November 11 or 11.11, also known as Singles’ Day, is a day often reserved to celebrate single hood. While it started as an annual shopping event, many recognize it simply as a day to celebrate one’s independence, which can be commemorated in many ways.
For avid travelers, it’s a day that can be celebrated through an exciting solo journey that could be invigorating, life affirming experience, or just a lot of fun. This year as we enter the 11th anniversary of the Double 11 Singles’ Day, Booking.com, the world’s leading travel brand, has curated a list of exciting solo trips you can take within Vietnam to celebrate this day. From meeting new people to having the freedom to set your own schedule, there are plenty of reasons why travelling solo can be one of the most rewarding experiences out there.
Set your own schedule
One of the good things about traveling solo is having complete control of your time and schedule. You have the flexibility of spending a few days relaxing on the beach enjoying the sunset over cocktails or changing your plans at the last minute and exploring the city instead. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want, it's your holiday. If you are in the mood for a beach holiday, you can visit Con Dao. Known for its coral reefs, diverse marine life and soft sandy beaches, this is a perfect destination for your travel. And if it's the city life that you wish to explore, then Ho Chi Minh City is the place to be. From the finest hotels to the classiest restaurants, from the tastiest of street stalls to the choicest boutiques, Ho Chi Minh City is a city filled with energy and discovery.
There are plenty of activities
You’ll never get bored as a solo traveller in Vietnam as there are plenty of activities to indulge in. Stretching over 1,650 kilometres from north to south, the country is packed with diverse landscapes, each of which offers a fantastic array of activities for solo travellers. From hiking across the mountains of Pu Luong to caving in the UNESCO world heritage site of Phong Nha which has more than 300 caves to explore and from scuba diving in Nha Trang to explore the colourful coral reefs to kite and wind-surfing in the rock free waters of Mui Ne there is something for everyone.
Be more appreciative of your surroundings
Solo travel allows you to create beautiful, vivid memories, as your attention is mainly focused on immersing yourself in your chosen destination and activities. Whether that is savoring the unusually creamy, foamy texture of an egg coffee, getting woken up by the delicious smell of freshly cooked pho, or simply being in the moment and fully appreciating nature around you. One of the ways to really escape, be in the moment, and focus on your surroundings is by taking a trip to Sa Pa. Sa Pa attracts travellers with its well-known natural sceneries and magnificent mountainous areas that are both perfect for trekking and sight-seeing. The beauty of this far-flung destination in the North of Vietnam will surely immerse you and remove the distractions of everyday city life.
Have more control of your budget
One of the advantages of traveling solo is being able to decide how much you want to spend on your trip. You can choose a budget friendly trip and opt for affordable backpacking accommodation or treat yourself and indulge yourself in a luxurious villa complete with a private pool. For an adventurous budget-friendly holiday you could go trekking in various untouched hillside spots of Danang such as Hai Van Pass. And if you want to splurge a little, you can visit Phu Quoc, the island known for the best luxury resorts in Vietnam. Also known as the paradise of relaxation, Phu Quoc offers a variety of resorts that offer spas and yoga studios, private beach areas and entertaining amusement parks.
Meet new people
Travelling solo provides you an opportunity to meet and connect with other travellers who might share your same passion of travel. One of the best ways to meet like-minded people is to follow the tourist trail or join group activities and classes. The pottery class in Bat Trang Ceramics Village is something you can explore on your solo trip. This culture-rich 14th-century porcelain and pottery village near Hanoi houses local artisans who combine both traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful porcelain artworks. Not only are you able to see the finest handmade ceramic products in Vietnam, you can also have an opportunity to meet people who may be like-minded with the same interest. Vietnam is also home to plenty of hostels, many of which will have communal spaces and organise daily activities – making it very easy to meet new people and enjoy a sense of community.
Booking.com, the perfect companion for solo travelers
Traveling alone doesn’t mean that you have to take care of each and every aspect of your trip on your own. Booking.com, with the mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, offers the widest range of accommodation options with great value to help you plan your solo trip. Wherever you travel, do it for less.
Founded in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch startup to one of the world’s leading digital travel companies. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com’s mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. By investing in the technology that helps take the friction out of travel, Booking.com seamlessly connects millions of travelers with memorable experiences, a range of transportation options and incredible places to stay - from homes to hotels and much more. As one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for both established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes, Booking.com enables properties all over the world to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. Booking.com is available in 44 languages and offers more than 29 million total reported accommodation listings, including more than 6.7 million listings alone of homes, apartments, and other unique places to stay. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Booking.com makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support.