Vietnam is a popular travel destination with so much to see and experience for everyone. Here are eight tips for planning your journey to help you get the most of your trip:

1) When to go?

Keep in mind that Vietnam is a big country with a north-to-south distance of 1,650 kilometres, so weather differences in different parts of the country are significant. When I was visiting Vietnam in late March, it was around + 20 Co in Hanoi and + 35 Co in Phong Nha.Pictured: The Turtle tower in Hanoi in fog. End of March.

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Note: avoid travelling during the Tet holiday in January and February. Tet is a Christmas and New Year's celebration rolled into one, and just about everyone is visiting their grandma. The transport is always fully booked. Tet dates are changing according to the Moon calendar and can shift from late January to mid February, so check in advance. If you are not a heat lover, consider separate trips to Northern and Southern parts of Vietnam at different times of the year. March would be the only compromise for the whole country. I would start from the South and move northwards at the end of month.

2) Use of local on the ground public transport

You can travel from one place to another in Vietnam not only by regular public transport but also by bus routes provided by travel agencies. I used the services of TheSinhTourist recommended by the hotel I stayed at in Hoi An. It was my first time on a sleeping bus. It’s comfortable for longer or overnight trips.

sleeping bus sinhcafe vietnam thesanetravel.com 10304443) Domestic travel by air

Vietnam Airlines is the official flag carrier of Vietnam, covering more than 20 destinations there. Viet Jet Air, or Vietjet, is an international low-cost airline in Vietnam, its first privately owned airline. It’s cheaper, but not reliable time wise. My flight time was changed twice in the last two days before departure. So if you have to reach your destination at a particular time, I recommend choosing the Vietnam Airlines.

vjetjet girl thesanetravel.com4) Think about including a trip to Phong Nha caves into your itinerary

This is a region with a network of 300 different caves. The most popular with the everyday traveller are Paradise Cave, the Dark Cave and Phong Nha Cave. Phong Nha is an hour away from Dong Hoi city. Read more about visiting Phong Nha caves clicking this link !

paradise cave vietnam thesanetravel.com 10401915) Planning your Halong Bay tour, consider including an overnight stay on a ship there

It will enrich your Halong Bay experience.Check also my Halong Bay cruise photo review !

halong bay at night vietnam thesanetravel.com 10201906) Learn more about Vietnamese life through an exploration tour

For example, a bike tour from Hoi An. Read about my experience of a bike tour from Hoi An

bike tour hoi an vietnam thesanetravel.com 10301637) If you are a history lover, you have to visit Hue

The Old town and Citadel of Hue have hardly suffered from the Vietnam War and have been undergoing large restoration works recently, so now there is much to see.

citadel view hue vietnam thesanetravel.com 10306338) No trip to Vietnam is complete without a water puppets show

it's an experience not to be missed. You can choose between different theatres. I recommend Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi.Read more about a water puppet show by clicking this link !

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  • Published by Anita on July 18, 2016

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Katie
#17 Katie 2016-07-22 09:29
Great tip to include Phong Nha caves, I would also add to visit Sapa for the classic shot of the terraced rice fields (plan carefully on what time of year if you want to avoid misty shots and want the rice growing!). Also I loved eating everything in Hanoi - street food is amazing in all of Vietnam - and learning about the history in Ho Chi Minh city.
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Gabby
#16 Gabby 2016-07-21 22:35
Hanoi has been on my list for a while. I love your comprehensive review!
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Naomi
#15 Naomi 2016-07-21 20:56
This is quite the apprehensive guide, I love it. Vietnam is definately on my Asia wishlist
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Eulanda
#14 Eulanda 2016-07-21 17:28
We've been thinking about a trip to Vietnam for next year. Thanks for sharing such useful tips, especially about the airline issue!
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Khansa
#13 Khansa 2016-07-21 12:04
Vietnam is on my bucketlist. And, this is a very useful list. Thanks for sharing
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Flo
#12 Flo 2016-07-21 11:59
Beautiful photos! I hadn't considered staying overnight at Halong Bay but will definitely keep that in mind now!
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Joanna
#11 Joanna 2016-07-21 11:43
Oh, I love Vietnam so much! I do plan to go back there soon, the first time it felt so rushed. I would love to explore more, like a water puppet show for example. I had a lot of fun taking those night buses, it was my first time ever sleeping on the top bunk, in a bus. :)
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Lisa
#10 Lisa 2016-07-21 10:23
Great guide to Vietnam! I'm going in December do will definitely use your tips.
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Laura
#9 Laura 2016-07-21 10:18
How strange was that bus! I would love a go on one of them. Lovely photos!
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gelacnicolas
#8 gelacnicolas 2016-07-21 09:17
That was cool. interesting blog. I'll include this on my bucket list
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