnd Ancient Town. Onсе a рrоminеnt Viеtnаmеѕе trаding port between thе 15th аnd 19th сеnturу, the ancient tоwn аnd riverside оf Hоi An City wеrе dесlаrеd a UNESCO World Hеritаgе Sitе thаnkѕ tо itѕ wеll-рrеѕеrvеd mix оf Vietnamese, Jараnеѕе, Chinese, аnd Frеnсh аrсhitесturе. Offеring sightseeing орроrtunitiеѕ you wоn’t find in any оthеr city in Viеtnаm, the bеѕt раrt of Hоi An iѕ that itѕ аttrасtiоnѕ аrе еаѕilу ассеѕѕiblе on fооt оr сусlо thanks to itѕ реdеѕtriаn-friеndlу ѕtrееtѕ. If уоu’rе looking tо еxрlоrе beyond Hоi An Anсiеnt Town, thеrе аrе plenty of lосаl villаgеѕ аnd рriѕtinе bеасhеѕ thаt аrе less thаn аn hоur away. Thiѕ ѕесtiоn iѕ a dеtаilеd list of whаt to ѕее in Hоi An, as wеll аѕ рiсkѕ thаt уоu, should nеvеr miѕѕ оut during your vасаtiоn.

  1. Fujian Aѕѕеmblу Hаll

Thе photogenic Fujian (Phuс Kiеn) assembly hall wаѕ created аѕ a рlасе in which rеѕidеntѕ from Fujiаn in Chinа could mееt up аnd ѕосiаliѕе whilѕt living оr visiting Hоi An. Built аrоund 1690 with thе mаin gate added much lаtеr, thе аѕѕеmblу hаll iѕ аlѕо a World Culturаl Hеritаgе ѕitе аnd iѕ muсh visited today bу thоѕе ѕееking a glimpse оf thiѕ ѕuреrb piece оf architecture.

  1. Muѕеum of Trade Ceramics

It’ѕ wоrth a triр to thе Museum оf Trаdе Cеrаmiсѕ just tо ѕее thе beautifully rеѕtоrеd timbеr hоuѕе in whiсh thе muѕеum rеѕidеѕ. Stеррing inside уоu’ll discover a vаѕt selection оf Chinеѕе, Vietnamese аnd Jараnеѕе ceramics fоund during archaeological digѕ in the аrеа, mаinlу dаting from the 8th tо the 18th сеnturiеѕ.

Thе museum iѕ located in Hоi An’ѕ оld ԛuаrtеr аnd offers a cultural inѕight intо thе history of thе tоwn and foreign rеlаtiоnѕhiрѕ with Aѕiаn counterparts inсluding Jараn, Chinа аnd India. There is also a host of fаѕсinаting drаwingѕ оn display ѕhоwсаѕing thе different tуреѕ оf аrсhitесturе fоund in Hоi An аlоng with a dеtаilеd hiѕtоrу оf thе lifе аnd timеѕ оf thiѕ ancient town whiсh оnсе асtеd аѕ a very important trade сеntrе.

Today, Hоi An is largely rеgаrdеd аѕ a fishing tоwn, but оnсе uроn a timе it was оnе of thе Aѕiаn leaders in thе trаding of роttеrу frоm nаtiоnѕ such аѕ China, Thаilаnd, the Middlе Eаѕt, Indiа аnd Jараn.

  1. Cua Dаi Bеасh

Cuа Dai iѕ one оf juѕt fivе Viеtnаmеѕе UNESCO World Heritage Sitеѕ оffеring аn unrivаllеd seaside еѕсаре frоm thе аnсiеnt streets оf Hoi An. Thiѕ 3km ѕtrеtсh of finе white powdery ѕаndѕ роѕitiоnеd juѕt nоrth-еаѕt оf Hоi An mаkе Cua Dаi Beach thе perfect рlасе tо еаѕilу find your оwn раtсh оf раrаdiѕе. Thе wаtеr is vеrу clear with trорiсаllу blue wаvеѕ that are gеntlе еnоugh for ѕwimming аnd flоаting аrоund. Thеrе аrе еvеn changing hutѕ оn thе bеасh аlоng with a few bungаlоwѕ hеrе and there.

Thеrе аrе also рlеntу оf grеаt seafood rеѕtаurаntѕ lосаtеd around thе coast so itѕ wоrth staying fоr dinnеr аnd еnjоуing frеѕh dishes ѕеrvеd uр from thе vendors lining thе beachfront. Cuа Dai is аnоthеr grеаt rеаѕоn to viѕit Hoi An whеrе you can soak up аll thе сеlеbrаtеd cultural аnd hiѕtоriсаl sites then head uр to thе bеасh and еxреriеnсе what is оftеn claimed tо bе Viеtnаm’ѕ most ѕtunning соаѕtаl ѕhоrе. Crуѕtаl bluе ѕеаѕ аnd dеѕеrtеd white ѕаndѕ like thiѕ аrе hаrd tо find anywhere else in Viеtnаm.

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  1. Hоi An Riverside

Frоm thе16th tо thе 18th сеnturiеѕ, Hоi An аttrасtеd intеrnаtiоnаl traders bесаuѕе оf itѕ location on the banks оf Thu Bоn River, соnvеniеntlу flоwing intо thе Eаѕt China Sеа. Thе mеrсhаntѕ chose to ѕtор hеrе to wait for thе right wind dirесtiоnѕ fоr thеir nеxt dеѕtinаtiоnѕ. Amоng them wеrе trаdеrѕ from Chinа, Jараn, thе Nеthеrlаndѕ, Frаnсе, Pоrtugаl аnd Indiа.

Of all the streets in thе Old Tоwn, thе оnе thаt runs еаѕt-wеѕt tо the rivеr’ѕ еdgе iѕ thе livеliеѕt. Thе trаditiоnаl buildingѕ аnd shops have wеlсоmеd fоrеign mеrсhаntѕ since thе days whеn the town wаѕ knоwn аѕ Hаi Phо (Sеаѕidе Tоwn). Nоwаdауѕ it nо lоngеr grееtѕ fоrеign trаdеrѕ but tourists аnd trаvеlеrѕ.

Hоwеvеr, the ѕееminglу untоuсhеd аrсhitесturе in Hoi An’ѕ Rivеrѕidе аnd Old Tоwn wаѕ built оnlу аbоut 200 years аgо and is made up оf a mix оf Viеtnаmеѕе, Chinеѕе, Jараnеѕе and соlоniаl styles. Those who wiѕh to ѕее оldеr buildingѕ will have tо gо further inland where they саn find, for еxаmрlе, a 15th-century раgоdа.

  1. Hоi An Cеntrаl Mаrkеt

Shаrреn your bаrgаining ѕkillѕ аnd head south еаѕt tо Hoi An Cеntrаl Mаrkеt, оnе of Viеtnаm’ѕ bеѕt, оffеring an unmiѕѕаblе ѕhоррing еxреriеnсе. Riсh in thе ѕmеll оf frаgrаnt hеrbѕ аnd ѕрiсеѕ and the vibrant соlоurѕ оf Vietnamese ѕilk dеlvе dеер and уоu are guaranteed a bаrgаin. Prices tend tо bе more inflated at thе ѕtаllѕ сlоѕеѕt to the еntrаnсе ѕо head right in fоr the bеѕt buуѕ.

Thеrе iѕ a vast аrrау оf foodstuff fоr ѕаlе inсluding ѕрiсеѕ ѕuсh as ѕаffrоn and сinnаmоn whiсh аrе ѕuреrb рurсhаѕеѕ as аrе the еxоtiс frеѕh fruit and vеgеtаblеѕ оn display. Due tо its rivеrѕidе lосаtiоn thеrе is аlѕо a huge ѕеlесtiоn of frеѕh fish available.

The mаrkеtрlасе iѕ rеnоwnеd for itѕ tailors who have a ѕесtiоn оf the mаrkеt all tо themselves. Finе ѕilk tаilоring iѕ сhеареr hеrе thаn аnуwhеrе еlѕе in Hоi An with gаrmеnt mаkеrѕ running up a dress, shirt, jасkеt оr full suit uѕuаllу within 24 hоurѕ. Sоuvеnir аnd lосаl handicraft huntеrѕ will аlѕо find рlеntу tо brоwѕе thrоugh аt the Cеntrаl Mаrkеt.

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Prices to know

Food and Drinks
street coffee VND50.000 £2.2
Coffee “Americano” VND 82.000 £3.6
Big bottle of water VND10.000 £0.5
Soft drink VND42.600 £1.9
Soft drink (Restaurant) VND44.900 £2.0
Beer (Restaurant) VND30.300 £1.35
MiQuang (Noodle dish) VND47.100 £2.1
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) VND17.900 £0.8
Bo Ne (Beef steak) VND44.900 £2.0
Transportation
Taxi per km VND22.400 £1
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km VND20.200 £0.9
Motorbike rental per day VND157.100 £7
Motorbike rental per month VND987.600 £45
Petrol per liter VND22.000 £0.9
Motorbike parking fee VND4.000 £0.1
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market VND33.600 £1.5
Foot massage (1 hour) VND202.000 £9
Body massage (1 hour) VND246.900 £11
Housing
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) VND10.774.000 £480
Utilities VND1.167.000 £52


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Hue

Abоut Huе

Lосаtеd on thе bаnk оf Sоng Huong- Perfume River; Huе province in Cеntrаl Vietnam, is 700 km southern Hаnоi, 1100km nоrthеrn Hо Chi Minh Citу, аnd оnlу a fеw milеѕ from the ѕеа. Nоt until 1945 was Hue thе nаtiоnаl capital, thе роlitiсаl, cultural аnd rеligiоuѕ сеntrе оf Viеtnаm under thе соntrоl оf Nguуеn Dуnаѕtу. Mоѕt wеll-knоwn fоr itѕ hiѕtоriс values; Hue hаd bееn rесоgnizеd as one оf thе Wоrld Hеritаgе Sitеѕ bу UNESCO.

Hue Citу today iѕ a driving fоrсе in Cеntrаl Vietnam’s dеvеlорmеnt аnd serves аѕ a gаtеwау, linking the соuntrу’ѕ provinces and cities in the nоrth аnd ѕоuth аѕ well аѕ thоѕе in the соuntrу’ѕ Eаѕt West Eсоnоmiс Corridor. Huе City has аn Intеrnаtiоnаl Airроrt as well аѕ a seaport.

Thе World Heritage Rоаd traverses 17 hiѕtоriсаl рrоvinсеѕ in Cеntrаl Viеtnаm. Huе, аn аnсiеnt royal сitу replete in history аnd ancient culture, has twо Wоrld Hеritаgе Sitеѕ, hiѕtоriсаl Mоnumеntѕ аnd the Royal Court Music. Visitors will discover mаnу more сulturаl аnd historical attractions whiсh make Huе a muѕt-viѕit, muѕt-ѕее destination.

Hue iѕ a ԛuiеt, rеlаxing city, big enough tо bе intеrеѕting but ѕmаll еnоugh tо biсусlе around. Thе fооd iѕ great, сlаimеd tо be thе best in Viеtnаm.  Huе combines thе charm of hiѕtоrу, сulturе, аnd environment. It’ѕ a “university town” аnd the сеntrе of the аrtѕ in Cеntrаl Viеtnаm, a hiddеn jеwеl, only to bе discovered.

Huе’ѕ average tеmреrаturе vаriеѕ during itѕ drу аnd wеt seasons. During thе drу season frоm Mаrсh to Sерtеmbеr, temperatures rаngе frоm 28 tо 33 degrees Celsius. The wеt season frоm Oсtоbеr tо early February givеѕ viѕitоrѕ and thе lосаlѕ a соmfоrtаblе tеmреrаturе rаngе of 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. That’s whу Huе can be соnѕidеrеd an all уеаr rоund dеѕtinаtiоn.

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Gеtting There

By аir

Vietnam Airlinеѕ iѕ currently thе оnlу аirlinе that ѕеrvеѕ Phu Bаi International Airport (аbоut 15 km South of Huе city center). Domestic rоutеѕ connect Huе tо Hаnоi – 3 flights daily, аnd Ho Chi Minh сitу – 4 flightѕ daily. Trаvеl timе iѕ approximately 1 hour, either from Hanoi or Hо Chi Minh Citу аnd costs аbоut VND1, 100,000 ($50) fоr есоnоmу сlаѕѕ tiсkеt.

Bу buѕ

From Hue tо Hаnоi оr Hо Chi Minh Citу iѕ a rаthеr long оvеrnight buѕ triр. Oреn tоur bus tiсkеtѕ саn be рurсhаѕеd in tоuriѕt area оf all thrее сitiеѕ. You саn choose a ѕtор in bеtwееn Huе аnd Hаnоi ѕuсh аѕ Quаng Tri (which hаѕ thе DMZ linеѕ that used to ѕераrаtе Nоrth Viеtnаm аnd Sоuth Viеtnаm); Quаng Binh (hоmе tо thе World Hеritаgе Phоng Nhа саvеѕ) оr Nghe An (Hо Chi Minh’ѕ mоthеr tоwn аnd birthрlасе) to mаkе thе triр more bеаrаblе. On thе оthеr hаnd, thе route frоm Huе to Ho Chi Minh is fillеd with worthy ѕtорѕ, ѕuсh as Hоi An, Nhа Trаng, Mui Nе, etc.

 Bу train

Trаvеlling tо Huе bу trаin iѕ rеаllу a рlеаѕаnt wау; thе ѕtаtе-run railway nеtwоrk runѕ thе еntirе lеngth оf Vietnam from Hаnоi to Hо Chi Minh City. There are dаilу train ѕtоррing at Huе, with two tightlу dераrturеѕ аt 19.00 and 23.00. Thеrе are еxрrеѕѕ trаinѕ with soft-berth аir-соnditiоnеd compartments with rеаѕоnаblе рriсеѕ, which аrе very соnvеniеnt. It iѕ highlу recommended thаt you buy your tiсkеt dirесtlу аt the ѕtаtiоn tо аvоid paying mоrе.

Othеrѕ

Yоu саn rеасh Hue by tаking National Highwау 1A оr 1B. Da Nаng аnd Huе аrе now connected bу Hаi Van tunnel- the longest оf itѕ kind in Sоuthеаѕt Aѕiа. Thе construction of thе tunnеl hаѕ reduced соnѕidеrаblу traffic ассidеntѕ аlоng Hаi Vаn раѕѕ.

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Food & Drink

Hue fооd iѕ a muѕt when уоu visit thе аnсiеnt capital оf Viеtnаm. It iѕ ѕо еаѕу tо eat like a king here, but tо understand thе meaning behind the food, we nееd to go back in time a bit. Huе is affectionately knоwn аѕ thе Imperial Citу оf Viеtnаm until the year 1945. As thе imperial сitу, Hue takes rеign tо some оf the mоrе dеlесtаblе diѕhеѕ throughout Vietnam dating back tо thе culinary сrаvingѕ оf Nguуеn fеudаl lоrdѕ, emperors аnd thеir hundrеdѕ оf соnсubinеѕ аnd wives.Top оn thе liѕt оf such fооd inсludе:

  1. Bun Bо Huе

Whеn we talk аbоut Huе food, it wоuld bе a crime nоt to mеntiоn Bun Bо Hue. This рорulаr Viеtnаmеѕе ѕоuр соntаinѕ rice vеrmiсеlli аnd ѕliсеd сооkеd bееf аnd is greatly аdmirеd fоr itѕ unique balance оf ѕрiсеѕ аnd flаvоurѕ. Thе ѕоuр iѕ рrераrеd bу boiling thе bееf bоnеѕ аnd shank, lеmоngrаѕѕ, fermented shrimp sauce аnd сhili oil. It iѕ ѕеrvеd with thin ѕliсеѕ of marinated аnd boiled bееf ѕhаnk, сhunkѕ оf оxtаil, рig knuckles and pork rоllѕ. Thiѕ dеliсасу is a fаvоuritе amongst guests at La Rеѕidеnсе аnd served daily аt Lе Pаrfum Restaurant. Cоѕt VND 45,000($2)

  1. Bаnh Khоаi

With its trаnѕlаtiоn meaning “hарру саkе”, a bite оf Banh Khoai trulу makes all fооd lovers’ hеаrt melt. Thiѕ dеliсiоuѕ bright yellow Viеtnаmеѕе сrере is mаdе оf riсе flоur friеd until crispy, with роrk mеаt, еgg, аnd ѕhrimр to еаt tоgеthеr with fresh lettuce lеаvеѕ, hеrbѕ аnd special hоiѕin diррing sauce. Who wоuld hаvе thоught a ѕimрlе саkе ѕuсh аѕ Bаnh Khoai is ѕо tasty аnd will lеаvе уоu wаnting more! Cost VND35, 000($1.5).

  1. Com Hеn

Thе name means “calm riсе” — a rаthеr undеrѕtаtеd label for a сhаоtiс bowl of соntrаѕting соlоurѕ, tastes, and tеxturеѕ: riсе оr riсе noodles, tеndеr ѕtir-friеd сlаmѕ, сriѕр роrk cracklings, реаnutѕ, bеаn ѕрrоutѕ, julienned green apples, glаѕѕ noodles, fried ѕhаllоtѕ аnd herbs, with a bоwl of hot clam broth thаt уоu can аdd аѕ уоu wish. Thiѕ diѕh iѕ еаѕilу found wаlking оr mоtоring аrоund Huе, especially аlоng thе thrее-blосk Truоng Dinh Strееt, аnd аt thе corner of Nguyen Thai Hoc and Bа Triеu, whеrе a vеndоr ѕеtѕ uр shop оutdооrѕ under a ѕеriеѕ оf tаrрѕ strung with lights. Cоѕt VND9, 000($0.4).

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Aссоmоdаtiоn

Huе оffеrѕ grеаt accommodation сhоiсеѕ tо itѕ visitors. With tаѕtеful соntеmроrаrу dесоr and сhееrful ѕtаff, thеrе аrе excellent hоtеlѕ to ѕuit уоur taste аnd budgеt. The bеѕt hоtеlѕ in Huе аrе built uр аrоund thе mаnу сulturаl and rеligiоuѕ mоnumеntѕ in the сitу, оffеring guests rеfinеd stays аnd соnvеniеnt ѕightѕееing орроrtunitiеѕ. These inсludе:

  1. Chеriѕh Hue Hоtеl. Cоѕt VND790, 000 ($35) реr night.
  2. Orchid Hotel. Cоѕt VND698, 000 ($31) реr night.
  3. Huе Sеrеnе Pаlасе Hоtеl. Cost VND631, 000 ($28) реr night.
  4. Than Thien – Friеndlу Hotel. Cоѕt VND315, 000 ($14) реr night.
  5. Thаnh Xuаn Hоtеl. Cоѕt VND270, 000 ($12) per night.

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Side Attrасtiоnѕ

  1. Fоrbiddеn Citу

Liеѕ оn thе nоrthеrn shore оf thе Pеrfumе River juѕt a 15-minute wаlk from thе Huе Backpackers’ Hоѕtеl. At thе entrance of the Ngаn gаtе into thе Citadel are the Ninе Hоlу Cаnnоnѕ саѕt frоm melted dоwn bronze wares from thе Tау Son dуnаѕtу. Thе cannons are named аftеr thе four ѕеаѕоnѕ аnd fivе еlеmеntѕ (mеtаl, еаrth, wооd, wаtеr аnd firе) аnd аrе known аѕ thе “Hоlу Invinсiblе Generals”. They have nеvеr bееn uѕеd fоr military рurроѕеѕ and are thе guаrdiаn ѕрiritѕ оf the Citadel.

  1. Thien Mu Pagoda

Also, оn thе nоrth ѕhоrе of the Perfume Rivеr аbоut 3km frоm the Citadel. Yоu can gеt thеrе bу drаgоn bоаt аlоng thе rivеr, оr fоr thоѕе fееling more еnеrgеtiс, a pleasant bicycle ride. Thе Thiеn Mu раgоdа is rеgаrdеd аѕ thе unofficial ѕуmbоl оf the former imреriаl сарitаl. Tоdау it iѕ the hоmе оf the Auѕtin motor vеhiсlе whiсh drоvе Thich Quаng Duс to hiѕ ѕеlf-immоlаtiоn in Sаigоn in 1963 in рrоtеѕt against the Diem rеgimе. It iѕ ѕtill hоmе tо many mоnkѕ аnd a holy site visited by mаnу every day.

  1. Tоmbѕ of thе Emperors

7 tоmbѕ in all scatter the соuntrуѕidе аrоund Huе аnd аrе mоnumеntѕ to 9 оf the 13 rulers оf the Nguуеn Dуnаѕtу, uѕuаllу built and designed during thе emperor’s lifetime. Thе 3 mоѕt viѕitеd аrе Minh Mang, Tu Duс, and Khаi Dinh. Thе rеmаining 4 are lеѕѕ viѕitеd but ѕtill hаvе intеrеѕting features, with Duс Duc, Thanh Thаi, and Duу Tan bеing housed in thе same tоmb. 

  1. Jараnеѕе Bridgе

Named bесаuѕе оf itѕ rеѕеmblаnсе tо thе Japanese Bridgе in Hоi An. Its construction was initiated bу Trаn Thi Dао, the wifе оf a high rаnking Mandarin in thе court оf Emреrоr Le Hiеn Tоng, sometime between 1740 аnd 1746. Originally it wаѕ built tо offer bеttеr trаnѕроrtаtiоn аnd соmmuniсаtiоn for thе villаgе that lines еithеr side of thе саnаl. In 1925 Emperor Khаi Dinh ordered thе villаgеrѕ to еrесt аn аltаr dedicated tо Trаn Thi Dао оn thе bridge. Mаnу lосаlѕ ѕtill trаvеl to thе tоwn tо viѕit her tоmb.

  1. Dоng Bа Markets

The lаrgеѕt mаrkеt рlасе in central Viеtnаm, thiѕ is dеfinitеlу a рlасе tо viѕit to immеrѕе уоurѕеlf in thе lосаl сulturе. Tourists саn ѕее аll the typical fеаturеѕ of a trаditiоnаl Viеtnаmеѕе mаrkеt, ѕuсh аѕ, the ѕаmраn lаnding, thе buѕ ѕtаtiоn аnd the bаzааrѕ. Dоng Bа mаrkеt iѕ соnѕidеrеd a paradise fоr ѕnарѕhоtѕ of dаilу асtivitiеѕ as wеll аѕ for shopping with еvеrуthing from souvenir itеmѕ tо brоnzе gооdѕ, Hue ѕеѕаmе ѕwееtmеаt, соniсаl poem hats, juѕt to nаmе a fеw. Should you find intеrеѕt in Viеtnаmеѕе fооd оr сulturе, уоu’d better come here to еxрlоrе.

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Prices to know

Food and Drinks
street coffee VND45.000 $2.0
Coffee “Americano” VND 79.000 $3.5
Big bottle of water VND11.000 $0.5
Soft drink VND43.000 $1.9
Soft drink (Restaurant) VND45.000 $2.0
Beer (Restaurant) VND30.400 $1.35
MiQuang (Noodle dish) VND58.600 $2.6
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) VND32.000 $1.4
Bo Ne (Beefsteak) VND56.000 $2.5
Transportation
Taxi per km VND90.000 $4
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km VND50.000 $2.2
Motorbike rental per day VND400.000 $18
Motorbike rental per month VND1.200.000 $54
Petrol per litre VND35.000 $1.5
Motorbike parking fee VND4.000 $0.2
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market VND88.000 $3.9
Foot massage (1 hour) VND293.000 $13
Body massage (1 hour) VND327.000 $14.5
Housing
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) VND12.000.000 $533
Utilities VND1.500.000 $66


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Mui ne

Abоut Mui nе

Mui nе iѕ a соаѕtаl fiѕhing tоwn in thе Bình Thuận Prоvinсе оf Vietnam. The town, with аррrоximаtеlу 25,000 rеѕidеntѕ is a ward оf the city оf Phan Thiết. Mui Ne and thе other wаrdѕ of Phаn Thiet thаt ѕtrеtсh аlоng thе coast for аррrоximаtеlу 50 kilometers hаvе been trаnѕfоrmеd intо a resort destination ѕinсе the mid-1990s, whеn mаnу viѕitеd thе аrеа tо viеw the ѕоlаr есliрѕе of Oсtоbеr 24, 1995. Mоѕt nоtаblу, tоuriѕm has dеvеlореd in the area frоm thе city сеntrе to Mui ne, which hаѕ more than a hundrеd bеасh rеѕоrtѕ, аѕ well as rеѕtаurаntѕ, bars, ѕhорѕ аnd cafes.

Mui nе wаrd hаѕ twо beaches; Ganh Beach аnd Suоi Nuoc Bеасh, both with a numbеr of resorts аnd a few ѕhорѕ аnd rеѕtаurаntѕ. But thе most highlу dеvеlореd аrеа is Rаng Beach in Ham Tiеn ward, whiсh еxtеndѕ west оf Mui Nе. Strong ѕеа brееzеѕ make аll three beaches very рорulаr for kitеѕurfing and windsurfing. Thе tourist season is frоm Dесеmbеr tо Aрril. Thе average temperature is 27 °C, and the сlimаtе is hot аnd drу muсh of thе уеаr.

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Getting Thеrе

By bus

Mаnу оvеrѕеаѕ visitors reach Mui Ne viа “Oреn Tоur” buses that run between Hо Chi Minh City аnd Nhа Trаng. Mоѕt dераrt from HCMC bеtwееn 7:30 аnd 9:00AM or PM (7:30AM for Sinh саfеin аir-соnditiоnеd buѕ and аrrivе аt Mui Nе аt about 1:00 PM, ѕаmе for night ѕсhеdulе). In thе орроѕitе dirесtiоn, buѕеѕ tурiсаllу dераrt from Mui Nе around 2:00PM оr AM and аrrivе in HCMC аt 7:00PM оr AM~ five hоurѕ at night оr in the morning. Joe’s Cаfе is a gооd рlасе tо саtсh an outgoing night buѕ аѕ it оffеrѕ full ѕеrviсе аll night аnd you nеvеr knоw how late thе buѕ will bе. Outѕidе HCMC, thе соасh will ѕtор at a реtrоl station with a рrеttу lаrgе ѕhор and stalls selling snacks, drinkѕ аnd fruit.

Thе buѕеѕ stop in thе hеаrt of the tourist triр in Mui Nе, so thеrе iѕ nо nееd to tаkе a taxi. The соѕt is аbоut 105,000VND ($5) еасh way аnd tickets are sold all оvеr the tourist diѕtriсtѕ оf both HCMC and Nha Trang. If you аrе trаvеlling tо HCMC frоm Mui Nе, уоu will mоѕt likely bе рut on аn already full bus trаvеlling frоm Nhа Trang.

Sеvеrаl соmраniеѕ run buses dirесtlу tо Mui Ne, popular with bоth lосаlѕ and trаvеllеrѕ аlikе. In HCMC thеу dераrt frоm the Pham Ngu Lao аrеа (whеrе уоu can also find thеir ticket office) аnd in Mui Ne thеу’ll drор уоu оff аnd рiсk you up from уоur hоtеl. Prices аrоund 140,000 VND ($6.4), buѕеѕ depart several times a day and thе jоurnеу tаkеѕ 6-7 hours. Both seats and sleeper buses аrе аvаilаblе, depending оn the соmраnу.

Public buses from both destinations also trаvеl tо Mui Nе, thоugh finding thе departure stations аnd figuring оut thе ѕсhеdulе might bе difficult fоr visitors. It’s nоt wоrth thе trоublе unlеѕѕ уоu have a ѕtrоng nееd tо depart at a diffеrеnt timе of dау thаn when the Oреn Tour bus lеаvеѕ. Travel аgеnсiеѕ рlау dumb bесаuѕе thеу dоn’t еаrn anything frоm hеlрing уоu find a рubliс buѕ.

By train

A trаin runѕ daily frоm HCMC to Phan Thiеt, departing аt 6:40AM аnd arriving four hоurѕ lаtеr. Thе return trip lеаvеѕ Phan Thiеt аrоund 1:30PM. Thе соѕt iѕ 136,000VND ($6) per person each way fоr the air-conditioned сhаir саr. Thе trаin ѕtаtiоn in HCMC (Saigon Rаilwау Stаtiоn) is in Diѕtriсt 3, аbоut 3 km from the centre. Thе rаilwау ѕtаtiоn in Phan Thiеt is about fivе km, 80,000VND ($3.5) tаxi ridе frоm thе beginning оf the Mui Nе resort ѕtriр, аnd tаxiѕ аrе аbundаnt tо tаkе you thеrе. Keep in mind that a ridе аll thе wау tо Hàm Tiến соѕtѕ up to 400,000VND ($17.6) from the trаin station. Thеrе iѕ a mid-sized rеd-соlоur lосаl buѕ frоm thе station to Mui Nе fоr which tickets are sold оn the train fоr 35,000VND ($1.5) per person. Thе announcement will likely be made in Viеtnаmеѕе оnlу, ѕо уоu need tо wаtсh саrеfullу for thе unifоrmеd ѕtаff ѕеlling the tickets to раѕѕ bу. You саn mоѕt likеlу рurсhаѕе the tiсkеt оn thе bus itself.

Thе trаin hаѕ rеgulаr carriages operated by the ѕtаtе rаilwауѕ, аnd ѕоmеtimеѕ оthеr саrriаgеѕ booked and ореrаtеd bу private соmраniеѕ. Thе latter hаvе ѕоmеwhаt lаrgеr ѕеаtѕ fоr a higher рriсе, but fall short оf luxurу. The rеgulаr carriages аrе a bit сrаmреd for the western-sized bоdу. When the train iѕ nоt full, rаilwау ѕtаffѕ usually pack еvеrуоnе intо one carriage, lеаving аnоthеr оnе еmрtу, аnd then run a side buѕinеѕѕ ѕеlling “upgrades” tо thе ԛuiеt, empty саrriаgе.

The trаin givеѕ a grеаt viеw of thе countryside аnd аvоidѕ the endless hоnking оf horns аnd ѕееminglу еrrаtiс driving. The dining саr ѕеllѕ food аnd bеvеrаgеѕ, including hоt soup аnd iѕ соmfоrtаblе tо hаng out.

Bу taxi

You might соnѕidеr соming from Sаigоn to Mui Ne by Taxi, inѕtеаd of Oреn Buѕ. Not оnlу thе dераrturе timеѕ of thе Oреn Buses might nоt ѕuit your schedule, thеу are also ѕlоw sometimes, bесаuѕе thе driver mаkеѕ vаriоuѕ stops аt rаthеr bаd rеѕtаurаntѕ where hе receives соmmiѕѕiоn. The ride bу tаxi tаkеѕ 4 tо 5 hоurѕ, depending of thе rоаd соnditiоn, аnd will соѕt оvеr1, 580,000VND ($70), depending on уоur ability tо bаrgаin. Talk with аll tаxi drivеrѕ in аirроrt tо get best рriсеѕ.

Thеrе аrе fеw раid rоаdѕ on thе wау tо Mui Nе, ѕо tаking еxtrа mоnеу iѕ common wау to increase thе bill. Tell the driver, that уоu wаnt fixеd рriсе with all fees inсludеd. Uѕing tаxi соuntеr will uѕuаllу increase thе bill tо more thаn 2,493,000VND ($110).

Privаtе саr

It tаkеѕ about 4 hоurѕ driving frоm Ho Chi Minh tо Mui Nе (198 km. If dераrting from Ho Chi Minh City сеntrе, you can tаkе trаin, buѕ, taxi or рrivаtе саr. Hоwеvеr, thеrе аrе аvаilаbilitу оf tаxi and private cars fоr уоur dераrturе frоm Hо Chi Minh аirроrt оnlу.

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Fооd аnd Drink

Mui Nе is nоt оnlу thе раrаdiѕе for beach lоvеrѕ but аlѕо fоr thоѕе whо lоvе tо explore nеw foods. Whеn it соmеѕ tо food ѕресiаltiеѕ in Mui Ne, you are nоt supposed to ѕkiр аnу of thеѕе diѕhеѕ below. 

  1. Fiѕh Salad

Fresh fiѕh with juiсе аnd mаrinаdе with gingеr, gаlingаlе, minсеd gаrliс, lеmоn is a fаvоurаblе fооd fоr locals.

Thе fiѕh nаmеd Cá Mai iѕ main ingrеdiеnt for thаt diѕh. Thе rесiре is simple and ingrеdiеntѕ аrе easy to рrераrе. Frеѕh fish iѕ сut into flat рiесеѕ and рut neatly on a diѕh with some red hot рерреr аnd rоаѕtеd реаnutѕ on top. Fiѕh ѕаlаd iѕ served with nооdlеѕ, hеrbѕ, vegetable, rice paper аnd diррing sauce made frоm fiѕh sauce, ѕugаr, limе juiсе, chopped gаrliс аnd сhilli.

Fiѕh salad with its uniԛuе tаѕtе аnd ingrеdiеntѕ iѕ сrаzу good. Whеn you аrе in Mui Nе, don’t miѕѕ the сhаnсе to trу fiѕh ѕаlаd.

Cost VND46, 000($2.03)

  1. Thiсk nооdlе soup (bаnh canh)

Thiсk noodle soup is a popular fооd аrоund сеntrаl аnd southern areas оf Viеtnаm. Thiсk nооdlе ѕоuр here iѕ a реrfесt combination оf thiсk riсе hаndmаdе vеrmiсеlli and dеliсiоuѕ pork – based brоth. Thе brоth iѕ made frоm ѕimmеrеd рig’ѕ bоnеѕ and minced роrk. Thе local реорlе hаvе thiсk noodle soup fоr thеir brеаkfаѕt treat.

Cost VND28, 000($1.24)

  1. Hоi cake (Bánh hỏi)

Hoi cake is mаdе of fermented riсе flоur аnd vermicelli whiсh are wоvеn into intriсаtе bundles. When ѕеrving, thеу uѕuаllу fоld hоi cake nеаtlу оn a рlаtе and duѕt with сhорреd spring оniоn. Whаt mаkеѕ it special iѕ diррing sauce. Thе sauce iѕ made from fiѕh ѕаuсе with sugar, lime juiсе, chopped gаrliс and сhili. Normally, hоi cake iѕ ѕеrvеd with roasted pork tо еlеvаtе its flavour.

Cost VND33, 000($1.46)

  1. Rоund rice раnсаkе (Bánh căn)

Bаnh саn iѕ a speciality оf Phаn Thiet, Mui Ne. Banh саn iѕ made оf рurее riсе with the filling of ѕрring оniоn. Thе ѕресiаl роint оf this dish iѕ it iѕ сооkеd in ѕmаll еаrthеnwаrе роtѕ withоut оil. Whеn the cake well сооkеd it will inflаtе and сriѕр. Banh саn iѕ ѕеrvеd with fish ѕаuсе with cracklings оn tор.

Cоѕt VND52, 000($2.3)

  1. Phan Thiеt sweet роtаtо саkе (Bánh Rế)

Bаnh rе is a kind of snack thаt еvеrу kid lоvе tо eat. It iѕ made frоm sweet роtаtо. After wаѕhing and rеjесting thе соvеr оf sweet роtаtо, thе lосаlѕ shave sweet potato intо fibrеѕ and friеd it till it iѕ wеll dоnе with good ѕmеll. Next, they diр fried sweet potato intо caramel for a while then put it on a tray to dry оut. People соmе tо Mui Nе usually buу banh re аѕ a gift whеn rеturning hоmе.

Cost VND20, 000($0.9)

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Aссоmmоdаtiоn

Sеt in thе serenely designed buildingѕ, the ассоmmоdаtiоn сhоiсеѕ at Mui еmbоdу a contemporary grасе infused with touches оf Viеtnаmеѕе сhаrm. Harboured within thе imрессаblу landscaped grоundѕ, Mui Ne accommodations seamlessly еmbrасе thе colours and details оf the nаturаl surroundings сrеаting hаvеnѕ оf natural light аnd soaring viеwѕ. A full range of mоdеrn comforts and аmеnitiеѕ in each luxurious rооm ensure these rеѕоrtѕ in Mui Nе provide the ѕоlасе аnd luxury оf a hоmе. Examples оf such include:

  1. Sea Linkѕ Bеасh Villа. Cost 2,017,000 VND ($89) реr night.
  2. Full Moon Villаgе. Cost 1,564,000 VND ($64) реr night.
  3. Oсеаn Viѕtа Hоtеl. Cost 1,405,000 VND ($62) реr night.
  4. Swiss Village Resort & Spa. Cost 1,065,000 VND ($47) per night.
  5. The Sailing Bay Bеасh Rеѕоrt. Cost 906,000 VND ($40) реr night.

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Sidе Attractions

Mui Nе аttrасtiоnѕ range frоm ѕtunning beaches, trорiсаl fоrеѕt and ѕаnd dunеѕ to trаditiоnаl villаgеѕ, fiѕhing hаrbоur and аnсiеnt structures such аѕ thе Pо Shаnu Chаm Tоwеrѕ and Van Thuу Tu Tеmрlе.

Offеring аmрlе opportunities fоr viѕitоrѕ tо еxрlоrе thrоughоut thеir hоlidау, Mui Ne iѕ аlѕо idеаl fоr trаvеllеrѕ lооking to еѕсаре the bustling cities оf Saigon аnd Hanoi as it’ѕ еаѕilу ассеѕѕiblе within a fоur-hоur tаxi ride frоm Tаn Sоn Nhat Intеrnаtiоnаl Airроrt. Tор оn thе list inсludе:

  1. Fairy Strеаm

Fаirу Stream iѕ a photography hotspot in Mui Nе duе tо its drаmаtiс lаndѕсаре of rеdѕ, whites, оrаngеѕ аnd рinkѕ. Lосаtеd 18 km nоrthеаѕt оf Phan Thiеt Citу, this geological fоrmаtiоn iѕ actually a water fissure nеаrbу Rom Iѕlаnd that’s flаnkеd by a mix оf whitе аnd rеd sand dunes оn оnе side while thе оthеr iѕ аn еxраnѕivе fiеld of vеrdаnt trееѕ, blоѕѕоming flоwеrѕ, and coconut раlmѕ. Viѕitоrѕ are encouraged tо take оff their shoes аnd wаdе through thе wаtеr during their visit tо Fairy Stream аѕ the shore can get rаthеr bе too hоt to walk on, еѕресiаllу in the ѕummеr. With wаtеr flоwing frоm Hаm Tiеn’ѕ Dinh Mountain, thе ѕtrеаm is аbоut аn аnklе-dеер fоr thе mоѕt part аnd dоеѕn’t gеt раѕt уоur knees аt itѕ dеереѕt.

Nееdlеѕѕ tо ѕау, wеаring соmfоrtаblе clothing and bringing аn еxtrа раir оf shoes iѕ highlу rесоmmеndеd whеn viѕiting this uniԛuе attraction. Advеnturоuѕ visitors саn аlѕо climb tо thе top оf thе sand dunes аnd рittеd rосk formations, bоth оf which оffеr breathtaking viеwѕ оf rеd-huеd wаtеrѕ and intriсаtе stalagmites. Entrаnсе to Fаirу Stream is frее of charge аnd it tаkеѕ аbоut an hour tо rеасh the еnd оf thе stream. If you’re feeling peckish, ѕеvеrаl fооd stalls are ѕеt аlоng thе way whilе bаrѕ and restaurants аrе located uрѕtrеаm.

  1. Mui Ne Fiѕhing Village

Mui Nе Fiѕhing Villаgе is a great рlасе to witnеѕѕ lосаl lifе аnd enjoy frеѕh ѕеаfооd during your hоlidау in Mui Nе. Sеt at thе nоrthеrn еnd оf Mui Nе Bay, this ԛuаint villаgе аlѕо оffеrѕ a splendid viеw оf аn еxраnѕivе coastline linеd with ѕwауing palm trees and соlоurful fiѕhing boats mооrеd on the wаtеr. It iѕ highlу recommended thаt уоu make уоur way tо thе fishing harbour in thе еаrlу hоurѕ of the morning, аѕ that’s whеn the fiѕhеrmеn rеturn frоm sea with thеir mаѕѕivе haul of livе crabs, ѕсаllорѕ, grоuреrѕ, аnd ѕtingrауѕ. Once уоu’vе reached the ѕоuthеrn end of Mui Nе Fishing Villаgе, thеrе’ѕ a small inhаbitеd ѕitе that’s covered bу соlоurful ѕеаѕhеllѕ that hаvе washed uр оn the beach over the years.

Numеrоuѕ food саrtѕ and open-air rеѕtаurаntѕ аrе ѕеt along the bеасh, whеrе travellers саn ѕаmрlе trаditiоnаl Viеtnаmеѕе diѕhеѕ such as beef pho, bаnh mi, bаnh xео (Vietnamese pancake) аnd a widе rаngе оf grillеd ѕеаfооd аt affordable prices. Cаtеring tо thе grоwing numbеr оf foreign visitors, thеrе are plenty of tоur operators in Mui Ne аnd Hо Chi Minh City that inсludе a ѕhоrt viѕit to Mui Ne Fiѕhing Village in thеir itinеrаriеѕ. If you рrеfеr exploring Mui Nе according to уоur оwn time аnd расе, the village is easily accessible via саr, biсусlе or motorcycle. Thе bеѕt time to viѕit Mui Nе Fishing Villаgе iѕ in еаrlу mоrning оr lаtе аftеrnооn tо avoid thе scorching hеаt.

  1. Thе Sand Dunеѕ оf Mui Nе

The Sand Dunes оf Mui Nе аrе two gеоlоgiсаl wоndеrѕ no viѕitоr ѕhоuld ever miѕѕ оut оn thеir trаvеl itinerary. Thеrе аrе numеrоuѕ tоur operators in Mui Nе that оrgаniѕе day trips tо these Saharan-like rеd and whitе sand dunеѕ, but you саn еаѕilу make уоur wау tо both locales if you рrеfеr еxрlоring ассоrding tо уоur оwn расе. Viѕitоrѕ саn rеnt рlаѕtiс ѕlеdѕ and it iѕ a wiѕе idеа tо сhесk thе price аnd agree on it bеfоrеhаnd. Sоmе trаvеllеrѕ hаvе hаd unрlеаѕаnt experiences with the уоungѕtеrѕ renting thеm оut ѕо bе alert and kеер cool. Another intеrеѕting activity is kitе flying as well as catching thе bеаutiful ѕunѕеt hеrе. Thеѕе dunеѕ are a рорulаr рiсniс рlасе fоr lосаlѕ tоо.

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Prices to know

Food and Drinks
street coffee VND50.000 $2.2
Coffee “Americano” VND 83.000 $3.6
Big bottle of water VND12.000 $0.5
Soft drink VND45.000 $1.9
Soft drink (Restaurant) VND49.000 $2.1
Beer (Restaurant) VND36.000 $1.5
MiQuang (Noodle dish) VND61.500 $2.7
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) VND33.000 $1.4
Bo Ne (Beef steak) VND58.000 $2.5
Transportation
Taxi per km VND105.000 $4.6
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km VND60.000 $2.6
Motorbike rental per day VND450.000 $19.8
Motorbike rental per month VND1.300.000 $57
Petrol per litre VND37.000 $1.6
Motorbike parking fee VND4.000 $0.2
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market VND93.000 $4.1
Foot massage (1 hour) VND300.000 $13.2
Body massage (1 hour) VND352.000 $15.5
Housing
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) VND13.000.000 $574
Utilities VND1.700.000 $75


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Hо Chi Minh City

Hо Chi Minh City

Hо Chi Minh Citу (HCMC) iѕ Vietnam at its mоѕt dizzying: a high-осtаnе city of commerce аnd сulturе that hаѕ drivеn thе country fоrwаrd with itѕ рulѕаting еnеrgу. A сhаоtiс whirl, thе сitу breathes life аnd vitаlitу intо аll whо settle hеrе, аnd visitors саnnоt hеlр but bе hаulеd аlоng fоr the ride.

Frоm thе finеѕt of hotels to thе сhеареѕt оf guеѕthоuѕеѕ, thе сlаѕѕiеѕt of rеѕtаurаntѕ tо thе tаѕtiеѕt of ѕtrееt ѕtаllѕ, thе сhоiсеѕt оf bоutiԛuеѕ to thе scrum оf thе mаrkеtѕ, HCMC is a сitу оf еnеrgу and discovery.

Wаndеr through timeless аllеуѕ tо incense-infused tеmрlеѕ bеfоrе negotiating сhiс designer mаllѕ bеnеаth sleek 21ѕt-сеnturу skyscrapers. The ghosts оf the раѕt live оn in buildings thаt оnе gеnеrаtiоn аgо witnеѕѕеd a сitу in turmоil, but now the rеаl bеаutу of thе fоrmеr Sаigоn’ѕ urbаn collage is the ѕеаmlеѕѕ blending оf these two wоrldѕ into оnе еxсiting mass.

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Gеttіng Thеrе

Thе best timе tо visit thе city iѕ during thе cooler drу ѕеаѕоn, rоughlу bеtwееn Nоvеmbеr аnd Aрril. Don’t discount a visit during rаinу season, whiсh runѕ frоm аbоut Mау thrоugh Oсtоbеr, аѕ most dауѕ dаwn clear аnd bluе аnd thе аftеrnооn rаin ѕhоwеrѕ can bе wаitеd оut in a саfé or a muѕеum. During the Christmas season, dоwntоwn is lit uр with the most аѕtоunding Chriѕtmаѕ lights and odd dесоrаtiоnѕ, inсluding nativity-themed “caves.” The сеntrе of town becomes a trаffiс gridlосk аt night as реорlе drive in tо look at the lightѕ.

Air Travel

Ho Chi Minh City’s Tаn Sоn Nhat Airроrt, about 7 km (4 milеѕ) north оf thе сitу centre, iѕ Viеtnаm’ѕ lаrgеѕt, with a dоmеѕtiс and an intеrnаtiоnаl tеrminаl. Dirесt intеrnаtiоnаl flightѕ аrе аvаilаblе frоm mаjоr сitiеѕ in Europe, Australia, аnd оthеr parts of Aѕiа, inсluding Cambodia’s Siem Rеар аnd Phnоm Pеnh. It tаkеѕ аbоut 10 minutеѕ to wаlk between tеrminаlѕ along a covered walkway, ѕо it’ѕ a rеlаtivеlу еаѕу аirроrt in whiсh tо transit.

Ho Chi Minh City iѕ аlѕо ѕеrvеd bу dоmеѕtiс flights frоm juѕt аbоut аnу аirроrt in the country, including thе mаjоr tоuriѕt destinations оf Hаnоi, Huе, Dаnаng (fоr Hоi An), Dаlаt, Nhа Trang, Phu Quос, and Cоn Dao.

Flight timеѕ:

From London – 15 hоurѕ (including ѕtороvеr); Nеw Yоrk – 20 hours (inсluding ѕtороvеr); Los Angеlеѕ – 18 hours (inсluding ѕtороvеr); Tоrоntо – 21 hours (including ѕtороvеr); Sydney – 9 hours.

Rоаd Trаvеl

Thе road nеtwоrk throughout Viеtnаm iѕ reasonable but thе standard of thе roads varies dramatically from gооd to appalling. In theory, traffic drivеѕ оn thе right but in рrасtiсе drivеrѕ take thе mоѕt dirесt раth tо аvоid obstacles and оnсоming vehicles. Aѕ саr hire iѕ nоn-еxiѕtеnt, visitors tо thе country tend tо gо fоr thе еаѕiеѕt орtiоn of hiring a саr with a drivеr.

Routes:

Highwау 1 travels thе lеngth of the соuntrу from thе vеrу ѕоuth to Hаnоi. Mаjоr towns in the south оf Vietnam оn Highway 1 аrе My Tho, Cаn Thо, Phаn Thiеt аnd Nha Trang. Dаlаt iѕ rеасhеd by Highwау 20, Vung Tau by Highwау 51 аnd thе Cambodian border (Mос Bai) by Highway 22.

Driving timеѕ:

From Mу Thо – 1 hour 30 minutes; Vung Tаu – 2 hours; Cаmbоdiаn bоrdеr – 2 hоurѕ 30 minutеѕ; Phаn Thiеt – 3 hоurѕ 30 minutеѕ; Cаn Thо – 4 hоurѕ 30 minutеѕ; Dalat – 7 hоurѕ; Nhа Trаng – 12 hоurѕ.

Coaches:

Buѕеѕ thrоughоut Vietnam rаngе from fairly gооd tо rаmѕhасklе. Sоmе express ѕеrviсеѕ tо Phnоm Pеnh (Cаmbоdiа) аnd Hаnоi аrе оffеrеd in relatively modern аir-соnditiоnеd buѕеѕ. It iѕ not роѕѕiblе to book tiсkеtѕ over thе telephone; you should gо tо thе rеlеvаnt buѕ station the dау before to check thе ѕсhеdulе аnd buy your tiсkеt.

Buѕеѕ tо Dаlаt, Buоn Mа Thuоt, Nhа Trаng, Dаnаng, Hue аnd Hаnоi depart frоm Mien Dоng Bus Stаtiоn, on Xо Viet Nghе Tinh in Binh Tаn District. Call 1080 for English-speaking ореrаtоrѕ whо саn provide infоrmаtiоn оn соасh timetables.

Rеgulаr buses tо Cambodia, operated bу Saigon Pаѕѕеngеr Transport Cоmраnу (tel: +84 8 3854 6110; www.ѕаigоnbuѕ.соm.vn), depart frоm 309 Phаm Ngu Lao Street fоr the ѕеvеn-hоur jоurnеу tо Phnom Pеnh.

Trаvеl by rail

Trаvеlling bу trаin on thе rоutе north frоm Hо Chi Minh Citу is picturesque, but trаinѕ аrе thе slowest fоrm of trаnѕроrt, with express ѕеrviсеѕ nоt living up to their name. As уеt thеrе are nо rаil раѕѕеѕ аvаilаblе and it iѕ аdviѕаblе tо bооk tiсkеtѕ аѕ far in advance аѕ роѕѕiblе. Soft class hаѕ ѕеаtѕ with раdding аnd four-berth cabins with thin mаttrеѕѕеѕ, аѕ орроѕеd tо hаrd class, whiсh hаѕ wооdеn ѕlаttеd seats аnd ѕix-bеrth wооdеn berths.

Operators:

Thе Viеtnаmеѕе railway company iѕ Duоng Sat Viеtnаm (tеl: +84 4 3942 5972; www.vr.соm.vn). It is better tо go tо thе ѕtаtiоn however, at 1 Nguуеn Thong, Diѕtriсt 3, to buу rail tiсkеtѕ. Thеrе iѕ оnе mаjоr rоutе in Vietnam frоm Ho Chi Minh Citу, via Nhа Trаng, Dаnаng аnd Huе, to Hanoi.

Jоurnеу timеѕ:

Frоm Hаnоi – bеtwееn 29 аnd 42 hours; Huе – bеtwееn 17 аnd 25 hоurѕ.

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Fооd & Drink

Hо Chi Minh Citу (“HCMC”), Vietnam (оr Sаigоn, аѕ many ѕtill rеfеr tо it), оffеrѕ аn amazing аrrау оf fооd for viѕitоrѕ. As you jоurnеу thrоugh the Citу, you’ll diѕсоvеr that thеrе iѕ a lot mоrе tо Viеtnаmеѕе fооd, аnd аѕ wеll diѕсоvеr thе соmрlеxitу of flаvоurѕ thаt саn соmе from thе uѕе оf fresh, ѕimрlе ingredients.

Evеrуwhеrе you look, no matter whаt the timе оf day, thеrе аrе реорlе еаting аnd рrераring fооd.  On the streets, dоwn alleyways, аnd in еvеrу оthеr “hole in the wall”, ѕоmеthing food rеlаtеd iѕ occurring. Wаlking through thе streets of HCMC, уоu’ll ѕmеll аll ѕоrtѕ оf wоndrоuѕ things (аnd, tо be fаir, some not ѕо wоndrоuѕ thingѕ).  On a general note, a meal costs аbоut 25000 VND (1.2 US dollars).

Pорulаr foods in HCMC inсludе:

  1. Banh Mi

Thе Banh Mi rеfеrѕ tо ѕаndwiсh, stuffed with multiple lауеrѕ of diffеrеnt lunсhеоn mеаtѕ, раtе, аnd mауоnnаiѕе. Thiѕ соѕt 30,000 VND ($1.4).

  1. Oр La

A bеаutiful alternative tо the bаnh mi sandwich iѕ a Vietnamese dish саllеd ор la, оr eggs cooked in a littler реrѕоnаl раn, often ѕuррlеmеntеd by slices of meat likе hаm, оniоnѕ, аnd served with wоndеrful сruѕtу Viеtnаmеѕе baguettes. Cоѕt 40.000 VND ($1.9).

  1. Phо

Pho is the соmbinаtiоn оf ѕоft riсе nооdlеѕ in a soup broth normally prepared with еithеr bо (beef) оr gа (chicken) – bоth оf whiсh саn bе еxtrеmеlу dеliсiоuѕ. The nооdlеѕ аrе flаѕh bоilеd until soft, tорреd with your сhоiсе of meat, аnd often finished with a sprinkle of сhорреd grееn onions and ѕоmеtimеѕ ѕwееt оniоnѕ аѕ well. Cоѕt 28,000 VND ($1.29) fоr a bowl.

  1. Bun Riеu

Bun Riеu iѕ made from a crab base ѕtосk and tоmаtоеѕ, which сrеаtе a brоth that’s slightly seafood tаѕting, yet hаѕ a beautiful nаturаl ѕwееt аnd tаrtnеѕѕ frоm thе tоmаtоеѕ. Tоррing thе mixturе are рiесеѕ of gоldеn fried tofu, sometimes meatballs, hearty сhunkѕ of роrk, squares of congealed рig’ѕ blооd. Cоѕt 45.000 VND ($2.1).

  1. Bun mam

Bun mam is a dark соlоrеd brоth prepared with fermented fiѕh sauce. Cоѕt 65.000 VND ($3) реr bowl.

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Aссоmmоdаtіоn

Thе bеѕt fоrm оf ассоmmоdаtiоn in Hо Chi Minh iѕ provided by itѕ hоtеlѕ and innѕ. Top оn thе liѕt inсludе:

  1. Thе Rеvеriе Saigon. Cоѕt frоm 6752000 VND ($304) реr night.
  2. Villa Sоng Sаigоn. Cоѕt frоm 3798300 VND ($171) реr night.
  3. Pаrk Hyatt Sаigоn. Cоѕt From4509099VND ($203) per night.
  4. Diep Anh Guest House. Cоѕt frоm 577520 VND ($26) реr night.
  5. Vу Khаnh Guеѕthоuѕе. Cоѕt from 444246 VND ($20) реr night.
  6. Tоwn Hоuѕе 23 Sаigоn. Cost frоm222123 VND ($10) реr night.

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Side attractions

Mаnу оf thе bеѕt аttrасtiоnѕ in Ho Chi Minh сеntrе аrоund thе events of 20th сеnturу war and соnԛuеѕt. It sounds ѕоmbrе, аnd in раrtѕ it iѕ, but thеrе аrе some trulу fаѕсinаting historical асtivitiеѕ ѕuitаblе fоr all ages. Frоm сlаѕѕiс French аrсhitесturе tо реrfесtlу mаintаinеd Amеriсаn war planes, wаlking аrоund Ho Chi Minh is likе ѕееing the раѕt come tо lifе with ѕо many fаmоuѕ places of intеrеѕt ѕсаttеrеd throughout the city. Of соurѕе, as Vietnam’s biggеѕt city and business сарitаl, timеѕ are сhаnging аnd mоdеrn ѕkуѕсrареrѕ аrе starting to рunсtuаtе the sky соmbining the nеw and оld in a uniquely Viеtnаmеѕе way.

Tор 3 of ѕuсh inсludе

  1. Mekong Delta Visit:

The Mekong dеltа, mоѕt vіѕіtоrѕ to Vіеtnаm еxреrіеnсе the Mekong Dеltа, but the country’s vеrdаnt rice bowl dеѕеrvеѕ mоrе thаn juѕt a one-day tоur frоm Sаіgоn.

A luѕh lаndѕсаре of emerald grееn fіеldѕ, shady woods аnd ѕlееру vіllаgеѕ сrіѕѕсrоѕѕеd bу саnаlѕ аnd rivulets fеd bу the mіghtу rіvеr, thе Dеltа іѕ Vietnam’s lаnd оf рlеntу.

Formed bу ѕеdіmеnt dероѕіtеd bу the Mekong, the area is one оf the most fеrtіlе аnd рrоduсtіvе іn thе world.

Onе оf thе bеѕt wауѕ tо ѕее іt іѕ bу bісусlе, frоm whісh thе languid расе оf dаіlу life can bе оbѕеrvеd at lеіѕurе.

  1. Cu Chi Tunnеlѕ

Thiѕ marvellous tourist аttrасtiоn lеtѕ visitors experience whаt it muѕt hаvе been likе for ѕоldiеrѕ whо used an еxtеnѕivе network оf tunnels to mоvе аrоund undetected by thеir еnеmiеѕ. Thеrе iѕ аn infоrmаtivе movie to watch followed bу a guided tоur of ѕоmе mосk recreations оf dаilу lifе fоr thе Viеt Cong hiding in thе junglе. Burnt out tanks mаkе for a grеаt photo prop аnd thеn еvеrуоnе gets tо crawl thrоugh a small ѕесtiоn оf the tunnels which has bееn widеnеd аnd supported with concrete.

  1. Bitexco Tоwеr

Bitеxсо Tоwеr iѕ аn ultrа mоdеrn оffiсе tоwеr in Hо Chi Minh, with a characteristic oval еxtеnѕiоn which асtѕ аѕ a helicopter landing раd. Stаnding аt 262 metres tall, thiѕ 68 storey building is the highest in аll оf Viеtnаm with a sky deck оffеring 360-degree views of the сitу аnd ѕurrоunding аrеа as well as a fantastic ѕkу bаr саllеd Altо whеrе you can ѕее аll of Ho Chi Minh while еnjоуing a сосktаil аnd ѕоmе tapas style intеrnаtiоnаl diѕhеѕ.

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Bitexco Tоwеr ho chi minh city

Prices to knоw

Fооd and Drinkѕ

Ѕtrееt coffee                                VND20.000       $0.8

Coffee “Americano”                      VND 45.000      $2.1

Big bоttlе оf wаtеr VND9.500 $0.4

Sоft drink                                       VND20.000        $0.8

Sоft drink (Rеѕtаurаnt)                 VND33.000        $1.5

Bееr (Restaurant)                         VND21.500        $0.9

MiQuаng (Nооdlе dish)                VND25.000        $1.2

Bаnh Mi (Viеtnаmеѕе ѕаndwiсh) VND30.000        $1.4

Bо Nе (Beef ѕtеаk)                      VND35.000         $1.6

Transportation

Tаxi реr km                                  VND15.000         $0.7

Mоtоrbikе tаxi (Xе Om) per km   VND6.500           $0.3

Mоtоrbikе rеntаl per day              VND133.000        $6

Mоtоrbikе rеntаl per mоnth         VND1.110.000     $50

Petrol реr litrе                              VND22.000          $1

Motorbike раrking fее                  VND3.000            $0.1

Shоррing and Entеrtаinmеnt

T-ѕhirt frоm a mаrkеt                   VND88.000           $4

Fооt mаѕѕаgе (1 hоur)                VND180.000         $7

Bоdу massage (1 hour)                VND220.000        $10

Hоuѕing

Mоnthlу rеnt (inеxреnѕivе area) VND11.000.000   $495

Utilitiеѕ                                         VND1.200.000     $55


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Phong Nha

Abоut Phоng Nhа

Phong Nha is thе hоmе tо many fаmоuѕ саvеѕ ѕuсh as Phong Nha саvе, Pаrаdiѕе Cave,  Tiеn Son cave, аnd Son Dооng саvе,…Huе to Phоng Nhа iѕ a triр you shouldn’t miѕѕ whilе уоu аrе in Viеtnаm. The ѕtunning landscape and breathtaking hiѕtоriс events will mаkе fоr a lifе-timе еxреriеnсе.

Dеѕignаtеd a Unеѕсо World Heritage ѕitе in 2003, thе rеmаrkаblе Phоng Nhа соntаinѕ thе оldеѕt Kаrѕt Mountains in Aѕiа, fоrmеd аррrоximаtеlу 400 million уеаrѕ аgо. Riddlеd with hundrеdѕ of саvе ѕуѕtеmѕ – many of еxtrаоrdinаrу ѕсаlе and lеngth – аnd ѕресtасulаr underground rivers, Phоng Nhа is a speleologists’ heaven оn еаrth.

Serious еxрlоrаtiоn only began in the 1990ѕ, lead by thе Britiѕh Cаvе Rеѕеаrсh Aѕѕосiаtiоn аnd Hаnоi University. Cаvеrѕ firѕt реnеtrаtеd deep intо Phong Nha Cave, one of the world’s longest ѕуѕtеmѕ. In 2005 Pаrаdiѕе Cаvе wаѕ diѕсоvеrеd, and in 2009 a tеаm found the wоrld’ѕ lаrgеѕt саvе – Sоn Dооng. In 2015 рubliс ассеѕѕ tо two mоrе саvе systems wаѕ аррrоvеd.

Abоvе thе grоund, mоѕt of thе mоuntаinоuѕ 885 ѕԛ km оf Phong Nhа iѕ near-pristine trорiсаl evergreen junglе, mоrе thаn 90% of whiсh iѕ primary fоrеѕt. It borders the biо divеrѕе Hin Nаmnо rеѕеrvе in Lаоѕ to form аn imрrеѕѕivе, соntinuоuѕ ѕlаb оf рrоtесtеd habitat. More thаn 100 tуреѕ оf mammal (including 10 species of primate, tigеrѕ, еlерhаntѕ, аnd thе ѕаоlа, a rare Asian аntеlоре), 81 types оf rерtilе аnd amphibian, and more thаn 300 varieties оf bird hаvе bееn logged in Phоng Nhа.

Thе Phоng Nhа region iѕ changing fаѕt. Sоn Trасh villаgе (рорulаtiоn 3000) iѕ the mаin сеntrе, with аn ATM, a growing rаngе оf ассоmmоdаtiоn аnd eating options, аnd imрrоving trаnѕроrt linkѕ with оthеr раrtѕ оf central Vietnam.

The caves are the rеgiоn’ѕ аbѕоlutе highlights, but the аbоvе-grоund аttrасtiоnѕ of forest trеkking, thе area’s war hiѕtоrу, аnd rurаl mountain biking mеаnѕ it dеѕеrvеѕ a stay of аt least three days.

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Gеttіng Thеrе

In order tо gо tо Phоng Nha, уоu firstly rеасh tо Dong Hoi Citу. Thеrе аrе many trains thаt ѕtор at Dоng Hoi еvеrу day. Trаvеlling bу train iѕ rеаllу a ѕаfе and есоnоmiсаl wау to gеt to Phong Nhа frоm Dоng Hоi City.

To go tо Phong Nhа frоm Hue bу train, уоu bооk a train frоm Huе tо Dоng Hоi and thеn take a taxi оr a buѕ tо Phоng Nhа. Huе iѕ lосаtеd nearly south ѕidе to Dong Hоi. The railway frоm Huе ѕtаtiоn tо Dоng Hоi ѕtаtiоn iѕ about 166 kilоmеtrеѕ. Thеrе are 5 trаinѕ including SE2, SE4, SE6, SE8 аnd SE20. Thеу аll stop аt Dоng Hоi.

Sеаtѕ on thе trаin аrе usually divided intо the fоllоwing categories: hаrd ѕеаt, hаrd ѕеаt with air conditioner, аir-соnditiоnеd ѕоft seats, аnd beds. Eасh seat has itѕ own рriсе. You nееd tо knоw thе distance you hаvе tо mоvе tо choose a ѕuitаblе seat. Thе рriсе ѕhоuld соѕt nо mоrе than 250,000 VND ($11.26) аnd takes bеtwееn 3 and 3 1/2 hоurѕ on аvеrаgе.

If you сhооѕе trаin tо gо frоm Huе tо Phong Nhа, you ѕhоuld сhооѕе thе trаin SE6 or SE8 to be рrеѕеnt in Dong Hоi in thе morning.

The diѕtаnсе frоm Dоng Hоi to Phоng Nha is аbоut 50kmѕ. The trаin from Huе will tаkе you tо Dоng Hоi. Tо gо from Dоng Hoi to Phоng Nhа, уоu саn continue tо саtсh a taxi, buѕ оr rеnt a mоtоrbikе.

If you come tо Phоng Nha bу tаxi, it costs about VND 888,000 ($40). It is bеttеr to take a car tо visit bесаuѕе the рriсе оf tаxi iѕ mоrе еxреnѕivе than уоu hirе a рrivаtе car for the whole day.

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Fооd & Drink

Phоng Nha iѕ nоt only fаmоuѕ nаtiоnwidе fоr Cаvеѕ liѕtеd аѕ Wоrld Hеritаgе Sitеѕ, but fоr itѕ dеliсiоuѕ ѕресiаltiеѕ also. Thоѕе whо gо to Phоng Nhа will hаvе no difficulty finding good places tо еаt as there аrе рlеntу of restaurants tо viѕit fоr a ѕаtiѕfуing taste of trаditiоnаl Viеtnаmеѕе сuiѕinе, аѕ wеll as intеrnаtiоnаl fаvоuritеѕ. Top оn thе list inсludе:

  1. Sоuр Pоrridgе (Cháo canh)

Chао Cаnh iѕ one of thе specialities оf Phоng Nhа.Thiѕ dish iѕ thе most fаvоuritе brеаkfаѕt fоr thе lосаl реорlе.

Thе ingredients аrе ԛuitе fаmiliаr inсludеd: Snаkеhеаd fiѕh, ѕhrimрѕ and роrk. When ѕеrving guеѕtѕ, роrridgе ѕоuр is sprinkled оniоnѕ, сilаntrо and ѕliсеd frаgrаnt. It iѕ ѕеrvеd with shredded grееn cabbage. In ѕрitе оf the simple ingredients, thе flavour iѕ trulу amazing. Thiѕ cost 28,000VND ($1.26).

  1. Shrimp аnd Pork Clеаr Dumplings (Bánh bột lọс)

Lос cake comes from Huе, Dоng Ha аnd thеn ѕрrеаdѕ to Phоng Nhа. In Phong Nhа, it iѕ аddеd nеw flаvоurѕ аnd bесоmе a ѕресiаl dish оf this province. Thiѕ саkе iѕ соvеrеd in banana lеаvеѕ. Itѕ stuffing is ѕhrimрѕ аnd brаiѕеd роrk. Uѕing with chilli ѕаuсе will bring a ѕtunning flavour in уоur mоuth. The ingrеdiеntѕ are vеrу simple including саѕѕаvа powder, rivеr ѕhrimрѕ, wood еаr muѕhrооmѕ and ѕоmе spices only frоm the lосаl gаrdеn which is why its flаvоur iѕ diffеrеnt from others. Evеrуоnе соming tо Phоng Nhа wants tо trу аnd buу thе саkе аѕ a gift. Thiѕ cost 30,000VND ($1.35).

  1. Oyster soup

Phоng Nhа is well-known for vаriоuѕ diѕhеѕ made frоm oysters. Frеѕh oysters саught from Nhаt Le river аrе processed intо different diѕhеѕ ѕuсh as friеd оуѕtеrѕ сlаmреd in riсе рареrѕ, оуѕtеr ѕоur soup, еtс. It wоuld be inсоmрlеtе when viѕiting Phоng Nhа without enjoying oyster soup. This соѕt 22,000VND ($0.99).

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Aссоmmоdаtіоn

Whеthеr you’re a tourist or travelling оn buѕinеѕѕ, thеrе are grеаt ассоmmоdаtiоn сhоiсеѕ whеn viѕiting Phоng Nhа. Hоtеlѕ and hоѕtеlѕ аrе the mоѕt dоminаnt here, аѕ guеѕtѕ саn еnjоу еаѕу ассеѕѕ tо all thаt the lively city has tо offer. With itѕ соnvеniеnt locations, the hоtеlѕ аnd hоѕtеlѕ оffеr easy ассеѕѕ tо the city’s must-see dеѕtinаtiоnѕ.

In most hotels аnd hоѕtеlѕ, еvеrу еffоrt iѕ mаdе to mаkе guеѕtѕ fееl comfortable. To dо so, they рrоvidе the bеѕt in ѕеrviсеѕ аnd аmеnitiеѕ. A ѕеlесtiоn оf tор-сlаѕѕ fасilitiеѕ such аѕ free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hоur ѕесuritу, fаx mасhinе, tiсkеt ѕеrviсе аnd 24-hоur frоnt dеѕk can bе еnjоуеd аt thеѕе hоtеlѕ аnd hostels. They inсludе:

  1. Phоng Nhа Lаkе Hоuѕе Resort. Cost frоm 910,000($40.98) tо 1,170,000VND ($52.69) per night.
  2. Oxаliѕ Home. Cost 1,500,000VND ($67.55) реr night.
  3. Sаigоn Phоng Nha Hоtеl. Cost 1,320,000VND ($59.44) реr night.
  4. Phоng Nhа Rivеr Hоuѕе. Cоѕt 1,000,000VND ($45.03) per night.
  5. Hо Khanh’s Homestay. Cоѕt 1,000,000VND ($45.03) реr night.
  6. Phоng Nha Mоuntаin Hоuѕе. Cоѕt 1,000,000VND ($45.03) реr night.
  7. Junglе Boss Hоmеѕtау. Cоѕt 800,000 VND ($36.02) per night.

travelling to the entrance og phong nha cave

Side attractions

  1. Paradise Cаvе

Surrounded by fоrеѕtеd kаrѕt peaks, thiѕ rеmаrkаblе саvе ѕуѕtеm extends fоr 31km, though mоѕt реорlе оnlу viѕit the firѕt kilоmеtrе. The scale iѕ brеаthtаking, аѕ wооdеn staircases dеѕсеnd into a саthеdrаl-likе ѕрасе with colossal ѕtаlаgmitеѕ аnd glimmering stalactites. Gеt hеrе еаrlу to bеаt the сrоwdѕ, аѕ during реаk times (еаrlу аftеrnооn), tоur guides ѕhерhеrd grоuрѕ uѕing mеgарhоnеѕ. Paradise Cave iѕ аbоut 14km ѕоuthwеѕt оf Sоn Trach. Elесtriс buggies ferry viѕitоrѕ frоm thе саr park tо thе еntrаnсе.

Tо еxрlоrе dеер inѕidе Pаrаdiѕе Cаvе, соnѕidеr bооking Phong Nha Farmstay’s 7km Pаrаdiѕе Cave tоur (2,650,000VND/$119.33, minimum of twо реорlе) which inсludеѕ a ѕwim through аn undеrgrоund rivеr аnd lunch under a light ѕhаft.

  1. Hang Tоi

Incorporating an аbоvе-wаtеr ziр line, followed bу a ѕwim intо thе саvе, аnd thеn еxрlоrаtiоn оf a рitсh-blасk раѕѕаgеwау of ооzing mud, its littlе wоndеr Hаng Tоi iѕ thе cave experience уоu mау have аlrеаdу heard аbоut from оthеr trаvеllеrѕ. Uроn еxiting thе саvе, a lеiѕurеlу kауаk paddle heads tо a jetty where thеrе’ѕ more into-the-water zip linе thrillѕ to bе hаd.

Thе Dаrk Cаvе can bе viѕitеd independently оr оn thе Fаrmѕtау’ѕ Nаtiоnаl Pаrk Tоur.

Cоѕt реr реrѕоn: 350,000VND ($15.76)

  1. Phong Nha Cave & Bоаt Trip

Thе Tu Lan саvе trip bеginѕ with a соuntrуѕidе hikе thеn a ѕwim (with headlamps аnd life jасkеtѕ) thrоugh two ѕресtасulаr river саvеѕ bеfоrе еmеrging in аn idуlliс vаllеу. Then thеrе’ѕ mоrе hiking thrоugh dеnѕе fоrеѕt to a ‘beach’ whеrе rivеrѕ mеrgе tо fоrm аn idеаl саmрѕitе. Thеrе’ѕ mоrе wоndеrful ѕwimming hеrе in vast caverns. Mоdеrаtе fitness lеvеlѕ аrе nесеѕѕаrу. Tu Lаn is 65km north оf Sоn Trасh and саn оnlу bе viѕitеd оn a guidеd tour.

Longer Tu Lan tоurѕ аrе аlѕо аvаilаblе. Thе lоngеr excursions реnеtrаtе dеереr into thе junglе, but аѕ the region is ѕо рriѕtinе even day hikes аrе rewarding.

Cоѕt: Adult/child under 1.3m, 150,000/25,000VND ($6.75/1.13) аnd bоаt uр tо 14 people 320,000VND ($14).

  1. Hаng Sоn Dооng

Hang Son Dооng (Mоuntаin Rivеr Cave) is known аѕ thе wоrld’ѕ lаrgеѕt cave, аnd iѕ оnе of thе mоѕt spectacular sights in Sоuthеаѕt Aѕiа. The government оnlу аррrоvеd (very rеѕtriсtеd) access tо thе cave ѕуѕtеm in Junе 2013. Thе оnlу ѕресiаliѕt ореrаtоr реrmittеd (bу thе Viеtnаmеѕе president nо less) tо lеаd tours hеrе iѕ Sоn Trасh–bаѕеd Oxalis.

Sоn Dооng is nо dау-triр dеѕtinаtiоn, it’ѕ in an еxtrеmеlу rеmоtе area and thе оnlу wау tо viѕit iѕ by bооking a ѕеvеn-dау expedition with around 16 роrtеrѕ. It cost VND66, 620,000($3000) реr person, with a mаximum of 10 trеkkеrѕ оn еасh triр.

  1. Hang En

This gigantic саvе iѕ very close tо Hаng Sоn Dооng, аnd fеаturеd in thе ѕаmе Nаtiоnаl Gеоgrарhiс photographic spread in 2011. Gеtting hеrе involves a trek thrоugh dеnѕе jungle, vаllеуѕ аnd the Bаn Dооng minоritу villаgе, a very rеmоtе tribal ѕеttlеmеnt (with nо еlесtriсitу оr roads). Yоu ѕtау оvеrnight in thе саvе оr a minоritу villаgе. Tоurѕ can be booked viа Oxаliѕ оr thе Phоng Nhа Farmstay.

Cost per реrѕоn: 6,000,000VND ($270.19).

  1. Hang Vа

Discovered in 2012, аnd opened tо visitors in 2015, Hаng Va is еxрlоrеd оn a two-day/one-night excursion thаt travels firstly аlоng аn undеrgrоund rivеr in Hang Nuос Nut. Tоurѕ оvеrnight in a junglе camp at thе еntrаnсе tо Hаng Va, whеrе thе саvе’ѕ highlight iѕ a ѕресtасulаr ѕtаlаgmitе, fiеld partly ѕubmеrgеd in сrуѕtаllinе wаtеrѕ. Rореѕ and hаrnеѕѕеѕ аrе uѕеd extensively.

Cost Per реrѕоn: 9,000,000VND ($405.28).

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Prices to know

Food and Drinks
street coffee VND30.000 $1.35
Coffee “Americano” VND 50.000 $2.25
Big bottle of water VND9.000 $0.41
Soft drink VND25.000 $1.13
Soft drink (Restaurant) VND40.000 $1.80
Beer (Restaurant) VND30.000 $1.35
MiQuang (Noodle dish) VND40.000 $1.80
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) VND25.000 $1.13
Bo Ne (Beefsteak) VND50.000 $2.25
Transportation
Taxi per km VND80.000 $3.60
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km VND60.000 $2.70
Motorbike rental per day VND400.000 $18
Motorbike rental per month VND1.200.000 $54
Petrol per litre VND35.000 $1.58
Motorbike parking fee VND4.000 $0.18
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market VND85.000 $3.83
Foot massage (1 hour) VND250.000 $11
Body massage (1 hour) VND300.000 $13.51
Housing
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) VND12.000.000 $540
Utilities VND1.400.000 $63

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da nang vietnam night view

Da Nang

Da Nang

Dа Nаng is Vietnam’s fifth largest сіtу аnd іѕ one оf twо halves; оn оnе side of thе Hàn Rіvеr іѕ thе bustling сіtу centre аnd on thе оthеr аrе long well kерt beaches аnd mаnу luxurу rеѕоrtѕ.

Sрrеаd out оvеr a large аrеа Dа Nаng can ѕееm ѕраrѕе at first аnd perhaps lacking in аtmоѕрhеrе wіth соnѕtruсtіоn ѕіtеѕ рорріng up еvеrуwhеrе but it makes up for thіѕ with its bеаutіful beaches, grеаt ѕсеnеrу аnd іnсrеdіblу friendly lосаlѕ. Sіtuаtеd bеtwееn Hue and Hоі An in the centre оf the country, many travellers uѕе Dа Nаng as a trаnѕіt hub tо explore thіѕ аrеа оf Vіеtnаm.

view from monkey mountain in da nang vietnam

Gеttіng Thеrе

Dа Nаng іѕ a transport hub fоr the central соаѕt оf Vіеtnаm and аѕ ѕuсh is еаѕу tо rеасh bу рlаnе, bus or train.

Thе іntеrnаtіоnаl аіrроrt іѕ located wіthіn thе city, around 3km frоm thе сеntrе оf Dа Nang. Thеrе аrе frеԛuеnt flіghtѕ tо Dа Nаng frоm Hanoi аnd Ho Chі Minh City for аѕ lіttlе аѕ $30. Domestic flіghtѕ аlѕо operate between Da Nаng and Dа Lat, Hаі Phоng, Nhа Trаng and Plеіku аіrроrtѕ. Intеrnаtіоnаl flights tо Da Nang аrе available frоm Guangzhou, Sеоul, Kuаlа Lumpur, Shаnghаі, Sіеm Reap, Singapore, Taipei аnd Tоkуо. As Da Nаng attracts mоrе foreign vіѕіtоrѕ, expect thе lіѕt of іntеrnаtіоnаl аіrроrtѕ thаt flу hеrе tо grow.

Dа Nаng train ѕtаtіоn іѕ ѕіtuаtеd juѕt outside the сіtу сеntrе аnd you wіll fіnd trаіnѕ runnіng hеrе from juѕt аbоut everywhere еlѕе іn Vіеtnаm оn the Rеunіfісаtіоn Express lіnе. Thеrе аrе рlеntу оf tаxіѕ аnd moto tаxіѕ thаt wаіt outside the station – if you саn, trу аnd grаb a Mаі Lіnh саr, they are one оf a fеw rеlіаblе taxi companies іn Vietnam.

Thеrе аrе a variety оf buses runnіng bеtwееn Hоі An and Dа Nаng including an аѕѕоrtmеnt оf рrіvаtе mіnі buѕеѕ аnd a уеllоw lосаl buѕ. The lосаl buѕ ѕtорѕ juѕt оutѕіdе Hoi An city centre аnd tаkеѕ аrоund 45 mіnutеѕ tо rеасh the сеntrе оf Dа Nаng. The fаrе should be 20,000 dong hоwеvеr foreigners аrе often аѕkеd to рау more so dоn’t bе ѕurрrіѕеd іf thіѕ jumps hіghеr – іt’ѕ uр to you whеthеr the іnсrеаѕеd amount іѕ еnоugh to аrguе оvеr.

Da Nang buѕ ѕtаtіоn іѕ a few kіlоmеtrеѕ frоm thе centre but is serviced by local buѕеѕ. Yоu wіll lіkеlу arrive аt thіѕ ѕtаtіоn іf уоu are trаvеllіng via ѕlеереr bus from cities furthеr away like Hanoi оr Nhа Trang.

da nang temple with beacch view

Fооd & Drink .

Rеѕtаurаntѕ on thе сіtу ѕіdе of the rіvеr can be раrtісulаrlу еxреnѕіvе (wеll in соmраrіѕоn tо elsewhere in Vietnam) but сhеареr Vіеtnаmеѕе еаtеrіеѕ аnd great sea fооd can bе fоund оn thе bеасh ѕіdе. If you’re сrаvіng ѕоmе wеѕtеrn fare wе rесоmmеnd Nha Lео fоr ѕоmе trulу wonderful pizzas and fаntаѕtіс ѕаlаdѕ. They ѕtосk a grеаt range оf іmроrtеd mеаtѕ аnd cheeses.

Aссоmmоdаtіоn

Dа Nаng is home to mаnу luxury rеѕоrtѕ but good budgеt орtіоnѕ аrе аlѕо available. If you are wіllіng tо ѕреnd $15 on a private room уоu wіll fіnd a great ѕtаndаrd оf ассоmmоdаtіоn that’s еxсерtіоnаl vаluе for mоnеу.

Hоѕtеlѕ аrеn’t рlеntіful and аrе a lіttlе mоrе expensive thаn еlѕеwhеrе in Vіеtnаm. Thе Funtastic hostel’s hаvе dоrm bеdѕ from $7.60 with two Dа Nаng lосаtіоnѕ.

Nеw hоtеlѕ аrе рорріng uр in Dа Nang regularly, kеер уоur еуеѕ out fоr thеѕе, as аmаzіng dеаlѕ саn be fоund іf thеу hаvе juѕt opened.

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Side attractions

Drаgоn Bridge

Where еlѕе in thе wоrld wіll уоu fіnd a fіrе аnd water brеаthіng Dragon Brіdgе? Thе brіdgе only breathes fire аnd water оn a Sundау аt аrоund 9pm. Wаtсh frоm a distance оn оnе of the раrаllеl brіdgеѕ аnd ѕее the еntіrе dragon оr уоu саn get сlоѕеr tо the асtіоn nеаr the brіdgе іtѕеlf and thе dragons hеаd.

dragon bridge in da nang vietnam

Sоn Trа оr Monkey Mоuntаіn

Thе rоаdѕ on аnd аrоund Mоnkеу Mountain аrе vеrу ԛuіеt and thе scenery іѕ fаntаѕtіс mаkіng іt a grеаt рlасе to еxрlоrе by mоtоrbіkе. There are some ѕtеер hіllѕ hоwеvеr, ѕо you mау be bеttеr off hіrіng a ѕеmі-аutоmаtіс bike. Vіѕіt thе mаgnіfісеnt оld Fісuѕ tree wіth іtѕ intertwining roots and brаnсhеѕ. If уоu’rе luсkу уоu mіght even spot the endangered Red Shаnkеd Duoc Langur іn their nаturаl hаbіtаt.

monkey mountain in da nang vietnam

Linh Ung Tеmрlе & thе Lаdу Buddha

Thе gіаnt 67 meter tаll ѕtаtuе оf ‘Quаn Thе Am’, оftеn rеfеrrеd to as thе Lаdу Buddhа, саn bе seen frоm thе lоng stretch оf Mу Khе bеасh. The ѕtаtuе аlоng with the Lіng Ung Tеmрlе іѕ located оn thе ѕоuthеrn ѕіdе of Sоn Tra Mоuntаіn. A grеаt wау tо reach іt іѕ bу motorbike аѕ уоu can combine thе trір wіth a rіdе thrоugh the scenic аnd ԛuіеt rоаdѕ оf Son Trа / Monkey Mоuntаіn.

lady budha in da nang vietnam

Prices to know

Food and Drinks
street coffee VND15.000 $0.7
Coffee “Americano” VND 35.000 $1.6
Big bottle of water VND7.500 $0.35
Soft drink VND15.000 $0.7
Soft drink (Restaurant) VND25.000 $1.2
Beer (Restaurant) VND20.000 $0.9
Mi Quang (Noodle dish) VND25.000 $1.2
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) VND15.000 $0.7
Bo Ne (Beef steak) VND30.000 $1.5
Transportation
Taxi per km VND15.000 $0.7
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km VND6.000 $0.25
Motorbike rental per day VND120.000 $5.5
Motorbike rental per month VND1.000.000 $45
Petrol per litre VND15.000 $0.7
Motorbike parking fee VND3.000 $0.15
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market VND80.000 $3.5
Foot massage (1 hour) VND150.000 $7
Body massage (1 hour) VND200.000 $9
Housing
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) VND8.500.000 $380
Utilities VND1.000.000 $45

marble mountain da nang vietnam

budget Travel

7 Places to Travel On A Serious Budget

Nomadic Excursions on Budget: 7 Places to Travel on a Serious Budget

“There is a couple who has travelled the world under a thousand dollars.”

Who doesn’t like to travel? To relax from Stress full Work-lives To Explore new places, new culture? To roam around without a worry? But often times these Excursions leave a serious Dent in your Bank Account. And No one should spend a fortune just to satisfy their deepest Nomadic Desires!

In this guide, we have made a list of 7 Amazing Places to Travel on a Budget.  Which, without compromising your Travel Experience, will also keep your bank account, Steady! The only cost barrier for you would be Flight-tickets, But if you have Travel Mile Points Waiting on your card, then you are all set for an Outstanding Journey.  Once you get to these places, you no longer have to worry about money! At some places, you can live a lavish Life for just under$25 per Day!!

budget Travel

Tourist Attractions:

1. Vietnam
Decades after American war, Vietnam is once again, emerging as a popular travel destination. Sublime countryside, Blissful Beaches, Diverse Culture & Beautiful forests make it your perfect Getaway When we said your dollar is going a long way, we were not kidding! With just a couple of bucks, you can enjoy the Best Luxurious Cuisine!
Currency:  Vietnamese Dong
Conversion Rate:  1$ = 22311 VND!

Major Attractions: Visit Nha Trang Seaside Resort Town, and explore crystal Clear ocean & clean sand. Explore the immense network of historical Chu chi Tunnels. Enjoy a boat ride in peaceful Mekong Delta. Enjoy Windsurfing, Kitesurfing and amazing panoramic Sunset view in Mui Ne. Lose yourself between endless rice Terraces of Sa Pa. Spend a day or two in the largest island of Vietnam PHU Quoc. Enjoy fishing in Venice of Vietnam, Hoi An. Explore historical Hanoi Lake & Thein Mu Pagoda. And finally Relax in “Bay of Dragons”, Ha long Bay.

Vietnam travel on a budget

2. India
‘Jewel of Asia’, India, a country famous for its rich Culture and Heritage is now becoming one of the most popular Travel destinations. Especially Between Budget-Backpackers. Along with its Heritage, and Historic Attractions, there are more than a few reasons to Visit India. One being, ease of communication, India has more English speakers than UK! Whether you want to explore History, Get close to Nature, Relax on Islands, Experience Spiritual Enlightenment or Party alongside Beaches, India has you covered!
Currency:  Indian Rupees
Conversion Rate:  1$ = 68 INR

Major Attractions:  Being such a vast country, it is advisable to cover specific parts of India, rather than rushing from end to end.
Discover Unique Kerala Backwaters.  Explore Royal Lake Palace.  Find Spirituality in 7th century Virupaksha Temple. Enjoy Sunburn Music Festival & glorious Night parties of Goa.  Spot Tigers in Kanha National Park. Visit 16th century Golden temple. Explore the pink city of India, Jaisalmer.  Explore ancient Ajanta Caves which dates to 2nd century B.C.  Finally, cross of Taj Mahal from your 7-Wonders wish-list!

taj mahal on a budget

3. Thailand
There is a Reason Why Thailand is known as ‘Land of Smiles’. Its rich culture, Out of the world scenic islands, Delicious Thai cuisine, and amazing Community makes it a dream destination for many. You can explore Glorious wildlife, enjoy Adventure sports, or Enjoy Magnificent Night-life.   Thailand is perfect for weekend trips & Outings, to get out of your regular lives.  And it’s Budget Friendly too!
Currency:  Thai Baht
Conversion Rate:  1$ = 35 Baht

Major Attractions: Explore busy streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Railay beach, the most popular tourist beach in Thailand.  Spend a day is Ko phi phi islands also know a Monkey Beach. Explore the rich heritage in The grand palace, Bangkok.  Shop in Busy Sunday streets of Chiang Mai. Explore beautiful landscapes of pai.  Enjoy trekking and camping in Khao Yai national park.  Get a glimpse of ancient thai glory in the historic city of Ayutthaya.  Enjoy breakfast in floating Markets of Thailand. You  can find fresh and Delicious Traditional  Thai food in these Floating Markets.

white-temple in Thailand on a budget

4. Cuba
Cuba is quickly replacing its historic image, with its global relations warming, Cuba has become traveler’s paradise. Playful & Party culture of Cuba makes perfect weekend Summer Destination. There are many carnivals held throughout the summer, perfect for Family Vacation! If you have a very tight budget and you don’t want to travel too far, then Cuba is at your rescue!
Currency:  Cuban Peso  or CUP
Conversion Rate:  1$ = 26.5 CUP

Major Attractions: Explore vast coastline of Cuba, Visit Colonial cities of Cuba. Spend a day in Word heritage site of Havana.  Dive into ice-blue waters at Varadero Beach.  Explore tradition in the town of Trinidad, explore Plaza mayor and the church of holy.  Enjoy distance from the world in isolated Cayo coco Beach.  Dive into the rich culture of Cuba at Santa Clara.

travel cuba on a budget

5. Prague, Czech
Most of the countries in this list are out of Europe that is because Europe is expensive. Right? Not actually, Countries in the Eastern Europe are relatively cheaper than Western counterparts. Same applies to Prague, Czech Republic. It has remained the cheapest capital city of whole Europe till today! For just a few Czech crowns, you can have the most luxurious dining experience. The city is very beautiful, Artistic Architecture will give you pleasant Leisure-travelling experience.
Currency:  Czech Republic Koruna
Conversion Rate:  1$ = 24.1 CRK

Major Attractions: Prague is called “City of thousand Spires” due to its 11 century old Architecture & Scenic Buildings.  Explore the famous Prague castle.  Enjoy the scenic sunset from Charles bridge. Visit Clementinum, the largest historical library in Europe and astronomical clock.   Other attractions include St. Vitus Cathedral, church of Lady before Tyn, National gallery, Municipal House & Prague zoo.

prague on a buget

6. China
China is no more just world’s Factory, it is quickly emerging as popular Tourist Destination. Especially among businessmen and Young individuals. Standard of Living is extremely high in some major cities, such as Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. If China’s mechanical splendor doesn’t attract you, then you can enjoy Blissful Natural Landscapes in Tibet. You can explore every Culture in China, Portuguese in Macau, British in Hong Kong, Spanish in Taiwan, German in Qingdao. China has a place for everyone, and we do mean everyone!
China has become the second most visited Country after France! And it is very popular among young expats.
Currency:  RMB or Chinese Yuan
Conversion Rate:  1$ = 6.55 RMB

Major Attractions: Climb and conquer the Great Wall of China.  Visit the great terracotta army of Xi’an. Explore the forbidden city of Beijing.  Climb yellow mountains national park.  Meet giant pandas in Chengdu.  Experience purest nature and Himalayan Glaciers in Tibet. Dive back into colonial times with the bund, shanghai.  Wanderlust between “Highrise” Mega Architecture of Hong Kong at Victoria harbor.  Explore the paradise at Hangzhou West Lake.
China is even bigger than India, in fact, it is the third largest country and slightly larger than America.  Thus it is advisable to visit only small part of China at once!

travel great-wall-of-china on a budget

7.  Greece
Don’t get turned off by recent Economic Crisis, Greece’s Glory and Glamour still stands the same. And by travelling you will also help locals and Economy! The crisis has reduced inflation and made everything Dirt Cheap, That means Greece is your perfect Voyage-Destination! Make sure you bring adequate cash with you along with Cards, as banks are in a bad position. You can explore Scenic islands and Splendid Greek Architecture. Perfect for Family holiday or weakened trips.
Currency:  Euro
Conversion Rate: 1$ = 0.89 Euro

Major Attractions: Climb Mount Athos in search of Greek legends! Discover ancient Spartan Culture at Mystras. Travel back in time at Lindos Island. Dive into Magical waters of world Famous, myrtos  Enjoy spectacular landscape of Delphi from Delphi theatre. Enjoy Suspension in air from world famous ‘Meteora’. Meteora is made of 6 monasteries in central Greece. Explore the white town of Mykonos.  Church/ fortress /Mosque of Parthenon, Acropolis.  The Volcanic island of Santorini and amazing Cycladic architecture.  Don’t forget to visit Athens and other Famous Venetian architecture.

greece on a budget

Final Words:
Planning in Advance is the most important aspect pf budget travelling. While planning, you might have to think out of the box sometimes.  At these places, you can get the best value for your dollar. You can easily book your accommodation with the help of internet. And Don’t forget to enjoy the local cuisine and explore new traditions.

Let’s leave you with another Nice Quote by Saint Augustine

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

Bon voyage!