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Located at the impressive mountainous area in the northern Vietnam, Sapa is a paradise for any traveler with its magnificent rice terraces, ethnic tribal culture and natural sightseeing. Learn how to get from Hanoi to Sapa in a stress-free trip with our completed guideline.

Beside transportation, make sure you have a worry-free trip by having a comfortable accommodation. Check out our list for best homestay and hotel options in Sapa.

Located 320 kilometres to the northeast of Hanoi, Sapa is a place you can experience both antique and modern Vietnamese lifestyle. May to August are months you should avoid travelling from Hanoi to Sapa due to the rain season. The rainfall, typhoons and mudslides can easily lead to accidents and uncomfortable experience.

To make to trip from Hanoi to Sapa, travelers can choose from a plenty of transportation: shuttle, minibus, sleeper bus, private car, train and cab or driving yourself from Hanoi to Sapa by bicycle. Make sure you read all before making decision on how to travel from Hanoi to Sapa.

1. Minibus/ shuttle, sleeper bus

Depending on the amenities as well as included services on the buses (such as wifi, outlets, water bottles, snack, toilet, TVs, etc.) the price for 1-way ticket may vary from $10 to $20. On buses, you are offered with a comfortable with air-condition. For sleeper bus, you’ll have you own bed-like seat and blanket so you can take a snap. On travelling from Hanoi to Sapa, buses will stop once or twice at petrol station or tourism stop so you can stretch your legs, get some snacks or use onsite toilet. The trip takes about 6 to 6.5 hours depending on the traffic and weather. You should note that some mini buses may circle around Hanoi for picking other passengers so your time on bus may be a bit longer.

The buses leave from early morning till night, so you can easily choose your depart time and plan ahead for your arrival at Sapa. You can get yourself picked at hotel or go to bus station.

Morning buses, 6:00 – 7:00 AM, arrives at noon in Sapa

Midday buses, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, arrives at dusk or early evening in Sapa

Night buses, 9:00 – 10:00 PM, arrives in the early morning. This one is the most popular as you can spend your night sleeping on bus and start a whole new day at Sapa.

Here are some helpful information to help you choose the right time buses. For day buses, the trip should be safe, smooth with great sightseeing. The only drawback is the traffic may make you stay longer on bus. For night trip, you may be annoyed by backpackers smell, continuous honking, crazy maneuvers from drivers, dangerous mountainous spots on the road and especially you will miss the scenery along the road. However, you may arrive Sapa earlier than expected from Hanoi.

Here are some popular buses options of locals: Sapa Express as the best option, followed by Queen Cafe VIP Open Bus, EcoSapa Limousine, and Ha Son Hai Van. You can check their schedules, amenities, and prices here.

2. Private cars

Either you have already reserved your accommodation at Sapa or are staying in Hanoi, you can ask your hotel to arrange a private car to transfer you from Hanoi to Sapa. You will find this option is the top convenient. All you need to provide is your pickup address. The booked private car will be sent to your place at arranged time, even if you are at the airport or stay at any Hanoi hotel. Charges may vary but you can enjoy your most worry-free trip with this option.

On the other hand, you can arrange yourself a private transfer from Hanoi to Sapa through any travel agency at Hanoi. It is important to always ask for the price before making the booking. Most agencies will ask for about $150 to $200 for 1-way trip and it also depends on the quality of the car.

Being the smoothest traveling experience from Hanoi to Sapa, this private car option is also much more expensive than other available options. Thus, you should arrange with the travel agency or driver to stop and visit some places along the way. This option is suitable and affordable for group traveling. This option stands out with ability to operate anytime on your request. Some favorite name in private car industry you should consider on your trip from Hanoi to Sapa: Vietrapro, Golden Holiday Travel, Hanoi Transfer Service, etc.

3. A combination of train and cab

Being operated since the beginning of the 20th century, train from Hanoi to Sapa is a must-try experience. From Hanoi station, the train will take you to Lao Cai station where you can hop on your second transportation to your destination. You need to stay on train for about 8 hours and at least another 1.5 hours to get to final destination at Sapa.

The trains depart daily with 2 express trains: SP1 at 9.35 pm and SP3 at 10 pm. Taking these 2 trains, you will arrive Lao Cai Station at about 5.30 am to 6 am the next day. The trip will be smooth and seamless as it will make only one stop on the way. For holidays and peak tourists season, 2 more trains SP5 and SP7 are available to meet the demand so don’t worry you can’t get your own seat on these trains to Lao Cai. The trains have both standard and customized cars. For cars operated by Vietnam Railways, you are offered with different classes: soft seat, six-berth sleeper and four-berth sleeper. Those will cost you about $6 – $20. Those cars come with cool AC, toilets and hot/cold water dispensers.

The best booking way is to check on the schedule and seat availability on the official website. The English interface is available so you can easily understand and proceed reserving your online ticket. As it is the official website, the online payment is safe and trustworthy. You can choose to pay online and get electronic ticket or pay with cash or cards later and get printed ticket right at the station. Transit bus from Lao Cai to Sapa is available at $2 – $5 per person as extra option to the train ticket. There is a dining cabin with cheap food (1-2 USD), and there are also on-board caterers that push food and drink carts throughout the train, but it is always a good idea to prepare your own bites prior to travel.

For the best travelling experience, you should travel with private cars and here are some trusted name with good services: King Express, Orient Express, ET-Pumpkin Express, Victoria Express, etc.

On your arrival at Lao Cai Station, you are offered with a plenty of choice for transportation option to take you on the last miles on the route Hanoi to Sapa. The fixed price for a seat on transfer buses is about $5 or you can choose to pay $25 for private cars. You are recommended to highly aware that some scammers may ask for $10 – $15 for trip. Also, it is hard to tell the different between scammers and others in the crowd. Therefore, the best way is to have your Sapa hotel arrange pickup transfer for you. The cost may be higher than usual buses but the cost is guaranteed at a fixed rate.

Besides, there is a public bus from the station across the train station to take you to Sapa. The bus starts from 5.20 am and cost no more than $2. The public buses are painted in red and yellow and only park at the bus station. Then, try to avoid anyone want to get you on their buses to stay away from scammers.

The ride takes you 1 to 1.5 hour and the route serves you well with the spectacular scenes. As you will arrive in early morning, you will find yourself in a magnificent foggy mountainous area. After the fog, the views begin with clear blue sky, colored terraced paddy fields and greenery.

4. Driving yourself from Hanoi to Sapa by motorbike Renting a motorbike Route to Sapa

Located in a remote mountainous area, Sapa is not very well covered with data and network. Therefore, you shouldn’t rely on technology for the whole way. For this trip, here are some stuffs you should bring along: a compass and a printed map detailing the route from Hanoi to Sapa. Google Maps is available but only display the route on Express Highway for cars not for bikes.

Beside above stuffs, you also need extra careful when driving through the mountainous curves, frequent rests to help maintain your strength and awakeness on the road. Also, don’t forget to list down all the landmarks on the Hanoi to Sapa route for your stops. There are town common routes from Hanoi to Sapa on motorbike:

Route 1: Taking the Northwest way along the Red River to Lao Cai, then continue onto Sapa. This is the fastest route (334 kilometers only), yet the trickiest route. Taking this route, you can stop by some landmarks such as Tam Nong Garden Park, Yen Bai bridge, etc. This route is quite tricky with a lot of curves, hills and U-shaped turns. Thus, make sure your driving skills are good enough for taking this route.

Route 2:  Following QL32 road, passing Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai. This is the most famous route as you will have your chance to conquer two of the top 4 legendary mountainous passes of the northwest region. This also serves you well with the most spectacular landmarks in Vietnam. Despite being a longer route (440 kilometres), it has better sightseeing.

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Backpacking Vietnam: A Complete Trip Planning Guide

Vietnam is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Asia — and with good reason.

Its epic natural sites, mouth-watering food, insanely bustling cities, distinct culture, and low cost have drawn backpackers and holidayers alike for decades.

But it’s worth planning your Vietnam trip well, especially if you want to have a more authentic experience!

The honest truth is that Vietnam has a bit of a reputation for tourist traps and some overcommercialized areas. But it also has some of the most amazing and authentic experiences in all of Asia. How you travel will hugely affect your impressions of this beautiful country.

I’ve done two month-long trips in Vietnam, both following a north-to-south route. My first trip followed more or less the typical Vietnam itinerary, while my second trip (a few years later) was more focused on going off the beaten track.

While my first trip made me think of Vietnam as a bit too commercialized in places, my second trip gave me a whole other perspective, easily turning it into one of my favorite destinations in the world.

Plan your Vietnam backpacking trip

Find flights to Vietnam

Hotels in Vietnam

Book bus or train

Cheap hostels

Get Vietnam visa

Get travel insurance (with discount)

How to plan a route

There are a lot of places to explore in Vietnam. In this map below, I sketched out a few of the most common travel destinations:

By the way, Vietnam is bigger than you might realize!

Its length is similar to that of Japan or almost the whole West Coast of the USA. Driving from the very north to the south tip of Vietnam in a continuous manner would take at least 40 hours.

Keep these distances in mind when planning your trip. Night buses and overnight trains are a common way to efficiently cover more ground, something I’ll talk more about later.

Despite its size, many travelers try to cover the whole length of the country in one trip. To do such an itinerary justice I think you need at least 3 weeks (but ideally 4 weeks).

Popular stops on such a grand backpacking tour of Vietnam include the capital Hanoi, the archipelago of Ha Long Bay (formed of numerous limestone islands), the cute riverside town of Hoi An, the imperial city of Hue, and the cosmopolitan southern city of Ho Chi Minh City.

Even if you have 3 or 4 weeks to spend, you will probably have some tough decisions to make on what to include in your route.

Places to visit in Vietnam

Vietnam has several places that are very popular and that most people end up including in their itinerary.

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Besides these, you’ll probably also want to visit one or both of the major cities (Hanoi and Saigon).

Many backpackers stop by the seaside resorts of Nha Trang or Mui Ne. These places sometimes get mixed reviews, but they can be fun unpretentious places to party or hang by a swimming pool. Want something quieter? Then I quite like the seaside town of Qui Nhon.

But my own personal favorite places include Hue, a city with many pagodas and temples, Ninh Binh (sometimes called the Ha Long Bay on land), Phong Nha (home to the world’s largest caves) and Ha Giang Province (an amazing mountain region).

Planning a shorter trip

If you have only one or two weeks in Vietnam, then consider focusing on just the north + center, or the center + south.

There’s no shame in doing fewer things but doing them properly! Not everyone has infinite time available, or maybe you’re visiting Vietnam as part of a larger Southeast Asia trip and still have many other countries to visit.

On my first one-month backpacking trip in Vietnam, I actually didn’t see much in the north. It was still very cold and misty there in December, so I skipped entirely over some popular places in the north like Sapa.

On my second visit a few years later, I skipped a lot in the south instead. I just felt more like seeing the northern mountains than the southern beaches. In both cases, I had an amazing time.

All I’m saying is that you don’t necessarily need to include everything to have an incredible trip. It is possible to create a trip that’s focused on just a part of Vietnam.

Heading north or south?

When you meet backpackers in Vietnam, one of the first questions you’ll surely hear is “are you going north or south?”.

Because of its elongated shape, it just makes sense to travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a. Saigon) or the other way around.

Personally, I prefer going north-to-south. That’s in part because the north is just a great place to start. The weather will also get more tropical as you go south, so you can reward yourself with some beach time towards the end of your trip.

By the way, the topography of Vietnam makes it a great place for a solo traveller. Broadly speaking, people move in only one of two directions, so it’s easy to make friends and continue to see familiar faces as you move either north or south.

Recommended hostels in Vietnam

$$ Hanoi

Old Quarter Hostel

Cheap & super central hostel with hotel-like beds and amenities

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$$ Ho Chi Minh

Vy Khanh Hostel

Family-run place in the main backpacker district

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$ Hoi An

Tribee Bana Hostel

Great vibes, one of the few hostels inside the ancient town

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$$ Da Nang

Lighthouse Hostel

Loved staying here; 2 min from the beach

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$$ Hue

Hue Happy Homestay

Great vibes, in quiet part of the center

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Getting your Vietnam visa

To enter Vietnam you need an approved tourist visa. Unfortunately, Vietnam has one of the most convoluted tourist visa systems in Southeast Asia. It’s honestly a bit of a mess at the moment.

I wouldn’t blame you for getting a bit confused! But let me try to clear things up. (Note: this section covers the normal pre-pandemic visa regulations.)

I put together a step-by-step guide to getting your Vietnam visa that has all of the gnarly details. You can follow the flowchart in that guide to see which visa is right for you.

But in a nutshell, there are two common options:

Vietnam Visa Pre-Approval

It’s easy to get your visa-on-arrival online!

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Avoiding the tourist traps

Okay, time for a brutal truth: Vietnam can sometimes feel a bit like a tour factory. And this can honestly give some people the wrong impression of Vietnam. I’ve sometimes heard negative things said about Vietnam that do not actually reflect what the country is really like.

At least, that’s if you travel Vietnam in a totally standard way. I did this the first time and Vietnam sort of subjectively felt like a 7/10 destination. Not the worst, but not really amazing either. Then I did it in different ways on my second visit and it easily became a 9/10.

Some of the popular experiences in Vietnam have really been packaged for the masses, focusing on quantity over quality. These local tours can be disappointing as you get shuffled around like cattle, mixed in with other groups, or led around by impatient and humorless guides. The most touristy locations also tend to attract scammers or other annoyances.

Luckily, by exploring independently or taking alternative tours, you will often have a much better time.

And chances are, you’ll get to know a way more welcoming and friendly side of Vietnam.

The following tips can help you avoid Vietnam’s main tourist traps. I think these might actually be the most important travel tips I can share!

Mekong Delta tours

These tours usually include a brief visit to the floating markets of Can Tho, a staged photo opportunity where you wear a conical hat while paddling through a bit of bamboo forest, as well as a few other touristy sights. It’s fun, but not that authentic. You may end up having a good experience, but if you look on sites like TripAdvisor you’ll typically find complaints about the ‘conveyor belt’ nature of some of these trips. If you do them as a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, they also involve a lot of driving, which will be quite tiring.

A better way to do it: make your way to the city of Can Tho and stay a night in the Enjoy Mekong Hostel or find other accommodation there. The hostels can arrange early morning boat tours (starting at 5 AM) just for the floating markets. This way, you’ll beat all the daytrippers and will experience the true hustle and bustle of the market during the early hours.

In the afternoon, you can rent a motorbike or bicycle and explore the rice fields by yourself. You’ll get a true taste of rural life in Vietnam and the riverine landscapes of the Mekong Delta!

Trang An

Tam Coc boat rides

The karst landscapes of Ninh Binh are sometimes called the ‘Ha Long Bay on land’. While the mountains are a bit smaller (and, obviously, on land) I think the area here is one of the real highlights of Vietnam.

That said, the popular riverboat ride in Tam Coc is known to be a bad tourist trap with a lot of scammy behaviour from the boat drivers. Every backpacker has some different story about how they were forced to buy things or got a ton of grief for not giving more money. It’s one of those classic ‘Vietnam tour factory’ places that can lead to a negative experience.

A better way to do it: ignore the Tam Coc tourist trap and go for the better Trang An boat ride. This one starts about 20 minutes further north (and not inside the town), but it’s worth getting there. Choose the longer Route 1 and with some luck you may have the whole place to yourself, as most day-trippers and groups take the shorter Route 2 or Route 3. It’s an amazing experience with none of the hassle.

Halong Bay cruises

Nearly everyone on their first visit to Vietnam wants to see Halong Bay, so there are tons of companies running tours there of varying quality. The location is magnificent and definitely worth it, but the overall experience will depend on the tour company. Since it’s on the water you also can’t do it independently; you have to go on an organized boat tour or cruise. This limits your options a bit, but there are still some ways to have a slightly different Ha Long Bay experience.

A better way to do it: Inform yourself about the tour options and their routes. Consider tours that include Bai Tu Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay. These bays are a bit further out so they don’t have as many boats. You could also choose to stay on Cat Ba Island (the big island near Halong Bay) and take a day-trip from there in the morning — you might beat the rush of tourists coming in from further away like Hanoi.

Most travelers agree that Halong Bay is worth seeing, but know that it’s getting busier every year. As long as you don’t expect to be alone, you’ll surely enjoy the experience.

How to get around in Vietnam

Getting around in Vietnam usually isn’t too difficult. It has a great bus network and the Reunification Express railway running from Hanoi to Saigon also lets you easily cover a lot of miles.

That’s not to say your journeys will always be comfortable though; local buses can be slow and most night-buses have awkward bunk beds with not much leg space. Sometimes it’s worth spending a bit more on a 1st class train ticket or ‘VIP’ bus service for a bit more comfort if you have the budget.

How to book buses or minivans

Bus services in Vietnam are run by hundreds of different companies. This means timetables are not always complete and not every bus can be booked online.

You can usually book transportation easily via your hotel or hostel reception (who will make a call for you) or at any of the small ticket agents that you’ll inevitably find in any place that any tourists go.

Do keep in mind there is no centralized booking system in Vietnam. The sites offering online booking basically have to set up lots of separate partnerships with some of the hundreds of bus operators. When you book on their sites, they often still have to manually call the bus operators to confirm. Unless it specifically says ‘instant confirmation’, you may have to wait a few hours to receive the actual ticket.

The best booking sites for buses, trains, ferries, or minivans are:

How to book trains

The trains in Vietnam do have a central booking system these days, making it very easy to book them. In fact, you can now only book trains online.

Trains are slower and somewhat more expensive than buses but, if you ask me, they’re also much more comfortable. I’ve caught far more sleep on night trains than on any of the buses. They’re also a cool way to travel!

After booking your ticket you’ll be sent a PDF document with a QR code and your carriage and seat number. You can simply show this on your phone to the attendant. Every carriage has its own attendant, so there’s always someone to help you find your seat.

Note that you can’t book trains directly with Vietnam Railway as they still only accept Vietnamese payment methods, so you have to book with 12Go Asia or Baolao (which charge a 40,000 dong commission).

It’s best to book trains at least one or two days ahead of time, as they do fill up pretty quickly. There are no hop-on-hop-off tickets for the train, so you’ll have to buy individual tickets for each part of your journey.

The excellent site Seat61 has a wealth more information about trains in Vietnam.

Traveling at night – is it worth it?

Yes, I think it’s often it’s worth it. It’s common for backpackers in Vietnam to travel overnight, which makes sense given some of the distances involved. There are many night buses and the Reunification Express running from Hanoi to Saigon offers a range of sleeper carriages.

Night travel can save you time and money: you’ll spend fewer waking hours in transit and you get to save a night’s accommodation. But not all night travel will be that comfortable.

Normal night buses: Vietnamese night buses typically have 3 rows of bunk beds stacked two levels high. The beds have a plastic casing around them which is quite restrictive especially if you are tall. There are usually no toilets, so the bus has to take regular toilet breaks that interrupt the journey. At the back there is usually a large flat bed space that will accommodate about four people. These may seem like prized spots at first, but the lack of barriers will make you move constantly and may lead to involuntary spooning of some unwashed stranger.

What I’m saying here is that the regular night buses aren’t all that great. But… they’ll get you there.

VIP/luxury night buses: Unless you’re traveling on a tight budget, be sure to keep an eye out for any upgraded ‘VIP’ buses, which operate between only some destinations. I took one of these from Hanoi to Ha Giang, for example. For just $8 more I got myself a private cabin with a comfy massage bed, USB chargers, snacks, A/C, and more. I thought this was totally worth it.

Night trains: There is a choice from various classes of seats and beds on the Reunification Express. The 2nd class berths have 6 beds in them. They’re quite cramped and there’s not enough room to sit upright. They also might have people sleeping on stretchers in the hallway outside and I’ve also seen certain six-legged insects crawling around the 2nd class carriages (sorry… I thought you should know). The 1st class (soft sleeper) carriages have 4 beds and are a lot more comfortable and clean. 2nd class is probably fine for a budget backpacker, but the 1st class upgrade is worth it if you can spare just a bit of extra dong.

Hop-on-hop-off buses – are they worth it?

There are several operators selling hop-on-hop-off bus passes for Vietnam. This means you can travel the full length of the country (between Hanoi and Saigon) on one ticket and going in one direction.

Even though that sounds convenient, it does reduce your flexibility a lot. Friends of mine did this but felt constantly restricted in which buses they could use. They were also unable to switch to trains or minivans for particular legs of the journey where these would have been more convenient.

I’ve always booked my transportation one step at a time. Even if the hop-on-hop-off ticket is slightly cheaper overall, it’s not so great to have to lock yourself in. In my opinion, this makes them not really worth it.

Motorbiking in Vietnam

Arguably the best way to explore Vietnam is by motorbike. The feeling of freedom you’ll get is amazing. You’ll also be able to go off the usual travel circuit, getting you much closer to the real country of Vietnam.

There is an active second-hand market with travelers (and locals) buying and selling motorbikes. It’s not too difficult to find one in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, the common starting points for a journey.

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Some companies even specifically target motorbike travelers with rental or tour services. One of the first companies to do this was Easy Rider (and there are now many copycats with similar names). If you don’t know how to drive, you can rent motorbikes with drivers.

Even if you’re not doing a grand tour of Vietnam, it’s great to rent motorbikes for a few days here and there in each location. Scooters (by which I mean small motorbikes) are the most common mode of transportation in Vietnam and so you can rent them pretty much everywhere. This usually costs around 100,000 VND per day, but it depends on the type of bike.

Several scenic routes are especially popular with self-drive travelers. Consider for example the incredible Ha Giang loop in the north, or the Hai Van pass in central Vietnam. The local blog Vietnam Coracle is a fantastic resource describing many more alternative routes. You’ll also find many tips in our guide to motorbiking in Vietnam.

Taxis & local transportation

Local taxis are inexpensive by Western standards — but do keep an eye on the meter, as not all drivers are honest! An easy way to book taxis or motorbikes is the Grab app. It will also help with the language barrier as you can simply type in your destination. With Grab you still pay in cash, but hail taxis via the app in a manner similar to Uber or Lyft.

Finding hostels & hotels

Accommodation is very cheap in Vietnam. You can already get a great private room for around $20 per night, or a dorm bed for $10. And if you’re not too picky, you can get budget options for even half those amounts.

Hostelworld is always the best site to check if you’re intending to stay in backpacker hostels. The best hotel booking sites, in my opinion, are chúng tôi and Agoda, as they list a lot of smaller and cheaper places.

One important thing: words like ‘homestay’ or ‘eco resort’ are used pretty liberally in Vietnam. Often this is just empty marketing used by regular hotels or guesthouses. For example, while there are real family-style homestay experiences, some ‘homestays’ are just commercial hotels or bungalows. And nothing might be particularly ‘eco’ about a place except that it’s just near some nature. Check the descriptions so you know what to expect.

Best time to go to Vietnam

You can’t go to Vietnam expecting the weather conditions to be ‘perfect’ if you’re going to travel all of it.

There’s no way getting around the fact that the climate is just very different in the north, center, and south, which are very geographically separated.

While much of the country is tropical, keep in mind the north is in a temperate zone. Expect the mountainous north to be a little cold in winter. Even in autumn or spring it can be a bit cold at night. Pack a hoodie, and maybe a jacket for winter. If you’re going in summer, expect it to be very hot and humid.

The north also tends to be quite cloudy and misty for much of the year (because of both weather and smog). The best chance of clear skies in Halong Bay is in April to June, and September/October.

For central and south Vietnam, the wet season is something to keep in mind. For central Vietnam (e.g. Hoi An, Hue, Da Nang) this is in October / November. In the south (e.g. Ho Chi Minh City) it’s May until October.

Best beaches in Vietnam

If you’re hoping for super dreamy beaches that look straight out of a travel magazine, then Vietnam is maybe not the first place to look. While the beaches are good, in my opinion they’re nothing like the unspoiled and beautiful beaches you can more easily find in Malaysia, Indonesia, or The Philippines.

Not too sound negative, but it’s just my honest opinion. If you’re coming for Vietnam just for beaches maybe it’s not the ideal place to go, but if you just want to add some relaxing beach time to a cultural trip in Vietnam, then there are many great beaches to choose from.

Qui Nhon

The top beach destinations tend to focus a lot on large-scale tourism. Phu Quoc Island is a massive resort island (with big hotels, golf courses, its own airport, etc.) which maybe isn’t the vibe you might want as an independent traveller. Mui Ne has only a thin strip of a beach, much of it paved with concrete blocks to prevent erosion. Nha Trang meanwhile mainly targets Russian and Chinese package tourists, though it can be a fun place to party.

I like the beaches of Qui Nhon, which have more of a laidback vibe. Other travellers have recommended to me the island of Con Dao. The beaches near Hoi An are also pleasant, albeit crowded.

If you’re an intrepid traveller, you can find hundreds of beaches throughout Vietnam where you can relax and get away from it all. In my opinion, they do lack some of those funky beach hostels or the kind of Balinese touch that make the coasts in Indonesia or Thailand so charming, but you can still find some really nice spots in Vietnam.

As far as snorkelling or scuba diving goes, in Vietnam it’s sadly just OK. There’s not a lot of life due to overfishing and visibility can leave a lot to be desired, at least compared to other spots around Southeast Asia. Keep your scuba diving money for other countries, unless you’re just doing your training.

Food in Vietnam

Vietnamese food is simply amazing. But you’d be wrong to assume it’s only about pho noodle soup or spring rolls! Yes, these are things you may already be familiar with from Vietnamese restaurants, but there is a whole other world of Vietnamese food to taste.

Parts of the country also have their own specialities. One of the best things you can in Vietnam is to take a guided street food tour in Saigon or Hanoi, as this will give you an incredible crash course in all that’s there on offer. You might also want to check out our very own guide to the best Vietnamese street food.

Backpacking Vietnam: my impressions

I had a great time on both my journeys through Vietnam. The first in 2013 offered a great introduction to Vietnam, though as a less experienced traveler I did face various challenges. It was this trip that I was probably scammed the most I have ever been, including by a taxi driver trying to charge $80 worth of dong for a 5-minute trip (and getting aggressive when I refused), a restaurant switching their menu for another one with much higher prices, and many other such shenanigans. As a result, Vietnam felt less welcoming.

I had no such difficulties at all on my second trip in 2023; in fact, I discovered how kind and welcoming the Vietnamese truly are. Maybe I knew better how to avoid such annoyances, or it’s possible Vietnam has simply chilled out a lot more in recent years now that its economy is booming. Technology has helped too: if you use apps like Grab, drivers will not be able to overcharge you. There are some older blog posts out there complaining about Vietnam but I think this may be a different Vietnam from the past.

Consider places not yet touched by mass tourism like Ha Giang region, Phong-Nha, and the beaches around Qui Nhon. Or go on a homestay in Sapa, visit the national parks, embrace the chaos of Hanoi, or go on a motorbiking trip through rural Vietnam. They’re some of the best experiences you can have in all of Asia.

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A Detailed Guide To India’S Golden Triangle

Have you ever thought about making a trip to India, but didn’t know where to start? This is a real headache as there are so many amazing things to do! Which attractions should you visit in a country with nearly five thousand years of history? If you can’t make up your mind, start with the tried and true choice: visit the Golden Triangle, the most popular tourist circuit in India. The route is comprised of three of the best places to visit in India. Head to Delhi which hosts one of the world’s most ancient and lively capitals. After that, stop by Agra to behold the most gorgeous mausoleum on earth and a nearby imposing fort. Finally, you can conclude your memorable trip by visiting Jaipur whose legendary Pink City will leave you in awe. Pack your backpack to discover India at its best, but before that, read this detailed guide to make the most of your Golden Triangle tour.

The great market of Old Delhi

Delhi is both a city and a union territory containing India’s capital. Its history dates back to as early as the 6th century BC, guaranteeing that there are a lot of ancient remains and monuments to behold. If you are interested in history, head to the Chandni Chowk market in the heart of the Old Delhi. It was built during the reign of the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who also ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal. Similar to many of the emperor’s architectural masterpieces, Chandni Chowk was and still is a beautiful and vibrant market. Today, it is one of the main attractions in the area. The markets is particularly famous for stalls selling exotic spices that medieval European noblemen were madly in love with. If you want to try a snack other than spices, try the mouth-watering parantha, the region’s specialty flatbread.

Qutb Minar complex awaits

Qutb Minar and the surrounding monuments were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Credit: Instagram @d.tzanck

The Qutab Minar complex is an amazing destination that you shouldn’t miss out on. This is the best recommendation for those that run short of time visiting Delhi. The complex is a collection of splendid monuments and buildings constructed over numerous dynasties of India. It is perhaps second only to the Taj Mahal in terms of popularity. The highlight of the complex is the Qutb Minar which is 72.5 meters high and made of sandstone and marble. Its first story was created in 1192 and how such a massive tower could be built at that time remains a source of fascination. Nearby is the renowned iron pillar of Delhi. Reaching 7.21 m in height and up to 6,000 kg in weight, the pillar was raised more than 1600 years ago. But what has really mystified and captivated everybody is that it has stayed largely free of rust during all that time, another riddle that can’t be easily solved. Perhaps you might be the one to crack the code when you see the structures for yourself. Another important part of the complex are the tombs of the many rulers of ancient kingdoms in what is now India. They are all fit for kings, meaning there are a lot of ornate interior designs to see and interesting facts to learn. Other exciting places you should visit in Delhi include the architecturally marvelous Red Fort; the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque capable of holding 25,000 people; Raj Ghat, the cremation site of the country’s great leader Mahatma Gandhi; and Humayun’s Tomb, the magnificent garden tomb.

The Taj Mahal: An extravagant love story

The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in commemoration of his queen Mumtaz Mahal who died during childbirth. Credit: Instagram @cloud_9photos

Approximately 200 kilometers south of Delhi lies the glorious Taj Mahal. India’s most famous monument, it has transformed Agra from an often forgotten town into the must-visit place for every tourist to the country. You can travel to Agra from Delhi by all means of transportation, but the most common choices are trains and cars going through the Agra Cantt railway and Yamuna Expressway respectively. The love story behind the Taj Mahal is well-known, but the scale of its construction is perhaps less so. It took 20,000 artisans laboring for 22 years to build the magnificent memorial out of ivory-white marble. The result was an unparalleled architectural masterpiece. The beautiful 35-meter-high marble dome of the Taj Mahal has long been an instantly recognizable structure. Watching it change color at sunrise and sunset has long become a popular activity for locals and tourists alike, a ritual only found in the Taj Mahal. As usual, the beauty of the exterior and interior decorations of the mausoleum are simply out of this world. Words can’t do justice to the grandeur of the site’s countless delicate carvings, elaborate paintings, masterful calligraphic inscriptions and more. You have to experience it yourself to get a full sense of how extravagant the “Crown of Palaces” is.

Agra Fort: Citadel of old

In his old age, Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his own son in the Agra Fort. Instagram @jennysworldtour

Two and a half kilometers west of the Taj Mahal stands the imposing Agra Fort. A massive 21-meter-high wall, the likes of which President Trump would dream of, surrounds and protects the fort against all threats.  From afar, you can see the crimson wall that is made of sandstone looms defiantly. But the Agra Fort is more than just a big and beautiful wall. As the residence of Mughal royal families, the fort contains innumerable lavish courtyards, mosques & chambers. They are all adorned with gold and gemstone ornaments, intricate etchings, wonderful floral inlay work and other regal decorations. Representing a treasure trove of India’s rich and diverse arts, Agra Fort definitely must have a place on your Golden Triangle tour. Aside from artistic beauty, the fort is also witness to a lot of important events in the history of India, subject to many occupations and upheavals. Therefore, a tour of the fort will give you a new perspective on both the past and the present.

The Pink City of Jaipur: Shatter the veil of secrecy

Hawa Mahal means “Palace of the Winds”. Instagram @glabolindia

Jaipur, aka the Pink City, is the last stop of your tour. 280 km southwest of Delhi, the city derives its name from the dominant color of its buildings. It hosts many captivating places that are worth a visit. A popular attraction is the Hawa Mahal, a palace built exclusively for royal ladies in the 19th century. What is so intriguing about the structure is its unique honeycomb structure with 953 intricately designed windows. The purpose of such design is to allow the women to observe life outside their palace without being seen. Just staying next to the windows would give you a great insight into the life of fair ladies who yearned for a normal life. Next to the Hawa Mahal is the City Palace, a colossal palace complex. Arriving here, you would have a golden opportunity to behold a maze of lavish and sumptuous palaces. As is the case with other Indian heritages, their beauty is beyond words and a constant source of admiration.

A few tips to remember

India’s Golden Triangle is about 720 km by road. Credit: Instagram desejoporviagem

– The best time of the year to sign up for a Golden Triangle tour is between November and February. The rest of the year can get rainy or excruciatingly hot. – In reality, most attractions in India have flexible opening and closing hours. They are mainly available from sunrise to sunset, especially the Taj Mahal. – Though no dress code for women is enforced, it’s best to play it safe and dress appropriately. – Security at important places, such as Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, is very tight with multiple checkpoints at the entrances. You can only bring in small bags containing essential items like mobile phone, camera, and water bottle. – Unlicensed tour guides are a typical sight in most places of interest in India. Don’t fall for them.

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Schedule A Weekend To Visit 4 Entertainment Complexes To Help Reduce Stress For Office Workers In Hanoi

Due to the great pressure of work, the demand for short-term “stress relief” from office workers is also constantly increasing. However, the capital is a city with a large number of residents, so it is not easy to find an interesting place to relieve stress in Hanoi that is not too crowded. Perhaps, two weekends just to go for coffee was too boring. So let’s refresh the weekend with friends with places to eat and play right in the heart of the capital without having to spend much time traveling.

Our Hanoi

Photo: @banhquii, @hari.ngo11, @klinggph.

The school has just opened for a short time, but Our Hanoi has attracted the curiosity of many young people. With an art space in the heart of the capital, you will be able to register to experience workshops with a variety of topics, from painting, flower arranging to knitting.

Photo: Our Hanoi.

In addition, Our Hanoi also has shops selling decorative items such as woolen, porcelain, etc. for you to visit. Right after finishing the workshop, you can also stay to enjoy coffee and chat with your “teammates” right at the complex.

Address: Bach Dang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Opening hours: 9am – 10pm.

Hanoi Creative City

Hanoi Creative City is a model of creative and artistic ensembles. Hanoi Creative City was built on a scale in a 20-storey building with many amusement parks around. The outside space is a “creative square” with many special programs. Besides, there are coffee and beverage shops made from containers.

Photo: Hanoi Creative City, @mic.nq.

Coming to Hanoi Creative City, you will have the opportunity to experience extremely interesting entertainment activities such as painting, painting, making to he, … This is also the place where street artists perform. , brings you extremely unique works and is not “in touch” with anywhere. In addition, at the indoor play area on the 6th and 7th floors, extreme sports are also organized. With new things that Hanoi Creative City brings, this will definitely be a great stress reliever on the weekend for you.

Location: 1 Luong Yen, Bach Dang, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.

Opening hours: 8am – 10pm.

Complex 01

Complex 01 has been a familiar address for many young people in Hanoi – where many fairs, music shows, movie screenings take place, attracting a large audience. From the 3-storey old factory space, Complex 01 was transformed into a multi-functional entertainment complex including: Food court, workshop and events.

Photo: Complex 01.

There are also many decorated corners for you to take photos, in addition to owning a new “self-sufficient” studio. This is definitely a place worth trying with friends this weekend.

Address: Tay Son Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi.

Opening hours: 9am – 10pm.

Nirvana Space

The newly launched Nirvana Space has impressed many people thanks to its unique space according to the unique and mischievous green demon castle concept. This is a complex consisting of a coffee shop, a clothing shop, selling teddy bears, a studio and a dance studio with an innovative design, suitable for young people with personality, who love the youthful street.

Photo: Nirvana Space.

Nirvana Space’s space is depicted with countless fun drawings, from the smallest items to be transformed into special here, only 1-0-2 in the heart of the capital.

Address: An Duong Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.

Opening hours: 9am – 8pm.

Photo: Internet (vinlove.net)

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2023] How To Get A Subscribe Button In Snapchat: Quick & Easy Guide

1Open your Snapchat profile. Once you launch the Snapchat app, tapping your profile photo at the top-left corner of the camera screen will launch your profile.

To get the Subscribe button, you’ll need to convert your profile to public. The option to convert your profile is only available if you’re over 18, have had your Snapchat profile for at least 24 hours, and have at least one friend on Snapchat (a person you follow who also follows you back).[1] X Research source

2Scroll down and tap Create Public Profile. You’ll see this in the Public Profile section.Advertisement

3Follow the on-screen instructions and tap Create. The next few screens explain that creating a public profile will display your name on the Snaps you add to Spotlight and Snap Map, as well as add Lenses you’ve created to your profile.

Once you tap Create, you’ll have a new public profile to customize. The Subscribe button appears on this profile instantly.

4Open your new public profile for editing. You can edit your public profile separately from your standard Snapchat profile. To edit your public profile, just go to your Snapchat profile, tap My Public Profile, and then tap Edit Profile.

5Edit your public profile. You can add a bio, custom public profile photo, location, and choose whether to display your subscriber count.

If you ever decide you no longer want to have a public profile, you can delete the profile without affecting your Snapchat account. Just return to your public profile editing screen, tap the gear at the top-right, then tap Delete Public Profile.

Become a Snapchat Creator

1Meet Snapchat’s Creator profile requirements. If you want to add a website or email address to your profile, see statistics for your Snaps and Stories, and let other Snapchatters enable notifications for your latest content, you can become a Creator.[2] X Research source First, you’ll want to make sure you meet Snapchat’s minimum requirements for a Creator account:

You must have a public Snapchat profile with at least 100 subscribers.

Your profile must be at least one week old.

You’ll need at least one bi-directional friend—a relationship in which two Snapchatters have accepted one another as a friend.

2Post new content on your Stories and Spotlight often. Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t publicize exactly how often you’ll need to post to qualify as a Creator. But consider that “Creator” means you’re someone who creates content—if you don’t create content often, Snapchat might not consider you a Creator.

3Grow your audience. Snapchat evaluates public profiles that meet the minimum requirements on a rolling basis and converts eligible accounts to Creator. But in addition to the previous requirements, you’ll also need to show that your audience is large enough to warrant Creator status.

There are many theories about how many views you’ll need before Snapchat considers you a Creator. Even though Snapchat says you only need 100 subscribers, many users claim it takes thousands of views (not just subscriptions) to get noticed by Snapchat.

To increase both your views and subscribers, focus on creating the type of content that people will want to share with others.

Promote your Snapchat on social media platforms on which you already have a following, such as Twitter and Instagram.

Engage with the Snapchat community. The more rapport you build with others, the better the chances that Snapchat will recognize you as an influencer.

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2023] How To Write A Warning Letter To A Tenant

1Begin by re-reading the lease. It may have been a while since you last read your tenants’ lease, so this is the first place to begin. Be sure that the violation you are warning your tenant about is referenced in the lease itself. This way, you can reference the lease that was signed by the tenant when you write the letter.[1] X Research source

2Research any relevant local, state and federal laws for your defense. There are different sets of laws for different communities. You need to be absolutely sure that your warning letter will be in compliance with these laws. A letter that goes against such laws can get you into legal trouble. Start your search for relevant laws at the offices of your city or town government. The offices of the mayor, city attorney, or department of housing may be useful as well.[2] X Research source

If the warning pertains to a noise violation for example, you will want to look up local ordinances pertaining to a municipalities noise rules.[3] X Research source

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3Know what legal protection tenants may have. Just as you have to check local ordinances to see if your claims are justified, you also need to see what protection the tenant may have. For example a tenant has a right to a habitable home, service animals and to be free from harassment.[4] X Research source Check with your local government for any tenant rights that may affect your situation.

Drafting the Letter

1Take time to make the letter look official. An official looking letter will add to the weight of the letters contents. This will help to convey the seriousness of the situation to your tenant(s). If the tenants understand the seriousness of the situation, the are more likely to comply without offering further resistance.[5] X Research source

Include a company or personal letterhead. If you do not have a letter head create one that includes your name, address and contact information such as phone number and email.

Include the date in the top left corner.

Include the tenant’s name and address below the date.

2Establish an intent for your warning letter at the top. Below the date and tenant’s address, in bolded and underlined font state your reason for writing the letter. This should be kept short and clear.[6] X Research source Some warning letters are written in order to get the tenant to do something, called a compliance letter. The other type of letter is a violation letter which warns tenants that they are in violation of the lease and run the risk of terminating the lease.

For example a compliance heading could read: ‘Compliance with our non-smoking policy’

A violation letter could read: ‘Notice to pay or quit’.

3Begin by referencing the lease and how it was violated. It is important that your letter immediately references what terms of the lease your tenant is violating. Target your letter to the matters at hand as much as possible, making it clear as to why the tenant received the letter and what the tenant needs to do about the situation.

For example, you may write: ‘Pursuant to a written lease dated November 2, 2024 you agreed to not smoke in common areas near your premises’

4Notify your tenant how they can rectify the situation. In a warning letter, you need to tell the tenant how they can resolve the problem after informing them of the violation. The solution may be paying money or stopping a specific action.[7] X Research source

For example, you may write: ‘You are hereby required to stop smoking in the common areas near your premises’

5Set out clear terms and consequences if the tenant continues their violation. By establishing what will happen if a violation continues, you will lay the groundwork for any future corrective action you may have to make against the tenant.[8] X Research source

For example, write ‘If you fail to correct this violation, the tenancy will be forfeited by December 1, 2024.’

6Conclude the letter and follow up with the tenant. Concluding the letter with a simple ‘Sincerely’ followed by your signature will work in most cases. It is important that you follow up with the tenant several days after they have received the letter. You will want to be sure that the tenant understood the letter and plans to make the necessary changes to their behavior.

Dealing with Common Problems with Tenants

1Address issues with late or unpaid rent with a reminder or demand for payment letter. Late payment, and even unpaid rent, are some of the most common issues that a landlord will have to deal with. Typically, a landlord should provide a 3 to 5 day window after the rent due date before rent is considered late. So if rent is expected on the first of each month, the tenant should be allowed until the third or fifth of the month to pay. As a landlord it is vital that you inform the tenant about when rent is due and they with be considered late in their payment.[9] X Research source

If your tenant is late paying their rent, you can send them a reminder letter or a demand for payment letter. These letters can be delivered in person, by mail or by email. Be sure to keep a copy of the letter.[10] X Research source

A reminder letter should be generally kind in tone, reminding the tenant that they are past due in their payment. It should include an exact list of what they owe and when. The letter should conclude sternly, notifying the tenant that legal action will be taken if rent is not paid by a specific date.

A demand for payment letter needs to be more threatening. It should spell out the rent that is owed, including any late fees. It also needs to inform the tenant that you will begin eviction proceedings if rent is not paid immediately. From here, you can contact an eviction lawyer to begin proceedings.

Remember it is illegal to lock a tenant out or shut off utilities. It is also illegal to threaten, humiliate or physically remove the tenant.

2Deal with noise and disorderly conduct by documenting and recording the incidents. Noise violations, loud parties and other disorderly conduct are a common complaint landlord have with their tenants. In some states, repeated disorderly conduct offenses can be grounds for eviction. The most important thing for a landlord to do is in these circumstances is to document the instances of disorderly conduct, noting both the time and the exact nature of the offense (loud noise, partying, etc).

You can begin addressing the situation by reminding the tenant in person or by letter of the lease agreement, which should mention something about violating laws or causing disturbances. Provide the tenant another copy of the lease with the letter, highlighting the rules they have violated.

If the situation continues, it is within your rights to threaten eviction in a formal letter. This letter should include the dates, times and specific incidents that took place.

If you receive a complaint from a tenant about another tenant’s disorderly conduct, it is you legal responsibility to discuss the problem with the noisy tenant.[11] X Research source

3Correct tenants who continuously violate rules with reminders of the lease. While some rules set out may be trivial and violation may not endanger people or the property, others rules are meant to be taken seriously. It is the landlord’s responsibility to outline the rules of the property in the lease. If any of these rules are violated, a letter should be sent immediately to the violating tenant. Again, highlight the rules that were violated and order the tenant to cease the activity or risk eviction.

Consider adding the following requirements or rules to your lease; a list of all tenants, limits to occupancy, terms of the tenancy (month to month or year to year), rent amount, deposits and fees, repairs, restrictions on illegal activity and pets.[12] X Research source

As a landlord you need to be proactive and be on the lookout for possible serious violations.

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Tips

Always be civil.

Select your letter contents carefully. Although your state may not have requirements for legal forms of warning letters, letters that do not properly address the issue or that contain erroneous information could be used against you in court.

“This helped me to write a letter of violation of an agreement.”

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