“Hunting” for Clouds on Hon Bo Mountain

The "dew- cloud- sunshine” season every year is always considered the most attractive time of Da Lat. This is the moment visitors can witness a dazzling Da Lat in the fog, floating on the clouds and glittering in the glittering sunshine. The feeling that the clouds hovering your feet and the bright golden dawn make you think that you are Mr. Tu Thuc (a person in Vietnamese fairy tale) getting lost in Thien Thai cave.

If you are the one who likes the cold feeling in the wild pine forest and the wind that sings the harmony, which you have to spend a lot of time contemplating to fully feel the whisper of nature, let’s stop at Hon Bo mountain during the trip conquering Da Lat to hunt for clouds.

Located in the East of Dalat, Hon Bo is one of the most ideal spots to see the clouds in the city. Unlike some other peaks in Da Lat where roads are built so that motorbikes can easily commute, the road to Hon Bo peak is more difficult because there are only small trails. After reaching a part of the peak where the ground is quite wide and spacious, you will see that watching the sunrise in the clouds will be very interesting.

On the top of the mountain, dawn turns very fast. The dark sky gradually gets lighter, from the mountain range in the distance, the bright red clouds appears on the sky. By the time the sun rises, my emotions burst as the sea of cloud the hovers the mountain. The Heaven is here!
“Hunting” for Clouds on Hon Bo Mountain

Hon Bo is most beautiful at dawn, when the rays of yellow sunshine begin to rise up and shine straightly to the rows of green pine trees “throwing out their chest’ to enjoy the fresh breath of the new day. Then, gradually, the sunshine spreads the pine hills, the morning dew “leaves his friend” to return to the vast sky. The entire space is as a vivid and illusory picture, and people may feel that they are about to enter another world when going through that veil.

The real lovers of "hunting clouds" should not ignore the top of Hon Bo, where people can hold the sky, Da Lat grass on the heart while standing atop, look at the magic world and especially will have the opportunity to catch a lot of beautiful moment of the land of fog.
“Hunting” for Clouds on Hon Bo Mountain

Notes for a camping trip on Hon Bo

1.At night, the weather in Hon Bo is very cold, so the items you carry must always be full of essential items such as jacket, warm towel, shoes, food, warm water, ...

2. You should not travel alone, it is best to go with a group of friends. It is a good idea to take and save the coordinates of your campsite so that you can call for help when you get into troubles.

3. You should also carry life and rescue tools such as knives to go to the forest, rope... to protect yourself against wild animals ...

4. If you go to Hon Bo for the first time, you should go with experienced or local people. Do not go too early or too late, because you can catch a cold if you come here too early or can miss the sunrise if you come here too late.

Directions to Hon Bo

- To reach Hon Bo, from the center of Da Lat, you ask people for the road to the T- junction of Thai Phien flower village.

- Continue to follow Thai Phien Street passing through Thai Phien Market, Thien Lam Pagoda and Thai Phien Primary School.

- Then, you turn to the side road of the primary school, go to a junction, then you will see a high red iron gate labeled "Hon Bo residential group." Keep going, you will see many paths leading to the top of Hon Bo.

- You can leave your car at local people's homes or stalls at the foot of the mountain and walk to the top of the mountain. The road is very steep and easy to slip, so you must be careful.

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Konklor Hotel in Kon Tum - As Beautiful as Resort, as Cheap as Homestay

Designed with unique architectural style of Tay Nguyen ethnic group, Konklor hotel is popular with many visitors because of the spacious space, fresh air like in a luxury resort.

The Konklor Hotel is a harmonious combination of modern architecture and traditional, unique, typical style of the Central Highlands. The furniture, interior decoration is made from the materials of the mountains and forests such as brocade weaving, bamboo, rattan,... by the skilful hands of local people.

Blending in the lush greenery of a variety of bonsai, flowers, lilacs with unique spinning wheel will give you a deep impression. Although Konklor is a 1 star hotel only, it still offers modern facilities such as hot water, air conditioner, refrigerator, big bed, TV, internet ...

The special thing at Konklor Hotel is that no matter how many people, you will be staying in separate bedrooms as a large private home, not afraid of being disturbed. There is also a 3-course meal service, a garden where you can have a chat and have fun with friends. The garage area is also very spacious, dividing motorcycles and cars separately.

Located in Konklor village, Thang Loi ward, Kon Tum city, just a 5 minute walk from the Konklor hotel, you can visit the Konklor Rostrum - a cultural community symbol of the ethnic minority in the Central Highlands. And the famous Konklor suspension bridge, which connects the two banks of the legendary Dak Bla River.

You can walk to visit the local village on the right bank of the river, drink with them some jars of wine and then cross the river over the suspension bridge to reach a fertile alluvial land - Konkotu tourist culture village, a village of Bana which still retains the features of nature and wildlife scenery.

Around November to December, this road is covered with the yellow of the wild daisy, but in January, this place again put on the pink shirt of apricot. Along the two sides of Dak Bla, the rows of apricot blossoms will make you overwhelmed.

In addition, you will be able to recreate a typical cultural space of ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands on the campus of the hotel with sculpture patterns, painting and decoration such as communal house. You can also see the typical life of local peoples carved there, such as buffalo sacrifice festival, gong festival, pong dance, rice pounding ... with the main material is wood soaked in water, created by  local artists.

The staff of the hotel is very young, elegant, dynamic, trained professionally with a gentle, caring attitude, to help you feel a subtle service enjoyment through every detail. Visitors to the hotel are mostly Western visitors or those who want to find peace and pleasant.

Backpacking in Ta Xua, Bac Yen, Son La

Not only the paradise of clouds filled with emotion, Ta Xua in the winter is also brilliant with the red Poinsettia, known as Christmas Star flowers.

In recent years, in the northern mountainous area, the cloud paradise of Y Ty has ceded the throne to a new landmark, Ta Xua (Bac Yen district, Son La province).

1. Located about 200 km from Hanoi, Ta Xua is a fascinating and interesting weekend destination with pristine mountains and mysterious sea of clouds.

Initially, it was only a name of the upland commune of Bac Yen district, such as Cheu Village, Xim Vang, Hang Chu, the appearance of backpackers turned the commune center into a famous spot for check-in.

Back to Ta Xua after 5 years, I was surprised because the communal center, once was a quiet corner, is now changed a lot.  

Many homestay-style lodges have mushroomed along the inter-communal road, with a rustic café named Gio (Wind), rustic furnishings, unfinished buildings, sprawling materials and some "messy sadness” that no one wants to mention.

The 15km section from the center of Bac Yen town to Ta Xua is damaged and now it is being repaired so it is quite shocking and dusty.

It is cold, foggy; the mountain is dry because it is not a sowing season. Only the red color of the Christmas Star flowers. They are like the splashes of fire between the blue sky, flared up after each turn, welcoming strangers in their Vietnam motorbike tours to this paradise.

2. The road sign Ta Xua is hidden behind a poinsettia bush, which makes me remember the memory of the conquest of Tram Tau - Bac Yen in the middle of the night.

Friends of that day are now far away from each other, only I myself today return to the top of the mountain, looking for the boys herding buffalos and cutting down wood as well as the girls embroidering skirts in the could and sky.

No one was waiting for me on the cliff, under the clouds. Only Christmas Star flowers silently bloom on the fence or outside of the house, the flowers are vividly red along the winding path.

The colors of the new year here are more alive than the street lights in the city. You do not have to squeeze, breathe in the dust or find a car parking lot.

Nothing is more interesting than finding ourselves in the middle of the mountains and the sky, far from the city, but  Christmas and the New Year atmosphere seemed to be overwhelming. Normally, Christmas Star flowers are used for decoration on this occasion.

Not only the poinsettias, there are also early peach buds that bloom early, announcing the coming spring in Ta Xua. The quiet peach flowers bloom in the garden, the fence and the cliff. Young children plays together while adults gather sometimes to say nothing in a dreamlike setting and peace.

3. It seems that the overload of visitors has caused the power station to collapse. We have to use a flashlight to cook rice, wash vegetables, and stir frantically for dinner. The owner of the house bought three H’mong hens from the village for the grilled chicken beside the campfire.

From time to time, the sound of motorbikes rose on the street, looking through the door we could see a group of two or three motorbikes carrying backpacks, reflective clothing - a typical image of young backpackers. They were running slowly, might be they would like to find an overnight accommodation.

I wrapped myself in two blankets- the night in Ta Xua is so cold. The friends have brought camera to take photos of the moon, until midnight I still did not see them coming back.

The wind blowing outside the door, the girl at the bed next to me was sleepless, partly because she is so excited to get there, because of the cold, because the sound of mountains and forests echo far and near.

4. I intended to get up early to go hunting the dawn with and sea of cloud but fell asleep in the noise of the vehicle early in the morning. By the time I drove to Cheu Village, Xim Vang, the sun rose higher than the top of the mountain, hanging on the top of the head.

Yet, the legendary Ta Xua dinosau’s back was still immersed in clouds.

You can choose a place to stop the vehicle, away from the sign marking Ta Xua commune, a few steps away from the noisy commune center on the weekend with motorcycles, cars and more tourists than the local people.

I sat on the edge of a canyon with an ideal view into the valley. Down there, the road bends was like a silk, the roofs were hidden in the sea of clouds. Somtimes, the clouds filled the heart of the valley, covering the top of the mountain.

I wondered if I was in heaven?

Ta Nhi Chu Mountain - Climb up to Smile with Pain

Tà Chì Nhù is truly a challenge for beginner trekkers with not much experience and tries.

After 3 days 2 nights away from of Hanoi, at this remote place and it is even hard to breathe, we smile with each other along with the pains. There are people with all-body pain, there are people with muscle strain but those are not suffering pain.

Tà Chì Nhù is located at Trạm Tấu province, Yên Bái. It is not only the sixth highest mountain in Vietnam with 2.979 meters height, but it is also the measure for endurance. Tà Chì Nhù is the experience about hardship. It is challenge acceptance. The thought of giving up can be frequent, but all of us understand that there is only one way: keep continue. 

The mountain trail is about sweats and fogs, the heat in body, the beating sound of hearts, the headache with heartbeat, the weak stance, weak legs, when entire body relies on climbing sticks.
It is 6-hour trail with the hope of getting to the ‘finish line’, the whisper with each other: “how long can we get there?”, “is it there yet?”. It is the sigh with a half-truth joke: “we’re almost there, just a ‘little’ more”. 

It is incomparable between the tiredness of Tà Chì Nhù and daily-life tiredness. In Tà Chì Nhù, it is the extreme tiredness but no way back, the tiredness of being in short of water, even with a vegetable cookie splited to six tastes wonderful.

It is unpredictable falls, even in hard fall but still be able to stand up, and that’s when we understand ‘luck’. There are ankles, legs injuries but those are parts of the game, but no matter what happened, no one is there alone.

Camping on the peak, cooking with young men of H’Mong ethnic group are also the moments to see the talent of the locals, and listen to their stories.

It is the chance to experience the movement of time at its best. The observation of changes around us at every minute, every second. It is the feeling of being one with the nature, the cool and refresh feeling of being touched by the clouds.

Tà Chì Nhù experience is something hard to explain in words. The only thing we know is after we get down from the peak, looking up at the impressive height. We cannot believe that we’ve went up to the top, conquered the height.

And so we have another week, another weekend to prepare another journey...

8 Places to Visit in Vietnam in Winter with Your Darling

1. Sapa

Located at an altitude of 1600m above sea level, with average temperatures of 15 C degrees, Sapa is cool all year round. In winter, the city is often covered by clouds and cold weather; temperature is often quite low. For years, Sapa has been one of the rare places in Vietnam where visitors can enjoy a true winter with white frost covered trees, mountains, and romantic snow falling like in the fairy tale.

2. Moc Chau

Moc Chau will be the next destination for those who love the cold of winter. At this point, many people are ecstatic at the scene of clouds hugging mountains, dim mist hung over the road and valley. It seems you will be lost in another world when traveling slowly on the roads, just afraid to miss many interesting things in a blink.

In particular, visitors will be overwhelmed by the white flower field in the Ang and Vat village. Dotted among the immense white valley are brilliant red poinsettias, boasting vitality, stretching far to the horizon.

3. Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc

More than 60 km from Hanoi, Tam Dao town is located in Tam Dao district, Vinh Phuc province. Winter in Tam Dao is so charming with tourists thanks to the cloud all over the place, making the rolling mountains becomes magical and poetic. Tam Dao is enchanting with the roof hidden in the clouds, the pure air every morning ...

Coming to Tam Dao in the winter, do not hesitate to join a hiking to catch sunrise or enjoy panoramic view over the whole town lost in misty clouds. Hiking in winter is uniquely interesting that you could only feel once joining.

4. Mau Son, Lang Son

With more than 1,500 m altitude above sea level, Mau Son mountain area is dubbed the land of wind and fog. This is a fascinating destination for those who love the cold of winter, or simply those who are curious and want to explore the ice and snow.

Coming to Mau Son in the winter, if you are lucky you can get first-hand white snowflakes dotting on the ancient French villa, clustering on the twigs, grass or covering homes  and roads…

5. Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Mai Chau is a small valley beneath Thung Khe Pass, where the Lac village, the Van village, Chieu Cave, Mo Luong Cave located. For many people, perhaps Mai Chau is not too interesting but in fact, Mai Chau is always interesting to explore. Charming scenery, delicious specialties, cheap cost... are the simple reasons that you should set up a plan to go to Mai Chau right when it gets colder outside.

6. Ha Giang

Ha Giang is always attractive for tourists. In Ha Giang, each season brings its own beauty to make any tourist impressed and remember. If travelling to Ha Giang in winter, you will enjoy the cold breeze in rocky plateau. There’s probably snow falling in some areas such as Meo Vac when temperature is low.

7. Da Lat

You must go to Dalat in November or December to fully enjoy its romantic and tranquil beauty. That is the time that long rains end and fresh breezes carry the incipient cold of winter days. What could be more romantic than strolling on the streets full of colours and aroma of flowers among the fresh cool air. In particular, you will be attracted by the white immense dreamy flower fields in Tu Tra Commune, Don Duong district.

8. Bao Loc

Mentioning to Lam Dong, many people will think of the flower city of Da Lat but they forget that there is a beautiful, young and full-of-life place - Bao Loc city. It only takes about 4 hours drive from Saigon, Bao Loc will welcome you with the cool air and quiet atmosphere -  the true feature of a mountain town. Do not forget to visit destinations such as Linh Quy Phap An pagoda, Damb'ri waterfall, Tam Chau tea plantation, ... when you visit Bao Loc.

Trekking along the Beautiful Sandy Dunes in Binh Thuan

Trekking through the desert of Hoa Thang in Binh Thuan Province has become the dream journey of many people.

Hoa Thang desert in Hoa Thang commune, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province includes many sand dunes and it can be seen as a sub-desert. It’s only about 10 if travelling skyway from the curve in the road to the temple Binh Nhon. However, you have to trek through a long road of 15 km trekking to avoid climbing sand dunes, deep holes and finally you can set foot on the highest sand hills to have the most beautiful panoramic views.

Also, when the selected ending point is Binh Nhon Temple, you have to go against the wind, causing more tired. The journey lasts about 22 hours, beginning at 14h till 12h of the next day with many emotions and many tough terrains on the way. In addition, hot air and sand along with the wind can make you more tired with heavy footsteps.

You have to know how to divide a reasonable effort, bring enough water (about 8 liters / person), drugs oresol, lemon, electrolyte drinks to limit water loss, dry food to avoid cooking, tent and blankets for sleeping among sand hills or and avoid wetness in case it’s rainy. Because you stay there one night, only a set of clothes is enough – you should avoid carrying too much baggage that weighs more and makes you tired.

The photographers who love to hunt nice photos about the sand dunes even have to bring very heavy baggage, sometimes it’s up to 15 kg, with full personal belongings, camera, lens, tripod...

Additionally, the entire body needs to be covered to avoid the feeling of being burned in the fire pan. You need to have a wide-brimmed hat, mask, sunglasses, long-sleeved clothing, shoes (sandals are not allowed), gloves, hats and umbrellas (the desert wind is very strong, so only use the umbrella when you need shadow for a rest).

Right from the first stage of the journey, you can enjoy a great scene of sky and desert. In front of you is an immense sandy desert with red sand dunes stretching until the horizon, you will feel like getting lost in another world, somewhere on Mars.

When the trip begins, the first 3 km is an opportunity for those who are weak to change the decision, just go to the south to the sea to see the asphalt. If you feel that you cannot pass the thorny path ahead, you can stop here and turn back to the starting point, don’t try to continue because after that milestone, the next journey will be quite far from asphalt. The trekkers will be challenged when facing immense long way ahead. At this time, to decided to give up is too late.

The hot desert under the bright blue sky and yellow sunshine makes the land "full of sun and wind" more spectacularly beautiful. The sand dunes continue rolling without stop with so beautiful curves that everyone have to surprised and praise the skilful hands of Mother Nature.

There is a 4 m high sand wall, challenging the climbing ability of the adventurous trekkers who love exploring. And yet, the valley also tortures them with the hot sun, the wind with dark dust which always prevents footsteps of the travellers. From the second dunes, Cape Wind and Tannobi is just small dots in the distance.

In this desert, finding a shady bush for a resting stop and enjoy the cool taste of the grass is extremely difficult. Sometimes you can only see some small bushes which are enough for you to lean against for a while to avoid the burning sunshine on the face. At this time, the scarf and big hat will take effect: you can use them to avoid the sun or use as a fan to find little wind when having a rest.

You will pass through a lot of sand hills, over and over. You can only move forward through countless of sand hills during the trip, just know that the destination is straight ahead. Sometimes if you see the footprints leaving behind on the sand, you will see a long "footprint" from the hill to another hill, which is so beautiful.

Whether the sand hills are everywhere in front or behind you, do not need to worry about getting lost. You just need to move to the southwest and if not sure you can use a compass to determine. At night you can look at the stars to determine the direction.

It’s a strenuous journey but will bring you countless of impressive pictures. The surface of the desert looks like on Mars. In the afternoon, at about 4-5 PM when sun sets, the journey will be less tiring. It's great to sit and watch the clouds floating in the afternoon sky and reward yourself commemorative photos.

Surely, the experience and the pictures here will not duplicate with any trip in Vietnam, and will make your friends get jealous.

It’s cold at night and very hot in daytime on the desert, but the coldness is not too harsh because the area is not large enough to form its own climate. It will be very interesting to sit together under the clear sky with sparkling stars and cool wind. It’s great if we can sip a little glass of wine!

After an exhausting day, surely the sleep will come quickly. You can welcome the dawn in the desert when the sun is still mild, illuminating yellow sand dunes. Breathing fresh air will make you feel so relaxed and refreshed. Then you will tidy the belongings to complete the rest of the journey.

When you are close to the ending point, you can relax a little bit and watch the road you leave behind, or take time to enjoy a small shade in the desert. Surely inside each other, there will be many different emotions and countless memories imprinted deeply.

At noon, the Binh Nhon Temple located between Bau Ong and Bau Ba finally appears in sight. Here, you can order a jeep to come back your hotel. The vehicle can carry eight people and many bulky backpacks though the group have to sit somewhat cramped. You can hire the jeep at Photohouse Motel of Mr. An, 3 km from the ending point, nearby the junction Bau Trang – Phan Ri. This is also where you can stop eating before and after the journey. Mr. An also can go rescue with his vehicle if the travellers have any problem.

After a break, you can visit the most beautiful roads through the desert in Vietnam, which is the road running through Bau Trang.

With a total time of 22 hours, from 2 pm to 12 pm the next day, the trip helps you "harvest" lots of beautiful pictures as well as unique and wonderful experience. Looking at the pictures, certainly you could not help feeling so very little among the nature – like a grain of sand in the desert.

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Travel to Vietnam in November, Experience the Best Flower Seasons

Sightseeing in Da Lat with wild sunflowers

Da Lat is famous for this kind of wind flower, which is very popular in the Highlands and many northern mountainous provinces. However, Da Lat is the most mentioned place when it comes to the season of wild sunflowers because only in this romantic land, you can feel a vast yellow space spreading until the horizon.

Not only marked the end of the rainy season, when the wild sunflowers bloom, it’s also the time for travellers to come to Dalat city to be immersed in dreamy scenery and above all to indulge in wild yellow colour. Although not as large as sunflower, this wild one grow together creating big bushes and hence they can be a bright yellow carpet when blooming. The colour seems to be a flame to warm up the cold highlands and dazzle anyone who pass by.

The flower is most beautiful in the morning, when the sun has just risen and fog still lingers on the leaves and petals. You can catch the golden colours like sunshine of the flower anywhere: inside the city, inside the pretty small villas, on the streets... You should choose do ride a motorbike to explore the miracle colour of the flower so you can go deep into the roads, hillsides or small alley where wild sunflowers bloom gorgeously. Outskirts of the city are where most wild sunflowers grow.

Visiting Moc Chau to enjoy white colza flower

November rainy day is when white colza flower bloom in all the paths throughout the Moc Chau plateau, turning this place into a charming destination for tourists who love flowers. Unlike in Hanoi where flower fields are only wrapped in a small area, in Moc Chau, the flowers are grown in a vast area, even cover the hills, extending from the valley to the foothills.  A large space is covered with pristine white colour of colza flower.

The ethnic hill tribe people often grow the white colza flower, collect and sell old rapeseed for oil pressing facility. So the best time to admire the romantic white colza flower fields in the honey sunshine lasts only 2 to 3 weeks.

Travel enthusiasts often whisper to each other about great places to admire the beauty of the flower, for example Ban Ang pine forest, Ba Phach Village 1, 2, 3 and Ngu Dong Ban On area.

However, the most beautiful and most famous is the place behind the Ban Ang pine forest area with dozens of hectares of white flower, visitors will admire the vast beds of flower, from our feet to the peak of the hill and to the horizon…
Coming to Hanoi to enjoy white daisy

Featured flowers for each season have its own beauty and they are indispensable pieces of the overall picture of Hanoi. However, white daisies are still very special for many people, makes up an idyllic Hanoi. To see the tiny daisies is to touch the winter of Hanoi.

The flower is grown along the banks of the Red River, in Nhat Tan Ward, behind Quang An flower market, Tay Ho District. At the end of November each year when the daisies begin to bloom, you will be overwhelmed and excited to stand in the vast gardens of pure white colours...

If you have time to stroll on the streets these days, it is not difficult to see the bike loaded with daisies slowly riding on the streets of Hanoi. White daisy flowers are small with pure tiny petals and a bright yellow pistil. The special thing is that it only blooms gorgeously during 3 weeks then fade away. Perhaps also for this reason, the Hanoian love and cherish this flower better. Needless brilliant, the daisies are still in people’s heart with a gentle, pure, simple but very close, very secular beauty.
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Going to Ha Giang to see buckwheat flower

The time in the middle of October and early November is the season of buckwheat flower in Ha Giang. It is grown for seed to make cake by the ethnic people, but when blooming, buckwheat flower accidentally creates a pinkish white which is very beautiful and romantic. Therefore, this is also the time for many young people to carry their backpack to go to Ha Giang rocky plateau.

Apart from Ha Giang, Lao Cai and Cao Bang are also the places for buckwheat flower to grow popularly. Specifically, in Lao Cai, the flower is grown in northern districts such as Simacai, Bat Xat, Bac Ha and Muong Khuong. In Cao Bang, you can go to the Tra Linh – Trung Khanh – the widest buckwheat flower places. For years, Ha Giang is one of the best destinations for Vietnam adventure travel that you should consider.

Visiting Nghe An to admire sunflowers

The sunflower fields in Nghe An is about 100 ha, located in 19/5 Farm, Nghia Son commune, Nghia Dan district. Located right on the side of Ho Chi Minh Trail, on each flowering season when the vast field in full bloom, the place becomes an interesting destination for young people to explore bright purity of the sunflowers.

There are 2 seasons in a year that you can enjoy the sunflowers, when is March – April and November – December. November is the best time to admire sunflower fields in Nghe An with the most beautiful bloom. To get to the sunflower fields in Nghe An, if coming from Hanoi, you only need about one day for both travelling on the way and enjoying the flower so you can definitely put this place on your bucket list for weekends to change the atmosphere.

Do's and Don'ts when you travel to Vietnam

Vietnam is now a great travel destination nowadays. Each year more and more tourists travel to Vietnam and the country is more than willing to welcome guests. Just like any other things in life, to have a successful trip, you need to be well prepared with some basic information about weather, cultures, regulations, etc. to minimize hassle during your trip. Vietnam has a lot to offer travelers. The country has suffered a long dark history of colonialism, communism, war, and poverty. You cannot escape learning about the horrid history whose effects are still visible on the faces, bodies the locals even today. Like any other countries, you may love or hate Vietnam but it is sure that you will find interesting and will be excited to visit different regions in Vietnam. This is the reason why this article is prepared to provide you some things you should and should not do in Vietnam.

Do's and Don'ts when you travel to Vietnam


  • You should dress conservatively. Otherwise, you will receive stares from Vietnamese people. It is especially important to dress politely when you visit pagodas, churches or any religious places.
  • You should drink plenty of bottled water, especially when walking around sightseeing. You do not need to carry huge bottles around with you because there are many vendors around sightseeing. They may find you before you find them.
  • You should prepare cash with you as in some places they do not accept credit cards. 
  • It is recommended to buy a book that translates Vietnamese into English. A lot of these books will teach you some of the most common phrases like hello, goodbye, and thank you.
  • You should have a good understanding of the currency. It will also be necessary when ordering food and buying local products from street markets. There is a lot of bargaining that takes place at local markets and you don’t want to be taken advantage of.


  • You should not wear a lot of jewelry and carry your bag while walking on the street. Vietnam does not have a lot of violent crime but petty crime is quite common if you do not pay special attention to your belongings. You should never wear your bag on your back, always keep it in front of you zipped or locked properly. Thieves sometimes use the knives to rip your bag.
  • You should not eat dog or cat meat. The laws in 1997 have banned the consumption of cat meat; more and more pet cats are snatched off Vietnamese streets and are smuggled in from China and Laos.
  • You should never try and take pictures of military installations or anything related to the military. This can be seen as a breach of national security or never take video cameras into the ethnic minority villages. They are considered to be too intrusive by many local people.
  • Do not touch someone on the head or point at someone by your finger (or feet).

Indochina travel guide that you should not miss

Vietnam Cambodia travel guide provides you the important information needed to plan your adventure in the heart and soul of Indochina. More and more people are curious about the two countries with fascination history, culture and grandeur history that has been to the worldwide traveler’s bucket list since centuries ago.

Vietnam-Cambodia guide for backpackers

1/ Vietnam-Cambodia border crossing

Vietnam shares three international border crossings with Cambodia at the following points:
Moc Bai (Vietnam) to Bavet (Cambodia) is the longest border crossing between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.
Vinh Xuong (Vietnam) to Kaam Samnor (Cambodia) is a popular crossing amongst independent travelers. Many take a fast ferry boat from Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta as far as Phnom Penh.
Tinh Bien (Vietnam) to Phnom Den (Cambodia) near Chau Doc gives access to southern Cambodia. It is mainly used by locals and there’s little in the way of transport at either side of the border.

2/ Visa procedure

Procedure to obtain a visa on arrival is simple and convenient at these borders. E-visa is also available on Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affair website.

3/ Transportation

The most popular transportation used to cross Vietnam-Cambodia border is buses. There is no stop on the trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh.

4/ Living costs

Travel budget can vary between countries when they travel, but Indochina can be delightfully inexpensive, and as eating out is very reasonable.

5/ Internet access

Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is available in almost all international standard hotels in the region. Please be aware that there will usually be no access on board boats or in more remote homestay or lodge accommodation.

6/ Best time of year to plan your Vietnam-Cambodia travel

In the broadest sense, the best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia is from November to April. This is because temperatures and humidity fall across central and northern Vietnam and rainfall becomes less frequent in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

The dry season, from November to April, is when the cost of traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia tends to rise. The cozy of traveling is particularly acute during the week-long Vietnamese Tet Festival in late January or early February. If you would like to travel during this period, you should book travel arrangements as early as possible. For a quieter visit to Vietnam and Cambodia, travel between May and early October.

We hope that you can have some wonderful ideas to discover this part of Indochina. The Vietnam-Cambodia travel will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations.