VIETNAM

Quick facts

Trip length: 

Time of year: 

Year of trip:

Budget:

6 weeks

Dec - Feb

2019 - 20

$2,791

Table of contents

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       - Ho Chi Minh City

       - Dalat

       - Central Highlands

       - Nha Trang

       - Quy Nhon

       - Hoi An

       - Hue

       - Phong Nha

       - Tam Coc

       - Hanoi

       - Ha Giang

       - Phu Quoc

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Budget breakdown

 

Things to note:

  • Due to the nature of my freelance work, I always book my flights last minute, which means they cost a lot more than if bought a few months in advance

  • Considering how cheap Vietnam is, I really wasn't holding back with my spending, particularly in terms of accommodation where I often stayed in private rooms instead of dorms at hostels

Total Trip Costs

Flights from the UK:

Visa:

Accommodation: 

 

Transport:

Activities:

Cash spent:

Total:

$1,101

$110

$629

$333

$522

$1,197

$3,892

Budget without visa & flights from UK (42 days)

Accommodation: 

 

Transport:

Activities:

Cash spent:

Total:

$629

$333

$522

$1,197

$2,681

Budget (42 days)

This is how much it would've cost if I only stayed in dorms rather than private rooms

Accommodation: 

 

Transport:

Activities:

Cash spent:

Total:

$265

$333

$522

$1,197

$2,317

Itinerary Summary

 
 

Ho Chi Minh City

 

Duration of stay

5 nights and 4 full days

Accommodation

Activities

  • Mekong Delta Tour: $34

  • Cu Chi Tunnels: $17

 

Dalat

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Travel

Bus 6hrs: $12

Accommodation

Mr Peace Backpackers House, dorm room: $4.67 per night.

Activities

  • Rollercoaster

  • Cable car: 80k VND / $3.50

  • Crazy House: 40k VND / $1.75

 

Central Highlands

Duration of stay

2 nights and 3 days of riding

Travel

Bike rental from Mr Peace: $30/day

Accommodation

  • Lak Lake Resort House, twin private room: $20 per night

  • Ngoc Mai Guesthouse, twin private room: $7 per night

 

Nha Trang

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Accommodation

iHome, dorm room: $3 per night.

 

Quy Nhon

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Travel

  • Train to Dieu Tri: $12

  • Taxi to hostel: $10

Accommodation

Life's A Beach Backpackers, private room: $20 per night.

Hoi An

 

Duration of stay

5 nights and 4 full days

Travel

Bus: $12

Accommodation

Tribee Kinh Hostel, private room: $18 per night

Activities

  • Ba Na Hills Bike Rental: 150k VND / $6

  • Ba Na Hills Entrance: 750k / $32

  • Basket boat experience: 250k / $11

 

Hue

Duration of stay

2 nights and 2 full days

Travel

Hai Van Pass bike rental: 350k / $15

Accommodation

Hue Happy Homestay, dorm room: $3.67 / night

Activities

  • City Tour: 800k / $34.40

  • DMZ Tour: 450k / $19

 

Phong Nha

Duration of stay

3 nights and 3 days

Travel

(included in the DMZ Tour from Hue)

Accommodation

Central Backpackers Hostel, private room: $18 / night

Activities

​Paradise & Dark Cave tour: 1,350k VND / $58

 

Tam Coc

Duration of stay

3 nights and 3 days

Travel

Night bus: $12

Accommodation

Banana Tree Hostel, doom right: $6.50 per night 

Activities

  • Hostel tour: 150k / $6.50

  • Trang An boat tour: 250k / $11

 

Hanoi

Duration of stay

4 nights and 4 full days

Travel

Limo van: $12

 

Accommodation

Central Backpackers Hostel - Old Quarter, private room: $25 per night

 

Ha Giang

Duration of stay

4 nights and 3 full days (if I completed the loop it would've been 4 full days and would've got overnight bus down to Hanoi airport)

Travel

Bus: 350k / $15

 

Accommodation

Jasmine Hostel, dorm room: $6 per night

QT Guesthouse, private room: $11 per night

Paragon Noi Bai Hotel & Pool (Hanoi airport hotel): $30 per night

Activities

  • Ha Giang Loop: 3,230k / $139

Phu Quoc

 

Duration of stay

5 nights and 4 full day

Travel

Plane, Vietnam Airlines: $160

Accommodation

9Station, dorm room: $8 per night

Activities

  • Bike hire: 150k / $6.45

  • Cable car: 300k / $13

  • Boat tour: 

$6

Accommodation

 

Ho Chi Minh City:

The Prince of Whales Hostel & Bar

241/4 Pham Ngu Lao Street,

Phạm Ngu Lao Ward,

District 1, Ho Chi Minh,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

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Ho Chi Minh City:

The Hideout

275-279 Pham Ngu Lao,

District 1,

Ho Chi Minh,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Dalat:

Mr. Peace Backpacker's House

3/8 Hai Ba Trung, 

Da Lat, 

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Buon Ma Thout:

Ngoc Mai Guesthouse

09 Nguyen Binh

Buon Ma Thuot

Book now on Booking.com >>

 

Nha Trang

iHome

31/E2 Biet Thu Street,

Nha Trang,

Book now on Hostelworld.com >>

 

Quy Nhon

Life's A Beach Backpackers

Thon 2, Xa Xuan, Song Cau 

Quy Nhon

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Hoi An

Tribee Kinh Hostel & Bar

694 Hai Bà Trưng street,

Hội An

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Hue

Hue Happy Homestay

20/26 Vo Thi Sau,

Hue,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Phong Nha

Central Backpackers Hostel 

Xuan Tien, Phong Nha,

Quang Binh, Phong Nha,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 
 

Tam Coc

The Banana Tree Hostel

Tam Coc Boat Station

Thai Vi Street, Ninh Binh

Book now on Booking.com >>

 

Hanoi

Central Backpackers Hostel

16 Thanh Ha Street,

Hoan Kiem District ,

Hanoi,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Ha Giang

Jasmine Hostel

Lam Dong Village,

Phuong Thien Commune,

Ha Giang,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Hanoi Airport

Paragon Noi bai Hotel & Pool

Đường điền xá 1,

võ văn kiệt,

sóc sơn , hà nội

Book now on Booking.com >>

 

Phu Quoc

9Station Hostel

91/1 Tran Hung Dao,

Duong Dong,

Phu Quoc Island,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Ho Chi Minh Airport

Ibis Saigon Airport

2 Hong Ha ,

Tan Binh,

Ho Chi Minh City,

Book now on Booking.com >>

Travel

 

The majority of my onward travel was booked through the hostel I was staying at, however here are some helpful links:

Activities

 

Again nearly all of the activities I did were booked through the hostel I was staying at.

If you're looking to book some day trips in Vietnam, here are some other ideas:

 

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