17 Things You Have to Do in Vietnam 

If you're planning on exploring Vietnam on your gap year, you need to fit these into your itinerary

Along with Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, Vietnam makes up one of the most popular gap year trails you could follow. And for good reason. The people are friendly, the food is incredible, the scenery is unbelieveable and the prices are low - perfect for budget-minded backpackers.

There are hundreds of things you could do while you're there and still not see it all, but for anyone on a time limit here are 17 things you have to do in Vietnam in order to say that you've even begun to see it. 

1. Spend the night on a Junk boat on Halong Bay 

Visit Halong Bay

2. Check out the cool lanterns by night in Hoi An

Check out the cool lanterns by night in Hoi An

3. Buy something you've never heard of at the markets 

Buy something you've never heard of at the markets

4. Go shopping at the Ben Thanh Market in Saigon

Explore the Ben Thanh Market

5. Charter a rickety boat in Hoi An (and give your rower a fat tip)

Charter a rickety boat in Hoi An

6. Travel down the Mekong Delta

Travel down the Mekong Delta

7. Visit the 'Surprising Cave' in Bo Hon Island 

Visit the Cave of Wonders in Halong Bay

8. Try to cross the road in Saigon 

Try to cross the road in Saigon

9. Go on the Funky Monkey Boat Cruise in Nha Trang

Go on the Funky Monkey Boat Cruise in Nha Trang

10. Eat lots and lots of delicious pho

Eat lots and lots of delicious pho

11. Buy some made to measure clothes in Hoi An 

Buy some made to measure clothes in Hoi An

12. Visit the beach bars in Nha Trang

Visit the beach bars in Nha Trang

13. Check out at least one of the many temples in the country 

Visit one of the many temples

14. Have a mud bath in an egg near Nha Trang

Have a mud bath in an egg

15. Enjoy the beautiful morning views from the night train

Enjoy the beautiful morning views from the train

16. Buy a tiny street seller's bananas and get a photo

Buy a tiny street seller's bananas and get a photo

17. Relax with a Saigon beer in Hoi An

Relax with a Saigon beer in Hoi An