3 Top Things to do in Vietnam

Vietnam has everything – villages, cities, beaches, mountains and rivers that hold unique experiences and give Vietnam its well-renowned charm. Whether you’re young or old, doing it cheaply or wanting to splash out, Vietnam has something for you. Here are three of our top picks for things to do in this gorgeous country.


A Hanoi food tour

You can’t go past Hanoi, which has (deservedly) earned the reputation of being Vietnam’s pho capital. Foodies are in for a real treat, with the French influences that mix with the Asian ingredients creating absolutely mouthwatering fare.

You’ll get great food anywhere you go in Vietnam, but to make sure you eat the best of the best you can’t pass up one of Hanoi’s food tours. Be guided to all the tastiest cao lau, pho, banh xeo and more. Your stomach will thank you!

A boat ride in the Mekong Delta

The seventh longest river in Asia, the Mekong goes through Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. See the Vietnamese way of life from a new perspective, and have fun at the same time on a boat ride.

On a big cruise boat or even just hitching a ride on a cargo boat, you’ll go past uninhabited islands, villages on stilts and floating markets. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon cruising along and taking in the less touristy parts of the country, and you’ll have a lot of fun if you do manage to get a spot on a local’s cargo boat – it’s an amazing experience that you won’t get anywhere else.

Ho Chi Minh City’s water puppet shows

You read that right! A completely unique experience, a water puppet show is incredibly wonderful to see. There are singers, musicians and narrators, along with wooden puppets (don’t worry, they’ve been lacquered!) on the watery stage. This has been a tradition since the 11th century and even though you might not have a good enough grasp on Vietnamese to understand a lot of it, it’s so entertaining to watch. The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre runs 50-minute shows multiple times a night.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for what Vietnam can offer any traveller. Whether you splurge or do the trip on the cheap, you’ll have so many wonderful things to choose from – to eat, drink, do or see!

Things You Need To Prepare Before You Go To Your Travel Destination

Before you go abroad, it is necessary to prepare and have all your things ready and packed before you go. Here are some things you need to prepare before you head to your travel destination:

Get guidebooks. Guidebooks mostly include maps, give you information regarding the sites you want to visit, and keywords or phrases that are common in the country. You can easily download such guidebooks online these days so you can carry them anywhere.

Buy tickets for places you want to visit now. Instead of buying tickets to important places you want to visit in the country you want to visit, why not by them now while you are still in your home? This way, you will avoid more lines and uncertainties if you are getting the right price when you are there or if the tickets are still available. You can even find more great deals targeted to you when you book in advance.

Don’t forget your charger adapter. Different countries have different size plugs and voltages. Make sure you know what they use and bring the necessary charger adapter in case you need one.

Check the voltage of your gadgets. There is nothing worse than bringing an adapter and still not being able to use a blow-dryer just because the voltage is not enough. Again, always check the voltage used in that country and make sure you do the proper arrangements for your own electronics. If the voltage is different, you may ask help from your hotel as they can properly assist you with this.

Tips To Save Money For Travel

A lot of us want to save money for travel but they just don’t know how to start and when to start. It is like they will be motivated to save now but will spend the saving after a while. If you want to save and travel later, here are some tips you can follow:

Know what you spend. It is difficult to spend without knowing what you are spending most of your money. Aside from paying your rent and utility bills, expect some surprise expenses you might not knowingly spending. To start saving, track every cent you are spending. Yes! Every cent count. What you might be spending paying for a Starbucks coffee every morning may be one reason why you cannot travel.

Set a goal. There is no sense going on a vacation spot and not even planning ahead about how much you might spend there. Better get a sense of your location and the average spending locals and travellers do there and round up the number. But also make sure you bring some extra cash and not just the roundup number.

Set your home budget. Now that you know how much you are spending and what for, you can now create a more realistic budget and adjust your life expenses accordingly. While you may have to curb down on some unnecessary spending but you know that if you follow your budget, your dream vacation is not that far to reach. Just knowing that your next vacation is soon to happen will motivate you enough.

The tips above can help you set up your travel fund. You don’t need to be rich to love travel, but you’ll need to be creative about saving money for travel.