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Where To Go Backpacking in Vietnam. Backpacking in Vietnam is made easy by the country’s thin, vertical shape.

Where To Go Backpacking in Vietnam

But boy are there a lot of backpackers roaming that North-South stretch! This 1-month travel itinerary for backpacking in Vietnam offers the best of both worlds: the major backpacker hubs where Vietnam’s most notable sights are located and detours off the beaten track to where white Western faces are few and far between. Our Vietnam backpacking route went from north to south, but it would be equally good to go backpacking from south to north as well. We began in Hanoi, in the north, because we flew over to Vietnam from Taiwan and it was closer for us to reach Hanoi from Taipei. If you plan on crossing the border and continuing backpacking in neighbouring South East Asian countries, it may be worth looking at the best areas to cross the border before deciding which end of Vietnam to start your backpacking trip in.

Backpacking Vietnam Route Map View Larger Map. An Awesome Two-Week Itinerary for Vietnam - VickyFlipFlopTravels. In August I went to Vietnam.

An Awesome Two-Week Itinerary for Vietnam - VickyFlipFlopTravels

It was actually my first time in Asia and it was incredible to see this whole culture I’d heard so much about but never actually experienced. I saw the crazy roads, the mad nightlife and the caring and friendly nature of the locals. Embassy of Vietnam. Please read the information below carefully before calling or emailing us.

Embassy of Vietnam

Telephone enquires: 9:30-12:30 and 15:30-17:30 Monday to Friday. Email enquiries will be replied within 24 hours. In order to apply for business visa, you need to provide the following documents (other documents may be requested): (1) Valid passport; (2) Completed application form (download here); (3) Invitation letter; (4) Hotel booking; (5) Flight booking. Please note the on-line visa service websites are not authorised and unable to provide business visa. The Embassy of Viet Nam in London is the sole authority responsible for issuing Vietnamese visas in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Miyajima : One of the top three scenic spots in Japan.

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Vietnam Backpacking Guide - Highlights, Maps, Places To Go. Get the new Vietnam Lonely Planet guide here (PDF or paperback) When people ask me what I think of Vietnam, I always have to tell them I’m of two minds about travelling there.

Vietnam Backpacking Guide - Highlights, Maps, Places To Go

On the one hand, it is one of the most incredible countries I have visited; the vibrant chaos of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City blew me away, Halong Bay with its karst limestone islands is easily one of the most impressive sights in the region, and exploring a Vietnamese food market is arguably the ultimate Southeast Asia cultural experience. On the other hand, I should admit that backpacking Vietnam left a slightly bitter taste. The typical attitude of the Vietnamese towards visitors can be quite nasty, which has the potential to spoil your mood. Cambodia Backpacking Guide - Highlights, Maps, Must-See Places. Cambodia flights. Phnom Penh International Airport is the gateway to the Cambodian capital, while Siem Reap International Airport serves visitors to the temples of Angkor.

Cambodia flights

Both airports have a good range of services, including restaurants, bars, shops and ATMs. Sihanoukville International Airport currently only offers domestic links with Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Flights to Cambodia are expanding, but most connect only as far as regional capitals. However, budget airlines have taken off in recent years and are steadily driving down prices. If you are heading to Cambodia for a short holiday and want a minimum of fuss, Thai Airways offers the easiest connections from major cities in Europe, the USA and Australia. Visas and customs in Cambodia. Cambodia has two international gateways for arrival by air – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – and a healthy selection of land borders with neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

Visas and customs in Cambodia

Formalities at Cambodia’s international airports are traditionally smoother than at land borders, as the volume of traffic is greater. Crossing at land borders is relatively easy, but immigration officers may try to wangle some extra cash, either for the visa or via some other scam. Visas. VISA All visitors entering Laos must possess valid passports.


Visas can obtained from Lao Embassies and Consulates abroad. In addition, visas can also be obtained on arrival at the international checkpoint. Top adventures in Laos. By Heather Carswell · With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.

Top adventures in Laos

Whether its kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own adventure in the ‘land of a million elephants’. Pin this image Cycling the Laos countryside © Mark Watson / Highlux / Getty Images Kayaking the Four Thousand Islands. Laos Backpacking Guide - Highlights, Maps, Must-See Places. Get the Laos Lonely Planet guide here (PDF or paperback) Laos is often called the forgotten land of South-East Asia.

Laos Backpacking Guide - Highlights, Maps, Must-See Places

What struck me most was just how remote and thinly populated Laos is: look out the window while in transit and you will probably just see endless jungles with not even a single road, path, sign, or even electricity wire in sight. Personally I have two different perspectives on Laos. Subjectively, I absolutely loved it. After Thailand it was only the second non-Western country I ever visited as a backpacker. Myanmar Backpacking Guide - Highlights, Maps, Places To Go. Get the new Myanmar Lonely Planet guide here (PDF or paperback) Following recent government reforms and lifting of international sanctions in 2012, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has begun to open its doors to the rest of the world. While some areas are still off-limits to travellers, it’s easier to visit Myanmar now than it has been for over four decades.

It’s very much a new frontier within Southeast Asia, and the majority of its visitors are independent travellers. Of the many countries I’ve visited, Myanmar is easily one of my favorites.