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Vietnam on a Budget

Vietnam is one of the less expensive countries to visit in East Asia. Although hotels with luxury amenities are available, visitors can save money by forgoing fancy trimmings and taking public transportation, such as buses or trains, instead of renting cars. It's also not unusual for travelers to negotiate with locals for pricing on everything from transportation to souvenir purchases.

Best Time to Go to Vietnam

There are no good or bad seasons for a visit to Vietnam. Depending on the region chosen, travelers may not have to worry too much about variations in weather. In Ho Chi Minh City, for example, temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year, though rainfall is most concentrated from May through October. In Hanoi, however, winters are gray and dry, while summers are very hot and humid with heavy rain. During Tet, Vietnam's New Year celebration in late January or early February, flights and hotels can be difficult if not impossible (or horrendously expensive) to find.

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