Gap Years and Backpacking in Vietnam

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A Gapper's Guide to Vietnam
Hannah Gamble's advice on Vietnamese gap years
Backpacker Tours
The perfect way to explore Vietnam overland
The History and Culture of Vietnam
Looking back at Vietnam's history and examining its local customs
Top Travel Tips for Vietnam
What you need to know whilst travelling in Vietnam
Eating and Drinking in Vietnam
Before you go, get to know your phở from your sinh tố bơ
Travel in Vietnam

Gap Years in 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.

Backpacking in Vietnam

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!

Backpacker Tours

Backpacker Tours

Short Gaps

Short Gaps

Volunteering

Whichever kind of volunteering you choose to do in Vietnam, you can be sure these projects will be a valuable use of your time and energy. We've got a huge range of projects of all different kinds, so you can be sure to find one that puts your skills to best use on your gap year.

Volunteering in Vietnam

Care Work & Childcare

Care Work & Childcare

Community Projects

Community Projects

Teaching

Teaching

Work Experience

Work Experience

Advice

Travelling in Vietnam can be daunting due to the language barrier and the fact that it's such a different culture, which is why we've put together a selection of articles advising you on everything you may need to know while you're there - food advice, health advice, travel tips, things to do and so much more!

Travel Advice for Vietnam

Finding Food

Finding Food

A Taste of Vietnam

A Taste of Vietnam

Health Advice

Health Advice

17 Things to Do in Vietnam

17 Things to Do in Vietnam

View all our advice on Vietnam


Map of Vietnam


Country Expert

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Hannah Gamble

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...