Backpacking in Vietnam (Part 1)

Vietnam was our first stop. We didn't know what to expect, but it was surprisingly easy to get around the city. However, one must be brave enough to cross the streets anytime because the cars don't stop for pedestrians. 

We stayed at the Blue River Hotel, a budget hotel located in the backpacker district. It was a good choice because of the convenient, central location. The hotel was supposed to provide us with airport transfers. However, due to internal issues, they were not able to do so. We had to take a cab to the hotel, which turned out to be easy to do. Our only worry was that the driver would overcharge us. Upon our arrival, the manager was very apologetic and offered to book our bus tickets to Cambodia for free as their way of compensating. It was a good deal because free tickets!hehe

The room was nice and cozy and had its own bathroom. The hotel offered free breakfast and we usually had bread, eggs, banana and orange juice. We paid around Php 3,700 for 3 nights (around Php 600 per person per night). If you want to spend even less, there are many hostels in the area to choose from. :)
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We booked two tours through The Sinh Tourist, a local travel agency, because it's the most convenient and economical way to get to the Cu Chi Tunnels and to the Mekong River. The office is just a few blocks away from our hotel. The office also served as the pick up and drop off spot for the tours.

Follow the links below to see more of our Vietnam adventures:

Vietnam Part 1: Backpacking in Vietnam

Vietnam Part 2: Ho Chi Minh City | Cu Chi Tunnels | Eating Pho

Vietnam Part 3: Vietnamese Country Side Experience | Mekong River

For more on our 16-day Indochina backpacking trip (full itinerary + expenses), click on the photo below.