Top 10 affordable luxury must-dos in Vietnam
1. Replace your flat white with a Vietnamese coffee each morning
Forget your standard flat white. Vietnam is all about quirky coffee. Branch out and try egg, condensed milk or yoghurt-filled espresso with ice in Hanoi.
2. Take a cooking class in Hoi An
Cooking classes are great for giving your taste buds a richer appreciation for the city's flavours. But, if you'd rather someone else do the cooking, Hoi An has heaps of restaurants with amazing dishes. Think steamed buns, savoury pancakes and chilli ice cream.
3. Drink cocktails 25 floors up in Chill Skybar
This upmarket bar is the place to go if you want panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City while you drink fashionable cocktails with trendy people. Just be sure to go during Happy Hour to keep your final bill in check.
4. Get an amazing pedicure in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City has loads of excellent nail salons. Review their offer menus from outside and then head in for a manicure and pedicure, for just a few dollars.
5. Treat yourself at a Day Spa in Hoi An
Hoi An is where it's at when it comes to pampering and relaxation at affordable prices. The only stress you'll feel is choosing which Day Spa or Wellness centre to go to.
6. Explore the markets
There's no better way to get a taste of Vietnamese culture than by haggling your way through a market. For all things food in Ho Chi Minh, head to the Thanh Ha wet market. For bargains in a buzzing atmosphere, join the crowds in Hanoi at the Night Market.
7. Get clothes tailor-made with one of a kind fabrics
Shopping is a magical experience in Hoi An. You can choose from a huge range of fabrics, pick a style from a fashion magazine and have it, custom-made in no time.
8. Do an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
After serious rest and relaxation? This is it. A typical cruise includes tonnes of lounging, so you have time to fully appreciate the beauty and calmness of the bay.
9. Eat a classic Banh Mi roll
A Ho Chi Minh City specialty; a baguette filled with grilled pork, Vietnamese pickles, cucumbers, cilantro and chilli sauce. Pick a stall that's busy with locals, and you won't be disappointed.
10. Hit the malls in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is filled with incredible malls, not only perfect for retail therapy and topping up your travel wardrobe, but for giving yourself a break from the hot, humid streets.