I am a young girl from the US. I heard that US people will have free 30 days visa in Vietnam, it right?
I am going Vietnam 11 days alone for a gap year. I love adventure and travel to a new place with a budget. I searched on the net some famous places in Vietnam: Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoian and Phu Quoc island or Mekong Delta.
My questions: 1. explore Son Doong cave alone, it's ok? and I have to spend how much time to explore the cave?
2. I am in a divided mind I should visit Phu Quoc island or Mekong Delta? Any advice?
Both Phu Quoc Mekong Delta are worthwhile places to visit. It depends on your interest. Phu Quoc has nice beaches and ideal space to enjoy fresh atmosphere with many delicious seafood in Dinh Cau market. In Mekong Delta, you will have opportunities to discover floating markets and many other outstanding local cultures of the local people.
Hi Merris. I'm Vietnamese and welcome you to visit our country.
First, of course you can explore Sơn Đoòng alone, but you know, it costs a lot of money and you must register before like a year to explore the cave. So I think you should change your plan.
Second, I think you should visit Phu Quoc island cause it's wonderful lanscape.
I like Mekong Delta very much. I have great experience when taking part in floating markets. It's busy and crowded. As I know, tourists are not allowed to explore Sơn Đoòng alone. Instead, you have to take a tour of a travel company.
Choosing Phu Quoc island or Mekong delta depends on the number of days you intend to spend for. If I were you, I would pick Phu Quoc island into my itinerary because of it's alluring beaches and landscapes.
You should miss out Sơn Đồng cave and spend time to travel to other places. Mekong Delta is the ideal place for backpacker, You can stay at local person with cheap price and join floating market in the early morning (about 6AM). Personally, Vietnam Tour Booking sounds good which is quite famous in Hanoi, you can refer to other agencies to compare price and services if you book tour. If not, Vietnam is a safe country for travel alone but language barrier will trouble with you.
I have the same idea with some previous comments. It seems to be dangerous for girls to travel alone in adventure trip. You should take a tour or find an experienced guide before departing.
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It's quite easy to combine Phu Quoc and the Mekong delta, as they are next to each other. If you have 11 days and fly in and out of Ho Chi Minh City, the you should quite easily be able to visit both. I would skip northern Vietnam in that case though, if I were you. Northern Vietnam is nice too, but 11 days is simply not enough to properly see both places if you ask me.
And for vietnamese visas, this site here is good, as you will most likely need a visa: www.vietnamvisa.org