Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Vietnam has a fascinating history, colourful food and epic landscapes filled with rolling rice fields. We would jump at the opportunity to return! Here's why.
Ha Long Bay ©MDHarding
A to Z Travel Blog - Vietnam
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There are a number of airlines that fly into Vietnam. We flew Edinburgh to London, London to Bangkok and then Bangkok (Thailand) to Hanoi (Vietnam). Thai Airlines and then transferring to Vietnam Airlines. Both were very good and really comfortable. If you collect frequent fliers, Thai Airlines are part of the Star Alliance program. It was a long flight at 16 hours, but worth it!
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Vietnam Airlines ©MDHarding
There is accommodation to suit everyone's budget. We stayed comfortably in 3* hotels throughout our trip. Located in great central locations and everyone was very friendly and helpful. Our favourite's were the Hanoian Hotel and the Vinh Hung Library Hotel for their charm and amazing breakfasts. The Majestic Cruise was an adventure with cooking classes, squid fishing and stops to Surprise Cave, Kayaking and an Oyster Farm. The Elios Hotel was quite large, with many floors. The location was perfect though. Would we stay there again? Yes, to all. If we were to do the same trip again. We wouldn't change any of it. It was one of the best trips we have ever taken.
Hanoi - Hanoian Hotel
Ha Long Bay - Majestic Cruise
Hoi An - Vinh Hung Library Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City - Elios Hotel
Comfortable Accommodation In Hoi An at The Vinh Hung Libary Hotel ©MDHarding
Visa & Money
If traveling from the UK you can enter Vietnam up to 15 days without a visa. This could change and it's always best to check with the embassy for travel advice.
The USD is the most widely and easily exchanged currency in Vietnam. The local currency is the Vietnamese Dong.
Vietnam Money & Guides ©MDHarding
Travel Within Vietnam
It's really easy to get around in Vietnam by train, bus and by taxi. We arrived into Hanoi and traveled by most means, covering down to Hoh Chi Min City. How will you travel? Do you enjoy slow travel? The train is a real adventure! The beds are a little uncomfortable. If you can take a travel pillow with you, this will help to soften the rickety blows.
Scenic Train Journey Through Vietnam ©MDHarding
It's really easy to explore Hanoi on foot, not missing the lake, temples, pagodas and you might also like to see the traditional puppet show. There is of course shopping and lots of restaurants to choose from with a wide range of dishes and price ranges.