When I first went to Vietnam a decade ago, I found it a bit overwhelming. But these days I find it so intoxicating! I want to share with you why it’s such a wonderful country to visit.

Michael Turtle – TIME TRAVEL TURTLE

There’s something a bit rough around the edges in Vietnam compared to other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand or Cambodia. It came a little bit late to the tourist game and you can tell – but that’s one of the things that makes travel here so enjoyable.

Vietnam is a very safe country and it’s definitely cheap. You’ll find everything you need to get around and explore but it all comes with a sense of adventure. You’ll hit some language barriers and you’ll need to be prepared to haggle, but you’ll never be in trouble.

When it comes to a trip in Vietnam, my suggestion is to embrace the variety that the country offers. You’ll find fascinating cultural sites, some stunning nature, relaxing beaches, and incredible food.

There are definite differences between the north and south, just as there are between the coast and the highlands, so try to spend your time in at least a few different areas.

TWO WEEKS IN VIETNAM >> A DETAILED ITINERARY <<

I think two weeks is the perfect duration to spend in Vietnam. It’s enough time to make it along the whole length of the country and see a lot, without feeling too rushed. So I’ve put together this two week itinerary with detailed information for you.

THINGS TO SEE IN HANOI >> EXPLORING THE CAPITAL <<

It may not have lots of famous sites but Hanoi actually has a fair amount to see. My favourite thing to do is just enjoy the local atmosphere  – but here are my suggestions on how else to spend your time in Vietnam’s capital city.

VIETNAM’S WORLD HERITAGE SITES >> SEE THEM ALL <<

Vietnam has eight World Heritage Sites spread across the country and there’s a good mix of cultural and natural places. Not all the sites are famous but I have now visited each of them and know which to recommend. Read all my tips here!
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