Solo travel guide to Vietnam from India: everything you need to know
Does the backpacker in you fancy solo international travel on a shoestring budget? If so, then Vietnam, with its dew-covered mountains, long stretches of rice paddies and rolling waterfalls, is the perfect budget travel destination for you. Vietnam was also recently ranked among the top 10 most amazing destinations in the world that are surprisingly inexpensive. Recently, Neha from Curly Tales took a 5-day solo trip to Vietnam and explored the beauty of it all – and she loved it! So here is everything you need to know for a solo trip to Vietnam from India.
How to reach
Vietnam lies to the east of the Indochina Peninsula and is easily accessible by air. The distance between India and Vietnam is around 3194 kilometers and the flight time is around 4 hours. Neha from Curly Tales had a great experience flying with Vietjet which had organized some of the best parties to promote Vietnamese tourism. The flight went off without a hitch, all thanks to Vietjet’s SkyBoss service. Neha’s flight experience with Vietjet included priority check-in, secure access to the luxury lounge, complimentary food and beverages on board, and more. You can travel to Vietnam and the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Phu Quoc via Vietjet via a direct flight from Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Indian citizens obtain visas upon arrival in Vietnam. However, you must apply online beforehand. In addition, it is essential to have a passport size photo. The whole visa stamping application process costs around ₹3000.
Currency and SIM card
Two important things to note once you land in Vietnam –
- Get your exchange rate sorted. The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong. The exchange rate as of 2022 for 1 Indian Rupee is 296 Vietnamese Dong (1 INR = 293.647 VND).
Travel Tip – Carry USD on INR to exchange the currency for Vietnamese Dong as they don’t always have INR.
- Get a Vietnamese SIM card. It might cost you around ₹700.
How to get around in Vietnam?
Once you arrive in Vietnam, you can take domestic flights to travel through the different cities. You can also book scooters which cost between ₹400-500 per day. To book taxis and bicycles, you can use the Grab cab app.
What to do?
Powdery white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and many quaint hamlets make Vietnam a picturesque paradise. The land of the “ascending dragon” has a lot to offer tourists.
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Explore Hoi An
Hoi An, a city rich in history and architecture, holds its sparkle with whimsical lanterns. This UNESCO cultural heritage site is best known for its simplicity. Hoi An is located at a distance of 124 km south of Hue and takes around 19 hours to drive. However, the road is a pleasure to travel. With narrow canals, pristine, clear blue beaches and friendly locals, Hoi An totally enhances the charm of Vietnam.
Curly Tales solo traveler Neha said she was pleasantly surprised by its clean surroundings and the availability of a variety of vegetarian options.
Some places you can visit in Hoi An are Vin Wonderland, Cam Thanh or Bamboo Boat Village and Cam Thaou Beach.
Visit the old town of Hoi An
Located about one kilometer from the main town, the ancient town of Hoi An was once a small-scale trading port. The best way to explore the city is to take in its culture and heritage during the day and admire the well-lit streets with lanterns and bustling restaurants.
Visit Cua Dai Beach
Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. With soft white sand and warm blue waters, this beach literally translates to “Big Sea Mouth.” An interesting fact about this beach is that it has been ranked as the most beautiful beach in Asia by TripAdvisor. However, due to erosion, the influx of tourists to the beach has decreased in recent years. But that shouldn’t stop you from exploring its beauty. Totally a must visit in Hoi An.
Try Vietnamese street food
Want to gobble up the best of Vietnamese culture? Well, exploring its street food is the first step to doing that! And the Vietnamese market has a ton of them – from spring rolls, and Banh mi, to Vietnamese ice cream, there’s plenty for you. There are also many vegetarian options here. So have fun and eat your heart out!
The nightlife in Hoi An is very lively and you will be greeted by loud music and dazzling clubs. Drinks are pretty cheap, so be sure to get happy and stoned!
Also read: 5 unique kinds of coffee in Vietnam that all coffee lovers MUST try!
Where to stay?
Solo traveler Neha from Curly Tales chose ALMANITY WELLNESS RESORT as her stay in Hoi An. The resort is located in the heart of the city and offers all comfort and luxury. However, you can always opt for budget hotels in the city. There are many budget hotels available in Hoi An with rooms starting from just ₹400 per night.
Is Vietnam safe for a solo traveler
Yes it is! If you are a solo traveler and worried about safety in Vietnam, then let us tell you, there is nothing to worry about! Curly Tales solo traveler Neha said it was safe to walk the streets even late at night. And fun too!
Now that you have an idea of planning a trip to Vietnam and exploring the international tourist destination, when do you plan one? Tell us in the comments section!
Also, to watch the full video of “India’s Journey to Vietnam”, click on the Curly Tales YouTube video below!