How much time is “enough” for a trip to Vietnam? This is a question that many travelers ponder, and the answer may vary depending on who you ask.

While some suggest that two to three weeks is sufficient to explore the country, others argue that a longer stay of at least a month is necessary to truly immerse oneself in Vietnamese culture.

Let’s explore the perspectives of two individuals who have spent significant time in Vietnam and can offer valuable insights into this intriguing country.

Jeanine Romo’s Recommendation: A Minimum of Two Weeks

Jeanine Romo, an American travel blogger and content creator, suggests that two weeks is the bare minimum for a trip to Vietnam. During her three-week trip to the country in 2019, Romo explored several cities, including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Tam Coc, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.

*Jeanine Romo sporting a ‘nón lá’ (traditional conical hat) while enjoying a boat tour in northern Vietnam. [Supplied photo]

Romo, who has visited 44 countries, was captivated by Vietnam’s natural wonders, rich culture, and cuisine. Her first trip left such a positive impression that she returned for a second visit in 2023, revisiting familiar places and exploring new ones, including Da Nang.

“I was continuously impressed by the natural beauty of the country,” she said, praising the coastal views, mountains, and rivers of Vietnam.

Romo also appreciated the unique charm of each city, from the bustling streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the quaint alleyways of Hoi An.

When it comes to her future plans, Romo is certain that she will revisit Vietnam, as the country offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to different interests.

For first-time visitors, she recommends being mindful of the varying weather conditions across the country. Vietnam’s diverse climate means that travelers may experience sunny days in one city and rainy weather in another, so packing accordingly is essential.

Joss Huot’s Perspective: A Country of Endless Discoveries

Joss Huot, a 61-year-old French-Canadian, has a unique perspective on Vietnam, having lived in the country for the past five years. His first visit to Vietnam in 2006 ignited a passion for the country and its people, leading him to make eight subsequent visits before eventually relocating to Ho Chi Minh City.

*Nha Trang Beach, captured through the lens of Joss Huot.

Huot’s initial visit to Vietnam included a journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, allowing him to experience the diverse landscapes and cultures of the country. In 2014, he met a Vietnamese woman who later became his wife, further solidifying his connection to Vietnam.

*Hoi An City, a picturesque destination captured by Joss Huot.

As a resident, Huot no longer feels the need to rush from place to place. Instead, he savors the simple joys of sharing coffee or tea with locals and exploring the small alleys and cultural nuances of his adopted home.

Despite his extended stay, Huot acknowledges that there is always something new to discover in Vietnam. He advises travelers to allocate at least three weeks for their trip and to spend a couple of nights in each city to truly immerse themselves in the local culture.

In conclusion, while two weeks may be the minimum recommended stay in Vietnam, travelers who wish to delve deeper into the country’s rich culture and explore its diverse regions may consider extending their trip to three weeks or even a month. Vietnam is a country of endless discoveries, offering a unique and captivating experience to all who visit.

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