Vietnam Gap Year
A popular Asia destination, Vietnam is never far from any bucket list of travels. If you’re in search of a destination rich in culture, history and delicious food then make sure Vietnam is top of your list of places to visit on your gap year!
Gap Year Jobs, Trips & Programs in Vietnam
Best Things to Do on a Gap Year in Vietnam
Researching ideas for your trip? The following pages will help you book an experience:
- Tours in Vietnam
- Scuba Diving Courses in Vietnam
- Volunteer in Vietnam
- Teaching Jobs in Vietnam
- TEFL Courses in Vietnam
- Backpacker Jobs in Vietnam
- Internships in Vietnam
- Study Abroad in Vietnam
Plan a Gap Year to Vietnam
Vietnam is blessed with stunning landscapes, many travellers venture west to the Mekong Delta; a watery landscape that's home to a variety of quaint villages and friendly locals. Most Vietnam adventures begin in Ho Chi Minch City (Saigon) or Hanoi, the capital, where travellers can visit the resting place of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's former president and leader of the Viet Cong. For a mixture of adventure and relaxation, it's advised to head to the beautiful Phu Quoc Island, which is as popular for its adventure excursions as it is for its white sandy beaches. Other places you should think about include Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hoi Ann, Sapa and Ha Long Bay.
With so much diversity you can trek through jungles, discover hidden villages, get to grips with history at the Cu Chi tunnels and taste some of the best Vietnamese food. The highlight though? Kayaking through the mystical Halong Bay. Made up of nearly 2,000 limestone islets, this is one UNESCO World Heritage Site not to be missed - Trust us!
If you are wondering if Vietnam is a safe destination, don't worry, the people are really welcoming and its a great country to be based in. Vietnam is a very cheap country especially compared to taking a gap year in Thailand for example, you can usually get accommodation and food for less than $10 a day! Restaurants in Vietnam serve a variety of food which is very tasty and cheap. You will probably spend around $5- $10 per day on food which is really cheap compared to nearby destinations. History will play a part on your Vietnam gap year, and so too will the country's geography.
Top Tips & Advice
If you are planning a trip to Vietnam or are keen on the idea of going backpacking these tips from past travellers might help:
- "Eat everything and don't be afraid of street food - go to the non touristy markets. Talk to local people and when you cross the roads walk at a consistent pace because there are no lights so the motorbikes will go around you. You can also hire push bikes to get around, or you can contact local tour guides localted throughout the country. The Mekong is incredible!"
- "It's a beautiful country, and definitely do a tour which include a bike ride! They are the best! There is one tour on the coast from Da Lat to Nah Trang that is worth doing. Book in advance to make sure you get it set up"
- "Nah Trang is great and when you leave be sure to go via Da Lat, they are the opposites of each other. Have fun but be sure to have visa organised before you get to the border , if you don't you will need to go back to an embassy / consulate and wait a couple of days to get one."
- "My favorite places in Vietnam were Dalat, Hoi An, and Sapa! I did a village homestay in Sapa and it's gorgeous up there. Dalat family hostel is a blast and you should go canyoning. And then Hoi An is just an incredible gorgeous little town and it's where a lot of people get custom clothes made."
- "Watch your bag in Saigon in the tourist spots, there's motorbike muggers who snatch your stuff as they drive by"
- "The vietnamese rice wine is amazing, by so are some of their cheap local beers."
- "If you're getting a sleeper train, get bottom berth becuse top it is insanely hot"
- "Nah Trang has a good beach, and there's an awesome theme park called Vin Pearl that you have to go to."
- "Hoi An is a great place to get some clothes made but there's no party life. worth a visit, marble mountain is a short motorbike away"
- "Sapa has Hemp growing in the mountains, don't pick it and forget it in your bag and then realize when you're going through the singapore airport, like I did."
- "Vietnam's crazy traffic is the craziest. There's no break in the city traffic where you can cross, just walk super slowly int othe sea of motorbikes. Be extra careful at night time."
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