The Best Places To Visit In Vietnam
Visitors to the exotic country of Vietnam will discover a trove of spiritual, cultural, and historical treasures. This beautiful country stretched along the South China Sea offers it all: from rich history to spectacular scenery, bustling cities, great food and fascinating cultural sights – Vietnam is a true Southeast Asian gem!
A real nature-lover’s paradise; the country combines scenic mountains, lush hills, pristine beaches and emerald green rice terraces. Trek through the beautiful sceneries from north to south and make a stops along the coast to enjoy blue water, sandy beaches, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
Vietnam is full of cultural riches: there are ancient cities, beautiful temples and iconic pagodas to discover. Make sure to dress accordingly when entering religious buildings though – you might be refused entry!
Visit colonial Hanoi and the energetic and cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), combining Vietnamese, US and French influences, and discover its palace, cathedral, buzzing markets and great dining opportunities.
Make sure to also see the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site Hoi An, a historic city remaining from an ancient world. Every month there is a full moon lantern festival taking place, one of Vietnam’s most popular events: all electricity in the old town is turned off and numerous colored silk lanterns line the streets and pathways. Follow the atmospheric lantern procession through the old town to the port for a romantic and unforgettable experience!
Make sure to see the picture perfect Halong Bay and boat around its limestone pillars in emerald waters, or take a cruise on a wooden sampan boat on the Mekong River, which makes for an unforgettable experience. See fishermen and swimming markets, with farmers offering their colorful produce from their boats as you glide through tropical forest and pass small villages in the Mekong Delta.
As for adventure paired with history, go on an excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels where Viet Kong soldiers lived and hid underground for several years during the Vietnam War – a must-see on your trip and a truly wonderful experience!
And don’t leave Vietnam without trying the exceptional food – the gastronomic splendor of the Vietnamese cuisine will delight your senses! Try the traditional dishes and a sweet egg coffee – whether its street food or a fine restaurant meal, you can be sure to be excited by this culinary adventure!
Stunning nature paired with fascinating history and magnificent cultural delights make Vietnam such a compelling place for travelers – all you’ve got to do is go!
HERE ARE OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN VIETNAM…
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is a Vietnamese gemstone, but not because it’s perfect! HCMC will give you the ultimate wake-up-call as it slaps you down and thrusts you into its exciting city streets. A centre for chaos and blood pumping excitement, HCMC will have you on the edge of your seat from the moment you arrive.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and home to rich cultural traditions and centuries-old architectural sites. A fascinating blend of East and West, Hanoi is consistently ranked as one of the top cities to visit in the world. Take a glimpse at the amazing way of life of the Vietnamese people and admire their history.
The Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta covers an area of approximately 15,000 square miles (40,000 square kilometers) to the west of Ho Chi Minh City.The Mekong Delta is where the mighty Mekong river completes its 2,700 mile (4,300 km) journey from the Tibetan plateau and empties its riches into the South China Sea.
You can be forgiven for thinking that Halong Bay couldn’t possibly be a real place. After all, beauty like this only exists in movies, where high-tech equipment can create a landscape that is mesmerizing, awe-inspiring and perfect. Not only is Halong Bay real, however, but it’s a convenient side trip from fast-paced Hanoi that should be on the itinerary of any traveler passing through North Vietnam.
History surrounds you in the city of Hue, located right in the heart of central Vietnam. A must-do is the Hue Imperial City, with its sprawling buildings, moats and walls. It must be said, that whilst damage has been incurred during the conflicts of the country’s past, it is still spectacular place to visit and should surly not be missed while in the region. As you explore the city, take in the seven-tiered Thieu Mu Pagoda which overlooks the Perfume River, and for a break in between exploratory adventures, why not try a cycling tour through the picturesque countryside!
Nha Trang is the coastal resort town of Vietnam, most well-known for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters and surrounding island destinations. This high-paced party destination is popular among young tourists and backpackers alike, so let your hair down and get ready for some fun-in-the-sun!