Countries » Vietnam
Vietnam is a firm favourite on the backpacker trail in South East Asia. It's about the same area size as Finland, although a very different shape. The most popular route for anyone on a gap year in Vietnam is to go from Ho Chi Minh City up to Hanoi taking in Da Lat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Vinh Moc along the way, or vice versa. Vietnam is a really extraordinary and vibrant place, and there's loads for us gappers to see and do.
The beaches and national parks in Vietnam are some of the most spectacular in the world, there are hundreds of historic sites both ancient and modern, there are opportunities to volunteer, the food is fantastic and the people are friendly. What more could you want? As for money, it's cheap and easy to get around and there are plenty of internal flights and a north-south railway that's safe and reliable.
For anyone going to Vietnam on their gap year, it makes sense to visit nearby Thailand, Cambodia and Laos too - it's so easy to get in an out. As one of the most popular gap year destinations it'd be a tough job to find better transport links, partying and weather anywhere. Enjoy!
Hannah is our country expert for Vietnam. She lived in Thailand when she was training to be a dive instructor and it wasn't long before Vietnam got a visit.
Hannah took the rough with the smooth and then wrote a brilliant, humerous guide about her trip. It's an amazing little travelogue packed full of tips! If you have any questions about Vietnam or Thailand then ask Hannah; she'll be more than happy to help out...