Solo Female Travel in Vietnam

Vietnam, a narrow Southeast Asian country stretching over 1,650 km from north to south, is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural history, and vibrant city life. Nestled between the South China Sea to the east, and Laos and Cambodia to the west, the country displays a mesmerising blend of enchanting beaches, verdant mountains, terraced rice fields, and busy urban landscapes. Vietnam's highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ha Long Bay and the ancient town of Hoi An, the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh with its French colonial landmarks, and the capital, Hanoi, famous for its centuries-old architecture and a rich food culture with notable dishes such as Pho and Banh Mi. The allure of Vietnam is augmented by its fascinating war history, displayed in numerous war remnants sites, and the complex array of ethnicities that comprise its vibrant culture.

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Is Vietnam good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Vietnam is generally a safe destination for solo female travelers. Both urban and rural areas are generally welcoming and respectful towards foreign visitors. Violent crime rates are low and most locals are helpful towards travelers. However, like anywhere else, it's vital to exercise common sense, stay aware of your surroundings, and avoid isolated areas especially at night. Pickpocketing and petty theft can be a concern in crowded tourist areas and public transportation. It's advised to stay vigilant with personal belongings. Solo female travelers should also note cultural norms and dress respectfully, especially in religious sites.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Getting around in Vietnam is manageable but requires a bit of local knowledge and patience. The country has a wide range of transport options such as local buses, taxis, motorbikes, and bicycles. However, language barriers and lack of regulation can sometimes create a challenging environment. Nevertheless, the friendliness of the Vietnamese people together with the cheap cost of transportation make it an overall positive experience. Always be aware of your surroundings and negotiate fees before using services.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Vietnam has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty and cultural experiences. From vibrant major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, where you can immerse yourself in the bustling street life, to the tranquility of places like Halong Bay and the terraced fields of Sapa. There are opportunities for interesting activities such as cooking classes, trekking, caving, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Rich in history, it's home to ancient temples, French colonial architecture, and significant war sites. Also, Vietnam is famous for its street food, so it's a foodie paradise too.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Vietnam offers an impressive variety of delicious dishes, representing a range of flavors from diverse regional cuisines. From the ever-popular Pho and Banh Mi to the less-known but equally mouth-watering dishes like Bun Cha and Mi Quang, you will find yourself amazed by the depth of flavors in Vietnamese cuisine. Seafood lovers will find the coastal regions a paradise with fresh catches cooked to perfection. Besides, the local street food culture is a vibrant part of Vietnam's gastronomic identity, offering affordable and flavorful meals. Vegan or vegetarian? You won't be stranded as Vietnam also provides plenty of vegetarian options. In summary, Vietnam's food scene is a vivid tapestry of culinary experiences that cater to all tastes.
Budget:

Budget:Very affordable

Vietnam is significantly budget-friendly particularly for solo female travelers. Accommodations, food, and travel expenses like public transportation and tours are relatively inexpensive. You can comfortably travel with a modest daily budget while experiencing the local cuisine, culture and exploring numerous attractions. However, remember to negotiate prices in markets as vendors often start with higher prices. Use of ride-hailing apps for transportation is advised over traditional taxicabs for safety and cost-effectiveness.

Is Vietnam worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 34 experiences

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.4/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

4.2/5
Solveiga

Solveiga (25)

Belgium

Couple travel experience

I felt quite safe even if I was with my boyfriend I could see a lot of solo female travellers. Its really note expensive there and you can have a lunch for like 2 euros approximatively ; its just more tricky if you're vegetarian there's options but always the same food so you'll get tired of it ahah, it's a bit better in the big cities more options. My best souvenir is the Ha Giang Loop in the North of Vietnam, it's a bit expensive but its really worth the cost : you go travelling by motorbike on crazy roads with a group during 2 or 3 days (I really recommend to not drive yourself but go behind an "easydriver", a local that will ride for you, because instead it can be really dangerous for you and for the rest of the group). The landscaspe is breathtaking and if you're scared : do it even more, I was terrified and almost cancelled just before, and yet it was one of the best experience in my life 🌞

Posted: June 6, 2024Experienced: March, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Luana

Luana

Spain

Solo travel experience

I have spent 5 months in Vietnam in a one-year solo trip in Asia. I have volunteered for a few months and met amazing people. Food is delicious and people are incredibly kind. I felt very safe in all places I've been.

Posted: May 23, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I loved travelling solo in Vietnam. People of Vietnam got open arms to welcome people. Please have coconut & egg coffee when you are there. Highly recommend day trips more than sight seeing.i also tried booking a cruise for 3 nights at Halong bay. I was the only Indian there and it was a life changing experience.

Posted: May 16, 2024Experienced: April, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Nesrin

Nesrin (27)

Germany

Solo travel experience

I have been solo traveling through Vietnam on my own and felt super safe and welcomed all the time. It was right after Covid, so I was basically the only traveler and never really met other travelers but i had the greatest experiences with so many locals. From riding motorcycle to checking out the amazing food markets and hiking in the rice fields. I met so many lovely people along that way and learned a lot about the Vietnamese culture and history. I would always come back!

Posted: May 13, 2024Experienced: March, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Saya

Saya (28)

Australia

Solo travel experience

I have travelled by myself to Vietnam Cambodia and Jordan. All destinations relatively safe with Jordan being the safest for tourists. In Vietnam and Cambodia with luggage and wallets you have to be vigilant but crime wise it was relatively safe. Im looking to travel to South America in July 2024 so would love some tips !

Posted: April 7, 2024Experienced: August, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent a month solo in Vietnam and had the best time ever. Because Vietnam has two routes - North to South and South to North I ended up bumping into the same people over and over again so I didn't worry about being lonely. Hostels always had something going on as well. I felt safe the whole time. The people in Vietnam were so lovely and the country itself was beautiful.

Posted: March 31, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Nikki

Nikki

Portugal

Solo travel experience

I felt perfectly safe on my own when I visited the area around Hoi Ann. I stayed in a hotel outside the town centre on the beach. But travelled the very short distance into town by taxi most days for shopping and eating. The street food was amazing and the thing you must do is create a Pinterest board of clothes you love so you can have them made up to measure in Hoi Ann (they’re famous for it). It rained quite a bit in January but it didn’t stop me from doing anything other than a bit of pool time. It’s a really budget friendly place on a whole.

Posted: March 26, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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Lina

Lina

Germany

Solo travel experience

I stayed in Vietnam for two weeks and traveled from the Central to the North. After arriving in Da Nang and visiting Marble Mountains, I headed towards Hoi An. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t so good but I still good to explore the city. After that I took a long bus ride to Ninh Binh - also known as the Halong Bay on Land - great place to get around with a bicycle which I missed during my time in South East Asia. From there I headed towards Ha Giang where I did the famous Ha Giang Loop with an easy rider. Definitely recommend doing this!!! Due to lack of time I had to skip Sapa, and headed straight to Hanoi where I spent a few days including a day trip incl. cruise to Halong Bay. From Hanoi I left the country. I wish I had more time explore this beautiful and diverse country!

Posted: March 7, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

First of all, Solo traveling is a gift and it’s great. But in Vietnam I haven’t had the best experience. It’s dirty everywhere, you can see the locals just throw their trash everywhere. The Food is ok, but more expensive then social media always said. In general Vietnam is more expensive than social media ever said. The attractions are average, but mostly way too expensive. In most places I just waited at my Hostel, until going to the next destination, cause there is not much to do or see. And the locals are not very friendly to foreigners.

Posted: March 6, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 2/5
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Lilli

Lilli (19)

Austria

Group travel experience

Vietnam was AMAZING! Met the best travelers there. Almost all of them were German in Vietnam. December is "cold" & wet (round 15°) I'd rather visit any other month Ha Giang Loop & Fansipan Hike were the absolute HIGHLIGHTS!!! Economy is booming, but Vientam is still very cheap (except for hostels) Cigarettes ~ 0.5€ Pho (Soup) ~ 2€ Accommodation ~ 10€+ Transport most expensive (like everywhere in Southeastasia) Nature in the Northern part is ASTONISHING! Definitely worth it! South has nice beaches & warm climate Visit some museums when visiting Vietnam! They have lots of (very young) war history Enjoy Vietnam, its amazing! 😁

Posted: March 5, 2024Experienced: November, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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Meet locals in Vietnam

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Sunny

Sunny

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I’m Vietnamese, I live in Phu Yen province and welcome all friends to visit my hometown with free couchsurfing

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Mal

Mal

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Im a travel lover. Also, a foodie. Been to 63 provinces in Vietnam and 16 countries. Hope i can be of your help!

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Local tips

You don't have to take so many clothes, everything is cheap here. Vietnam has long latitudes, so it's hot in the south and cooler in the north (even cold in winter). High humidity and dust. Be careful when crossing the street due to crazy traffic.

Posted: November 10, 2022
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Hoi An is currently very commercialized. You will mainly find Chinese and Korean shops there. If you have time, just go there to see the old houses. Da Nang is wonderful, you must visit the Hai Van Pass, all the beautiful bridges, and Son Tra Peninsula. In Northern Vietnam, go to Ha Giang and rent a motorcycle to go to Ma Pi Leng pass, to Dong Van. It's a popular place among Vietnamese backpackers. You can go to the Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang - it's the fourth largest waterfall in the world. The forests in North Vietnam are much more extraordinary than in the South, but the ocean in the South is much, much more beautiful.

Posted: August 19, 2022
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Stay with locals in Vietnam

Stay with local women in Vietnam who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
Mal

Mal

Ho Chi Minh City

Can host for:

2 days

About me

Im a travel lover. Also, a foodie. Been to 63 provinces in Vietnam and 16 countries. Hope i can be of your help!

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Sunny

Sunny

Sông Cầu

Can host for:

7 days

About me

I’m Vietnamese, I live in Phu Yen province and welcome all friends to visit my hometown with free couchsurfing

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Tran

Tran

Hanoi

Can host for:

1 day

About me

I’m Dung. I’m a nurse. I love traveling and exchange language

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Nhi

Nhi

Hanoi

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello everyone! My name is Nhi. I enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures, languages, and cuisines, as well as establishing meaningful relationships with others. I presently work as a freelance tour guide in Hanoi as well. Travel, to me, means to experience a new land more pleasantly, with deeper insights, and from diverse points of view and perspectives, including the locality. I treasure the connections built along the way. So I very much hope to find people who are open to sharing and learning. I'm pretty busy working but happy to be a local ambassador, even just by giving you some recommendations on must-eat food as a little contribution to your local experiences in Vietnam. So don't hesitate to ping me to ask about any travel suggestions if you come over. (If you find it's not convenient to chat over this platform, we can switch over LinkedIn or Facebook or IG or WA, let me know!)

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Phương

Phương

Ho Chi Minh City

Can host for:

3 days

About me

hi I'm pretty sure people travel around the world would know the best what is the true meaning of being, as language sometimes doesn't work, welcome to any exchanges, be open-minded 💓

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Song

Song

Ho Chi Minh City

Can host for:

7 days

About me

I'm a Chinese working in Saigon D7. Vietnam. INFJ. I like workout and have a simple and quiet life here. Like to meet people and hear stories from them. An occasional fan of drinks but 3 glasses get drunk with no fail.

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Hồng

Hồng

Hanoi

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Xin chào mọi người, mình là Hồng. Rất vui khi được gặp mọi người.

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Kun

Kun

Ho Chi Minh City

Can host for:

3 days

About me

I am spiritual person. I would like to meet someone at same level of happiness, joy, positivity, nature lover

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Hannah

Hannah

Ninh Bình

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hi, I am Hannah. 27 years old. I always want at least once time to travel solo and have my own experience, meeting people in middle of somewhere around the world.

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Hannah

Hannah

Ho Chi Minh City

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hi, My name is Hannah and I'm interested in books, cinema, culture, dancing, food & cuisine, languages, writing and solo travel

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Upcoming visitors to Vietnam

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Fatine

Fatine

About Me

Hey! I’m Fatine, very nice to e-meet all of you. I’m a solo-traveler (with mini-me) and backpacker. We travelled around Asia and plenty other countries. We love discovering about new cultures, languages, nice chat and just basic human contact. I’m into nerdy stuff: CS, anime, Psychology, Travelling, Photography, Entrepreneurship, etc. Mini-me is 6 years old, she’s very outgoing.. Loves yoga, Art, Ballet and everything related to it. She’s trilingual and loves learning new words in other languages. She’s a brave girl and is used to the backpack life 😇

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Fatine

Fatine

About Me

Hey! I’m Fatine, very nice to e-meet all of you. I’m a solo-traveler (with mini-me) and backpacker. We travelled around Asia and plenty other countries. We love discovering about new cultures, languages, nice chat and just basic human contact. I’m into nerdy stuff: CS, anime, Psychology, Travelling, Photography, Entrepreneurship, etc. Mini-me is 6 years old, she’s very outgoing.. Loves yoga, Art, Ballet and everything related to it. She’s trilingual and loves learning new words in other languages. She’s a brave girl and is used to the backpack life 😇

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