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The essential Vietnam itinerary: what you shouldn’t miss in this captivating country

The essential Vietnam itinerary includes Ha Long Bay

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Finally planning that trip to the Far East, just like you said you would one day? If you are having a hard time picking a specific country, we suggest going with Vietnam.

Full of culture, natural wonders, and a fascinating but tragic history, booking a holiday of a lifetime to Vietnam will create memories that you will treasure for the rest of your days.

Wondering what you should see during your time there? This post will highlight three spots you shouldn’t miss if you can help it.

1) Saigon

Start your grand tour of Vietnam in Saigon. Known officially as Ho Chi Minh City, this country’s most populous city has a number of attractions worth your time.

Start with the Reunification Palace, where the president of South Vietnam resided until the North crashed through its gates with a tank in 1975, officially ending the Vietnam War.

Largely kept as it was back in the 70’s, this building offers a glimpse into how the elites of South Vietnam lived back then.

The War Remnants Museum offers a more sobering look into the realities of the Vietnam conflict, as displays show how it impacted everyday civilians and the environment.

There is also an assortment of military hardware on display inside the building and out, from machine guns and mines to planes and tanks.

Before departing Saigon, be sure to go on a day trip into the Mekong Delta, where you’ll get a chance to see how rural Vietnamese carry on their day-to-day lives in a place where there is more water than dry land.

2) Hoi An

Located in the central portions of the country, Hoi An is a city whose preserved architecture and artistically-talented citizens have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

The centre of the Cham Kingdom for almost 2,000 years, its role as a trading port has kept it relevant to this day, as tailors here still engage in the art of crafting amazing clothing in accordance with the wishes of their customers.

The best time to experience this town is after dark, which is when its multi-coloured paper lanterns create an atmosphere that you won’t soon forget.

Those looking to get in a day at the beach will also want to take advantage of its underrated frontage on the South China Sea, as it goes largely unnoticed by tourists that are (rightly) obsessed with the aforementioned attractions.

3) Ha Long Bay

In the north, many visitors are often split on whether to go to Sapa or Ha Long Bay. While both have their charms, we recommend the latter if you are pressed for time.

Held up by many in Vietnam as a wonder of the world, the limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay are spellbinding when first encountered by those that approach them.

While in Hanoi, book a cruise that will give you at least a couple of days out there, as the natural beauty of this spot will make it hard to leave after just one day.

Best destinations to meet other single travelers

Vietnam is one of the best destinations to meet other single travelers

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Want to go traveling, but can’t convince your friends to come with you? If you don’t feel comfortable exploring the world without the accompaniment of others, know that the inherent nature of travel means that you will bond easier with people by the virtue of being by yourself.

If you are down with this, but you still don’t feel like planning the logistics of a journey like the independently minded backpackers in your life, you can go on a singles holiday abroad instead.

This will put you together with like-minded people from around the world that also want the nuts and bolts of their travels plotted out by a facilitator. As a result, you will be free to spend your time mingling with your group, allowing you to make friends over dinner, activities and nights spent out at the bar.

Now that you know you can go traveling anytime you like and not have to worry about its hassles, we will now talk about a few countries that will help you get the most bang for your hard earned money.

1) Vietnam

It is very easy to meet other single travelers throughout Southeast Asia, but if you are looking to have a variety of amazing experiences and save money at the same time, make Vietnam your base in the region.

From the throbbing nightlife of Saigon and Nha Trang to the peaceful nature found in the Mekong Delta and the Central Highlands, there are plenty of opportunities to meet other single travelers that are also in the process of discovering themselves.

With tons of wonderful street food that costs less than five dollars for two people, getting dinner with someone that you met on the road is a very affordable thing to do as well.

2) Morocco

Located a short ferry ride away from Spain, visiting Morocco is a convenient way to see your first country in Africa if you are already traveling in southern Europe.

There are many intoxicating sights that will both amaze and shock you, which will inevitably lead to many interesting conversations that you will have with fellow single travelers back at your accommodation.

The beaches of Agadir will allow you plenty of space to socialize under the sun, while the unique architecture and culture of Fez will inspire those that seek to learn more about this intriguing culture in North Africa.

3) Croatia

If you are looking to make new travel friends while exploring Europe, make sure that you include Croatia in your itinerary.

The islands located off the coast of this country has developed a reputation for being a haven for partiers, making them the perfect place to meet new people in a festive atmosphere.

Hvar is the best known of the bunch, though Pag, Brac, and Rab also have a buzz about them. On the mainland, the cities of Dubrovnik and Split provides an epic backdrop to explore the history of Central Europe together with newly found travel mates.

Given that Dubrovnik formed the background for a number of episodes of the television series Game of Thrones, it will be a place that you will end up getting lost in for days or even weeks at a time.

Cafes for digital nomads in Saigon

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With an exploding entrepreneurial culture and an internet infrastructure that is in the running for having the fastest speeds in the region, Saigon has become a hub for digital nomads seeking a big city destination at close to Chiang Mai prices.

The following cafes for digital nomads in Saigon will help you keep your productivity in overdrive in environments that are inspiring, while enjoying coffee that is world class.

1) M2C Cafe

Located on Ly Tu Trong in District 1, M2C is a stylish option for those seeking an inspiring environment in which to produce high quality writing. With modern design elements mixing with some of the frothiest cappuccinos that you have ever tried, it is no wonder that this spot has quickly become popular among the trend following youth of Saigon, as well as countless expats and digital nomads.

2) Thoai Vien Cafe

While the heat and humidity can make sitting outside in Saigon a dicey prospect at certain points of the year, it is actually quite pleasant during the dry season.

At times like this, head to garden terraces at places like the Thoai Vien Cafe, as there is no better place to get some serious work done than in a spot where fountains and lush greenery create a setting of serenity.

While most of these types of cafes are rare in tourist heavy District 1, Thoai Vien is a rare exception to this rule … find it at 159 Nguyen Van Thu.

3) The Workshop

Serving as a popular place for local professionals and foreign entrepreneurs to kick out a ton of work in a supportive environment, The Workshop has become a locus of activity in the short time that it has been open over the past year or so.

The drink that keeps their clientele coming back for more: their outstanding espresso and aeropress coffees, as the kick that comes from the best beans to come out of the Vietnamese hills fuels these ambitious workers to produce their best possible effort on behalf of themselves.

4) Sorrento Cafe

If spending time in Thoai Vien has you looking to experience more garden cafes, head out to District 10 to experience wonder that is Sorrento Cafe.

Their courtyard, filled with greenery, reflecting pools and decorative rock gardens will provide you with the solace to calm your mind when your work projects become too much to bear.

Additionally, the cheery staff will provide you with the opportunity for cultural exchange that you sought by traveling overseas in the first place.