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8 places for budget travelers to try in the off-season

Jan. 3, 2013, 11:37 a.m.
people riding bikes in rain in Vietnam

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Vietnam

Vietnam has long been a popular destination for backpackers and other budget travelers, who flock to the country's beaches, cities and historic sites during the dry season of November through March. Though not quite the ultra-budget destination that it used to be, Vietnam is still relatively cheap year-round, but especially in the rainy and warm spring and summer seasons. Rain is intermittent during this time, with storms sometimes lasting only for 30 minutes, leaving the rest of the day warm and sunny. Low season rates can make it possible for backpackers to travel cheaply, and those with higher expectations will be able to book into four-star hotels for two-star prices. Flooding can be a concern during the wet season in places like the Mekong Delta, but, for the most part, the rain is more of a nuisance than an impediment. With the rise in prices and the inflation of the past decade, Vietnam is no longer the budget backpacker destination that it used to be; however, during the low season, travelers can still enjoy budget prices.