Vietnam: Would It Be a Right Place to Solo Travel?



I was just wondering,what if.. I make a troll punch line joke to Vietnamese girl. I would like to say.. "Ay girl, you know what? You look like a star..." and then she replied "Why? Is that because I always shine above your night sky?" and then I troll her "No, no. You're look like a star because you are communist. You know, just like your country's flag. A big star. RAMBOOO! FORREST GUMPPP! DOMINO EFFECT!" No offense. Well, a bit of offense, but it's still just a joke.   


Vietnam. I got some definitions on this country. Politically, Vietnam is a well known communist country in the Southeast Asia.  'MNCs strategically', Vietnam is an emerging market with an impressive economic growth in these recent years and don't forget about 'cheap labors', huh. But, when it comes to 'socially' or let's say based on my observation on some of my friends, Vietnam is a country where your 'bad boy' friends which is a bit problematic go there to become a part of casino.

Ah. Have you ever felt like you were saturated with your daily activities? Like nothing is wrong, but you just bored with things around you. I did, not only one time but that kind of feeling was echoed several times. Since I've read some travel books and it's been quite a while since my last travel, I know the cause of that 'saturated' must be the need to travel which isn't fulfilled. Damn, I'm burning now.

I'm not a hardcore traveler. But I've assumed it all along if traveling somewhere isn't just about amusement or recreation, but it's a 'need' for 21st century human being. We all know if 'money' still become a problem for 21st century human being to go travel, unless you or your parents are capitalist. So, instead of wasting money on things that aren't 'wise enough' such as cigarettes or social climbing, we better keep our money and use it wisely to buy a plane ticket. And then smoking at our travel destination. LOL.

And, after all of the saturated felt, I don't know exactly why, but it seems like I got a plan to solo traveling to Vietnam. You know, just a plan, it doesn't mean if I will definitely go there. Even if it turns out that I'll really be there, probably it's not gonna be these present times. Maybe next 2 months, next 3 months, or next whenever months. 

Solo Travel?


I believe, sometimes we need to be lost to know how fun it is to be self-adventurous. I also believe, sometimes we need to be lost to know how precious is what we have now, to know how precious are things around us. Exploring something really new all alone should be a wonderful experience.  Book the ticket, search for the hotel or hostel, make the itinerary, feel others culture, all alone. I bet there will be a lot of inspirations that come to us. Damn... I really love to imagine that kind of thing.

Trinity and her books (Naked Traveler series) should be responsible for this feeling. I never thought to do a solo traveling before, until I met Trinity's books. You know, solo traveling is like a challenge for young people, especially 'a college student who do not want to trouble his parents' just like me. A challenge to proves our independence. First, most of college students don't have a lot of money. Second, we're a college students, most of our holidays are on mid year or early year and that's mean..  high fare. Third, the cheap flights are always a good choice, and cheap flights mean a long transit, a long transit means let's sleep in the airpot

Would Vietnam be a Right Plce? 


First of all, I couldn't be indoctrinated  by an advice which says, "why should go out of our country if in our country itself has many interesting destinations?" No, you can't indoctrinate me with that. I know about interesting destinations, but I'm talking about world culture. So, 2 weeks ago when I was still in midterm exam,  I was searching around the internet about estimation of airfare and hotel prices, also some destinations in Vietnam.  My midterm exam results are quite satisfy me by the way. But, the question is, why Vietnam? I would like to answer with.. maybe.. 'intuition'. IDK. I've been in let's say top 4 Southeast Asia countries before, and I think Vietnam would be the fifth (or maybe Philippines?). 

My sister has once been in Vietnam while joined a kind of competition and bring home some Vietnam coffees. On that time, I didn't have a coffee maker because I haven't really liked bitter coffee like I do now, so I made the coffee and the coffee produced a lot of coffee grounds at its top and the taste was very sucks. I think it could be fun if I can tasting Vietnam Coffee directly in its country. Other than that, Vietnam offers a completely new culture for me with a note that Vietnam still in the same region as Indonesia, so I think it would be a right place to do an escape  for some days. Moreover, based on my reaserch on the internet, living cost in Vietnam is cheaper than Indonesia, that's a good thing. I came up with Hanoi and Saigon as my destinations btw.

So, let's just see, when will I do this solo escape. Maybe next 2 months, next 3 months, next 69 months, next.... I don't know. But it's just fun to think about it.

32 comments:

  1. Well, I know a couple who went visiting Iraq for their honeymoon, I guess everyone has got different aspirations, why not!:)

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    1. Well, Iraq and Vietnam are really different case. But, it's cool for that couple :)

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  2. Aaaaaahhhhhh...I believe it would. It reminds me of my visit to Tanzania, last year! I loved it absolutely. Check it out here....on my blog; https://ntemid.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/my-story-of-36-hours/ and also https://ntemid.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/walking-in-illala/

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    1. Tanzania.. kilimanjaro? I've read a travel story about Tanzania, and I think yours could be epic

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  3. I've heard that Spring is the best time to go to Vietnam. I say you should go for it. Travel is the best.

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  4. I agree that getting lost is when the real adventure starts! I like Hanoi over Ho Chi Minh for solo travel. Let me share to you my Halong Bay adventure

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    1. WOW, thanks for your reference post. But, now I just wondering if.. "Hoi An", the Vietnam's World Heritage City, would be the best choice instead of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh.

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  5. I love to travel alone sometimes. You can experience things in a whole new way and it makes you really be aware of your surroundings.

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  6. I think the time for solo travels has passed for me and I am ok with that. I would love to go to Vietnam with my family some day.

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    1. I see, so you're talking about.. 'age'?
      Thats cool, mr.

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  7. Interesting seeing a US perspective on this. I'd say that if you're an experience solo traveller it's a good one to have on the list but possibly not one for a first time traveller!

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    1. Well, i'm not really into Us' side. But it's fair enough if you called it US prespective X)

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  8. I feel like traveling to Vietnam would be an incredible experience if you have a friend there. I'm not certain I'd be up for traveling solo there, the culture, and beauty of the area seems like it would be worth the trip.

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    1. I don't have any friend there btw.. but it's not a matter

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  9. Oh yaaas! Travelling solo is just too awesome and very adventurous. But it would definitely require a strong and bold person since normally,one could panic from getting lost especially. Vietnam also looks great!

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    1. I would love to getting lost, as long as I can find the way out :)

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  10. I have been traveling a while around SE-Asia now and from what I have hear Vietnam is a fearly easy destination to travel to. There are plenty of backpackers there and Vietnam is one of the cheapest countries to travel to! You should definitly do it!

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    1. well.. you got me about that :")

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  11. I'm also thinking about travelling to Vietnam, and I would be happy to get some insider tips. Fascinating culture, gastronomy (even if weird at times) and atmosphere.

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  12. Wow. Such an interesting blog. Thanks for sharing this article.

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  13. Solo travel is very adventurous. I don’t think I would go to Vietnam, but I went to Cuba solo and had a blast!

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    1. Cuba? I though it was more dangerous because a lot of scam in Cuba.

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  14. reminds me Thailand a little! I really Vietnamese food and I think I'd like this place ;)

    http://thewhiteocean.com/

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  15. Wajiiib lah kalo vietnam. Dibanding ama Filipina, aku jauuuuh lbh milih vietnam kemana2. Walopuuuun pas ke Ho chi minh dulu, aku dan suami sempet kena scam hahahaha. Intinya banyak scam d vietnam. kamu hrs bener2 hati2. Deal harga ama siapapun, hrs kamu catet di kertas dan kalo bisa di tandatangan. Krn banyaaaak orang2 yg nawarin jasa, tau2 malah menjebak kita.

    Tp terlepas dr scam, vietnam mah murah nya kebangetaaaannnn. Seneng banget aku belanja di sana. Trus di sana ga ada org gendut kayaknya :p. Langsing semua. Makanannya juga enak2.

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    1. wih... makasih tip & triknya, sesepuh! :)
      Wah, serius tuh banyak scam kayak gitu? Jadi keinget cerita Trinity waktu di Cuba.. hmm

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  16. What a coincidence! My first solo trip was in Vietnam. It was a fun and unique experience for me so, I guess its a YES for me to say it is right place to go Solo.

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  17. I've never traveled on my own before but Vietnam being so near our country, I honestly wouldn't mind going there on my own. I've heard so many amazing things in Vietnam and I also can't wait to try the food!

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