Is Vietnam Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

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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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 24 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.9/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4.4/5

Solo travel experience

Loved my time in Vietnam. Pretty cheap unless you do western type bars. The country's rich culture, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes offer endless opportunities for exploration. However, like any travel experience, there are also unique challenges that women may face, such as cultural differences, language barriers, and safety concerns. It's important to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions, but overall, experiencing Vietnam's beauty and vibrant energy can be an unforgettable adventure.

Posted: February 18, 2024Experienced: January, 2016
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Alyssa

Alyssa

United States

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Vietnam is a vast, budget-friendly country with several exciting activities. My favorite activity when I was there was the Ha Giang Loop in North Vietnam - a 3 day motorcycle adventure! You can either drive or (like I did) sit on the back of an experienced driver. I felt very safe during my time there. I stayed in a mix of hostels and home stays and was surprised by the hospitality and friendliness of the locals, despite the language barrier. As a vegetarian, the food was absolutely amazing and so affordable. Vietnam is definitely one of my favorite countries, I can’t recommend it enough.

Posted: February 16, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Vietnam was my first solo travel experience and I can say it was amazing. People are so nice and always keen to help, the food is delicious and has tons of vegetarian options. Vietnam has so much to offer from amazing beaches to mountains, caves, national parks and diverse culture.

Posted: February 11, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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It was my first solo trip and I truly felt completely safe as a young woman traveling alone. Vietnamese are wonderful people and they are incredibly respectful. I spent there almost 3 weeks and it was the most amazing place I have ever been.

Posted: November 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent a month alone in southern Vietnam. I loved it, I had absolutely no problems. I adored Hue (especially the citadel and the tombs of the kings, and then the city itself), Dalat (incredibly cool, great motorcycle trips from there to the central highlands), Ho Chi Minh City (busy, but cool, and the trip to the Mekong Delta was fun) and Hoi An was my favorite place.

Posted: August 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I stayed in Vietnam for a month and it was amazing! I suggest that everyone should go there. I felt safe and confident all the time. I traveled alone and I am really proud of myself.

Posted: July 31, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Vietnam was my first trip abroad and I was alone. It was fantastic. It is very safe and inexpensive there. Since then, I have returned there 4 times. I've been to several other countries, but Vietnam is still my favorite.

Posted: July 29, 2023
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I was there for 2 months. A very safe place. I never had a problem. I used buses, trains, motorbike tours, and Grab. I traveled from the south to the north, spent many late nights in Saigon on the street with bars and everywhere else. Dancing, karaoke with locals, beer, and breakfast at 5 am, haha. Hanoi was my least favorite place.

Posted: July 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I travelled solo through Vietnam on a motorcycle for a month and I absolutely loved it. I didn't feel unsafe even once, and I spent a lot of time riding around the middle of nowhere on my own. I stayed in hostels and met a lot of wonderful people who kept me company.

Posted: July 18, 2023
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I was alone in two big cities, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, and I felt safe. I would say that the most dangerous thing there is the traffic. I also visited Ha Long Bay and Phu Quoc island, and I always felt safe. Use common sense, don't walk alone at night. Vietnam is incredible, I loved it.

Posted: June 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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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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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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

Ho Chi Minh City

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2 days

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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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Sunny

Sông Cầu

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7 days

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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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bethany

bethany

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Hi, I'm Bethany, Originally from the UK, I recently moved to Hong Kong. I am planning to travel all around Asia and really would be up for meeting new people and experiencing new adventures 😊

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Lauren

Lauren

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I recently started solo traveling and enjoy exploring new places, seeing the sites, learning about new cultures, and taking in all the nature that I can.

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