Cost-saving and fun, finding travel companions online is a common choice of many
young backpackers as the summer holiday has arrived.
“This summer, I will complete my collection of ‘four poles of the country’,”
said Ngo Huy Hoa, employed in the construction sector in Hanoi.
He will go to the most southern and eastern parts of Vietnam.
Since the end of May, many young backpack travelers have started seeking
companions on forums like phuot.vn, ttvnol.com, and dulichbui.org. This year,
the hot spots range from the Mekong Delta to Ha Giang’s rocky highlands to A Pa
Chai, the westernmost point of the country.
As for beach destinations, besides paradise islands like Con Dao, Phu Quoc or
the new natural wonder Ha Long Bay, some not so popular spots like Tuy Hoa in
Phu Yen Province, Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh Province and Ca Na in Ninh Thuan
Province are also being eyed by youngsters.
Hoa has already bought a budget ticket from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City for less
than VND3 million (US$150) and found 12 travel companions a week after he had
posted on the website phuot.vn.
The plan is to ride bikes and discover floating markets in the Mekong Delta, U
Minh Ha forest, Tram Chim National Park, and finally arrive in Ca Mau, the
southernmost province of the country.
Ta Anh Tuan, who works in a media company in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3, also
plans to go on a long holiday this summer. He will discover central Vietnam
through destinations like Ca Na, Quy Nhon and Hoi An’s old town.
“I have often sought for companions from travel forums in previous years and
will do the same for the upcoming vacation,” he said.
Nguyen Tung Lam, an admin of travel forum dulichbui.org, finds that an
increasing number of youngsters seeking for companions from online sites and
travel together offline.
“There are several advantages as the trips are at budget and travelers can learn
from each other. However, it is advisable to choose travel mates carefully
through meetings to see if they are of similar characteristics and interests, in
order to avoid unwanted fights during the trip,” he said.