Hello lovely people!
Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday 🙂
Today I am going to do a post about overland travel in Vietnam. Ever since i decided on this big SE Asia trip i have been researching the best and cheapest ways to get from point A to B.
I will base this on where I plan to go. If you see a city that is NOT on this list and should be, please let me know!
We will be starting at the top and working our way down.
Hanoi – Ha long Bay – Hanoi
Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
Now, i don’t know how long we will be spending in each place as we wont have a time limit, however we will have to be in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by a certain date as we are planning on volunteering with FREETHEBEARS! which will need to be pre booked.
Ha Long Bay day cruise
Hanoi – Sa Pa – Hanoi for a home stay
Hanoi – Da Nang
Da Nang – Hoi An – Da Nang
Da Nang – Nha Trang
Nha Trang – Saigon
I wouldnt mind adding a sneaky trip to Phu Quoc and hopefully Da Lat! 😉
PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU THINK I SHOULD ADD HUE OR MUI NE AND WHY!
If you look carefully, you can find home stays in Sa Pa that include the overnight train from Hanoi, as i have said in a previous post on Hanoi, Sa Pa is pretty out of the way and originally it wasn’t on my list, google images was enough to quickly put it on.
The website i use to research train fares is: https://vietnam-railway.com
The one thing i keep trying to research with little luck is if its cheaper to book over there.
The happy but sad part is..I do really want to experience train travel in Vietnam and was quite happy doing the train the whole way down to Saigon but the thing is, flights are cheaper!
I have been comparing prices and in case you didn’t know, Jetstar fly’s all over Vietnam.
For example Hanoi – Da Nang by sleeper train is roughly $38USD. A direct 1hr flight with Jetstar is $22USD and as you go on the flights just get cheaper!
So i think for Vietnam i will fly even though i did want a real experience i will still get that from Sa Pa Hanoi sleeper train but when it comes to backpacking its all about money. Why pay $40 for an 8 hr train ride or $22 for an hr flight?
Now if your game, this is a big money saver. You can do an open sleeper bus tour from Hanoi all the way down to Saigon for $50. Please make sure you research this well because i have found some pretty nasty articles, which is why i decided to avoid it. Here is a great article: http://www.pommietravels.com/2014/04/night-buses-in-vietnam/
Have you experienced any of these forms of travel through Vietnam? I would love to hear about your experience!