Backpacking in Vietnam

Vietnam is easy to explore with a backpack with a super-efficient transport including public buses and easy to use trains (including sleeper trains). With a rich culture and a currency that makes you feel like a king – what’s not to love!

Vietnam’s fascinating history can be explored in Ho Chi Minh with a visit to the emotive Vietnam War Museum and the Cu Chi tunnels. For contrast, sail through the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, wander the pretty cobbled streets of Hoi An or explore the beautiful beaches; Vietnam’s contrasting delights are certain to entice.

Group tours

Travelling with a small group on a tour can be a great way to meet like-minded friends whilst travelling in the safety of a group. You’ll benefit from experienced local guides, so you won’t miss a thing and you’re guaranteed to learn as you go. You can also relax in the knowledge that everything is paid up front meaning all you have to budget for are your souvenirs and beers! We have a selection of YOLO tours designed for young travellers (18-35 yr olds) plus a range of other great value group tours that suit the young at heart and those travelling on a budget.

For more advice, see our blog post 10 reasons to try a group tour.

Remember, tours are great value because they include:

  • All accommodation
  • All local transports
  • Some meals
  • Some extras like national park entrance fees or local activities

 

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Stray bus passes

‘Stray’ hop-on/hop-off bus passes are a cheap, flexible and sociable option for backpackers and those on a budget in Vietnam. You’ll be travelling on a Stray-owned vehicle, with other like-minded travellers. You can stay with the same bus and group of friends along the route, of if you like the look of place, just hop off and spend some extra time there. When you want to leave, you can simply get on the next bus passing through.

Stray bus passes in Vietnam include all your local transport, local guides and some specified activities or entrance fees along the way. Accommodation is reserved for Stray passengers along the way if you want it, but you pay for accommodation locally, along with any additional day trips.